$99 seems to be the sweet spot for PC cases. At this price you are high enough that you are getting a quality case that is well thought out and has a lot of features, but at the same time you may lack a few things present in higher priced cases. Today we are taking a look at NZXT’s H500i, which is a very sleek mid tower that offers a tempered glass side panel, two RGB LED strips, support for ATX motherboards, and a built in RGB and fan controller. Is this the perfect case at that $99 price point? Read on as we find out…
|Dimensions||W: 210mm H: 435mm D: 428mm (without feet)
W: 210mm H: 460mm D: 428mm (with feet)
|Material(s)||SECC Steel and Tempered Glass|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX|
|I/O Ports||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x Audio/Mic
|Filters||Front right side panel, bottom front and PSU intake|
|Smart Device||3 x Fan channels with Max 10W per channel output*
1 x RGB LED port support up to 4 x HUE+ LED strips or 5 x Aer RGB fans
Built-in noise detection module
*Note: If a splitter is used, fan control is regulated depending on the fan connected to the 4-pin port. Do not use low-noise adapters.
|System Requirements||PC with open internal USB 2.0 port and Windows® 10 operating system recommended.
Internet connection is needed to download CAM.
Some CAM features require Internet access, a valid email address and acceptance of our current Terms of Service.
|Vertical GPU Mount||Support 2 slot GPUs
Riser card with 30cm length recommended. Riser card not included.
|Drive Bays||2.5”: 2+1
|Radiator Support||Front: Up to 280mm
|Fan Support||Front: 2 x 120/2 x 140mm
Top: 1 x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included) / 1 x 140mm
Rear: 1 x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)
|Fan Specs||Aer F120 (Case Version)
Speed: 1200 + 200 RPM
CFM Noise: 28 dBA
Bearing: Rifle Bearing
|Clearance||Cable Management: 19-23mm
GPU Clearance: Up to 381mm
CPU Cooler: Up to 165mm
Front Radiator: 60mm
Rear Radiator: 60mm
Reservoir & Pump: Up to 180mm (Along cable bar), Up to 86mm (Along bottom panel)
The H500i comes in NZXT’s very sleek packaging with a full-size photo of the case on one side and a close-up photo of the top corner of the case on the other side.
Looking at the other sides of the case there is a list of features and specifications on one side. On the last side we find information about CAM, the adaptive noise reduction in the case, and a few other features.
Opening the box up we can see that the case is nicely packaged with large pieces of Styrofoam. The case itself is in a plastic bag and there is plastic on the tempered glass side panel to protect it from getting scratched.