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Conclusions

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.

Strong Points

  • Eight expansion slots with vented covers
  • LEDs to illuminate the rear panel
  • Top-notch construction quality
  • Excellent price for its features and construction quality
  • Air filter for the power supply and bottom fans, removed from the front and rear panels
  • Supports six 3.5” and seven 2.5” devices
  • Support for video cards up to 12.8” (325 mm) on its default configuration or 18.1” (460 mm) if the corresponding hard drive cage is removed
  • Very flexible configuration for the hard drive cages
  • Support for radiators on the top (up to 360 mm), front (up to 280 mm), and bottom (up to 140 mm) panels
  • A huge cutout in the motherboard tray for accessing the backplate of the CPU cooler
  • Holes with rubber covers for routing cables behind the motherboard tray
  • Clearance of 1” (27 mm) behind the motherboard tray for routing cables
  • Clips for fastening cables using cable ties
  • Anti-vibration rings for 3.5” hard disk drives

Weak Points

  • Could have USB 2.0 ports on the front or top panel, in addition to the USB 3.0 ones