NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

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TEST RESULTS

System Measurements: CPU + GPU Load,
80°C Target GPU Temp
Avg. System
Fan Speed
800 RPM
(50%)
900 RPM
(60%)
980 RPM (70%)
1050 RPM (80%)
GPU Fan Speed*
1220 RPM
(44%)
1180 RPM
(43%)
1120 RPM
(42%)
1120 RPM
(42%)
CPU Temp
59°C
58°C
58°C
57°C
MB Temp
44°C
44°C
41°C
38°C
SSHD Temp
38°C
37°C
37°C
37°C
System Power (AC)
356W
355W
355W
355W
23~24 dBA
24 dBA
24~25 dBA
25 dBA
*set as low as possible to maintain target GPU temperature on load.
CPU fan at 60% (800 RPM).
Ambient temperature: 22°C.

For our system configuration, the stock fans running at 50% (800 RPM) produces the quietest result, 23~24 [email protected] with the GPU fans at 44% speed. Increasing the speed of the system fans doesn't have a big impact on CPU cooling, while motherboard cooling only see a noticeable improvement at 70% and above. The GPU does cool down enough to slow its fans slightly but the extra noise from the system fans generates a net noise gain for the system.

Removing the dust filter inside the front panel has barely any impact on performance. The bezel is so well ventilated, the filter has no influence.

The noise emitted doesn't differ much from what was produced during the baseline tests. The CPU and GPU fans sound worse than the stock case fans, but they don't spin fast enough to change the overall sound of the machine. At the machine's sweet spot, the noise is about as pleasant as 25 [email protected] can sound.

Comparison

Case Comparison: System Measurements
(CPU + GPU Load, 80°C GPU Temp at 22°C Ambient)
Case
Fractal Define S
NZXT Source 530
CM Silencio 652S
NZXT H440
NZXT Source S340
Antec P100
System Fan
630 RPM
(2 x 60%)
800 RPM
(2 x 50%)
550 RPM
(4 x 40%)
810 RPM
(3 x 60%)
910 RPM
(2 x 60%)
980 RPM
(2 x 80%)
GPU Fan
1120 RPM
1220 RPM
1120 RPM
1410 RPM
1170 RPM
1530 RPM
CPU
60°C
59°C
62°C
66°C
62°C
60°C
MB
45°C
44°C
45°C
51°C
46°C
44°C
SSHD
35°C
38°C
32°C
36°C
34°C
32°C
23 dBA
23~24 dBA
24 dBA
24 dBA
25 dBA
25~26 dBA
Size
58 L
61 L
57 L
53 L
38 L
56 L
Price (USD)
$75
$90
$110
$110
$70
$75

Compared to previously tested offerings at or around US$100, the Source 530 does fairly well, coming close to the Fractal Define S in overall performance. In terms of ventilation, it is the most "open" model in this comparison, but this doesn't hurt it in the noise department. Under our testing parameters, it can boast slightly improved CPU and motherboard temperatures as well as a lower noise level than most of the field.



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