NZXT Phantom 530 Full Tower Case Review

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The push into retro styling has been a real case of hit or miss. We have seen it mainly in automobiles, and the results have been widely varied. Dodge/Chrysler can be credited for starting the movement and they have also been the most successful. The PT Cruiser was a huge success, even with the burden of having the mechanicals of a Neon lurking under the body. The Prowler was a great critical success, and the Charger has become an incredibly popular vehicle in many different sectors. Ford’s retooling of the Mustang to recall its late 60s models brought sales way up, while the retreatment of the Camaro resurrected the line from the dead. Other attempts, however, like the Chevy SSR, did not capture buyers’ attention quite as well.

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The one redux that stands out, though, is the Challenger. Whether you (or I) like it or not is inconsequential and subjective. The reason it stands out is for its execution and design. Unlike the Camaro and Mustang that tip their hats to their roots, the Challenger embraces them. When you look at it, you clearly see two things; an up to date vehicle and a 1970 Challenger. It looks as though the car was never discontinued and simply naturally evolved to keep up with the times. It isn’t forced or contrived, it looks totally natural.

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With the Phantom 530, NZXT has taken the distinctive Phantom styling and raised it to a new level with incredible refinement. The Phantom 530 is not just another pretty face, though, because under its flawless finish, the 530 is a full-tower that offers incredible versatility and cooling options. The Phantom 530 comes equipped with 200mm intake and 140mm exhaust fans with many more optional locations. The top of the 530 can accept 3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm or 2 x 200mm fans, as well as 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm and 360mm radiators. The bottom is ready for 2 x 120mm fans or 240mm radiator, complete with easily removable and cleanable dust cover. The existing 200mm intake can be switched out to 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fans or radiators, and a single 120/140mm can be mounted in the left side panel. Three modular HDD bays are removable and configurable for anywhere from one to six drives, and 2.5” SSD can be mounted on the rear of the MB tray. A ten-port fan hub is controlled with a three speed switch located on the front I/O. Rounding out the front inputs are two USB 3.0 ports, front panel audio, and reset and power switches. The Phantom 530 is available in gloss black, white and red, all with a large side window to show off your rig.

 

 

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