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NZXT Phantom 530 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 4:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: NZXT

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




As with all cases in the Phantom series, we are dealing with a steel inner construction, with a liberal use of plastic on the outside of the chassis. The Phantom 530 still keeps the very shiny finish, a center line down the top and front panels, it offers a front door panel, and receives some fresh touches to keep everything feeling new. Pulling out the tape measure you will find a chassis that stands 543mm tall, sits at 235mm wide and is 572mm deep, and weighing in at 10.5 kilograms. This chassis can house an ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, as well as an E-ATX motherboard. Drive bays are set up with three external 5.25" drives with tool-free lathes, and there is a six plus one arrangement of storage drives. There are six slide-out trays in three bay sections under the ODD section, as well as room for a single 2.5" drive behind the motherboard tray. This is also one of the only cases on the market that will show you up front that there is 26mm of room behind the motherboard tray at minimum, and up to 46mm in some of the deeper sections.


Cooling in the chassis is dealt with by two fans pre-installed into the chassis. There is a 200mm fan in the front of the chassis as the intake. The second fan in the chassis is the 120mm fan in the rear. This isn't to say that you are limited in cooling options, though. The front of the chassis can take on a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, and of course the 200mm fan that is shipped there. Also keep in mind, with the removable storage drive rack, this could be water cooling territory. The rear of the chassis can use a 120mm or 140mm, so all single radiator AIOs are fair game as well. The bottom of the chassis will hold a pair of 120mm fans in front of the PSU, and again, with the bays removed, this can house a radiator, too. You can add a 140mm fan to the left side panel to go behind the mesh insert if you wish, and then there is the top. There you can house a pair of 200mm fans, a pair of 140mm fans, or up to three 120mm fans - think of all that cooling potential.


Getting to the more important aspect of all case purchases, it has to be available and be at a good price. With the NZXT Phantom 530, all I see currently are listings at Newegg, and I say listings because this chassis is available in three versions. There is black, red and a white version that we were sent to look at, but no matter the color choice, they all list at $129.99 at the time of writing. There is a bit of shipping to include, but the total out the door pricing is $139.98, and is yet another example of a feature rich example of a full-tower chassis that doesn't seem to be gouging our wallets, like some cases do.


It seems to me that over the years, we are finally starting to get more and more tech and development in our case choices, and along with the time, the prices seem to be going down as well. While being a huge win-win scenario for potential buyers, I say we get down to why the new Phantom 530 from NZXT should be in your "must have" list of potential candidates.

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