NZXT has a brand new ATX mid-tower case out. It’s the H510 Elite. This elegant looking case is currently in the market for $150 (down from $170 in August). The design like in all previous H series cases from NZXT is minimalistic. But the H510 Elite comes with two tempered glass side-panels. In this article we will be reviewing this case.
Let’s get started!
NZXT H510 Elite: The tl;dr Review
Before we discuss the H510 Elite in more detail, let us first start with a quick overview of what we like and what we dislike about this case:
What we liked:
- Minimalistic and elegant design
- Good thermal performance
- Keeps the noise to a minimum
- Two built-in RGB fans
- Comes with a port for USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
What we didn’t like too much:
- Price is a bit steep for a CPU case
- Comes with only two USB ports
- Required USB headers
- Doesn’t have drive caddies
Now let us look at the specs and the design aspect of the NZXT H510 Elite in more detail:
NZXT H510 Elite: The Design
For anyone who isn’t specifically looking for a case with a curvy, almost-sculpted chassis, the H510 Elite is one elegant looking case. The exterior has two color options: matte white or black, and the side panels are made of tempered glass. The glass has a dark tint to it, which complements the color of the exterior. On the inside, the H510 Elite comes with two Aer RGB 2 fans and one RGB LED strip pre-installed. The resulting light is very pleasant to look at. The light comes out through the tinted side panel glasses emitting a nice elegant glow. This is a refreshing design compared to some modern cases that come covered with RGB lighting from top to bottom. NZXT has truly chosen to go with a design aesthetic that is more elegant than flashy.
As for the material used, the frame and the panels of the H510 Elite is made of SGCC steel. This helps make the case both strong and light. The H510 Elite is one of the lightest ATX cases out there, weighing in at just 16.5 pounds. Most users don’t move a desktop computer around that much. But for those who do, like enthusiasts, this can be a huge plus point.
Light on USB ports!
It is very apparent that NZXT has chosen to give the H510 Elite a very minimalist design. But they might have gone a tad bit too far here, specially considering the scant number of external ports available. This case only has two USB ports and an audio jack. They are placed at the top of the chassis along with a power button. Two is just not enough USB ports for a lot of users. Also, if you’re using an older motherboard without a USB 3.1 Gen2 header (needed for USB-C connectivity), you will have to get a separate adapter.
Yes, just a tad bit too far guys!
NZXT H510 Elite: The Specs
- Form Factor: Compact Mid-Tower ATX
- Supported Motherboards: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
- Power Supply Format: ATX
- Supported Graphics Card Length: up to 15 inches (381mm)
- Weight (Empty case): 16.5 pounds
Let us start by discussing the glass panels on the side. They are held on firm to the chassis by a single screw. Once you unscrew it, a little push will slide them right open.
The first thing you’ll notice on the inside is the mounting tray for the motherboard. On the other side, well separated, is the room for your power supplies, hard/disk drives etc. There is a compartment that can hold up to two 3.5-inch hard drives and below it is a compartment for the power supply. The separation between these compartments are the motherboard tray leaves enough room for the motherboard.
The space on the inside isn’t too big, but it will comfortably fit one ATX motherboard, one long graphics card and an extra fan. This is more than one can ask for in a mid-tower case. If you are getting a long graphic card, it has to be mounted vertically. This makes it visible through the glass panel on the side. The vertical stripe in the middle, which is characteristic of all NZXT cases, helps in cable management.
On the side, around the middle is a bracket that can either be used in cable management or if you choose to add a liquid cooler, to direct the pipes that carry the water. The side also has one of the two smart device controllers that operates the three fans and the RGB lights of the case. This controller is integrated with NZXT’s light control/customization program, CAM.
In the front, you will find two Aer RGB 140mm fans. There is a third fan in the back, a 120mm regular fan. The front fans blow cool air into the case and the hot residual air is sucked out by the rear fan. The three-fan arrangement gives the H510 Elite a good thermal performance.
The H510 Elite does have its drawbacks, but for a price of $150, this is a beautiful and capable case for your PC. It is excellent at controlling noise emission and has a good thermal performance. The minimalist design complemented with the tempered-glass side panels and the RGB lighting makes it one of the best looking computer cases out there in the market today.
The H510 comes with a two-year warranty.
Things To Consider Before Buying A Computer Case In 2020
We’ve just reviewed NZXT’s great new ATX midtower case, the H510 Elite. Whether you choose to buy it, or decide to go for a different case, here are the most fundamental things you should know about PC cases in order to make an informed decision:
PC cases usually come in three form factors: Full-tower cases, Mid-tower cases (like the H510 Elite) and Mini-Tower cases. Full-tower cases are the biggest of the cases. They can be bulky to look at but they offer plenty of room for an ATX/E-ATX motherboard and a full-sized graphics card.
Mid-tower cases are more compact compared to Full-tower cases but most of them can still accommodate a full-sized graphics card and a ATX/E-ATX board.
Mini-tower cases are the most compact of the cases. While they are tiny and compact, and hence easier to move around, you cannot fit a long graphics card into them. Also Mini-tower cases only support Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboards.
The chassis is the most visible part of any desktop computer. And you may want to get one that you like and appeals to your taste. After all, you will be staring at it everyday. PC cases with RGB lighting are all the rage right now. Do you like your case emitting light? If yes, how much? There are plenty of options you can choose from depending on your taste.
But when considering the design of a PC case as a whole, aesthetics is only one element. You will also need to consider the build material of the case. This will determine how sturdy and how light the case is. Weight is an important factor if you plan on moving your PC around a lot.
Fans do most of the cooling inside the PC case. Most cases come with at least one 120mm fan pre-installed to the back of the unit. Some come with 2, 3 or even 4 pre-installed. And almost all cases have room for additional fans to be installed, should you need them. If you’re building a high-end computer, if makes sense to have at least a couple of fans up front directing cool air towards the inner organs of the PC. The fan on the back then blows the hot air out.
Aesthetically speaking, some fans do come with RGB lighting in them. But that is totally your decision.
While for most general use, fans and good airflow will keep the PC relatively cool, extreme users may need to get a case with dedicated Liquid Cooling. If you expect to have a lot of highly demanding hardware packed into your case, you will definitely need liquid cooling.
USB ports are usually placed at two locations in a computer. There’s one integrated into the motherboard that you can access from the back of the case, and there are some on the external chassis of the case that need to be connected to the motherboard. Depending on how often and many USB ports you use, choose a case that has enough USB ports in them.
Also, if your motherboard doesn’t support the USB port in the case, you can usually resolve this by using an adapter.
Some people like to showcase the hardware that their PC cases are packing on the inside. Others don’t. There are cases out their that hide the interior with an opaque metal/plastic side panel. Others come with a glass panel (like the tempered glass panel in the H510 Elite). Cases with glass panels can add a lovely touch to your PC build, specially when they are complemented with great internal RGB lighting.
Decide what you want and choose accordingly.