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NZXT Source 530 Case Review


NZXT Source 530 Testing:

Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3Dmark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).


Compared Cases:




The results are in and the Source 530 stands fairly well against the competition. The CPU and Video Card did very well at idle and load all without a front fan. I was a little suspicious of what this chassis could offer in a compact form. In fact, this was beneficial because even though everything is a bit closer, there is less space for air to linger. The chipset temperatures fell in the middle, but as we move onto the new 1150 Intel socket, the chipset temperatures are cool enough not to require a fan. This in turn shows even under load hitting 40 °C is not a big deal. The solution to lower the temps across the board is to install a front fan and that should drop the temperatures a few degrees. I would have liked to see NZXT add a front fan, but as you can see from the charts, it did not hurt the chassis enough to be noticed.

  1. NZXT Source 530: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. NZXT Source 530 Closer Look: The Case
  3. NZXT Source 530 Closer Look: Working Components
  4. NZXT Source 530 Closer Look: Advanced Features
  5. NZXT Source 530: Specifications & Features
  6. NZXT Source 530 Testing: Setup & Results
  7. NZXT Source 530: Conclusion
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