Most chassis we review on Hardware.Info cost between 50 and 120 euros, have a volume of between 45 and 65 dm3, and include two or three 120 or 140 mm fans. Of course features and performance vary, but the market dictates a certain standard. A few of the cases are not designed with mainstream consumers in mind first, and focus instead on those that want extras, special features and above all, more space. More room, more fans and more connectors. That select group of chassis now includes the NZXT Phantom 630, which we are reviewing today.
The NZXT Phantom 630 looks imposing and is available for an average price of £160 or € 185. It makes it one of the seventh most expensive chassis that we've tested that are still available.
When we tested the NZXT Phantom 410 and the NZXT Switch 810 we noticed that this manufacturer pays a lot of attention to design, and that a higher price isn't an obstacle for a good-looking product. For the budget-minded consumer it's of course important that you get more than just a stylish chassis. In the case of the Phantom 630 that's not really an issue, as it's one of the few chassis that can fit XL-ATX motherboards.
XL-ATX isn't an official standard, but it's generally accepted that motherboards with this form factor are longer than standard ATX. They have more space for expansion slots, and the NZXT Phantom 630 has nine of these, compared to the standard seven. The chassis is very spacious and deep, but officially E-ATX or Extended ATX is too large. We also wouldn't recommend using one of those, for reasons we'll explain a bit further on. E-ATX also isn't very common for consumer motherboards, because they never fit more than one CPU.
The Phantom 630 is aimed at the demanding PC user, such as gamers. But also if you want to build a solid single-CPU workstation this chassis can be a good foundation to start with.
Comparing and contrasting
How big this chassis is compared to other's we've tested is clear below. We base the volume on the exterior dimensions. Only a handful are larger than the 92.3 dm³ of the Phantom 630. The few bigger ones are also more expensive.
If we only included chassis that cost the same and more, there wouldn't be very much to compare to. We decided to include lots of different ones, so you can decide for yourself what qualities and characteristics are most important to you.