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NZXT H510 Elite Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 7)

By Shannon Robb from Jul 23, 2019 @ 9:15 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: NZXT

Final Thoughts

When I first saw the H510 Elite, I was not sure what to expect as NZXT had such a functional formula with the cable management and airflow, I was a bit worried they could push it the wrong direction in the pursuit of aesthetic. I am happy to report that NZXT made some meaningful improvements with an updated CAM controller, more LED channels which enables the front-firing LED fans, and just overall for the most part improved on the H5XX experience.

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The performance when testing with our standard test bench, the H510 Elite tested within the margin for error in comparison to the H500i we recently tested. The CPU saw a stress load temperature 46.3C average over ambient. The GPU saw similar as well with a 40.9C average over ambient.

The H510 Elite we undoubtedly like based on the fact that it's an H500i with some tweaks and nothing significant has been changed that will functionally hinder the chassis in comparison except for the front I/O allocation I mentioned earlier. The addition of the tempered glass front paired with the Aer 2 RGB fans is a killer combo that gives excellent visual results. The addition of the upgraded smart controller means snappier response when using CAM to adjust the chassis. The addition of USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C gives the most current connectivity to the new HX10 series of chassis from NZXT.

Now we address some of the quarrels I have with the H510 Elite. Unfortunately, there's not much juicy here except for something we discussed at length in the front panel cabling section. But, it does bear repeating. The waste of two potential functional ports especially the USB 2.0 variety which is sought after by most AIOs and other devices for the internal cam controller seemed unnecessary when it could have been integrated into the cabling for the front panel Type-A port.

At the global price of $149.99, I think the H510 Elite is a killer deal and an excellent chassis for the price. The $169.99 price tag imposed on USA purchases due to Tariffs puts it in rougher territory, as there are many more potent options with the tack on of twenty dollars. I still think the H510 Elite is a stellar case, but its adoption in the USA with the tariff adjusted price may hit some rough waters.

Overall NZXT made some worthwhile improvements to the H series chassis with high speed I/O and the H510 Elite which takes the unique performance heritage and steps up the visual game in a significant way.

Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

Performance 94%

Quality 99%

Features 95%

Value 90%

The Bottom Line

Overall NZXT made some worthwhile improvements to the H series chassis with high speed I/O and the H510 Elite which takes the unique performance heritage and steps up the visual game in a significant way.

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