NZXT Phantom 410
If I were to compare the NZXT Phantom full tower to this new arrival of the NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower, I would have to say that NZXT has set the bar high by introducing into their latest line of cases both a higher standard of quality not normally seen on more affordable models. They’ve also has taken the advice of both the reviewers and the public by adding features that are not normally present on today’s mid-towers.
The addition of water cooling capabilities, including options for an internal 240mm radiator at the top is admirable in a mid-tower case. The modular hard drive cage also comes to mind with its easy removal, and right side entry that gives you both the space for the larger video cards, great cable management, and additional cooling of your hard drive cage and video cards. The pivoting 120mm/140mm fan on the left side is also very unique and functional. The combo acrylic/mesh side panel allows for the best of both worlds: seeing all the lovely hardware inside, while optimizing airflow over the video card area.
But all is not a bed of roses here, and I may be nit picking but I was surprised to see that there were no dust filters in places other than the one under the power supply area. Another issue I encountered was when routing my cables the rubber grommets kept coming out, this was due to the steel being rolled on the openings and the rubber being of a soft and sticky nature; had they not rolled the openings it would have been a non-issue. The other was my SSD drive sits a bit too far back on the caddy, making it difficult to plug in my SATA power and data cables, and would have posed a bigger problem had I installed more than one in the cage. A simple fix would have been to have them mount toward the front of the tray and not the back.
I really like this case, the onboard fan controller and the three speed function worked really well, and aside from those two minor details, I feel that NZXT has another winner on its hand. With its many features and refined look, the Phantom 410 is definitely designed with both the gamer and enthusiast in mind. I love the various color schemes being offered, and LED lighting on the 140mm fan is a nice addition that lights up the inside just over the window for your viewing pleasure (and brightness can be adjusted with the onboard fan controller).
So if you’re in the market for a mid-tower chassis that will compete with the bigger, and more expensive full towers, then the NZXT Phantom 410 is a fantastic deal at just $100. This one should definitely be on your short list.