NZXT Source 530 Case Reviewhornybluecow - November 27, 2013
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NZXT Source 530 Closer Look:
NZXT took a different approach to the placement of standard I/O ports and Power / Reset buttons. As you can see below, the front has the logo lit by a white LED (covered later) with the mic and headphone jacks next to it. To the right of that are two USB 3.0 ports, which has become a steady replacement of USB 2.0 (since it is backwards compatible). The audio jacks were a bit of a disappointment because of a grounding issue; I often heard a buzzing sound. After wiggling the cables around enough, I was able to get it cleared away and it did not come back. I never did figure out what caused the issue in the first place, but luckily it was not around long enough to matter. Next, on the right front side is the power, LED lights, and reset buttons. All three felt solid enough and I did not have any trouble pressing them down. Unlike other chassis, while the buttons are made of plastic, I felt I could press on them for a long period of time without them breaking.
Removing the front panel was not very hard and the only annoyance is the plastic pins that so many companies like to use. In this case, I did not have to fiddle with it much. I was able to pinch the bottom two and work my way up until I felt comfortable enough to pull the panel off all of the way. This time around you may want to actually remove the front to either install new fans or clean the secret dust filter. Yes, I said secret! Behind the front panel is a built in dust filter that can detach from the normal mesh, which can be cleaned and clipped back in. I spent a bit of time trying to clip it back into place, but if you are only doing this once a year, it is not that bad. I really was not expecting this. This is great, even if it is a bit of a hassle to get to because at least NZXT thought to add one. The fans themselves in the front are not included, but support for either two 120/140mm fans or a 200mm fan is an option.
The manual and a box containing all the screws were located inside the chassis. After past reviews and getting some feedback, I started to look at the manuals more to see if it holds up. NZXT delivers and gives a detailed diagram of what is modular inside the chassis, and what each screw is for. The Cooler Master Stacker was a good example of what not to do, which only includes a sheet with a YouTube channel link. I am still a little bitter about that, but NZXT has gone beyond the norm to make sure you know where everything goes, which is great news for any novice.
The chassis has a few surprises itself when it comes to lighting. After turning it on for the first time, I instantly noticed the nice lit NZXT logo on the front. To the right of that is the hard drive access light that blinks with a white LED when the hard drive is in use. Located on the right side of the front panel in between the reset and power buttons is where the light switch is. It is an unlabeled button and I did not even notice it until I accidentally pressed it trying to power the machine on. Once the button is pressed, you will notice the back of the chassis lights up with two white LEDs. This is something that I have not seen in a chassis yet. All too often I am fumbling around plugging cords into the motherboard I/O ports in the dark. Overall, the LEDs are fairly dim, but bright enough to illuminate the logo and see the I/O ports on the back. I really enjoy this extra bit of care placed into the chassis and it made my life a bit easier when trying to plug cables in.