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Written by Austin Downing   
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.



# RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-11 23:18
Austin, are the HDD bays facing back towards the MB, or sideways? It looks like they are facing towards the MB. If so, I wonder what NZXT was thinking on that one? The tool-less bay clips look interesting. Also, I'm glad someone is stepping up the competition by offering MB connectors for USB SS. Geeze. About time.

Thanks for the review.
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# RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseAustin Downing 2011-08-12 10:56
The HDD face towards the motherboard like a traditional setup rather than new styles that is being adopted. The clips are removable and once you have your HDD in place you put them in and lock them.
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# Grumpy Old ManComputer Ed 2011-08-19 04:49
What they where likely thinking was increase the air flow due to the limited front air intake. Not like this case can move a ton of air through the front as it is, why block it further?
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# RE: Grumpy Old ManAustin Downing 2011-08-19 05:33
Why wouldn't a case like this be able to move lots of air?
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# RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseStupido 2011-08-12 03:36
It looks like many competitors are entering the 50 $/Euro market...
this case looks quite nice actually...
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# RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-12 03:56
Boring as hell on the outside, but very, very functional indeed, especially for the price.
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# RE: RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseAustin Downing 2011-08-12 10:58
I agree that the $50 market is starting to heat up. As for it being boring. . . well I like that. I love the MacPro's, Lian Li, and Corsair Obsidian exteriors. I do not like flashy at all it feels so cheap.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseGroman 2011-08-12 11:03
It is rather boring at first, but it's a good cheap case if you are looking to do mods. Cut out the side panel, cut out some 120mm openings in the front of the case and then add some LEDs. I'd rather have a case I can mod than purchase one that's already finished.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseDoug Dallam 2011-08-12 11:14
Good point! I didn't even think about that.
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# Just picked up this caseGroman 2011-08-12 07:14
This case was a major upgrade for me from the Antec 300 I had previously. The metal feels a bit cheap in some places but overall it was well worth the money. Great buy if you are cheap like me.
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# Grumpy Old ManComputer Ed 2011-08-19 04:55
Not sure I would consider this an upgrade over the Three Hundred, more of a lateral move. The cable management options are a bit better but I think in the end the Three Hundred might have a little better potential for air flow. At the end of the day I would say this case is a toss up at the price point with an Antec One Hundred (in my option a better case than the Three Hundred) Buy based on which look you like better with a gamer building leaning a bit more toward the more open airflow of the One Hundred/Three Hundred.
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# RE: Grumpy Old ManGroman 2011-08-19 05:32
I agree to an extent, it's limited as its shipped. I plan to do some modifications to the elite though, like drill two 120mm fan holes in the front bezel to get more airflow Personally, I perfer the cable management, black interior and dual 140mm fan blowholes which all come standard in the elite. I was actually in the process of drilling some cable manage holes in the mobo try for the 300, then painting it black but it was a bit of a pain. I loved my 300 for the great intake fans and air filters, but it lacked some features that the source came with.
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# RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseAthlonite 2011-08-18 22:49
I'm still looking for what they're calling "Elite" about this case
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# RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseAustin Downing 2011-08-19 05:32
The great price, the build quality, its ability to adapt to a users need? Take your pick.
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# Great choiceWalter Machnicz 2011-08-19 06:02
It is a modern take on an old design. It has what you need where you need it. The big deal is internal USB3.0, 8 Hard Drive Mounts, and great air flow possibilities.
IF you want cross mount Hard Drive cages there are many choices, few incluse USB3.0 and 8 Hard Drives.
It's got the plain appearance of a Lian Li without the cost.
In the US the Rosewill cases come closest.
It's not a Silverstone TJ08.
It's not a BitFenix Shinobi.
It's not a Zalman Z9/Z9 Plus.
When you look hard though it offers a lot for a little and grow room.
I will have one I think.
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# RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Casedlb 2011-08-20 19:51
I don't know why, but little slanted bit from the USB ports across the top to the left bugs me.... seems to me they could have added one more each of USB2/3 ports, or a media reader, or even a 2.5" hot-swap bay, and it shouldn't have affected the price by more than $5US (maybe $10 if they got greedy). Personally, a straight bezel up top would be better, or even have that "line" go vertical just past the USB ports for .25" or .5", then straight across to the left from there.... IDK, but that slanted line bugs me.

Another thing - I'm >REALLY< glad this case doesn't have a side plexi window - I have never really understood the point; is the owner or his friends and family going to spend that much time peering in at the non-moving, cold cathode blue/red/green/UV interior?

Otherwise, for the price, NZXT has done it again! I'm currently using their BetaEVO case and I freekin' love it. I got it for about $35 after rebates, promos, and free shipping, and I don't see replacing it in the near future.

Anyway - a great review (as always) of a pretty nice lookin' and functional case...
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# RE: RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseAustin Downing 2011-08-21 07:31
Thanks for the compliment.

One thing you need to consider is that adding another $5-$10 would push them up to the $60 price point. Plus the thing is some people may not need those amenities in their cases so for them the extra money they would pay may deter them from buying it.
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# RE: NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer CaseWalter Machnicz 2011-08-21 10:46
It is always easy to push up the price of a case. It is always easy to find things to change.
Each case is an adventure to become yours. Or a box to stuff under your desk. I can see this one working either way.
Not a parts swappers case, just easy to upgrade at need.
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# not compatible with Cooler master HYPER 212 PLUSguero 2012-03-30 09:51
good case but not compatible with Cooler master HYPER 212 PLUS
mobo Asrock 970 extreme3
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# re: not compatible with Cooler master HYPER 212 PLUSmigs 2012-04-27 10:12
I have the asrock extreme 3 gen 3 board and that cooler in this case. No idea why you're having issues. It's reallllllly close to the side panel but it doesn't touch at all.
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