A Look Inside
Looking inside the case you can see that NZXT has continued the Gunmetal design inside. There is quite a lot of room inside, the Phantom 630 supports motherboards up to XL-ATX. As far as cable routing holes go you have 4 large ones that include the rubber inserts as well as 6 others. There is a large CPU cutout that will allow you to install an aftermarket CPU cooler without having to remove your motherboard from the case.
Towards the front of the case you have your four 5.25-inch drive bays. Here you will see one of the new additions on the Phantom 630, metal locking latches for your drives. They seem to be very sturdy and of course metal is better than plastic.
Moving down there are three hard drive cages. The top cage supports three drives, the middle cage supports two drives and the bottom cage supports a single drive. There are trays in each cage that support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives. Each of the cages can be removed to make room for longer video cards as well as watercooling. There is a spot where you can move one of the cages over and mount it so you are still able to use it. With the hard drive cages removed we can take a look at the intake fan. If you do not want the large 200mm intake fan you can install dual 140/120mm fans here.
On the top hard drive cage is a swivel fan mounting spot that supports a single 140/120mm fan. There are six risers that are going to lift your power supply off the bottom of the case for better airflow and of course will keep your power supply from scratching the bottom of your case.
There are 9 expansion slots, to our surprise NZXT is using normal screws here instead of thumbscrews. If you really want thumbscrews you can always pick up a pack online. Moving up you can see your 140mm exhaust fan as well as 200mm top fan.
Taking the opposite side panel off the case we can see how the Phantom 630 is designed. Centrally located is a fan hub that all of your fans connect to. This makes connecting your fans extremely easy. It has room for up to 10 fans to be connected.
Another new addition to the Phantom 630 are the dual SSD mounts on the back of the motherboard tray. This gives you room for two more hard drives and it keeps them out of the way of everything. So in total you can install up to 8 hard drives in this case. The holes for routing cables from the back of the case top the top front of the case have been changed as well. They actually run across the top of the case, it will be interesting to see how easy it will be to route our cables through them.
There is quite a lot of room behind the motherboard tray so you really should not have a single issue routing all of your cables back there. A quick measurement shows us there is over an inch of space between the motherboard tray and back of the case.
Dec 11, 2014 0