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NZXT Source 210 Elite review

Katharine Byrne
30 Mar 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
39
inc VAT

It's inexpensive and not a bad looker, but this case's build quality lets it down

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Specifications

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. The tool-less drive retaining clips feel very flimsy and cheap.

NZXT Source 210 Elite

The case has eight internal 3.5in drive bays, but there's not enough room for graphics cards longer than 280mm. The drive bays' tool-less mounts held our hard disk firmly in place, and there's room in front of the drive cages for another couple of cooling fans. The case comes with two fans preinstalled, one large 140mm fan on the top and a smaller 120mm fan on the rear, but there's room for to seven fans in total if you need additional cooling.

NZXT Source 210 Elite

Inside, we liked the case's folded-over edges to cut down on sharp surprises for your hands, and its pre-cut cable holes are useful for routing cables effectively to improve airflow, but most of the case's internals are made from thin metal and have a lot of flex in them.

NZXT Source 210 Elite

The Source 210 Elite is cheap, but it feels compromised. The SilverStone RL01 is a superior case and is cheaper, while the Corsair Carbide 200R is worth the extra few pounds.

Details

Price£39
Rating***
Casemidi tower

Ports

USB ports2
Total Firewire ports0
Total eSATA ports0
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes

Physical

Size440x195x495mm
Weight6.5kg
Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in8
5.25in drive bays3
Fan mounts4x 120mm, 3x 140mm
Fans supplied1x 120mm, 1x 140mm

PSU

Supplied PSUno
StandardN/A
Fans1x 120mm bottom
Power supply wattageN/A
Floppy disk power connectors0
Motherboard connectorN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£39
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.nzxt.com

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