Great looking, great cooling, lots of fans.
Trays; tangle of cables.
The Phantom 410 inherits the good looks of its full-tower predecessor but adds some tweaks of its own. It’s a great-looking case in any color (we’ve used white and red for builds), but the gunmetal gray is spectacular. The paint is thick and luxurious to the touch, enough to give the Phantom 410 a much better feel than the MSI Ravager , which uses similar chassis tooling. Like the full-tower Phantom , the 410 has plastic shrouds on the top and front panels, which increase the size of the case (and make it impossible to rest anything on top). The top shroud contains two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks, and a three-speed fan controller—as well as the seven fan-control cables that lead from it.
The Phantom 410 hides three 5.25-inch drive bays behind a front-panel door, and has six drive trays. The top four drive trays are in a removable cage with an adjustable fan mount on it.
The case ships with 12cm front and rear fans and a 14cm top fan, with room for another 12cm front fan, 12cm or 14cm top fan (or 240mm radiator), two fans on the side, and one on the bottom.
Half of the motherboard tray’s six cable cutouts are grommeted, though the grommets tend to fall out at a moment’s notice. The mobo tray, per today’s standards, includes a large CPU cooler cutout. There’s plenty of room for cable routing behind the mobo tray, which is good, because otherwise the welter of fan cables would be really annoying.
We like the fan controller, but don’t dig the tangle of cables it requires.
Our other gripe with the Phantom 410 is not unique to that case: It shares the Switch 810’s drive trays, which have the SSD mounting holes the wrong way around—annoying, but not fatal. At just $100 for a solid, great-looking case, this is a steal.
|Antec Eleven Hundred||Silverstone TJ04-E||Corsair Vengeance C70||MSI Ravager||Corsair Obsidian 550D||NZXT Phantom 410||Thermaltake Level 10 GTS|
All temperatures measured in degrees Celsius. All systems tested with a stock-clocked AMD Phenom II X6 1055T on an Asus Sabertooth 990FX mobo with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler, a GTX 480 GPU, 4GB DDR3/1600, and an 800W PSU in a room with an ambient temperature of 22 C.