NZXT Source 530 Case Reviewhornybluecow - November 27, 2013
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NZXT Source 530 Closer Look:
Normally a chassis does not require a page dedicated to all of its extra features, but I felt it was necessary here. The NZXT Source 530 has a few surprises for a chassis priced under $100. First, let's start with the basics and then onto the surprise at the end. NZXT went above the standard by including a dedicated fan hub that supports up to ten fans. It is not often that a company is willing to add a device of this type. Rather companies usually let the consumer fork over even more money just to use the chassis to its full potential. The only downside to the hub is that it is just a distribution point and not a control mechanism; so all of the fans attached to it run at full speed.
As explained earlier in this review, NZXT took a different approach for the hard drive cages. On top of each hard drive tray being installed opposite of the norm, NZXT also chose to use three different cages - each its own size. It does puzzle me a bit why the designers chose this and I can only assume the reason is because they wanted to leave a hard drive bay if longer video cards are installed. Each cage is held in place by thumb screws on the back and once removed, the cage slides right out, thus creating a simple and effective method for a modular cage .
The top allows for installation of either three 120 or 140mm fans, as explained before. It also allows for installation of radiators for water cooling support, like the Corsair H100i pictured below. Installing it was easy enough and cleared the VRM heat sinks just fine. It is also possible to install up to a 360mm slim radiator, which will take up the top 5.25" bay once installed. This brings up the issue of being a compact full tower; you really have to treat this as a mid tower when it comes to water cooling support.
Following the top, the lower half of the chassis also supports a 240mm radiator. It was a surprise to me to find this feature listed in the manual because of the compact size of this full tower. Unless you can think outside the box, it may be hard to install everything needed for a custom water cooling setup. It will be a challenge once everything is installed, including the tubes, wires, and reservoir. It is good that NZXT tried to include features that may be overlooked or unused. Unlike the Fractal Design ARC XL with the bays that can be relocated to the left, once either front radiator is installed, you lose the ability to use the hard drive cages.