NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Case Review Print E-mail

The latest flag ship model case from NZXT - The Swicth 810 hopes to repeat the success of its Phantom Series case designs, with innovation and design.  NZXT unveiled the Switch 810 ATX full tower chassis (model: CA-SW810-W1) at CES 2012.  However for those who could not attend, no worries, PCWizKid has it here for a closer look.  The Switch 810 uses many of the "sharp angles" design elements of the Phantom series. It is characterized by a large acrylic window on its side panel to show your awesome hardware. Its name "Switch 810" refers to its unique hybrid options optimized for extreme liquid cooling, airflow, or silence, enabling enthusiasts to swicth techniques used.

NZXT ensures maximum expandability with two removable HDD cages with a potential of up to 7 HDDs equipped with two pivoting 120/ 140mm fans that direct airflow  at 40 ⁰  to  the VGA and CPU.  There are 9 expansion slots for installing EATX motherboards with Quad SLI, or Triple crossfire.  Multimedia acces s is optimized with high speed dual USB 3.0, a hard drive dock, and an SD card reader.


Switch 810 offers stress - free installation with immaculate wire management and t ool-less 5.25” and 3.5”/2.5” SSD hard drive installation for easy accessibility.  Another
detaile NZXT added is a rear white LED light for added visibility in dark environments;

Cooling capabilities include for two 140 mm intake fans in the front, one is included with the case; up to three 140 mm exhaust fans on the top, one included; one 140 mm rear exhaust (included); two internal circulatory fans at the HDD bays, one included; and provision for two fans on the bottom. As an XL-ATX capable case, the Switch 810 has 9 expansion slot bays.

Specifications - Model CA-SW810-W1

MODEL Switch 810
CASE TYPE Hybrid Full Tower
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 235 x 595 X 585 mm
VGA Clearance Maximum
375mm (w/out fan), 350 (installed), 285 (full pivot)
COOLING SYSTEM

FRONT, 2 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
REAR, 1 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
TOP, 3 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
BOTTOM, 2x 120/140mm
INTERIOR, 2x 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
SIDE, Large acrylic window

DRIVE BAYS 4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
6 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel, Plastic
EXPANSION SLOTS 9
WEIGHT 9.1 kg
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, Mini-ITX

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Conclusion

NZXT’s has outdone themselves with this latest creation.   It offers plenty of features, support, excellent thermal performance, and it just plain looks great. NZXT has created the most versatile and highly adaptable full tower chassis to date.  Much like its predecessor the Phantom, starting from the outside, it is easy to see that NZXT maintained focus on having a good design while updating features not seen in other cases. PCWizKid did not find any quirks with this case, other than it including only one intake fan at the front instread of two, but you can add more fans yourself since it has support for adding so many more. As is you knwo you will get exceptional thermal performance with airflow and cooling.

Should you decide to go with liguid cooling, its also ready for that with lots of space to add your radiators.  The tool-less deign and ease of access to removing covers, filters and HDD's makes this a Editor's Choice in our books!  Way to start 2012 NZXT!  The  Switch 810  is  available for MSRP of $ 169.99 USD  at  http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/switch_810

 

 

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