NZXT H500i Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 5)

| Jul 17, 2019 at 10:00 am CDT
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: NZXT

Inside the NZXT H500i Continued


The rear panel from the inside shows the preinstalled fan which is wired to the CAM powered controller. This allows full control of the fan form the smart controller and tuning via the software interface. The rear expansion slot covers are externally accessible as we saw on the previous rear shot. Here we can see the removable vertical mount which is necessary to pull off to remove any of the normal slot covers as well.

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Here we get our first peek behind the curtain of the business end of the cable management of the H500i. The first thing I noticed when opening this side up is the unique plastic cable management channels which surround the CPU cutout and run most of the way down adjacent to the vertical bar covered hole. Speaking of the vertical cable management bar we can see that it is backlit as well via the LED strip which is just barely within view.

The aforementioned plastic cable management channels also employ several cutouts for zip ties or the three included Velcro straps to aide in retaining cables within the channel. There are also several cable management tie points which are stamped into the chassis metal panel both in the motherboard tray and the more forward mounting area next to the main channel run. Here we also get a peek at the CAM powered smart device which controls the fans and internal lighting.

The addition of this box does add a few extra cables to the mix which will add a little work to the cable management aspect, but in reality, they managed the cables quite well out of the box, so I did not see it as a major point of contention. The last thing worth mentioning is that the mounting on the rear of the motherboard tray which can support SSD's and even the SSD brackets which we saw on the previous PSU shroud mounting.

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Here we have a close up of the CAM powered smart device. This device has three channels for fan control and power in via a SATA power connection, a USB input which connects to the motherboard via USB 2.0 9 pin header and the LED connector which is run to the two LED strips preinstalled. One strip is in the main chassis at the top to illuminate your build. The other is on the rear of the vertical cable management bar, and both are controllable via the CAM software.

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The HDD cage is simply a square metal assembly which the HDD's screw mount to and can support up to three total HDD's. Two would be inside the cage while one can be mounted to the ears protruding from the top. The HDD cage can be removed if not needed or if you opt to mount a pump in this location for a custom liquid-cooled build. An HDD can also be flat mounted to the floor here should you opt to go that route although I feel like if you are going to mount an HDD, I would just use the cage.

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The PSU mounting location is standard below the PSU shroud. There are no anti-vibration pads here, but it does have risen metal pads for the PSU to rest on. Through the airflow slots, you can see the removable filter which should keep most major debris out of your PSU. I do not see any reason you cannot fit any commercially available ATX power supply in here with room to connect cables as needed.

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Here we have the front panel cables, from left to right.

  • SATA power connector for CAM smart device
  • 20 pin internal USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector feeding the two Type-A ports
  • Front panel wiring block for power and reset switches along with HDD and power LED
  • HD Audio connector for the front panel microphone and headphone 3.5mm jacks
  • USB 2.0 9-pin header connects the CAM smart device to the motherboard

The cable array is simple, but there is a diamond in the rough here that really stands out among the crowd. The front panel connector is a single clock vs separate small connectors that are a pain to install. This is something I have been asking and wishing for, and I can say that it may have existed previously, but this is one of the first I remember seeing and I really hope others pick up this trend.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST


Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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