NZXT H510 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the H510 Elite is quite the departure from what I am used to with an H series chassis from NZXT. The tempered glass is smoked but light enough you can see the opaque surrounds of the dual Aer 2 RGB fans in the front panel. The lower quarter of the front is still the blank slate which holds the NZXT logo centered both vertically and horizontally.
The top of the H510 Elite is very similar to what we have seen before with an open fan port for up to a 140mm fan but is left empty in the Elite since the dual front, and single rear come preinstalled. Toward the front, we have the I/O which we will look at now.
The I/O is found in the top front of the H510 Elite at the right edge. This same I/O is shared on all of the HX10 series of cases and is quite scant or minimalist I guess would be the nice way to say it. From left to right, the I/O contains the following.
- Four pole combo Headphone/Mic 3.5mm Jack (Adapter is included in accessories)
- USB Type-C Supporting up to USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds
- USB Type-A Supporting up to USB 3.2 Gen 1 speeds
- Power button with integrated power and HDD LEDs
I am going to say the same thing I said in the H210i Review, which also launched today. This is a simple yet functional I/O, but the way it is implemented is wasteful in regards to the connectivity used on the board. I will go into that more when we look at the front panel cables.
The main chassis panel is Tempered glass and is smoked, which means that without some light, you get a more dim view of the interior. The lower quarter much like the front is still body color metal as it is, in essence, the outer layer of the PSU shroud. The lower feet look like the panel quality even though they are, in fact, plastic.
The rear of the H510 Elite is similar to the previous H500i version. The motherboard I/O cutout along with the adjacent 120mm fan mount. Below that we have seven expansions slots, with two extra vertically for mounting the GPU to show it off. At the lowest edge, we have the PSU mounting which is standard, and we do see at the very bottom a pull tab for a removable dust filter.
The cable management side of the chassis has a flat slate of a panel. Once again, it is the same black body color steel with only the front ventilation mesh holes breaking the appearance as you approach the front panel. We also see the two thumbscrews which attach the panel hanging off of the back edge. The rear panel swings out like a door which makes closing it with a large bundle of cables much easier should you run into that situation.
The bottom of the H510 Elite is the standard fare with the main things of note are first the previously mentioned PSU dust filter. It pulls out from the rear and overs about 40% length of the back of the chassis which means it should cover pretty much any commercially available PSU fan. The front-most area with the slotted mounting comes with an HDD cage preinstalled into it.
However, you can opt to remove the cage entirely and use this place for hard mounting a drive, SSD, or even a liquid cooling pump depending on your needs. The front-most area, you can see a ventilation hole with a small removable dust filter as this area allows air to be ingested from underneath into the front fan intakes. The plastic rectangular feet have long full-length rubber pads or shoes on them to make sure your H510i doesn't skid around or move on flat smooth surfaces.