NZXT PHANTOM 530 Review

Up Close: Exterior Overview and Front

NZXT PHANTOM 530 Review

 

Up Close:  Exterior Overview and Front

The sample we have for review today is presented in crisp white.  If blanco doesn't float your boat though it's not a problem as the 530 can also be had in Blood Red or a rather fetching Matte Black.  Which ever colour you go for the thing you're most likely to notice first is that NZXT have finally released a Phantom with a reasonable size side window.  Granted it's not full width, angling as it does away from the front as it sweeps down, but as the style and shape is identical to the one we cut into Project NZXSPC we can hardly berate it (we shall expect our design commission cheques from NZXT in the post)

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Elsewhere the styling of the 530 remains true to the Phantom Brand, with stealth lines and subtle yet striking cut away angles.  The front of the case although given over in part to a fan grill is dominated by a large right side hinged door, opening as it does to reveal the external drive bays

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There are three 5.25" bays in total with each having an easily removed plastic blanking plate.  To the left of the catches there is a thin black strip, this is in fact back lit with LEDs giving power status and HDD activity

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Attention to detail and design nouse is shown in the form of a rebate in the reverse of the door, presumably to allow room for buttons and knobs on fan controllers etc.  The reset button can also be found skulking away in here.  No chance of it getting pressed accidentally in here is there!

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NZXT also display their name and logo so subly that it's hard to see and even harder to photograph.  Personally we'd rather see it in here than plastered all over the exterior as is the want of many other manufacturers.

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The front air intake of the 530 is covered by a very fine mesh grill through which the white blades of the 200mm NZXT fan can clearly be seen.  This intake is filtered, but you will have to take the front panel off to access it.

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Great, we've managed to persuade NZXT to give us what we want, big windows.  All we have to do now is persuade them to stop putting fan intakes in the side panels.  Although not too aesthetically disturbing it's hard to see what the point of it is, as it's too far back to be of any use to the HDDs which after all are being well looked after by the front intakes, and too low down to be of any real benefit to the GPUs

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02-09-2013, 08:16:21

tinytomlogan
NZXT have refreshed the Phantom line up in the form of the 530. It seems they've been listening to customer feedback, because guess what guys...It's got a bloody great window!!!

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...121303422l.JPG


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02-09-2013, 08:32:22

Feronix
Is it just me (or the photos) or is this case just really tall compared to the depth?

Either way, it looks nice. I liked the exterior of the 410/630/820 better but it's not bad. Definitely a good case from NZXT, as I had expected tbh.

02-09-2013, 08:38:36

SieB
Looks like a decent case, you can see a lot of similarities with it and the Switch 810 though. Not that is a bad thing.

02-09-2013, 08:42:05

Watsyerproblem
Looks great, the new window works wonders for the looks of this case.

02-09-2013, 09:13:15

FTR.4500MHz
Nice review as always. Spoted a typo on page 7, 1st paragraphe, 1st line: 350 instead of 530.

02-09-2013, 09:15:22

Remmy
You can already see people making a window of that mesh panel on the side panel

02-09-2013, 09:58:05

Spiderz
Not a fan of the phantom cases (bit too garish a design for me) but this looks like the best of the lot all round. Now if only NZXT would stop with any side mesh for fans and made that part slightly different, all would be good.

02-09-2013, 13:51:12

SolarNova
As much as i like the look of the phantom series, and i really do like them, they are the sleekest/curviest looking PC casses out. The paint, specificaly the white paint, chips VERY easily.
I went through 6 ..yes SIX (from different retailers), white Phantom 820's and each and every one of them had paint chiping issues on the corners of the doors. They would ether be pre-chiped, or chip within a couple uses of the door.

In the end i had to give up and bought a CM Storm Stryker Instead.

If the 530 uses the same paint and application method, i would Highly advise people to avoid the white one.
Other than the white paint issue the NZXT casses look great and have great features.
And their customer support is brilliant, I recommend them.

03-09-2013, 07:25:26

R0Y
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
NZXT have refreshed the Phantom line up in the form of the 530. It seems they've been listening to customer feedback, because guess what guys...It's got a bloody great window!!!
So, are you going to do a video review of this one, with all your water-cooling gear fitting tips and all? You could do a comparison between the 530 and 630 side-by-side. That would be really awesome. Please do

03-09-2013, 08:36:12

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by R0Y View Post
So, are you going to do a video review of this one, with all your water-cooling gear fitting tips and all? You could do a comparison between the 530 and 630 side-by-side. That would be really awesome. Please do

No mate Gary has the case with him. He has done the review I wont be doing any work on these. Ive not got the time to put a watercooled rig in everything sadly.

03-09-2013, 09:02:25

SuB
Lies, you've got all the time in the world! (lol) :P (I'm joking of course)

03-09-2013, 11:34:53

R0Y
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
No mate Gary has the case with him. He has done the review I wont be doing any work on these. Ive not got the time to put a watercooled rig in everything sadly.
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