The NZXT H510 Elite Mid-Tower case coming in at $229.99 CAD has some great looks and a premium feel but is it worth your hard earned?
I will say this up front as its likely obvious from the images that if you are looking for a high airflow case this one is not for you. The included front fans do provide some air but they are choked by the glass front panel. Lets take a look at the specs from NZXT.
NZXT H510 Elite Key Features
- The H510 Elite compact ATX mid-tower is perfect for your RGB build. Behind the flush-mounted, tempered glass front panel, you’ll discover our renowned Aer RGB 2 fans keeping your components brilliantly cool. Well-engineered airflow, removable radiator mounting bracket, multiple fan filters, vertical GPU mount, a front panel USB-C connector, and an all-steel and tempered glass construction are just some of the key features you’ll get. The H510 Elite also includes the NZXT Smart Device V2, powering the built-in RGB light strips and case fans.
- Two tempered glass panels top off your build, perfectly showcasing your RGB build. We’ve included two Aer RGB 2 fans and an RGB LED strip to get you started.
- The H510 Elite features a removable radiator mounting bracket, simple-to-use SSD trays, and a patented cable management system for a smarter, easier build experience. The new Smart Device 2 includes two HUE 2 RGB lighting channels, and three fan channels that support 0dB modes for voltage-regulated or PWM fans.
- The USB 3.1 Gen 2-compatible USB-C connector on the front panel makes it easier than ever to connect smartphones, high-speed external storage, and the latest peripherals to your PC.
- The clean, modern design, iconic cable management bar, and uninterrupted tempered-glass panels all showcase your stunning build.
- Use the intuitive NZXT CAM application to monitor and control your build, choosing from presets or custom controls for your RGB lighting and fans to create your dream PC.
NZXT H510 Elite Specifications
|Dimensions||W: 210mm H: 435mm D: 428mm (without feet)|
W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm (with feet)
|Material(s)||SGCC Steel, Tempered Glass|
|Clearance||Cable Management: 19-23mm|
GPU Clearance: Up to 368.5mm
Vertical GPU Mount Clearance: 40.64mm
CPU Cooler: Up to 165mm
Front Radiator: 60mm
Rear Radiator: 60mm
Reservoir & Pump: Up to 180mm (Along cable bar), Up to 86mm (Along bottom panel)
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX|
|Front I/O Ports||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C|
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1x Headset Audio Jack
Front I/O internal header
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Internal Header
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Internal Header
1x USB 2.0 Internal Header
1x HD Audio Header
|Filters||All Air Intakes|
|Smart Device V2||3x Fan channels with Max 10W per channel output*|
2x RGB LED channels, each support up to 4x HUE 2 addressable LED strips or 5x Aer RGB 2 fans
Built-in noise detection module
*Note : If a splitter is used, fan control is regulated depending on the fan connected to the 4-pin port . Do not use low-noise adapters.
|RGB LED Lighting||2x Integrated Aer RGB 2 140mm Fans|
1x Integrated addressable LED Strip
|Vertical GPU Mount||2 Slots|
|Drive Bays||2.5″: 2+1|
|Radiator Support||Front: 2x 140 or 2x 120mm with Pull|
*Note: Need to remove RGB fans if you plan to mount the radiator to the front
Rear: 1x 120mm
|Fan Support||Front: 2x 120/ 2x 140mm (2x AER RGB 2 140mm included)|
Top: 1x 120mm/ 1x 140mm (1x AER F140 Case Version Included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1x AER F120 Case Version Included)
|Fan Specs||Aer RGB 2 (140mm)|
Speed: 500-1,500 RPM
Airflow: 30.39 – 91.19 CFM
Noise: 22 – 33 dBA
Air Pressure: 0.17 – 1.52mm-H2O
Bearing: Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Fan Connector 4-Pin PWM
The NZXT H510 Elite has 7 expansion slots at the rear of the case, 2+1 2.5inch drive bays and 2+1 3.5 inch drive bays.
|Drive Bays||2.5″: 2+1|
Cable Management is really nice in the The NZXT H510 Elite. NZXT really does a great job when organizing the cable management layout of their cases. Its a builders dream as there is plenty to work with. There is holes where you need them, channels for the cables where you need them with plenty of tie down locations. I really enjoy building in this series of cases from NZXT.
The NZXT H510 Elite comes with two 140mm fans at the front of the case that get air from the back side of the case and from the front bottom of the case. Like I said previously though those fans would do better with more ventilation at the front of the case.
The rear of the case has a 120mm fan but this time around they skipped on putting a fan at the top of the case which hurts cooling performance.
I get that not all cases need to be ‘high airflow’ like many of the reviewers on YouTube would have you believe. I do however feel there should be some balance between looks and cooling potential. I also get that push back was needed as case manufactures were starting to flood the market with the buzz words of the day and completely ignoring airflow.
A case with a tempered glass front panel with no vents for air and 3 RGB fans smooshed up against the inside of the glass for maximum bling is a horrible idea.
I would have liked to have seen this case tilt a bit more to the airflow side of the argument as I feel a case at this price point could do a better job at balancing looks and function.
The NZXT H510 Elite should clean up easily as most of the case has dust filters. There is no dust filter at the top of the case however and with no included fan at the top, dust will be coming in from the top of the case.
The side vent, bottom front vent and PSU vent all have removable dust filters making them easy to clean up.
The front I/O of the NZXT H510 Elite is a highlight for me. I really like the clean minimalist look of the front I/O on this series. The front I/O includes a power button with an led ring around it, a single USB 3.0 port, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 type-C port and a combined audio/mic port.
Final Thoughts on the NZXT H510 Elite
The NZXT H510 Elite in my opinion is a nice looking case, it has a premium look and feel that comes with a premium price. For $229.99 CAD though I would want a bit more airflow and I would want the frame to be more rigid. I would also expect to see more radiator support at this price point. I am also not a fan of the cam software from NZXT. All in all though if you like the looks of this case and can work around the airflow issues or aren’t concerned with getting maximum airflow than this case maybe the one for you. Its also worth noting that adding a fan at the top of the case will drop your temps by 4-5 degrees.