NZXT Phantom 530 Full-Tower Chassis - Phantom 530 Installation

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

Installation:

This case has a lot of options and configuration styles to make any type of installation a snap. All the hardware needed for any type of configuration is included, all bagged and labeled for convenience. The manual also lists what each set of hardware is supposed to be used for, so even a novice builder can be sure of what they need to do. The motherboard plate is stamped with the connection points for each type of supported board so there is no confusion. I think stamping is definitely a superior method of informing the consumer where they need to put stand offs. Some cases just come with a paper indicator this that is easily lost after the first build. In addition the motherboard mounting area sports grommeted ports for routing the cabling for your rig. I find this adds a nice look when all is said and done.  

Mobo Tray Close

Mobo Tray Close

Hardware

Hardware

Grommet

Grommet

 

The Hard drive installation was really easy with the provided screw-less rail system. The tray snaps right onto the hard drive without needing hardware and slides right into the cage. The Hard drive installation was really easy with the provided screw-less rail system. The tray snaps right onto the hard drive without needing hardware and slides right into the cage. 

Drive Rails

Drive Rails

Drive Installed

Drive Installed

 

Installing my optical drive was simple as well. There is a quick connect on the side of each 5.25-inch bay. All you have to do is snap it open, slide the drive in, and snap it shut. I usually add a screw to the opposite side to make sure there is no vibration, but I found that the quick connect snaps really held everything tight and secure.

Installing the power supply was pretty straight forward. There are six "feet" in this section that can support even the longest power supplies with ease. My smaller Ultra 750w PSU fit onto four of these feet. Using the provided hardware the PSU was secured in about a minute.

Motherboard Installed Installing

 

Mounting my motherboard was pretty easy. I had to use the additional stand-off provided because my board is an ATX-E board. The board was simple to mount as well, no fuss and there was plenty of room to maneuver around.

While routing my PSU cables I did notice one issue.  The Phantom 530 did not come with an ATX 8-Pin extension cable. I like routing all my cables under the motherboard tray for a nice clean look; so, I had to use my own extension cable to get this done. The cable would have routed above the board fine but I like a nice clean look with minimal disruption from cables. 


 

Cable Management Tidy Job

 

Everything else went very smooth, routing for the most part was made easy by the many ports I had available. Behind the motherboard tray there were plenty of pre-stamped tie off points so I could make my wiring job look nice and neat.

With my power supply not being modular, I was able to find a handy spot to hide all the ugly wires that weren't being used. Right under the hard drive cages, there is a support that gave me a nice hiding spot.

On the last page, we'll talk about testing this case and share our thoughts as we wrap things up in our conclusion.