Whoa, NZXT finally put a front mesh panel on the H510

Perhaps the internet can be at peace now.

Credit: Willis Lai / IDG

Glance at the NZXT H510 Flow, and it looks about as you’d expect given current sensibilities. Optimal airflow dominates the scene at the moment. Most new cases now feature mesh front panels, and the H510 Flow is no different.

Yet the Flow represents a shift on NZXT’s part, as you’ll see in the video above. The standard H510 has long sported a solid front panel, as did the H500 and S340 before it. And despite its critics, the case has enjoyed wild popularity. PC builders love this compact ATX mid-tower’s smaller footprint, thoughtful and straightforward design, and minimalist vibe.

But general trends have had their influence, with a result that should quiet most naysayers. NZXT put a steel mesh front panel on the body of the H510, complete with removable dust filter, and made minor additional tweaks. Namely, the two included 120mm fans come mounted at the front and rear, instead of the top and rear. (The standard H510’s smaller air intakes on the right side panel and the bottom front of the case are gone, too.) You’ll find no other changes to the chassis aside from airflow improvements; PC builders still get the same H510 otherwise. The removable hard drive cage, front fan/radiator bracket, and signature cable bar remain so for ease when building.

NZXT H510 front radiator bracket Willis Lai / IDG

The interior of the H510 Flow is the same as the standard and Elite H510, including the removable front fan/radiator bracket.

As for performance of this new H510 variant, NZXT’s sample benchmark results show a drop in CPU temperature—a difference of 8 degrees in the company’s 280mm AIO-cooled 11900K test system. But GPU temperatures remain about the same, with barely a 1 degree difference between the H510 Flow and H510 Elite (which has a tempered glass front) with the same parts.

Given its MSRP of US$110 / AU$150, the NZXT H510 Flow should tempt many looking for an affordable airflow case when its estimated launch date of October 18 rolls around. Despite shipping woes affecting its cost and availability, this case remains competitive with well-lauded, similarly priced rivals like the Corsair 4000D Airflow and Lian Li Lancool II. The biggest threat to the Flow is the US$70 / AU$100 Montech X3, which costs $50 less, includes a whopping six RGB fans, and has favorable reviews. But the X3 does lack the the absolute sleekness of the H510—so NZXT may still get to hang onto its popularity.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Alaina Yee

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?