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.
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).
Just three entrance I/O ports sit on the H510 Elite’s prime panel, however they cowl the fundamentals. You get only a single headset jack, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C. USB-C is a brand new addition to NZXT’s H-series, and replaces the older fashions’ second USB-A port. A splitter cable for headsets with separate audio and mic inputs comes included.
The prime panel additionally has spot to connect both a 120mm or 140mm fan, however as talked about beforehand, it doesn’t include one already put in. The case’s lone RGB LED strip is mounted right here as nicely, close to the tempered-glass facet panel. All of the H510’s RGB elements—each entrance followers and this LED strip—are addressable RGB.
At the again of the case are 7 growth slots, a further two to help a vertically mounted GPU, and an included 120mm Aer F120 non-RGB fan.
A Smart Device v2 controller manages all the followers and RGB elements. It comes as a part of the case and may’t be bought standalone. The machine has three fan channels with a most output of 10W every, and two RGB LED channels that help as much as 4 Hue 2 LED strips or 5 Aer 2 RGB followers every. It additionally has a noise detection module. NZXT says that fan management relies on the fan linked to the 4-pin port should you use a fan splitter, and the corporate cautions in opposition to utilizing low-noise adapters.
Finally, inside you’ll discover two detachable bays for two.5-inch drives, and a drive cage for both 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. You can mount as much as three drives of 1 dimension at a time, however extra drives together.
Teardown and construct impressions
For these armed with only a screwdriver, the H510 Elite doesn’t tear down fully, because of the usage of rivets for its energy provide shroud. That mentioned, you’ll be able to nonetheless navigate the case fairly simply, and NZXT contains considerate design components to make part set up easy and fast.
The chassis has eight detachable elements: the 2 facet panels, the entrance glass panel, the entrance fan bracket, the cable administration bar, two plastic drive bays, and a drive cage.
Both facet panels come off with little or no fuss. Unscrew the thumbscrews and so they pop proper off. You might want to gently pry on the tempered-glass facet panel to free it, although, as just like the H500 and H500i, it has two plastic knobs that snap into the body and maintain it in place. This function guards in opposition to the glass panel by accident falling if its single thumbscrew is free or undone.
Pulling off the entrance glass panel is just like the facet glass panel. After taking out two common screws, you once more must flippantly tug on the panel, because it additionally has the identical plastic knobs that lock into the body.
With all three panels eliminated, you’ll have most maneuverability. Even although the entrance fan bracket comes out as nicely (extra on that in a second), I nonetheless discovered it useful to have the entrance panel off earlier than shifting onto these followers.
Getting off that fan bracket is so simple as the case panels; it’s held in place with two thumbscrews. Afterward, you simply swing it away and out from the case, however beware: If you don’t carry up earlier than you pull the bracket out, you’ll be able to go away marks on the black paint on the facility provide shroud.
We sadly found this firsthand—you’ll be able to keep away from our mistake by taking a bit of non-adhesive shelf liner and laying it beneath the fan bracket as you carry it up. The liner ought to defend the paint as you’re employed with the bracket.
Extracting the drive bays connected to the again of the motherboard tray, the drive cage tucked inside the energy provide shroud, and the case administration bar is only a matter of undoing a number of screws. You might want to flip the case the other way up for the cage, although, and efficiently reinstalling the cable administration bar requires lining up its entrance tabs appropriately.
Incidentally, you do have the choice of putting in a second RGB LED strip on the again of the cable administration bar, such as you’d discover within the H510i model of this case. NZXT manufactured that bar with a set of steel clips to carry an LED strip in place, which eliminates the necessity for adhesive tape and makes set up very quick.
Cable routing on this case is tidy, with well-placed channels and steel clips positioned in optimum spots. One notably good contact is the clip simply above the rear fan, which permits a clear, just about invisible route of that fan’s cable. The areas simply above and beneath the motherboard even have sufficient room to cross by way of thicker energy cables and cable heads.
The one lone shortcoming of this case is the size of its entrance audio cable—it was virtually too brief for the motherboard utilized in our pattern construct. With a bit little bit of rerouting, we bought sufficient size to attach the pins, however it’s not essentially the most engaging path for the cable. In equity, this situation shouldn’t be one distinctive to the H510 Elite, however it did stand out in an in any other case ideally suited constructing expertise.
Pricing, availability, and extra ideas
With a sticker worth of $170 USD, the H510 Elite steps into luxurious territory for the common mid-range PC builder. Many extra budget-friendly selections exist, most notably the NZXT H510i, which prices $110 USD and shares a virtually equivalent mixture of the Elite’s clear, understated seems and sensible, builder-friendly design selections.
If not for the scenario with the usand its tariffs, this case could be much less of a stretch at its worldwide worth of $150 USD. Its aesthetic is without doubt one of the classiest we’ve seen for RGB lighting, and there’s the added bonus of getting many of the cable administration full upon arrival.
Of course, we are able to’t communicate to the case’s temperatures or fan acoustics throughout regular use, as we didn’t conduct a full overview of the case, however we nonetheless really feel comfy with an preliminary favorable impression—the H500, the H510 Elite’s predecessor, did pretty nicely on each scores.
Pre-orders for the H510 Elite start July 23 on NZXT.com, adopted by shipments to clients and retailer availability in early August.