NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case Review

The NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower case is chock full of enthusiast features; multiple fan placements with consideration for chassis airflow, designed for custom water cooling as well as fully contained water cooling solutions, rear panel I/O lighting, room for plenty of wiring, a sleek window, all literally on a pedestal.

Introduction

NZXT Corporation, founded eight years ago in Los Angeles, has become extremely popular with the enthusiast community thanks in large part to its coolers, power supplies and computer cases. The NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case is what brings us here today.

From the company's About Us section:

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.

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On the test bench today we have the NZXT Phantom 820, the newest member of the company's "Crafted Series" line of computer cases. The tag line on the box reads "Go above and beyond your maximum cooling potential." That's a rather bold statement so we've decided to put the Phantom 820 to the test and see if this case can indeed deliver on the company's promise.

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Product Packaging

The NZXT Phantom 820 was shipped in its bare product packaging and, aside from a few bumps and bruises from the shipping process, the case arrived in great shape. The box itself is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard with a row of staples along the seam. The overall measurements are 27"H x 29"L x 12"W.

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The front of the box prominently features a hero shot of the Phantom 820 and product information and a list of features on the back. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick Styrofoam inserts.

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