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NZXT H510 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Jul 23, 2019 at 9:15 am CDT - 5 mins, 31 secs time to read this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: NZXT

Inside the H510 Elite Mid-Tower

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The H510 Elite has a pretty wide-open expanse with the telltale vertical cable management bar. The full ATX motherboard tray has a large CPU cooler backplate cutout which should easily meet the needs of any cooler I have seen. You can see upfront the thumbscrews that are used to fix the front cooling tray where you can mount fans or radiators in place.

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Here we look at the front which generally in an H series case would be a solid panel in front of the fan mounting. The H510 Elite with its glass front panel we can now see past the preinstalled dual Aer 2 RGB 140mm fans. This tray is suitable for mounting either 120 or 140mm based fans or radiators with radiator max being 280mm.

At this angle we also get a peek at the pass-through behind the vertical cable management bar which can be much wider to allow a more accessible cable pass through. That vertical bar you will also notice has a vertical slot cut into the middle of it, this is designed to allow mounting of cylindrical liquid cooling reservoirs.

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The PSU shroud on the H510 Elite is solid on the outer edge as it is the case exterior on the outward-facing side. The top is a ventilation mesh through the majority of the surface. There is cable pass-through at the base of the motherboard to allow easy front panel case wiring. There is also another pass-through for cables which is mid-way out on the PSU shroud and directly next to the cable management bar. This hole is for passing a power cable to a GPU which would make for a much cleaner run.

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We now get an inside look at the rear I/O area and the installed fan. The rear fan is a 120mm Aer case edition model and comes pre-routed to be controlled by the CAM powered smart device same as the front Aer 2 RGB fans. The expansion slot covers each have their own screw to secure it to the chassis, but first, the vertical bracket must be removed. The vertical I/O bracket runs double duty here as it is also used to secure the slot covers or installed add-in cards from coming loose with it in place.

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The Cable management area here once again with its inclusion of the cable management guide is a very welcome sight. While cable management can be done very well in a chassis, it can be monumentally easier when a chassis design has this area built with the idea of being truly a builder focused design. Features like the guide and even placement of tie-downs and clearance below the panel to fit larger bundles of cables all make the H510 Elite a much more enjoyable experience to build in.

The CPU backplate cut out has dual 2.5" SSD trays in place directly below it with the other drive mounting being available in the cage found below in the area under the PSU shroud. If you look up front, you can see the side of the opaque rings on the Aer 2 RGB fans mounted behind the glass panel. This is the pass-through area where the rear panel we looked at earlier had venting feeding here with a dust filter directly on the side panel.

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Here we now look at the HDD cage area in the lower section of the H510 Elite. The cage is the same as we have seen on previous H series models such as the H500i. It allows screw mounting of two 3.5" HDD internal to the cage with a third being mounted to the tabs coming from the top of the HDD cage. You can also install a 3rd SSD to this cage if you have three 2.5" drives and still have two 3.5" mounting available. This cage is fully removable, but that would knock down your drive mounting to a single 3.5" drive, and that would be hard-mounted to the chassis floor.

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Here we have the PSU area below the PSU shroud. The PSU is installed by sliding it through this side and is fastened to the rear. The floor of the PSU area has pass-through slats which have a duck filter below them. The floor also has pads the PSU can rest on which are metal and do not have any rubber or foam padding we have seen on several chassis. This is typically used to isolate vibrations and give the PSU support to rest on while not being metal to metal contact. The fact that the pads are finished paint means it's not likely to be abrasive, but still far less protected than having a pad there.

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The front cables are where I will be sharing a rant between the H210i and this chassis. From what I see, all of the HX10 series of cases will share this feature, which I consider a less than optimal solution.

The front panel I/O we know is quite limited and that is because with the X10 series NZXT chose to modernize the I/O by changing from a Dual Type-A USB port to a Type-A and a Type-C.

Here is the layout from left to right:

  • SATA Power plug - For CAM powered smart device
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 20 pin plug - For front Type-A port
  • USB 2.0 10 pin plug - For communication of the Cam powered smart device
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 plug - For front Type-C port
  • HD Audio Header - For front 3.5mm jack
  • Front Panel Block - For front panel power button and LEDs

The front panel layout in itself is not necessarily bad. But, then when you take into account that now the Type-C has its own USB 3.2 Gen 2 internal connector, the single Type-A port uses a 20-pin connector which wastes a full USB 3.2 Gen 1 connection and the smart device uses only one of two available ports on the USB 2.0 header.

This to me is pretty wasteful when NZXT could have integrated the USB 2.0 4 wire interface from the appropriate pins on the 20 pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector, therefore, utilizing both available interfaces form the pin header. This would also free up a sometimes valuable USB 2.0 header as many devices such as NZXT's own Kraken coolers use the same interface. Some motherboards have only one USB 2.0 header, and therefore you could run into the need to buy an extra USB internal hub to install your rig depending on component choice.

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

Shannon Robb


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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