NZXT Phantom 530 Chassis Review



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Today I have something very special in the office, the NZXT Phantom has always been a popular choice for system builders, PC gamers and general enthusiasts, but while I mean this is the nicest possible way, it’s getting a bit old these days and it was time for something new. NZXT has heard these calls and beaten the demands of the modern gamers and system builder into the Phantom 530, bringing it up to speed to be compatible with the high end components of a new generation.

With a price tag of £104.99 (ex shipping) the Phantom 530 is obviously targeted at the higher end of the chassis market, for extreme gaming rigs, enthusiast system builders and people who want the finer things in terms of quality for their systems chassis. To put it another way, the Phantom 530 is expensive, not every PC owner has over £100 to spend on a case, so when you get into this kind of budget your going to want nothing, but the best in terms of quality, features and performance, nothing else will do and we’ll be looking for all those aspects today.

I am of course hopeful that this chassis will do well, the original Phantom is still fantastic even today and NZXT have released an absolutely amazing range of cases in recent years that continue to innovate and impress both myself and fans of the NZXT brand, so let’s get straight to it and see just what NZXT have to offer with their latest high-end chassis design.

The packaging features the usual sleek look of other NZXT products and a nice big and clear image of the product, I normally take it as a good sign when a company is confident enough to show of the product properly on the box.

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Around the back we have a nice break down of the major features and functions of the chassis as well as some product compatibility information.

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NZXT stick with their tradition of including every screw you could possibly need to fully install everything in the system, all high quality black finish fittings, a standoff install tool and a fist full of cable ties to keep it all in check.

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There was also a couple of instruction / owners manuals in the box that provided basic information on how to install your system and maintain the chassis.

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  • Wayne

    It’s a super mid sized chassis. I like the fact they’ve lost the USB 2 ports. What still mystifies me is the inclusion of grommeted holes for water tubing on the back, I mean, have you ever seen anyone use them?… but that’s really a non-issue. Hopefully they’ll release the case in a whole host of colours as time passes but I do like the red. I’m so tired of back or white cases that I’m starting to miss the days of the beige box. Lol.

    • Nathan Risto

      I’ve seen lots of people using those holes. I just don’t understand why anyone would want to. Externally mounted (or unmounted) systems are not very elegant or practical.

      • fausto412

        i have never seen anyone who does…did you take pictures of the great white buffalo?

    • zoom314

      Yes, I think this case is a super mid sized chassis too, I’m looking for a true full tower, one that can accommodate a pair of 480 or 420 radiators and a power supply of any length, so far I know of only that could fit the bill, but so far Phanteks has not started selling them yet, latest word on Enthoo Primo is September or October, I can wait, but not forever, if NZXT made a stretched version of the 530 that could fill this requirement and not be made of aluminum or cost more than $250.00(US$), I could see Myself buying 2 cases, otherwise I can wait.

      • fausto412

        they do…check out the 630 model…it’s below $200 and it is a pretty big case.

      • KDS1234

        According to the specs this case is made of plastic and steel.

    • agooddecision

      No beige boxes! LoL. Never again!

  • fausto412

    can’t believe the reviewer didn’t point out the differences between this case and the 630.

  • DBF

    I love it but I need more than three drive bays in front. Four would be the minimum for me. One DVD, room for a more versatile fan controller and a memory slot reader.

    • P3can

      Fan controller is in the case

  • Charles Goh Chang Kang

    USB 2.0 ports are so obsolete. Glad they are gone. I’m leaning towards either the Phantom 530 or the Storm Stryker when I build my new PC (after GTX780Ti comes out of course!)

  • marc

    is FZ-200 or FS-200mm will sit perfectly on top of this chassis?


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