Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Source 530 full-tower chassis that we received comes in black, with a mix of vast steel panels, polished ABS plastic, and an almost full expanse of very tight mesh running down the front. There is a large window in the left side of the chassis, but the right side of the 530 is flat as can be. Moving to the inside, NZXT provides three 5.25" bays, six trays for 3.5" and 2.5" drives, as well as one other hidden 2.5" bay. The motherboard tray can house anything from Mini-ITX through EATX, offers wire management without grommets, an average sized CPU cooler access hole, and has plenty of tie points. In the back of the chassis, there are eight expansion slots offered in this design, and the PSU is mounted at the bottom.
The cooling setup is likely one of the better features found in the Source 530. While only two 120mm fans are provided, there are plenty of cooling options left. The front of the chassis will allow for two 120mm fans, or two 140mm fans, or even one 200mm fan and also room for a 240mm or 280mm radiator. Out of the box there is nothing currently in this location. The bottom of the chassis will allow for 120mm fans, two in total, and you could also place a radiator here, but not while there is one in the front. The roof of the chassis has holes for two 140mm fans, but if using 120mm fans, there is room for three.
Water cooling is also possible here, but we suggest only thin radiators in this location. They don't make any mention of the 120mm fan mount that is attached to the hard drive bays either, but assuredly, it's in there. The last bit of the puzzle is the rear of the chassis that houses a 120mm fan like the one in the roof of the chassis provided by NZXT, and you also have the option to place a 140mm fan here. That is a total of nine 120mm fans.
As we alluded to earlier, the pricing has gone up. Considering the base price of the previous mid-towers, add in a cool side window, increasing the overall size to a full-tower, removable bays, angled fan mounts, a GRID fan power hub, rear I/O LEDs, you can see why the price has to be increased with all these new add-ons. Considering the originals were near $50 and widely accepted, it may surprise you a bit to find out that with the new, larger, Source 530 that packs all these nice things into it this time around, will only set you back the asking price of $89.99.
What even makes things better for all the potential buyers that will rush to grab this new design, if you go to Newegg, they are selling this chassis with free shipping too. From what we have already gathered, by the time you are done with this review, I think you will agree that you get a ton of case for the investment with this new NZXT Source 530 full-tower chassis.