NZXT put some serious effort into the Switch 810, which is a hulking gaming case two feet tall and wide and weighs in at 31 pounds. From the weight, you may have guessed it’s built from steel. The entire case is coated in matte black paint which looks great. It is designed for maximum airflow or maximum water cooling, depending on which you choose for cooling. This case has a few unique features we know you’re going to like.
I am reviewing this case with some brand new hardware today that should get your juices flowing.The motherboard is an ASUS server 79PE-D8, which comes with two LGA 2011 CPU sockets, each with quad ddr3 1600 slots. These will hold our two Xeon E5-2620 2.5ghz hexacore processors as well as our 64 GB or memory. Both processors will be cooled by H100 water cooling. There are six six gigabits per second SATA slots as well as 8 three per second slots. The six slots will be filled with 10 terabytes of storage as well as a 128gb SSD drive to boot from. There are seven PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots on board. We will be filling three of them with high end video cards: two Geforce GTX 660Ti’s in SLI and one EVGA GTX560. All of this hardware will be powered by a CoolerMaster Silent ProM 1000 watt PSU. I know you’re wondering why i’m filling the Switch 810 gaming case up with this kind of hardware, and I promise I’ll tell you in our next video. Now let’s switch back to the case, starting with the front.
The front of the switch sports a hidden I/O bay, including 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, headphone and mic jacks, as well as your reset button and another button we will explain later. There are two 140mm fans slots up front, one of which is included.There are 4 5.25 drive bays, one of which is already in use which we’ll explain later. To remove the fan cover, push the NZXT logo. At the very bottom you will also find easy access to your fan filters for cleaning. +1 for that.
The top of the Switch has a slide lock toward the back, which allows you to open and close vent slits for the top fans in order to lower the noise all those fans will put out. There is room for three 140 mm fans, one of which is included.The power button is also located up top. You’ll notice we dont have the top attached right now, because for this setup we needed the extra room for the H100 cooling fans. You’ll notice the fans stack quite nicely with the screw hole layout provided.
The back of the case is fairly standard, containing a 140mm fan for outflow, 9 PCI expansion slots, four rubber grommets for water cooling, and a cutout for the bottom mount PSU.
Inside the case you’ll find ten rubber grommets for cable management. This is an increase in grommets from what we’re used to seeing. There is also a one inch gap in the back to hide the cable mess. There is space for a bottom 140mm fan. Above that, is an angle-adjustable 140mm fan to deliver cool air to your GPU and CPU, similar to the Phantom 410 which was the last NZXT case we reviewed. There are two independent hard drive racks, which have two handles that are pinched together to remove the rack. We’ll not here that the adjustable fan needs to be unmounted in order to remove the top hard drive rack. On the bottom 5.25 bay is a preinstalled, hot swappable hdd bay. Rack up a hard drive, slide it in, and the sata data/power connections will be made. This is an AWESOME feature. Another unique feature of this case is the LED located in the back. Push the button in the front of the case to illuminate the back end for better visibility when plugging in components in dimly lit areas.
The 5.25 and 3.25 bays feature the tool-less design we are used to seeing from NZXT.
The NZXT Switch 810 is a great gaming case. With extensive options for both water and fan cooling, it’s ready to handle the hottest hardware on the market. From the excellent attention to detail in it’s design, all the way to it’s sweet paint job, this case is worth every penny. And don’t forget the hot swappable hdd feature, which really sold us. If you’re looking for a new gaming chassis, take a long look at the Switch 810, which sells for around 200 dollars.