Introduction and Technical Specification

 NZXT PHANTOM 530 Review  



Back at the start of this decade NZXT released the original Phantom.  Representing as it did a bit of a change in aesthetic direction it wasn't without its detractors.  The main criticism levelled at it, and as such, subsequent continuations of the breed was that it was insubstantial and "plasticy", although it has to be said that these comments came predominantly from those who had never actually seen ones in the flesh.  Wind the clock on 3 years and following the larger 820 and 630, and of course the smaller 410, we now have the 530, sitting as you might imagine both size and price wise between the 410 and 630.

In trying to make a little more sense as to where the 530 sits in the range, it's perhaps easier to think of the 530 as a cut down 630 rather than a larger 410.  This is in the main due to it offering much the same functionality of the 630 in a smaller enclosure.

For full details of Specification and features best we have a look at the tables


Technical Specification


Full Tower

Model Number

CA-PH530-W1 White
CA-PH530-B1 Black
CA-PH530-R1 Red

Drive Bays

External 5.25" x 3
Internal 3.5" /2.5": 6
Internal 2.5": 1 + 6

Cooling System

Front 2x140mm/ 120mm or 1x200mm
(1 x 200mm included)
Rear 1x140mm (included) / 120mm
Bottom 2x120mm
Side 1x140mm
Top 2x200mm/140mm or 3x120mm
Interior 1x120mm/140mm

 Water Cooling Support

Roof:  Up to 360mm (120.3) or 280mm (140.2) Max 43mm depth including fans

Front:  Up to 240mm (120.2)  Max 135mm depth including fans

Floor:  Up to 240mm (120,2) Max depth 75mm not including fans


CPU 183mm

VGA 282mm (With Pivot Fan)
VGA Card 310mm (With Cage)/ 444mm (Without Cage)
Cable Management 26mm (Lowest Point)/ 34mm (Highest Point)


235mm x 572mm x 543mm


Steel, Plastic

Motherboard Support

ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX   (322x272mm)

Expansion Slots


External Electronics

1 x Audio / Mic
2 x USB 3.0

Product Weight

10.5 kg


2 Years



  • Single channel, 30W fan controller with integrated fan hub
  • Up to three 200mm fans for maximum airflow
  • Discrete SSD mount behind motherboard tray
  • 34mm of cable management clearance
  • Fully modular, interchangeable hard drive cages
  • Signature rear I/O LEDs + Latest USB 3.0 connection
  • Large acrylic window
  • Extensive liquid cooling support includes Kraken X40/X60 all-in-one solutions and radiators of up to 360mm in size


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Most Recent Comments

02-09-2013, 12:32:22

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.Quote

02-09-2013, 12:38:36

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.Quote

02-09-2013, 12:42:05

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

02-09-2013, 13:13:15

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

02-09-2013, 13:15:22

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

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