NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower PC Chassis Review (Hardware)

Posted by Jeff Lindsey (Piso_mojado), Apr 09, 2012 22:20

With all the maintenance, upkeep, and thoughtful installation, apart from enthusiast, custom liquid cooling loops are out of the question. However, there is an elite group of PC users out there who are up for the challenge and are looking for the lowest temperatures possible. However, the sky is not the limit when it comes to liquid cooling, but rather your case and what it will hold. The NZXT Switch 810 is a new case designed specifically for enthusiasts with enough room to hold practically anything you could imagine putting in it. NZXT sent a sample case to GDN for review and our reaction was nothing short of pure amazement.

External Design of the Switch 810

nzxt switch 810If you only had one word to describe the Switch 810, it would have to be “Features.” The front panel of the case is very stealthy looking from factory. At the top is a hidden panel that contains the front I/O ports. From left to right, you will see 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a SD memory card slot, 3.5 mm audio and microphone jacks, and power reset and LED buttons. Everything is fairly familiar to PC users except for the LED button. With a simple press, 2 white LEDs activate on the back allowing you to easily see all of your motherboard’s and expansion card’s I/O ports.

Below the hidden panel, there is what appears to be four 5.25” drive bays. The top one includes a stealth drive bay cover allowing you to make your optical drive blend in with the front of the case. While you can use the bottom one can be used as a drive bay by removing 4 screws from the inside, by default this bay actually holds a hot swap HDD/SSD tray. Just below this, a slight push on the NZXT logo, and you have access to 2 spots for 120/140mm front intake fans. From factory, only one 140mm fan is included here.

nzxt switch 810The side panels are fairly standard. Nothing to see on the motherboard side, but a rather large, angular window lets you see your components from the other. The back of the case has room for 9 expansion slots and 4 ports for water cooling tubes. Here you will also notice the space for a bottom mounted power supply and the unique fan rails. The long fan rails lets you mount a 120 or 140mm output fan on the back and slide it up or down for precision airflow. I already told you about the 2 white LEDs that light up the I/O ports, so the last feature on the back is at the fan filter. Placed at the bottom of both the front and back, the filters stretch across the entire bottom of the case preventing unwanted dust from entering.

The top of the case holds the power button, power LED, Hard Drive activity LED, and unique air vents. These air vents will open and close allowing the user to choose between maximum airflow and the less case noise. The best thing about the top panel is that it removes with a gentle push on the right spot. With the top panel removed, you have plenty of room for a radiator or three 120/140mm case fans.

NZXT switch 810

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Our Rating for NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower PC Chassis Review (Hardware)
10.0 Construction
The only thing that could make the Switch 810 stronger would be adding a roll cage and 5 point harness.
10.0 Installation
With this case, you have the space you need to be comfortable and the customizability to make it fit your needs.
8.0 End-user
This case will typically only appeal to enthusiast and the like, since most people do not have a need for this much space.
9.0 Style
The Switch 810 is a stylish machine that is begging to be modded into the case of your dreams.
9.0 Functionality
I predict that we will be seeing lighting on the I/O port on most high end cases in the future. It was an awesomely innovative step for NZXT that only adds the capabilities of an already great case.
9.0 Overall
A few minor modifications is all the Switch 810 needs to attain perfection, though, I would like to see a midtower version of the case which would appeal to more users.

Rating: 5.0, votes: 5

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