The perfect case for your gaming PC?

By | November 30, 2022

If you’re in the market for a good-looking new PC case, there are a few options right now, but NZXT hopes you’ll pick up their new H5 Elite case. Retailing for $140, it’s reasonably priced given its spec, which includes software lighting control and targeted cooling for your graphics card.

Out of the box, you get two 140mm RGB fans included on the front panel, and a third fan – 120mm this time – is located in the centerpiece of the H5 Elite – its angled fan.

The fan is designed to point towards your graphics card, funneling cool air from the bottom of the case, and instead of just pointing it in the approximate direction of the graphics card like other intake fans, this one pushes it directly towards the card cooler. print shop. to increase cooling.

The downside is that this is the prime spot often used in other cases for storage hard drives, and as a result, the H5 Elite only supports a single 3.5-inch hard drive that sits behind the motherboard tray. That should be enough for most people, but if you’re looking to transplant more than one hard drive, you’re out of luck.

Cable management is excellent, though, with plenty of channels for storing cables, as well as hook and loop fasteners. You can also identify the NZXT fan and lighting controller. This can change the color of the light rings on the fans themselves for various effects, as well as a static color of your choosing.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to connect the fans to your motherboard, as there’s no way to add them to NZXT’s CAM software unless you use one of their motherboards.

The H5 Elite has a removable dust cap on the roof that attaches with magnets with a sliding guard that protects the base of the case. The roof has space for a pair of 120mm fans, which aren’t included, and neither does a rear fan for the 120mm bracket, which is a shame as it will certainly help the CPU’s air coolers.

The front panel is pretty basic with a single USB 3 port along with a Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, and unlike many other RGB lighting-enabled cases, there are no physical buttons to control the lighting here. Instead, it gives the case clean lines with a minimum of clutter, albeit with a minimal amount of ports.

If you want to install a radiator, you can use a 240mm model in the ceiling, while 280mm models can fit in the front of the cabinet. There’s plenty of space inside, even with an ATX motherboard installed, with enough room for CPU coolers up to 165mm tall and 365mm headroom for graphics cards – enough to swallow even Nvidia’s massive GeForce RTX 4090.

If you want a great case to cool your graphics card, this is it. In-game temperatures were several degrees lower with the same hardware on the H5 Elite than similar cases I’ve tested recently, including NZXT’s own H7 Flow. As expected though, the CPU temperature using an air cooler was a few degrees higher thanks to the case not including a rear fan.

Conclusions

NZXT made the bold decision to forgo storage space in favor of better graphics card cooling, and ultimately can help keep your hardware running cooler and quieter. The fact that you get a single 3.5-inch hard drive assembly might be an issue for some, but the fact remains that most PC enthusiasts only have a single hard drive at most, with plenty of SSDs in their favour.

If you don’t need the RGB lighting, the cheaper H5 Flow is a better bet, though it only includes two fans with one of them on the base angled to your graphics card. Otherwise, both cases are identical, albeit with the H5 Elite offering the swagger of a glass front panel.

A rear fan or an AIO liquid cooler would fix the lackluster CPU cooling, but as clean, roomy cases with decent cable management and good GPU cooling, the H5 Elite is reasonably priced and an excellent choice.

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