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NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower PC Case Review

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Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications

Introduction

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PC enclosures continue to evolve as new hardware comes to market like Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge processors, affordable solid state drives, and custom liquid cooling solutions. It is more critical than ever that users pay strict attention to not only what a PC case looks like, but what hardware it supports. Since it was founded in  2004, NZXT has been developing unique PC cases to satisfy the appetites of PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts alike. Their latest creation dubbed the Switch 810 is a full-tower "hybird" case that is optimized to support liquid cooling or air-cooled solutions.

 

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The Switch 810 brings together many crowd favorites like right-mounted hard drives with removable HD cages and support for 140 to 240mm radiators to give users a plethora of options for cooling their PC components. If you don't want to go the liquid cooling route, the Switch 810 has room for 10 fans on the front, back, top, and bottom panels. PC builders can use 120mm or 140mm fans, and NZXT starts them off by including four 140mm fans with the Switch 810 to provide excellent airflow for any PC setup.

Continue reading our review of the NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower PC Case!

 

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This full tower case retails for $169.99 and supports a variety of motherboards including extended ATX, ATX, micro ATX, and mini ITX to name a few. There are four external 5.25" drive bays and six internal 3.5" drive bays to give users plenty of storage space and also provide room for multiple DVD and Blu-ray burners. One of the 5.25" bays has a hot-swappable SATA hard drive cage that supports 3.5" hard drives and 2.5" solid state drives.

 


Check out our video walk through of the NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower PC Case!

 

Features

  • Supports high-end water cooling solutions up to three fans for push and pull configuration: 90mm of internal top space with top 360/420mm and bottom 140/240mm radiator support for unmatched liquid cooling
  • Four watercooling cutouts for easy liquid cooling management on the rear panel
  • Spacious CPU cutout for mounting high-end CPU coolers without removing the motherboard
  • Removable top 5.25” plates to accommodate wide radiators
  • Clever hybrid fin design allows the user to choose between maximum airflow or sound reduction
  • Innovative right-mounted HDDs for easy hard drive replacement
  • Removable HDD pull-out cages and large storage capacity for 7 hard drives
  • Equipped with two 140mm pivot fan slots for directing airflow at 15⁰ to the VGA and CPU
  • Rear white light for visibility in dark environments with a toggle switch
  • Dual high-speed USB 3.0, hard drive dock along with a SD card reader for transfer and quick access to multimedia
  • Nine expansion slots for installing EATX motherboards with Quad SLI or Triple Crossfire
  • Supreme cooling capacity with up to ten 140/120mm fans
  • Stress-free wire management and 23mm clearance in the rear allows for superb wire-tucks
  • Ten large specialized cutout holes for easy cable management
  • Easily removable bottom filters in the front and rear to prevent dust from entering
  • Tool-less 5.25” and 3.5”/2.5” SSD hard drive installation for convenience and ease of accessibility

 

Technical specifications (from NZXT's website)

MODEL Switch 810
CASE TYPE Hybrid Full Tower
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 235 x 595 X 585 mm
VGA Clearance Maximum
375mm (w/out fan), 350 (installed), 285 (full pivot)
COOLING SYSTEM

FRONT, 2 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
REAR, 1 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
TOP, 3 X 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
BOTTOM, 2x 120/140mm
INTERIOR, 2x 120/140mm (1x 140mm included)
SIDE, Large acrylic window

DRIVE BAYS 4 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
6 INTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE BAYS
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel, Plastic
EXPANSION SLOTS 9
WEIGHT 9.1 kg
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, MICRO-ATX, Mini-ITX

 

February 8, 2012 | 01:54 PM - Posted by Swoosh (not verified)

I hope they could make a version of this Switch 810 model to accommodate the upcoming and
very much awaited EVGA and ASUS dual lga2011 socket motherboard for PC enthusiast. Since it
can accommodate a 360mm radiator on its top with push/pull fan setup, by extending the
motherboard's installation width area for an additional 6 inches would result huge
difference and would give PC enthusiast a lot of room for installing different kinds
very hi end components including those HTPX dual socket motherboards as mentioned.

- Bottom line, NZXT gave us another quality, hi end, full featured, cool looking and
affordable product the Switch 810. Needless to say, this is what Coolermaster should do
with their COSMOS II case as far as giving enthusiast a lot of head room and FREEDOM
to install any aftermarket components they like including those fan controller(s) and not
just stuck on some messy pre-installed fan controller that doesn't help but intervenes with
your setup making it more harder to route and install wires and connectors needed by your
hi end components specially if you have lots of them.

February 8, 2012 | 02:22 PM - Posted by amythompson172

This case may be overkill for an air cooled rig but every website review out there loves it for water cooling. You can fit up to 7x120 worth of radiators inside the case without modifications.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00752QYLU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=...

February 8, 2012 | 10:14 PM - Posted by Jesus to a child (not verified)

That wasn't a review, it was a product preview.

February 10, 2012 | 12:23 PM - Posted by Annoyingmouse (not verified)

Pretty nice, NZXT has come a long way from the maker of those horrid, gaudy robot face cases a decade ago.

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