Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Today we have the launch of the newest in the H series lineage from NZXT. The H series has been the key identifier and brand icon, which cemented NZXT as a brand. I should say that is my opinion, but I stick to it as previous to the H series, NZXT had various cases from the Phantom to the Manta, but nothing that defined NZXT as an identifiable chassis brand.
The H Series has always been a blend of form and function. Today the H510 Elite takes that a step further by attempting to keep the H series ease of use while upping the form side of the equation with the addition of a tempered glass front panel. NZXT then highlights this design choice with Aer RGB 2 fans.
The H510 Elite's key features would start of course with the front glass panel which is set to make for a much stronger visual aesthetic with the capability of users to adjust it to their style via the Aer RGB fans. The improved Cam powered smart device, similar to the other H series chassis we looked at, the H210i. They both employ the new version smart device which has a faster MCU to ensure a much more responsive experience when working with the RGB and fan controller.
The chassis we have today is the H510 Elite, bearing the MPN of CA-H500E-B1, at least for our model which B1 means Black. There will be other color options as well, we know NZXT will have white as they always do, but I will be interested to see how the options evolve as the line progresses. The H510 Elite measures in the same as the H500i we looked at just recently, and that's not a big surprise since the base chassis is the same. If you need a refresher, the measurements are 435mm high, 428mm deep, and 210mm wide. This once again fits it well within the mid-tower definition.
The H510 Elite has all of the same fitment capabilities of the previous H500 series chassis. This includes 3.5" drives which can mount up to 2+1 or 2.5 with the same 2+1 fitment. This will be dependent on which you choose to use the +1 it will be either a 2.5 or 3.5, but not both for a total of up to 5 drives possible. The PSU fitment is large enough for any standard PSU sizes, my main 160mm unit wits without issues. The PSU shroud of the H500 carries over to the H510 Elite and offers the same pass-through capability for GPU cables and close to board connections for front panel cables.
Cooling fitment in the H510 Elite fits the same up to 280mm radiator in the front and 120mm rear. Fans come preinstalled as dual Aer 2 RGB 140mm fans in the front as intake. Exhaust duties are handled by an Aer case edition 120mm fan which comes preinstalled in the rear. The top and front can fit 120mm and 140mm based fans while the rear is limited to 120mm. The slotted adjustability in the front and rear fan slots means you can adjust the vertical cooling positioning to fit your performance or fitment needs best.
The launch price for the H510 Elite will be $169.99 for USA customers, while the global price for anywhere outside the USA will have an MSRP of $149.99. This is due to the USA imposed tariffs. That being said, I have to show how the H510 Elite stacks up in its price category and putting an extra 20 bucks makes things a little shakier. In the USA the H510 Elite will be running a bit over the Fractal Design R6 which is a tough competitor for sure.
Then add to that also the Corsair 570X and the Enthoo evolve from Phanteks. The H510 Elite is a good chassis don't get me wrong, but it may be punching a bit above its weight class. Pricing outside of USA is a little more favorable as a 20 dollar price reduction is always welcome. Here it would fall to a comparison around a Silverstone PM-02, Corsair SPEC-OMEGA and a Thermaltake View 37 which are far easier to beat in my opinion.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)