|NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Thursday, 11 August 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
There are two parts of the equation to a well setup interior. The first half is the ability to expand. Although users may start off with one video card, and two HDD's, in the future they may want to upgrade to four HDD's and a SLI/CrossFireX setup as their needs evolve. The other half of the equation is the ability to adequately cool a user's system. This can be done initially by providing the all of the fan's a user could need or allowing users to upgrade the cooling ability of their system as their needs evolve.
NZXT has given users plenty to work within the Source 210 Elite. To start unlike many cases in this price range NZXT has opted to paint the interior of the Source 210 Elite to match the exterior. Next NZXT has provided a very large, well designed cutout so that users can easily add the backplate needed for many of today's most popular tower style heatsinks. Finally NZXT has provided cable management cutouts to allow users to run cabling through the back of the case so that there will have unobstructed airflow through the system.
From the back you can see the simple elegance of the NZXT Source 210 Elite. Nothing more than was needed was kept in order to keep the price down without sacrificing quality.
NZXT has included two fans with the Source 210 Elite. In the rear there is one 120mm and up top one 140mm fan. The rear 120mm fan, model FN-120RB is rated for 47.27CFM @ 1300RPM while generating 25.35dBA of noise. Installed in the top is the 140mm fan model FN-140RB which is rated at 62.5CFM @ 1300 RPM while generating 26.52dBA. While running both fans are dead silent but could hinder a user's system if they are attempting to overclock without first augmenting the cooling ability of the Source 210 Elite.
In the front of the case are openings to allow users to install two more 120mm fans of their choice. Even more impressive is the fact that the Source 210 Elite can hold eight hard drives in its toolless bays. This opens the possibility of a cheap home server or NAS that can be built into this case. Users should be aware that with all drive bays full the maximum size of video card that can be used is 230mm.
The 5.25" drive bays using a simple hinged mechanism to hold each drive in place. It work wonderfully and is very simple leaving less room for things to break.