NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis Review

by - 6 years ago

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Interior


The interior looks a lot like many other NZXT chassis, featuring the huge CPU cooler mounting cut-out at the back, multiple cable routing cut-outs and pre-installed motherboard stand-offs. We can see NZXT haven’t included rubber grommets for the cable routing holes, but they do have smooth edges and doesn’t look particularly untidy.

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the base features six large rubber stumps that will provide a good seat for our PSU, these should help with airflow and also help reduce vibration. To the right we have a pair of 120mm fan mounts, although you would need to slide out the bottom HDD bay to take full advantage of both.

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There is a single 120mm fan mounting in the back and each of the 8 expansion slots comes fitted with quick release thumb screws and a re-usable ventilated cover.

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There are three 5.25″ bays with snack-lock metal clips for easy installation and removal of drives. Below that we have three HDD bays in a 3+2+1 modular format, each can be removed and changed around to suit your needs, or all removed completely to free up space for a front radiator. There is also an extra 120mm / 140mm fan mount on the left side of the top HDD bay, perfect for pushing more air toward your GPU.

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There is plenty of clearance above the motherboard for a radiator or cooling fans. However, long radiators will conflict (at least) the first optical drive bay.

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Around the back we see even more classic NZXT features. Quick release thumb screws on the HDD bays, drive trays that slide out to the rear side of the chassis and a load of cable tie down loops.

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In the centre we have a 10 port fan control hub to help you power the 9 fans that you can install in this chassis, not to mention any extra fans you may have on CPU cooler / radiators. To the right of the we have a handy 2.5″ stealth HDD mount.

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Cable management should be super easy with 25mm of behind the motherboard.

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The front panel will take 2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm or a single 200mm fan. Unfortunately there isn’t one pre-installed here but at least NZXT have included two fans on the chassis, so you could always move one if you wish.

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The front panel features a light mesh covering, but behind it you will also find a washable filter, it’s not the most accessible dust filter ever, but I’m happy to see there is one.

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