Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the H500i is just as muted as when we first looked at it. That's kind of the beauty of the H series from NZXT is they are sleek and clean, so they could fit into anything from an office environment to a home theatre. The styling is so simple the PC could be placed even in a new age style room and unless you knew what you were looking at, or the RGB set it off, of course, it would simply blend into the room. The look of â€˜nothing is happening' is really the appeal of the H500i we have today. Now let's take a look in the main side where something is definitely happening.
As anticipated, everything went in easily, and there was nothing especially difficult about the installation. The vertical cable management bar was nice as it allowed for the larger pass through-hole and easier alignment of the cables and installation. This was really helpful with the right angle USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector as it plugs in then just disappears.
Here we see the rear I/O now stuffed with our case test system. The only part beyond a normal build would be the full removal of the vertical mount GPU plate which retains the slot covers. Some cases have a plate here but not to this extent as far as size. It is not even an issue, but that's about as close as we got on this end.
The cable management, in this case, was very good. I have stated before, and it stands, I do not like cable management, it takes time to get right, and well like most people I want to play with my rig, not spend countless hours tidying up every cable. With that said, the H500i and its integrated routing made the job mostly trivial with plenty of cable tie points, and as you can see we only used maybe 5 total cable ties. Don't get me wrong you can spend time to do even better than I did and have everything perfectly cinched down but for a quick job, I would say that the H500i definitely gets a passing grade for cable management as it was far more convenient to work in than many I have seen before.
The side window being clear and not smoked means we get a clear view of our installed components. This is where you will appreciate the preinstalled LEDs as a build almost looks lifeless without some sort of illumination.
Here we have everything lit; I was truly impressed as I have a few thousand watts of studio lighting on this case, and you can still make out much of the lighting. This means it will really set off your gaming environment. It is worth noting you can see the vertical bar backlighting here as well, which helps give some color or white accent to your build depending upon what kind of look you are trying to achieve. The system with the AIO and preinstalled fans make virtually no noise and even when stress testing, we only then barely hear it become audible when really pushing the rig.