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.
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
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