NZXT Switch 810 Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-20-2012
Provided by: NZXT

The Switch 810 is available in a black/black or white/black color combination. The finish on both the plastic and painted metal pieces is a high gloss that looks great. With beveled edges and corners, and angled trim panels and window, the Switch has an understated but far from plain design. There are four externally accessible 5" drive bays, with easy-to-remove blanks including one stealth optical drive cover, and hidden front I/O panel and hot-swap drive dock. The side window also has beveled edges and a smooth installed appearance with no visible attachment points.

The rear of the case at first glance looks pretty standard with a bottom mount power supply opening and rear exhaust grill. However there are nine riser slots not seven and four tubing grommets instead of only two. Clearly the Switch will handle a little more gear than the average case. Additionally there's an extra tall exhaust opening with slotted mounting holes to allow vertical adjustment of the fan position. Three thumbscrews hold each side on, however there is no raised lip to use for a finger hold when removing the panels.

The top panel has a removable trim piece with vents that can be opened or closed via a slide at the rear. Some airflow is still possible even when closed as there is a small gap around the outside edge of the panel. Up to three 120/140mm fans can be installed between the chassis and trim panel if desired. The bottom of the case has dual removable filters that cover the front fan openings as well as the rear power supply grill. These slide out to the front and rear and are held in place by the same push-click switches as the top and front panels. Up to two 120/140mm fans can be installed inside the case; there is not room for fans between the chassis and filters.

The optical drive cover is spring-loaded and operates smoothly. The flap that covers the front I/O panel is a little stiff and hard to open. There are two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as an SD card reader slot, headphone/microphone jacks and reset and rear light button switches. This switch toggles the illumination for the rear I/O panel. The case is raised off the floor to allow for airflow, however rather than standard rubber pads for feet, there are these " tall mesh grills that run the length of both sides.

Let's open the Switch 810 and have a look at the interior.

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