Excerpt: Just last week we took a look at the Tempest 210 which at that time I had remarked about how it resembled a Source 210 that NZXT had already been selling. Well, this time I actually, without really paying attention to the names of each case, have sort of put the cart a little ahead of the horse with this one.
Summary: The NZXT Source 210 Case is targeted at the budget market, but it has great looks and features. This case is also available in two colors, black and white. If you're looking for an affordable case with style, this just might be it.
Conclusion: Performance in a case is about being able to silently keep components cool. Although no formal testing was done with the Source 210 Elite I can say that the temperatures attained when stress testing were well within normal spec for the E8200 that is contained within this machine. When it comes to noise I compared the Source 210 Elite to my Silverstone RV02 I use for my personal computer.
Pros: Great expandability for cooling, Looks great, Great features for the price, Has USB 3.0 headers, Can hold video cards up to 13" long
Cons: None of the intakes have filters on them, Initial cooling ability could be better, One sided tool-less mechanisms
Conclusion: The whole installation process was relatively easy, and I only had the minor hassle of running the ATX 4-pin/EPS 8-pin power cable near the top rear corner fans. The power supply fits into the case with ease, and was easy to secure into place. As you can see in the photo above, I have installed the hard drive clamp upside-down in honor of my Australian colleague Paul. I found that to be a very amusing feature, so I couldn't resist, haha.
Summary: Seems like NZXT has gotten their act together. First the Phantom, then the H2 and now the entry level Source. As is the scenario for all cases of this price class, looks is what matters and NZXT has managed to offer a good feature set for a 39.90 or 49.90 Euro chassis. Especially the Elite version with USB 3.0, two fans and the detailed black and white design choice is a great case not just as far as looks is concerned.
Pros: Pretty cool looks (subjective), Two fairly quiet fans included, Internal USB 3.0 connector, Choice of two colors: black or black & white, Excellent black & white design throughout the entire chassis, Screwless HDD locks hold suprisingly well, ODD locks hold well, Many openings for cable management, Tall CPU coolers will fit
Cons: No dust filters for intake fans, No extra screws included - just the bare minimum, Not many boards have the internal USB 3.0 connector yet, Design may not be for everyone, Simple packaging
Excerpt: The NZXT Source 210 Elite isn’t a bad-looking case, but its build quality is decidedly budget. Its front panel is fairly minimal, with just one USB3 and one USB2 port and separate headphone and microphone jacks nestled above the case's three 5.25in external drive bays. It was a struggle to get our optical drive into the 5.25in bays, as it was such a tight fit we had to knock the drive in with the heel of our hand.
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × NZXT really hit the headlines when they released their stunning Phantom case last year which won numerous awards including our most prestigious ‘Must Have’ award. In terms of design, it broke new ground and remains one of the best looking cases out there today.
Summary: Wer auf viele bunte Lichter steht, sollte ohne Frage die Finger vom NZXT. SOURCE 210 ELITE Midi-Tower lassen. Das Design erinnert eher an einen Multimedia-PC, der sich perfekt neben dem TV-Gerät machen würde. Die Kühlung hingegen macht das Chassis optimal für Spieler, die nicht Hunderte von Euros in eine Wasserkühlung stecken wollen.
Pros: gute Kühlung, viel Platz gegen Kabelsalat, großer Lieferumfang
Cons: langweiliges Design, mitgelieferte Lüfter etwas zu laut
Conclusion: Directamente desde el Computex nos ha llegado lo más nuevo de NZXT , esta Source 210 Elite nos ha dejado una magnífica impresión, una semi-torre de bajo coste que presenta una funcionalidad digna de cajas de mayor calibre, además incorpora el estándar USB 3.0, viene pintada de negro por dentro y por fuera, y nos permite instalar hardware "grande", a destacar esos 8 discos duros y sobre todo su potencial de refrigeración, aunque de serie deje un poco de lado el...
Pros: Diseño en negro NZXT impecable, Amplitud interior, Sistema de refrigeración (opción de mucha mejora), Compatibilidad con hardware de gran calibre, Gestión de cables, Bloque de puertos frontal (USB 3.0), Preparada para RL, Precio, Acceso al backplate, Silenciosa, Instalación sin herramientas y clips de calidad, Permite instalar hasta 8 HDDs
Cons: Bloque I/O algo escaso, Sin sistema anti-vibraciones (HDDS-PSU), Un ventilador frontal de serie vendría muy bien