NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review

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As soon as I got the tape off I saw a white box with NZXT embossed on its top.  It was filled with various screws, thumbscrews, bolts, and zip ties.  All gloss black.  A nice change from the little plastic baggies that stuff like this usually comes in.  And they were all neatly organized in their own compartments.  I got the large piece of foam off the top of the case to reveal the instruction booklet.  I thumbed through it and found that it was a bit difficult to read.  They tried to fit the instructions for each part of the chassis in six different languages on every page.  Fit that in with some small, albeit detailed schematics and everything becomes a bit of a blur.  Or maybe I need stronger glasses.


I put the booklet aside and grabbed the case with both hands.  It was inside a large plastic bag, as most cases are, and cushioned on both ends by large pieces of Styrofoam.  It was a bit of a workout getting it out of the box.  A lot of wiggling, shaking, and putting my foot on the box itself to pull it away from the case and foam.  As I suspected, there was a good deal of packing material taking up some of that large box, but not as much as I expected.  I got the foam off the ends and took the bag off, and this thing is seriously huge.  Nothing surprising considered that most full size cases are monstrosities, but it’s still a little off-putting when you first take something this big out of the box.  I had to clear off a whole section of my desk just to get it up to where I could check it out.


The case is clearly aimed at gamers, with sharp edges and a sexy gunmetal grey, made out of steel and plastic.  The left side of the case (the side that opens to the insert the motherboard) has a single clear plastic window and two honeycomb mesh windows.  I have, over the years, grown to associate honeycomb patterns with NZXT cases.  Thanks a lot for that, guys.  The larger of the two had one of the 200mm white fans mounted on the inside of it.  I’ve noticed so that a lot of other people aren’t fond of the designs that the windows on the side make up, but I think it adds a rather nice aesthetic to case as a whole.   The front of the case also had a mesh-covered opening which allowed airflow for the 120mm fan that blows across the six 3.5”/2.5” bays.

A look at the case’s other features next…