The NZXT H510 Elite’s lineage reads a bit biblical by which case begat the following. Launched this Tuesday alongside NZXT’s refresh of its widespread H-series, the small mid-tower traces again to final yr’s H500 and H500i, after which the wildly widespread S340 earlier than that.

All builders must know is that this new case serves as a blinged-out variant of the previous H500 (now H510). It options the identical upgrades because the H510 and H510i, like a Smart Device v2 controller and entrance USB-C 3.1 port, however mixes two 140mm RGB entrance followers, extra tempered glass, and a bit further maneuvering room into the minimalist design.

The aesthetic will tempt anybody who has curiosity in understated illumination and no persistence for inefficient, messy builds. So naturally, when one arrived at our workplace, we dug it out of the field immediately—together with a screwdriver and sufficient elements for a tough thought of how constructing inside it feels.

Specs and design

Because the H510 Elite is a variant of the H510 and H510i, it shares the identical petite dimensions. Measuring 8.27 x 18.11 x 16.85 inches (210 x 460 x 428 mm), this mid-tower falls on the smaller finish of the spectrum, bordering on overlap with the bigger micro-towers.

Despite its compact dimension, although, this case comfortably homes most elements. The H510 Elite accommodates GPUs as much as 381mm in size with out a entrance radiator put in, and CPU coolers as much as 165mm. The entrance and rear fan positions additionally accommodate radiators as much as 60mm.

What distinguishes it from the H510i—which shares a lot in frequent with the H510 Elite—is the inclusion of two of NZXT’s Aer RGB 2 140mm followers on the entrance, a tempered-glass entrance panel, the power to take away that entrance panel, and no 120mm Aer F120 fan mounted to the highest panel. It additionally comes with just one RGB LED strip, whereas the H510i sports activities two (the second strip sits on the again of its cable administration bar).

Otherwise, the H510 Elite mirrors H510i’s sensible options: a detachable bracket for the entrance followers, vertical mount help for a GPU, and Smart Device v2 controller for NZXT case followers and RGB elements.

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The H510 Elite is a variant on the brand new H510, which succeeds final yr’s H500.

As within the H510 and H510i (and their quick predecessors), detachable filters sit on every of the H510 Elite’s three vents. You’ll discover them on the backside of the case beneath the facility provide’s spot and beneath the entrance followers, and on the metal facet panel close to the entrance of the case. All have plastic frames that make taking them out a cinch, be it by sliding one out (PSU) or releasing clips (entrance fan areas).

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