Summary: 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.
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
Summary: If you are looking for a case with eight expansion slots, aggressive look, ample internal space, and sturdy construction, the NZXT Phantom 530 is a terrific choice. With a price tag of USD 130, we think this case provides an outstanding cost/benefit ratio for what it has to offer.
Summary: I was using a Phantom 630 for several months, so, in theory, not much about the Phantom 530 should have surprised me. The chassis design is essentially the same, only the overall scale has been downsized slightly. While the 630 is easily one of my favorite current cases, something about the Phantom 530 actually had more impact.
Conclusion: The Phantom 530 is currently available for $129.99 at Newegg , which puts it in a very competitive position for a full tower case. The water cooling support is a major plus with its ability to house up to four radiators of varying sizes. The modular HDD cages add a good amount of customizable options to accommodate the largest of video cards or front mounted water cooling setups.
Summary: To some, it may seem like NZXT has been milking the whole Phantom design for far too long, but why change a design that works? Their move to offer the Phantom 410, a smaller version of the original Phantom, has ultimately shown that the demand for such a chassis exists. Now, with the new Phantom 530, NZXT is taking the plunge and updating their mid-tower case with the new design we have come to know and love through the Phantom 630 and 820.
Pros: Modernized looks with Phantom genes, Excellent liquid-cooling support, Excellent ODD installation method, Three separate hard drive cages, PCB to connect up to 10 fans, Single 2.5" try on motherboard tray, Loads of space for long GPUs, PSU, and CPU cooler, One 200 mm and a single 140 mm fan right out of the box, Plenty of screws and zip ties included, Extremely good paint job, Each color variant with matching interior paint job, Dust filter for PSU and the front of th...
Cons: Flimsy hard drive trays, Fan PCB for 10 fans means you have to watch the overall power draw for high-end applications, No dust filter on the side panel, No 3.5" drive bay, Only two 5.25" bays, Basic I/O, Taking out a hard drive requires removing the side panel behind the motherboard tray
Summary: The NZXT Phantom 530 Case is a full tower so it has lots of space, looks great, plenty of drive bays, cable management, fits long video cards/PSUs, 30W fan controller, I/O LEDs, USB3 and more. They've done a fantastic job of improving on the original Phantom Case.
Summary: Shrinking the new Phantom layout from what was the Phantom 630 super-tower down to what we see in the Phantom 530 was a good move in my opinion. While not as roomy as the larger version, the Phantom 530 took every advantage it could with the layout and what is offered. At first, I had not checked the specs of this chassis, when I opened the box; it really was my first look at this design. It was then that I was constantly being impressed at almost every turn.
Conclusion: However I feel about NZXT's too frequent recycling of the Phantom aesthetic and design, it's still very hard to argue with results. I'm reluctant to fawn over the Phantom 530 because it feels extremely iterative instead of progressive. When the Phantom 630 was released, it was almost directly superior to the Phantom 820; NZXT created a great case in the 820, and then boldly obsoleted it not long after.
Summary: Phantom 530 is not only functional in every way, but it also has many features you will not find in a far more expensive full tower case. It's an amazing value for the money!
Pros: Three colors to choose from, Modular HDD cages of different sizes, Tool free HDD and ODD drive mounting is very easy and very secure, On board single 30 watt three speed fan controller, Ten fan 30 watt fan hub, 2.5-inch SSD tray positioned behind mother board tray, Water cooling support for large or small radiators (up to 360 mm), Large CPU back plate cutout, Support for up to 9 fans Excellent airflow throughout, Excellent cable routing, Large angled side window cover...