NZXT Phantom 530 Full-Tower Chassis - Closer Look - Inside

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NZXT Phantom 530 Full-Tower Chassis
Closer Look - Inside
Features, Specifications and More
Phantom 530 Installation
Testing and Final Thoughts

Closer Look - Inside:

On the inside this case closely resembles the Phantom 630. The modular design of the 530 is a carbon copy of its big brother. This is a scaled down version that would be great for someone that might have limited space. 

Panel off

Panel Off

On the inside this case closely resembles the Phantom 630. The modular design of the 530 is a carbon copy of its big brother. This is a scaled down version that would be great for someone that might have limited space. 

The Phantom 530 has a great setup for hard drives. It has six standard 3.5-inch slide out trays that can support normal hard drives or 2.5-inch SSD's.  These are broke into three cages that can be configured into a multitude of positions depending on your space requirements. Whether you have large video cards that need extra room, or you want to mount radiators on the bottom, NZXT definitely put some thought into flexibility.

Now you may be saying to yourself, I only use SSD's and don't want any of the standard HDD cages in the way, well NZXT thought of that too.  The Phantom 530 has a quick-connect SSD tray that mounts behind the motherboard tray. It uses a standard thumb screw to stay secured in place. I thought this was a great idea as a lot of people are moving to SSD's and needing more space for different cooling configurations.

SSD Mount

SSD Mount on Rear of Motherboard Tray

 

The front door of this case houses three 5.25-inch as well as a reset button. Any bays you decide not to use have covers to maintain a sleek look when not in use. I'll also add that the door stays securely closed with magnets. One drawback I can see with this is that the door only opens to 90º and could be bumped if you forgot it was opened. 

Optical Drive Installed

Optical Drive Installed

Tool-less Drive Mount

Tool-less Drive Mounts

 

The Phantom 530 comes with 2 fans included, one 200mm fan in the front and a rear 140mm fan. With all the fan configurations available, I was hoping to see additional fans in this case. The fans that were included were adequate for basic cooling, but unless you plan on using radiators I would pick up at least one additional fan. I ended up adding a 120mm to the internal swiveling bracket to promote a bit more air flow.

Front Bezel and Fan

Front Bezel Off & Fan

Case Stripped

Case Stripped

 

NZXT definitely makes its cases easy to tear down. The facades are securely fastened with strong plastic retaining clips. This method makes it pretty easy to take the front and top off, which comes in very hand when you want to reconfigure your fans, or replace them with radiators.

The Phantom 530 has a built in fan controller as well as a handy top mounted USB/Audio hub. The USB/Audio area has two USB 3.0 ports, microphone, and headphone connections.

Top Ports

Top Ports

Power & Fan

Power & Fan

 

The fan controller relies on a connector hub which supports up to ten fans and supplies 30W of power. The fan speed selector has three settings (low, medium, high). There is also an I/O light button in this area that allows you to light up the rear I/O area. I love when cases have this because you don’t have to scramble to find a flash light if you need to plug in a new component.