NZXT introduces Phantom Armor (Helmet + Gauntlet) for PC

Ever wanted an awesome helmet like Iron Man? Wished you could virtually control everything with just your hand? Well that day just got a little closer thanks to NZXT and their new Phantom Armor kit! Check out the images and specs below!

Link: NZXT Phantom Armor

  

Phantom Helm
•    802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3
•    Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
•    Battery life 280 Hours
•    Full Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound to immerse yourself in the game
•    Built-in microphone with volume control for audio and microphone
•    Visor provides 4 different vision modes: 3D vision, night mode, heat sensor, digital filter
•    Built-in 1080 HD Camera
•    USB 3.0 Charge
•    Rubberized grip handle for portability
•    Mesh front and side for air flow

Phantom Gauntlet:

•    802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3
•    Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
•    Built-in AI SILI; activated by voice command that does everything but tell time
•    Battery life 80 Hours
•    USB 3.0 Charge
•    Analog control panel
•    Android 5.0 Pepper Mint
•    Touch keypad
•    Intuitive LED touchscreen
•    Fan control for your wrist
•    On/Off power button for PC
•    Adjustable straps

“Our Phantom Armor is just what every hardcore gamer needs” said Johnny Hou, Founder of NZXT. “The lightweight suit will take you through endless battles and provide you the ultimate gaming experience.”

 

NZXT uncages the Switch 810 chassis

Known for such recent products as the H2 and Phantom, NZXT is here with the Switch 810 series, a new Hybrid Full Tower setup build for the enthusiasts of course. The design goal focusing on adaptability that allows owners to change their systems in any way they choose, from water cooling to high flow air or just silent cooling.  How is it that NZXT makes this possible you might ask, they boast support for 280mm radiators and up to 10 140mm or 120mm fans while using hybrid fins that isolate noise and attraction of dust. When needed these fins can be opened to allow for full flow air to pass through and generate maximum results, the versatility is a key to allow any group to use this system to the fullest.

In terms of storage we see support for up to 7 HDD’s with two 140mm or 120mm fans to guide air over the cages not only that, we also see 2 more fans to pull air off of those heated drive bays to continue to push across video cards and other accessories. Those wondering about the design will note the cages are reverse mounted so the other side of the case has to be pulled to access the drives, otherwise the end cap on the bay covers them and creates a seamless impression with the NZXT logo stamped on the end bumper.

There are many little innovations for NZXT in this case, they’ve even gone so far as to illuminate the back panel for those nights you’re fumbling around trying to secure a video cable or even just attach a USB device to your board. Handy items like this help the daily experience with the case and add a unique flare that turns friends green with envy.

Overall it’s a tempting package with improvements all around including a larger CPU mount cutout behind the motherboard, unfortunately this was a huge drawback for earlier cases from NZXT but they’re working to remedy it as best they can. With so many options for cooling and airflow it’s hard to imagine the 810 failing to deliver to the expectations of any owner. It’s sleek, simple and packs a variety of features, it also swaps the mesh grills for plexi to show off those hardcore tweaks.

We don’t have a review available for this debut but there are many sites already launching their impressions now. Check them out below. If you’d rather see more images of the case just skip down to the gallery.

Reviews: Neoseeker | Vortez | 3Dgameman | Hardwareheaven | Hardware Secrets

NZXT launches HALE82 PSU line

NZXT is busy this week, just after the HAVIK we have news about the HALE82 line going live for consumers.

The power supply / PSU is the one part of your system you never want to go cheap on, as of late many will notice their brands have jumped in cost without understanding why. Part of that is meeting various levels of 80+ certification, basically ensuring that your power supply is efficient in power production based on a standard criteria. In this case the HALE 82 line is 82% efficient at 20% load,  85% efficient at 50% load and 82% efficient again at 100% load. For consumers this means they’re getting a solid idea of potential power from their power supply.

The HALE82 comes in 3 varieties:

Top off that introduction with a new exchange policy
NZXT is also introducing a very unique Less Than Three PSU service program. US and Canadian customers are entitled to NZXT’s industry-leading risk-free guarantee.  Should your PSU be defective, simply send it back with a prepaid return label and NZXT will send you a fresh replacement direct to your door step.
All models come with flat modular cables for easy stealth cable running and ease of management, for those that don’t know the perks of modular cables, you simply attach only the cables you need. You can leave the rest in a safe drawer or in the box until they’re needed, it’s pretty awesome actually. Flat cables are better for airflow and cable running, they’re easier to bind up and hide away when you’re trying to keep your case nice and sleek-looking inside. If you have a windowed side panel this is extra helpful actually as everyone will see where you tucked your spare cables away and it might become somewhat embarrassing.
If you’re looking for something outside of a black, you’ll need to step up to the HALE90 to get their white PSU’s, if you’re a white Phantom owner you’ll really want to look into one of those just for looks. Check out a ton of shots from the HALE82 line below in our gallery to get a better sense of things.

The NZXT HAVIK 120 arrives

That is a lot of capital letters, the NZXT HAVIK 120 is here though and aiming to fit into some extra markets out there, with a smaller profile design and smaller fans it aims to tackle areas that they couldn’t reach with the 140 series. As someone who has an Antec Skeleton in their lineup I can say that sometimes you really do need something a little lower profile. Even my NZXT Phantom requires a bit of extra space due to the 250mm Antec fan mounted to the side panel opening. Coolers like the V10 and such tend to a little too tall for that setup.

NZXT uses their long-life 13 blade 120mm fan in push-pull configuration to cool the nickel-plated copper beast down at a steady 75cfm, the 8mm heatpipes cool and pump heat out of the socket base to keep things regulated and efficient. Overall it’s sleek and the nickel has a great finish to it. Given my impressions from the Phantom review I can only hold high hopes for this latest release. If we get lucky and catch a review of it I’ll go through the full details of the cooler and how it stacks up. In the meantime just check out the specs listed from NZXT and a nice gallery about the HAVIK 120.

MODEL HAVIK 120
MATERIALS Aluminum / Copper Nickel-Plated
DIMENSIONS 125(W) x 160(H) x 112(D) mm
125(W) x 160(H) x 58(D) mm (heatsink)
WEIGHT 680g (excluding fans and mounting kit)
980g (with dual 120mm fans)
MOUNTING PRESSURE
55-60 lbs
FAN SIZE Dual 120(W) x 140(H) x 25(D) mm
FAN BEARING Long Life (Oil-Leaking Prevention)
FAN SPEED 1200 +/- 10% RPM (low); 1500 +/- 10% RPM (high)
NOISE LEVEL 18-22 dBA
AIR FLOW 61.5-75.8 CFM
CONNECTOR 3-Pin
Y-SPLIT CABLE White connector for low speed; black connector for high speed
INPUT POWER 3.6 W
LIFE 30,000 Hours
COMPATIBILITY Intel Socket: 2011, 1366, 1155, 1156, 775 CPUs
AMD Socket: AM3, AM2+, AM2 CPUs

Review – NZXT Phantom

The computer case market is thriving with creativity again, one of the lead companies to emerge in the market is NZXT, lately the company has been on a roll as they combine contemporary style with gamer aesthetics. The result in this case is the mighty Phantom line, packing high airflow, incredible space and sleek design that can appeal to new builders and veteran builders looking for something not as extreme as a plexiglass case.

Opening the box up, it became clear this wasn’t just a looker but it was there for function as well. The stock unit contains sufficient cooling from the start and a box full of goodies for mounting and stealth cabling. I’ll go ahead and include the spec sheet below to give the full impressions.

MODEL Phantom Series
CASE TYPE Full Tower Steel
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 222 x 540 X 623 mm
VGA Clearance Maximum
350mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 1 X 140mm
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included)
SIDE, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 200/230 (2 x 120mm included)
TOP, 2 X 200mm (1 x LED 200mm included)
DRIVE BAYS 5 EXTERNAL 5.25″ DRIVE BAYS
7 INTERNAL 3.5″/2.5″ Slots
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel with black finish
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
WEIGHT 11 kg
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT E-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT

Sample build used:

AMD Phenom 9750 AM2+
Jetway 790GX (HA08)
Crucial 4GB DDR2 PC6400
Sapphire HD 4850 512
Creative X-Fi Xtrememusic
Hitachi Deskstar 1TB HDD
Maxtor 320GB HDD

Before jumping into the fray, I had to test a few areas first. The current configuration works fine if you have a high flow fan on the side and coming from the front, the case pressure goes pretty much positive at that point. If you lack that, you may want to consider flipping the top 200mm fan and throw air in. Often systems will tend to choke to some degree when the box is simply dumping air and pulling little if any fresh air in.

Fortunately the top panel removes easily, place your hand under the front panel grip and tug out, the clips will release and reveal another hand hold for the top panel. Unscrew the 200mm fan and reverse mount it to generate some positive pressure in the case.  I lacked a 140mm fan to place in the front so I mounted a 250mm fan to the side panel from an Antec Skeleton. Odd enough, with a bit of boring out the fan mounts without much issue and generates essential airflow for the GPU and CPU zones.

Moving into installation there isn’t much trouble, the Phantom is for the most part tool-less where it counts, the PCI  brackets use thumb screws instead of regular mounts to save on tools. Unfortunately you still need a screwdriver to break the initial torque after being mounted. Installation of components went down in roughly 20 minutes, cabling took a bit longer just for the sake of being stealth about it, the Phantom offers room for most mountings and even my aging Cooler Master Real Power Pro was able to reach high enough for the 8-pin power connector by the CPU. After years of building systems I can say this was most likely the most painless installation yet, also it left me cut free thanks to rolled edges on the case.

For window fans, there is a lot to miss with the mesh on the side of the case, honestly, the white finish is one of the cleanest and most pure colors I’ve seen in quite a while. With a blueish glow it reflects color perfectly inside. Not being able to see it does hurt, if you are insistent, you could always mount your own panel and remove the mesh, or just pop open the front door on the case and watch from there. It really is worth the show, the Tri-Color light show from the Antec really made it an amazing sight to see. For the hardcore modder that wants a little more, cutting the case and custom mounting acrylic would be really rewarding.

Functionally, the Phantom is up there with the best of them, the fans all connect to a single fan bus that gets controlled on top of the case, the inputs and power buttons are also on the top in sleek form. There’s an aspect of this design which takes me back to the era of Tron, super sleek but hard lines everywhere, a blue glow from the stock fans, power sources and fan bus that snares anyone who watches. It’s sleek but deadly and awesome as a centerpiece. Going from the Antec Skeleton to this is a huge jump, even comparing it to the Antec P193 has me still leaning in favor to the excessive attention to detail that NZXT took with this model.

To start closing this up, I have this to say about the NZXT Phantom.

  • Simple installation
  • Room for cable stealthing
  • Tons of air-flow
  • Integrated fan bus controller
  • Extra parts to last a lifetime
  • Sleek design, ultra contemporary feel
  • Low case noise, even with all fans running it remains tolerable
  • Excellent cooling on system
  • Plenty of room for larger video cards (6900 series, etc)
  • Tool-less design for drive mounting works, needs a little extra force to pop pins back in
  Low Speed High Speed
CPU Idle 41c 39c
CPU Load 47c 44.5c
GPU Idle 45.5c 44c
GPU Load 73c 70c

Things I might change are few really, this is a gaming case and if I wanted true silence I would opt for the H2, we don’t have that case to review so… just try to look around and get some other impressions if you’re not sure. The sound insulation and other features seem to be well worth the price.

Closing up, the Phantom is probably the easiest case I’ve been able to work with, because I’m extra paranoid I actually decided to also wax the finish for extra scratch protection because this is a busy desk.

Kudos to NZXT for bringing home a heavy hitter like the Phantom, for those interested, it comes in a few variants and honestly that pure black model looks quite awesome. For gamers it’s a new piece of kit to mod out, for older builders it still has some show with a Tron inspired design but not too much to make it feel like you’re pounding Redline and skipping out on studying for your finals all over again.

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NZXT H2 Classic Silent Chassis arrive

NZXT has been making waves in the market over the past years, coming up as a relative unknown group and emerging as a mainstream PC manufacturer. Today the H2 Classic strikes from their labs, a silent powered ATX case offering low noise case fans and expansion room to suit most users.

Spec sheet from NZXT
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MODEL H2
CASE TYPE Mid Tower Steel
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 215 x 466 X 520 mm
VGA Clearance Maximum
310 w/o HDD, 270mm with HDD
CPU Heatsink Support 170mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 2 X 120mm @ 1200rpm ( included )
REAR, 1 X 120mm @ 1200rpm (included)
TOP, 1 X 140mm
BOTTOM, 1 x 120mm
DRIVE BAYS 3 EXTERNAL 5.25″ DRIVE BAYS
8 INTERNAL 3.5″/2.5″ Slots
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel with painted interior
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
WEIGHT 8.9 kg
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT

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Looking at the gallery below it’s easy to see how tempting these cases are, with color matched interiors it turns the system into a full show piece instead of just an external piece of eye candy. The hot swappable drive dock on the top, the USB 3.0 connection support and countless expansion zones are enough for anyone wanting a powerhouse on a dime.

Is this enough to separate it from the likes of Antec, Corsair, Coolermaster and more? No one really knows, the silent factor may be the single selling point to consumers in that market. Keep an eye out for it at your favorite e-retailer or B&M store.

NZXT Sentry LXE hits market

We’re one step closer to holodecks and transporters, NZXT unleashes their latest accessory to the PC market today. The Sentry LXE is a touch screen LCD fanbus allowing users to dial in the speed of each fan; also maintaining other functions such as date and time.

The LCD is fully adjustable with the ability to disable the display when gaming to enhance the atmosphere. 5 thermal probes monitor active temps for hot pockets of air allowing for users to dial in the Sentry to provide more flow. The whole package is sleek and reminds me of a Star Trek interface.

The Sentry LXE will be in stores soon with an MSRP of $59.99