NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

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NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

August 31, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

NZXT Source 530
ATX Tower Case

NZXT cases usually have a bold visual style along with a tidy interior that keeps the more unsightly guts of the system out of view. The H440 is a prime example, with its striking asymmetric design, hidden power supply and drive bays, and the various color accent options. Their more affordable models also exhibit the NZXT style, like the Source S340, possibly the best looking tower on the market at the sub-US$100 price-point. The larger Source 530 examined here belongs to the same family, but it abandons some of NZXT's design theme in favor of airflow to maximize performance.

The Source 530.

This ATX tower is a bit of anomaly in NZXT's catalogue, a fairly open mid-range design available only in a single matte black model like their budget modes; usually, a NZXT case priced at US$90 has multiple color options. The Source 530 has some girth to it, measuring close to 20 inches in height/depth and more than 9 inches in width. The heavily ventilated front panel accommodates two 120/140 mm fans or a single 200 mm giant. The ceiling has fully exposed fan mounts with a raised design that support up to three 120/140 mm fans, making it the perfect spot for securing a radiator for watercooling. The interior is not covered up in any way and the window is shaped and positioned to look away from from the messier areas.

Front panel.

The Source 530's front panel is imbued with a bit of NZXT's iconic asymmetric design but it's so slight that it can be mistaken for shipping damage. The top-right adds to this effect as there's a slight droop where the hard drive activity LED is located, making the corner appear caved in. The plastic bezel has semi-reflective solid sides while the front has a mesh design covering a grate with larger holes on the inside. The case's three tool-less 5.25 inch drive covers are made up of a similar mesh material.


A small white box inside the case is packed with the icnluded accessories. Each set of screws is separated into individual bags along with bolts (presumably for mounting fans to a radiator), a nut driver to secure the standoffs, and numerous zip-ties for bundling up cables.

Specifications: NZXT Source 530
(from the product web page)
Size Full Tower
Model Number CA-SO530-M1
Drive Bays External 5.25": 3
Internal 3.5"/2.5": 6
Internal 2.5": 1 + 6
Cooling System Front: 2x 140mm/120mm or 1x200mm
Rear: 1x 140mm/120mm (1x120mm included)
Bottom: 2x120mm
Top: 2x 140mm or 3x120mm (1x120mm included)
Interior: 1x120mm/140mm
Clearance CPU Cooler: 183mm
VGA Card: 282mm (With Cage & Pivot Fan, 310mm (With Cage), 444mm (Without Cage)
Cable Management: 26mm (Lowest Point), 34mm (Highest Point)
Dimensions 235mm x 507mm x 510.5mm (60.9 liters)
Material Steel, Plastic, Mesh
Motherboard Support ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, EATX (322x272mm)
Expansion Slots 8
External Electronics 1 x Audio/Mic
2x USB 3.0
Product Weight 9.2 kg
Warranty 2 Years

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