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NZXT Source 530 Mid-Tower Chassis Review - Inside the Source 530

NZXT Source 530 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
The Source series gets serious as it moves away from a budget chassis, and into this feature-rich Source 530 that NZXT has us looking at today.
By: | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: NZXT

Inside the Source 530

 

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The first glance inside of the Source 530 is reminiscent of a Phantom, or even on the verge of a smaller Switch layout. The wiring is tied up once the ends were bagged, and as for the hardware, it is in the box in the bottom drive tray.

 

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There is a bit of room at the top for fans and wiring before the three 5.25" bays actually start, and on this side of those bays there are heavy too-free latches to secure devices here. These clips are more than secure, but there is also the option to back them up with screws on the other side.

 

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The six storage trays are split into three modular cages. The top section holds three drives and has the optional angle-able fan bracket on the left of it. Then there is a dual bay and a single bay cage. Not only can these be swapped around or removed, even the base is removable to make way to install fans.

 

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The top of the chassis ships with a single 120mm fan with a black frame and white blades. There is easily room for more fans, and with the drop of the motherboard in this design, thin radiators with fans will also fit here easily.

 

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The motherboard tray has a CPU cooler access hole that matches the window and should give great access. There are seven management holes, none have grommets, but there are also twenty visible tie points to keep things neat and tidy.

 

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The floor of the chassis offers six feet for short and long PSUs with a large hole in the try by it to get the wires behind the tray. Toward the front of the chassis there is one of the two fan spots on the floor. Of course the PSU needs to play nice, and the lower section and base of the hard drive rack need to be out to do this.

 

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A matching 120mm fan to that in the top is what is found exhausting again, this time through the back of the chassis offering negative pressure inside of this chassis. As for the eight expansion slots, thumbscrews are used to secure them and add-on cards.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is a minimum of 34mm of space offered. NZXT does some lighthearted wire management, but nothing up to our standards, as we will be readdressing that.

 

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Almost dead center of the chassis on the back of the tray there is a GRID fan power hub without the cover and LEDs. To the right of it is the optional 2.5" drive tray, so an SSD can run the system and the bays can be completely removed.

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