NZXT Phantom 820 Case Review

watercooled angle

Top o' the case

The top of the case has the same black mesh at the back offering ventilation for the 200mm exhaust fan, coming forward to slotted vent holes, and then to the USB ports, fan controls, and audio jacks.  And like a lot of NZXT’s high-end cases, it has the signature V-shape running from the top to the front, with a LED light bar running down the left side from the fan control to just above the bay door.  The fan control is pretty low-tech stuff.  A simple push button setup that allows you to take the fans from off to full blast with four speeds in between.  The back of the chassis is pretty standard for NZXT.  There’s a single 120mm fan for exhaust, nine punch outs for expansion card slots, four ports for water cooling hoses, and a place at the bottom for the power supply.


Next I opened the swinging front door to the external drive bays to check out the digs.  I was happy to see that it swung out to the right instead of the left.  That was a deal breaker on a case I wanted to use for a build before.  Who the hell wants the door to swing toward them?  It had a nice, strong magnet to hold it shut, and the door itself didn’t feel flimsy in the least.  A thick, sturdy plastic.  There are four honeycomb punch outs covering the four 5.25” external drive bays.  But instead of the usual metal tab holding the punch outs in, the Phantom 820 has a spring-loaded thumb tab on each one, allowing them to be removed and replaced easily.


Above the drive bays are three buttons for controlling the case’s lighting system.  You can use these to change what parts of the case lights up, turn the lights off completely, or change the color of the lights.  You can also control the I/O lighting from here.  And right smack between two of the buttons is something that I was excited to see.  An SD card reader.  The only other computer in my house that has one built in is the laptop I use for writing my reviews.  As much as we use these things, why aren’t they built into every freaking case?  But I digress…

A look inside the titan on the next page…