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The NZXT Phantom 820 Enthusiast Full Tower Chassis

Posted January 7, 2013 by Vinny Petronio in Cases & PSU







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Price at time of Review: New Egg $249.99 US


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If you are in the market for a full tower chassis that’s very well built, whether you’re a seasoned or first time builder, I would highly recommend the NZXT Phantom 820 for your next build. At a price point of $249.99 with all the extras, it is worth the money spent.
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by Vinny Petronio
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As a kid I loved reading comics, especially the ones about super heroes. One of my favorites is the Phantom, an American adventure comic strip created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician. This is a popular feature adapted to several forms of media, including television, film and video games. It stars a costumed crime fighter operating from the fictional African country Bangla. The Phantom is the 21st in a line of crime fighters that originated in 1536, when the father of British sailor Christopher Walker was killed during a pirate attack. Swearing an oath to fight evil on the skull of his father’s murderer, Christopher started the legacy of the Phantom that would be passed from father to son. Believing him to be immortal due to this legacy, his enemies gave the mysterious figure nicknames such as “The Ghost Who Walks”, “The Man Who Cannot Die” and “Guardian of the Eastern Dark.” Unlike many fictional costumed heroes, the Phantom does not have any supernatural powers, but instead relies on his strength, intelligence, and fearsome reputation for being an immortal ghost to defeat his foes.

Today we have the pleasure of reading about another Phantom; only this legacy and legend was conceived and created by our friends at NZXT. The Phantom is reborn again only this time as The Phantom 820, an enthusiast steel full tower chassis, engineered to chill even the most demanding systems. The Phantom 820 is equipped with 200 mm and 140 mm fans in strategic positions for unrivaled airflow throughout the chassis. It is designed for the hard core enthusiast or gamer, who wants or needs the very best. The Phantom 820 comes equipped to install a liquid cooling system for unmatched cooling performance of your high end system. It features a push-pull configuration with room for a top 280/360 mm radiator and bottom 240/280 mm radiator with up to 60 mm thickness.


In addition the NZXT Phantom 820 also brings with it a rugged base design that lifts the enclosure above the ground for a remarkably light display, as well as increased airflow and many more exciting features. At first glance, it looks like NZXT may have done it again and created a top-notch product with The Phantom 820. The Phantom, though reinvented again, may just continue its legacy of a remarkable asymmetrical and award winning design. I thought I would never see the day I would be reviewing anything as remarkable as the NZXT Switch 810, but now I might just be surprised. Read on to see if the new NZXT Phantom 820 lives up to, or surpasses what I thought was their very best yet, and becomes the hero we need for a new generation.

Our Thanks goes out to NZXT for providing us with the review sample.

“NZXT, a company built upon gamer’s dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling. NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan. NZXT was established in 2004 in LosAngeles, California.”




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