Case Build & Finished Product
The tempered glass front does not look any different than when we fit photographed it. For pictures, I put the radiator for our AIO behind these fans as I wanted to show the LED effect in the front of the chassis, but our AIO is 120mm based. Do note that for performance testing we installed the H100i fans in place of the Aer 2 RGB fans which was admittedly sad as we lost the visually awesome appeal of the front-lit fans.
Installation of parts into the H510 Elite was quite painless and an overall pleasant experience same as we experienced with the H500i previously. The motherboard and GPU went in without a fuss.
The radiator as you see I wedged in to fit with the Aer fans in place for photography but I do not recommend trying to run it this way simply based on the fact that the air baffling and potential for noise would be bad as you would have the Aer 2 RGB 140mm fans blowing air over the radiator. Not just that but it does not fit well as you have to put some decent pressure on the cable management bar, once again not recommended. These are the things I do to capture pretty images for you guys.
The rear looks the same, but all the gaps are now filled. Everything went in as expected and with no special effort required. I do kind of wish the H510 Elite came with the vertical GPU cable as I think that would have been cool to be able to showcase the GPU since the front now has a view for the intake fans.
Cabling the H510 Elite was nice, for the most part, the tray for cable routing works very well. There are some occasions where the freedom to use zip tie loops may be preferred, but since you have both, you can mix and match to make the cables to run the way you need. The front panel cables had plenty of lent to be well managed while not having to hide a bunch. The addition of the smart device made things a bit more challenging as it has cables which add to the clutter but with some zip ties and a little time and love we made it something that is well managed.
Here we see the final 'system on' shot to showcase the lighting. Unfortunately to proper test the H510 Elite I had to remove the two fans to fit the radiator in the chassis properly. But, before we move to the standard corsair non-lighted fans, can we just appreciate the aesthetic NZXT pulled off with the Aer 2 RGB 140mm fans in the front of the H510 Elite.
Here we see the system with all components and RGB powered on. I did really like the appearance of the H500i, with its flat slate front and TG main-panel. The H510 Elite I feel puts it on another level entirely as you have the RGB of the front Aer fans along with the internal components and it creates a new visual aesthetic for the H series chassis.