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Consistent with tradition, NZXT is showing its new version of the flagship Phantom case at CES before it hits the streets. I reviewed the original Phantom years back and I have to say the design, functionality and attention to detail was spectacular. It will definitely be interesting to see how the new Phantom 630 is received by enthusiasts.
Like the previous iterations, the Phantom is designed for cooling and flexibility. There is a ton of space inside the case for all the water cooling your heart desires. The case features patented, durable, steel locking 5.25″ drive bays, not to mention pretty good looking as well. All the 3.5″ bays are modular, which means they are stack-able and able to be setup in several different configurations. Even with all the drive bays in place, it’s possible to mount a radiator in front and in the top of the case.
The details seem to make all the difference when it comes to cases, so NZXT did not leave any stone unturned. Behind the motherboard is 35 mm of space for cable management, which is probably 1/3 more space. Not to mention, there is also sliding, removable mounting plates for not one, but two solid state drives.
NZXT’s Phantom 630 should be available in a couple of weeks to a month for $179.99. Stay tuned for a review sometime in the very near future.
HALE90 V2 Power Supplies
The first fully modular power supplies from NZXT, the HALE90 V2 lineup is focused squarely on the highest possible quality. That being said, the design is pretty sleek and quite unique as well, so no sacrifices were made there. In the name of quality, NZXT will include a Power Assurance Card with 7 “Pass” stamps, illustrating the testing done at each step in the manufacturing process.
NZXT’s head power supply engineer gave us a run-through of the hardware in the power supply. It’s on a sleek, white circuit board with components being arranged in such a way that it creates three separate air tunnels. In theory, this improves cooling performance as these channels allow air to pass through quickly. Another notable feature, or lack thereof, is the absence of the massive side sticker illustrating all the power specifications. Instead, the side panels are equipped with rubberized, embossed HALE wing-like labels.
These 80+ Gold-Certified units come in 850 w, 1000 w and 1200 w varieties with full OVP, OCP and temperature protection. Pricing will be $189, $229 and $269 respectively. The prices fall in the middle to high-range of 80+ Plus Gold-Certified power supplies at these wattage levels, but right in line with the top brands like Corsair.
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