NZXT Phantom 530 Full-Tower Chassis - Testing and Final Thoughts

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

Testing:

Once I had everything in its place and ready to go I fired this beast up. The fan controller was really easy to use. Having one control for all the fans made it easy to set and forget, since that’s what most of us do I think. As I stated before, I think the rear I/O LED is great! It is a must have now-a-days for any build. This makes it really easy when you need to connect or disconnect anything without having to fuss around for a flashlight.

 

Conclusion:

All in all, I think this case is great! There is a lot of thought put into the modular design that can be utilized by anyone. Whether you're looking for an air cooled case, or you're planning on running a wild, water cooling setup this case can fit your needs. Novices and hardcore enthusiasts alike will find that this case makes their build process smooth and easy. 

The material quality was very good and I was unable to find any fault in the workmanship no matter how hard I looked. The steel and plastic construction is sturdy and has the feel it will hold up to multiple builds. It is definitely a case built to last!

I love when cases come with their own fan controller. It definitely saves some time and money, and you don't have to worry about a different controller, 'not looking right with the case'.

One drawback was the absence of an ATX 8-Pin, I felt with all the other additions and features this would be a no-brainer. 

The installation went very smooth. It was only helped by NZXT's straight forward design. It didn’t take very long from start to finish.  There was plenty of room to maneuver in the case, and NZXT furnished many options for routing. NZXT could only make it easier by sending someone to install everything for me. I ran into no snags and everything went smooth. A novice builder that can read instructions should have no issues getting this case up and running in one go.

I felt the value of this case was solid. With a price tag of $129 (currently), this case is a good deal. The quality and modularity you get from this case is definitely worth what you pay for it. It may not be as flashy as the Phantom 820, or as large as the Phantom 630, but it definitely fits right in with its older brothers. NZXT really brings the quality with every design I've seen thus far.

 

Overall, I'm happy with the Phantom 530. It met my expectations and functions great. It has a great look and can be configured to suit anyone's needs now or in the future.

Pros:
  • Plenty of room
  • Easy routing and cable management
  • Rear Mounted SSD tray
  • Integrated fan controller
  • Modular design
  • Many tool-less connections
  • Bold look
 
Cons:
  • Absence of an ATX 8-Pin extension cable
  • Would like to see additional fans included

 

This case earns a solid 9.3 and is therefore awarded our "Gold" editors choice award. It's a stylish case that trims off some "fat" from other Phantom cases and still remains very functional and looks very slick.

 

I'd like to thank NZXT for sending this case over for us to review. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum at the link below.