NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower Review

Cooling

The Switch 810 can accommodate up to ten 140 or 120mm fans and ships with four already installed: a top and a rear exhaust fan, a front intake fan, and an internal fan mounted on an adjustable 15° pivot to direct airflow to your GPU and CPU. The rear fan can be raised approximately two inches, giving you control of where you’d prefer to focus the exhaust. There’s room enough for two additional top fans, a second internal pivot fan, a second front fan, and two bottom fans to blow air out through the case’s bottom filters.

This chassis comes equipped with three air filters: one attached to a removable front panel, and rather than have one long bottom filter, two shorter filters get the job done while being easier to remove — one from the front, the other from the rear. The front panel and filters all effortlessly pop into and out of position with a convenient spring-lock mechanism, as does a removable top panel.

The top panel possesses fins that can be left open or closed depending on whether you want additional airflow or silence, with NZXT claiming that the closed fins confer 40-60% sound reduction. While I’m skeptical that the noise impact is that significant, I have no accurate way of measuring it myself. Popping the fins open is a little tricky, and I worry about snapping the plastic with repeated usage, but odds are you won’t be switching back and forth very often.

There are only two minor complaints I can level against the 810′s air cooling options. First, no fan controls are included — you have no option to lower the fan speed. The fans are silent enough as they are, but options are always appreciated. Second, the included fans are white with a black frame, which go well with the white on black chassis model, but stick out on the black on black. Hey, I said these complaints were minor, all right?

If air cooling doesn’t meet your needs, the Switch 810 is a dream come true for water-cooling enthusiasts, with options available for a top- and bottom-mounted radiator, as well as four grommets to accommodate water-cooling tubes from an external radiator. 90mm of space is available for a top triple radiator, and two removable hard drive cages can allow space for a bottom dual one. Given this case offers enough storage capacity for seven hard drives, you’ll probably be able to afford sacrificing a few slots for the radiator.

Final Thoughts

The Switch 810 is an impressive chassis with a classy look and features hidden behind more features. Retailing at about $170, this case is not for your average PC user — but let’s face it, if you’re looking to buy a full-tower, you aren’t an average PC user. Given its overall build quality and host of features, the Switch 810 is well-worth the price. Whether you’re a water cooling enthusiast or just a high-end PC user that needs a roomy chassis, you can’t go wrong with the Switch 810.

Head to page 3 for the Switch 810′s specs

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