There's no doubt about it - NZXT Phantom 820 passed with flying colors. It is easy to read that the company worked on this part for two years, and polished practically every part of the Phantom design. The case is spacious and has plenty of features which surprise with their functionality. For example, we could not figure out what the rubber cap serves for, and it turned out it was a cap for USB connectors on top of the case.The motherboard chipset operates at 39C after five hours of non-stop rendering. Testbed had chipset running at 54C.
NZXT did a brilliant job here - typically uninteresting steel/plastics combination turned into a shining example what can smart approach to plastics result with. The high-quality grade plastics raises this part above the competition, while steel frame survived all our meddling with the cables in this maximally configured setup.
Seeing the case glowing through our tests (quite literally), we are awarding the Phantom 820 from NZXT an Editor's Choice award.
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