NZXT H500i Mid-Tower Chassis
The front, as stated before, is simply a blank slate. The only embellishment being the NZXT logo at the lower middle. There is nothing else to see, and that's part of the charm of the NZXT H series of cases.
The top is also a pretty solid blank slate as well with the exception of the I/O which we will get to shortly and the single fan port. The single fan port can fit a 120mm such as the AER fan which comes preinstalled, but also can fit up to a 140mm fan based on the slotted mounting we see.
The front panel I/O is on the top area of the chassis at the front-mid/right side. The front I//o consists of the following from left to right.
- HDD LED
- Headphone and microphone independent 3.5mm jacks
- Dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ports
- Power button with a circular ring around it which illuminates with the system powered on.
The I/O is pretty standard with no new gen USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports so you would be limited to 5Gbps which for most users that will be more than enough. One thing to note is that while many cases offer 3 or 4 front USB ports of various speeds or styles, the H500i only has the two, so plan accordingly if you use your front I/O regularly. Ensure more permanent devices are routed to the rear I/o.
The main side of the chassis has a large tempered glass panel covering the hardware area. One interesting note is that instead of the traditional method of running a glass panel down the entire side where you can see the PSU shroud inside, NZXT opted to have the PSU shroud be part of the exterior panel, and therefore the main glass panel is actually only a Â¾ window as the bottom is solid metal and also the PSU shroud.
The rear of the H500i is fairly standard at first glance. The rear fan is adjacent to the motherboard I/O cutout. The rear fan is another preinstalled 120mm AER model from NZXT. The AIC expansion slots are equaling seven with two more vertically placed for showing off GPUs. The Expansion covers are held in with screws but also fastened with a bracket which doubles as the vertical expansion brackets. That is the one piece that is different from a standard mid-tower. It is worth noting that the H500i does not come with a vertical GPU cable and would have to be purchased form NZXT separately.
Also, it's worth noting that you can see the panel fastening both the main panel and the cable management panel. The main glass panel has a single bracket and captive thumbscrew in place at the top edge of the panel as it tilts from the top away from the chassis once the fastener is released. The rear cable management panel swings open like a door when both thumb screws are released.
The cable management side of the H500i is primarily a solid steel panel with the same smooth aesthetic of the front. But, this is where we get one of our first views of some of the ventilation of the H500i. As you see toward the front panel there is a large strip of ventilation holes directly in the side panel which feeds air to the front-mounted fans or AIO as needed. There is filtration on the inside of the panel which is removable and can be cleaned.
First off, we see the small plastic feet which have rubber strips to grip the surface when your place your system, and it will help avoid your system from skidding or moving. The bottom of the H500i chassis is a surprising bevy of ventilation. The PSU has its own removable external filter which removes from the rear, so keep in mind you will need to reach around the back of your case whenever it needs to be cleaned.
Heading toward the front we find slotted holes for adjusting the internal HDD cage to best fit your needs. The cage can also be removed and an HDD or pump can be mounted directly to the internal floor with the various hole arrangements. Lastly would be the far front there is a visible strip of mesh to filter incoming air as this is the other way that the front panel mounted cooling gets airflow.