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

I've installed the following hardware with the NZXT Switch 810:

AMD Phenom II 1090T X6 BE
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
Swiftech H20-320 Edge
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
2x2Gb OCZ Platinum XTE DDR3-2000
128Gb Crucial C300 RealSSD
Icy Dock 2" Adapter
1Tb WD Caviar Black
1Tb Hitachi Deskstar
2x320Gb Seagate 7200.10 RAID1
ASUS EAH5870 V2 1G
Zalman VF3000A Cooler
Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
NZXT HALE90 750W


I installed the Swiftech H20-320 Edge kit first to ensure it would fit without any issues. Since it uses a triple 120mm sized radiator with integrated pump and reservoir, I moved the NZXT top mounted 140mm fan and installed my own 120mm fans for it. The radiator would not install with pump facing front as the fixed 5" drive cage interfered with the tubing, however this orientation works just as well and as a bonus there is even access to the fill port on the reservoir. Due to this placement I could not install the optical drive in the top bay, and as such could not take advantage of the stealth cover for it, as the other bays don't offer recessed mounting.


One problem I ran into was when it came time to install the hard drives. NZXT uses plastic drive trays with metal mounting pins surrounded by rubber grommets. These appear to be the same trays as used in previous cases such as the H2 and Phantom, however when I installed them I discovered that these pins did not fit easily into the mounting holes in the drives. I suspect a pin with either a slightly smaller diameter or a tapered end would resolve this issue, however I had problems installing every one of my drives. The result was that the head of the pins stuck out beyond the edge of the tray and interfered with sliding the tray back into the slot in the case. I had to forcibly pound each pin into its hole with the butt of a screwdriver, something I didn't appreciate having to do with shock-sensitive hard drives.


Despite the problems with the drive trays, I'm happy to report no issues with the grommets popping out of the motherboard tray, something that has plagued every other NZXT case I've reviewed recently. There were no other major problems, just one or two nuisances, like not having anything to hold onto while sliding the side panels off like I mentioned previously, and initially I could not get the rear illumination to work. I was subsequently told that the hot-swap SATA power must be connected to utilize this feature. I did have to force the back side panel back on due to the thickness of all the wiring back there. NZXT claims 23mm of clearance, but that's less than an inch of space, and stiff cables like the main ATX, CPU and PCI-E power cables don't like to make right-angle bends. Probably had I spent more time individually routing and tying off each cable things would be neater and the panel would go back on much easier.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.


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