NZXT Phantom 630 Review
Exterior: The Drive Bays
It's not very often we dedicate a whole section to the drive bays alone. However as you will see, with the numerous and flexible configuration options it was essential that we take the time to do this section justice. First up are the 5.25" bays, nothing that unusual here granted, but you do get tool free mechanisms, and none of that plastic clip nonsense, these boys are metal. Mounted on one side only, there's still the option to secure with screws if you wish.
It's when we come to look at the internal bays that things get a bit more interesting. On the face of it we have 8 bays, with each able to accept either a 3.52 or 2.5" drive. The bays are mounted vertically towards the front of the case with enough room between them and the front fan mount to mount a slim 120.2 radiator. at the top of the drive stack and facing inwards is a pivoting mount for a 120 or 140mm fan.
What isn't perhaps immediately obvious is that the bays are modular in nature. Split into a triple, a double and single bay blocks the bays can be configured to best suit your needs, or removed entirely if you feel necessary. Grooves in a plate that itself can be removed to allow 120.2 or 140.2 radiators to be placed in the base of the case provide a secure location for the bays, as to similar grooves on the underneath of the 5.25" bays and on each of the bay units.
Below we've shown various configurations that allow for the accommodation of longer GPUs in the primary and/or secondary slots, as well as configurations that allow easy tubing routing for a front mounted radiator.
However you decide to configure your bays you'll be using the ubiquitous NZXT mounts. Perhaps a little flexible to be called truly robust, they do however do the job well, just be sure to remove all drives if you transport the case as even with no drives installed they will shake lose in transit.