NZXT H510 vs H510i vs H510 Elite | What are their Differences?

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Back in 2019, NZXT released their H510 Mid-Tower cases with 3 model variants to choose from. On launch NZXT said that “We’ve made our iconic H Series PC cases even better” and 2years later these PC cases have actually been a huge success with the H510 series becoming one of the Amazon’s Best Sellers. The main models released so far are the H510H510i and the H510 Elite.

I should also add here that the H510i also has a gaming version which is called Phantom Gaming Edition but it is not currently available. So, to get started, let’s take a look at the specifications of these PC cases and their important differences. Stay with me and by the end of this guide you will know which one to choose.

Design and Pricing

As far as designing is concerned all the variants are identical in size with their dimensions being W: 210mm x H: 460mm x D: 428mm. The only noticeable difference that the Elite version has is the Tempered Glass Front Panel but other than that you don’t have to worry about missing on any other special design feature when choosing the cheaper version. I wouldn’t say that these cases are for people on a low budget as their prices start from $69.99. For those of you who are looking for the High-End products though, these cases will do an amazing work.

These are the starting prices for the brand new products:

  • H510 = $69.99
  • H510i = $99.00
  • H510 Elite = $149.99

What is the difference between H510 and H510i?

The difference between H510 and H510i is that the latter includes:

  • USB 2.0 Internal Header
  • 2 integrated addressable LED strips
  • 2 Vertical GPU Mount Slots
  • Smart Device V2

Smart Device V2

This feature offers (3x the Fan channels with Max 10W per channel output, 2x RGB LED port support up to 4x HUE 2 addressable LED strips or 5x Aer RGB or Aer RGB 2 fans and built-in noise detection module).

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When it comes to H510 Elite which is the premium one you get what the H510i has to offer plus:

  • Tempered Glass Front Panel
  • 2 extra Fans (AER RGB 2 140mm)

Specifications:

Model

H510

Dimensions

W: 210mm H: 435mm D: 428mm (without feet)

W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm (with feet)

Material(s)

SGCC Steel, Tempered Glass

Weight

6.6 kg

Motherboard Support

Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX

Front I/O Ports

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A

1x Headset audio Jack

Front I/O internal header

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Internal Header

1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Internal Header

1x HD Audio Header

Filters

All Air Intakes

Included Accessories

Installation screws

10x Cable ties

1x Headset Audio Jack splitter (4 pole to 3 pole)

Drive Bays

2.5”: 2+1

3.5”: 2+1

Expansion Slots

7

Radiator Support

Front: 2x 140 or 2x 120mm with Pull

Rear: 1x 120mm

Fan Support

Front: 2 x 120/ 2 x 140mm

Top: 1x 120mm/ 1x 140mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Rear: 1x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Fan Specs

Aer F120 (Case Version)

Speed: 1200 ± 200 RPM

Airflow: 50.42 CFM

Noise: 28 dBA

Bearing: Rifle Bearing

Clearance

Cable Management: 19-23mm

GPU Clearance: Up to 381mm w/o front watercooler installed, up to 325mm with front watercooler installed

CPU Cooler: Up to 165mm

Front Radiator: 60mm

Rear Radiator: 60mm

Reservoir & Pump: Up to 180mm (Along cable bar), Up to 86mm (Along bottom panel)

Compatibility

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series case compatibility chart

Warranty

2 Years

Model Number

CA-H510B-W1

Model

H510i

Dimensions

 

W: 210mm H: 435mm D: 428mm (without feet)

W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm (with feet)

Material(s)

SGCC Steel, Tempered Glass

Weight

6.8 kg

Motherboard Support

Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX

Front I/O Ports

 

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A

1x Headset audio Jack

Front I/O internal header

 

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Internal Header

1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Internal Header

1x USB 2.0 Internal Header

1x HD Audio Header

Filters

All Air Intakes

Smart Device V2

 

3x Fan channels with Max 10W per channel output

2x RGB LED port support up to 4x HUE 2 addressable LED strips or 5x Aer RGB or Aer RGB 2 fans

Built-in Noise Detection Modules

LED Strip(s)

2 integrated addressable LED strip

Vertical GPU Mount

2 Slots

Included Accessories

Installation screws

10x Cable ties

1x Headset Audio Jack splitter (4 pole to 3 pole)

Drive Bays

2.5”: 2+1

3.5”: 2+1

Expansion Slots

7

Radiator Support

Front: 2x 140 or 2x 120mm with Pull

Rear: 1x 120mm

Fan Support

Front: 2 x 120/ 2 x 140mm

Top: 1x 120mm/ 1x 140mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Rear: 1x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Fan Specs

Aer F120 (Case Version)

Speed: 1200 ± 200 RPM

Airflow: 50.42 CFM

Noise: 28 dBA

Bearing: Rifle Bearing

Clearance

Cable Management: 19-23mm

GPU Clearance: Up to 381mm w/o front watercooler installed, up to 325mm with front watercooler installed

Vertical GPU Mount Clearance: 40.64mm

CPU Cooler: Up to 165mm

Front Radiator: 60mm

Rear Radiator: 60mm

Reservoir & Pump: Up to 180mm (Along cable bar), Up to 86mm (Along bottom panel)

Compatibility

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series case compatibility chart

Warranty

2 Years

Model Number

CA-H510i-W1

Model

H510 Elite

Dimensions

W: 210mm H: 435mm D: 428mm (without feet)

W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm (with feet)

Material(s)

SGCC Steel, Tempered Glass

Weight

7.5 kg

Motherboard Support

Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX

Front I/O Ports

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A

1x Headset Audio Jack

Front I/O internal header

1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Internal Header

1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Internal Header

1x USB 2.0 Internal Header

1x HD Audio Header

Filters

All Air Intakes

Smart Device V2

3x Fan channels with Max 10W per channel output

2x RGB LED channels, each support up to 4x HUE 2 addressable LED strips or 5x Aer RGB 2 fans

Built-in Noise Detection Module

RGB LED Lighting

2x Integrated Aer RGB 2 140mm Fans

1x Integrated addressable LED Strip

Vertical GPU Mount

2 Slots

Drive Bays

2.5”: 2+1

3.5”: 2+1

Expansion Slots

7

Radiator Support

Front: 2x 140 or 2x 120mm with Pull

*Note: Need to remove RGB fans if you plan to mount the radiator to the front

Rear: 1x 120mm

Fan Support

Front: 2x 120/ 2x 140mm (2x AER RGB 2 140mm included)

Top: 1x 120mm/ 1x 140mm (1x AER F140 Case Version Included)

Rear: 1x 120mm (1x AER F120 Case Version Included)

Fan Specs

Aer RGB 2 (140mm)

Speed: 500-1,500 RPM

Airflow: 30.39 – 91.19 CFM

Noise: 22 – 33 dBA

Air Pressure: 0.17 – 1.52mm-H2O

Bearing: Fluid Dynamic Bearing

Fan Connector 4-Pin PWM

Clearance

Cable Management: 19-23mm

GPU Clearance: Up to 368.6mm w/o front radiator installed, up to 313.6mm with front radiator installed

Vertical GPU Mount Clearance: 40.64mm

CPU Cooler: Up to 165mm

Front Radiator: 60mm

Rear Radiator: 60mm

Reservoir & Pump: Up to 180mm (Along cable bar), Up to 86mm (Along bottom panel)

Compatibility

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series case compatibility chart

Warranty

2 Years

Model Number

CA-H510E-W1

Conclusion

Comparing these 3 cases can’t really give us a clear winner. It all comes down to your needs. Therefore, if you need a USB 2.0 slot or RGB in your PC case then you should buy the H510i. If you don’t need them though, I don’t see any reason you would wanna spend an extra $30. As for the H510 Elite, you should consider it only if you want to make a fancy gaming PC Case or if you need the extra 2 Fans because you are planning to use software or something that will greatly increase your computer’s temperature. (If you buy the H510i and then buy the 2 AER RGB 2 140mm fans, your final cost will go above the Elite version.) At the end of the day, it will probably come down to your budget and how much you wanna spend on your PC case.

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