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Disclosure: the H500 Vault Boy PC case is loaned by NZXT.
About NZXT H500 and its Vault Boy
This the special variant from NZXT- the H500 Vault Boy Limited Edition where they’ve made 1,000 units of these. Apart from the Fallout 4 theme, it is the H500 essentially. This is a compact mid-tower PC case. NZXT started making case for a while- and I owned one of them imported from Directron- the NZXT Nemesis Elite Edition. Fun times!
The H500 does not have front panel ventilation. While I appreciate its minimalistic design, many would love to see NZXT cases providing front mesh for direct airflow. While this will always be a subject of debate depending on the case and the build (and the user’s preference), NZXT cases are preferred by multiple system builders. PCPartsPicker lists its white and black variant right on the top, with a maximum number of 5 stars votes for the Fractal Meshify-C.
The NZXT H500 Vault Boy has two-layered packagings! Posh!
NZXT did do a good job with the Fallout themed packaging, enough that the box itself out be a collector’s item for diehard fans. Too bad Fallout 76’s start was very inauspicious to say the very least.
The internal packaging is nothing out of the ordinary. Regardless its enough to protect the case till it is taken out of the box. This is even more important for a PC case which uses glass sidepanels. Additional card box does wonder.
Along with the usual screws, NZXT provided the front panel header adapter, small but adequate cable ties, an instruction manual and a Fallout Vault themed magnetic base headset hanger which is made of rubber. You can even hide away the cables underneath its groove. Noice!
|Dimensions||W: 210 mm H: 460 mm D: 428mm|
|Material(s)||SGCC Steel, ABS Plastic, Tempered Glass|
|Motherboard Support||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|I/O Ports||2x USB 3.1 Gen1|
Type A 1x Audio/Mic
|Filters||Right side panel, Bottom front, Bottom rear|
|Drive Bays||2.5″: 2+1|
|Radiator Support||Front: Up to 280mm|
Rear 1x 120mm
|Fan Support||Front: 2×120 / 1x 140mm|
Top 1x 120 / 1x 140mm (1 AER F120 Case Version included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1 AER F120 Case Version included)
|Fan Specs||Aer F120 (Case Version)|
Speed: 1200± 200RPM
Airflow: 50.42 CFM
Noise: 28 dBA
Bearing: Rifle Bearing
|Clearance||CPU Cooler: Up to 165mm|
GPU Clearance: Up to 381mm
Front Radiator: 60mm
Rear Radiator: 60mm
Cable Management: 19-23mm
I would have liked to see the newer variants of PC cases to be updated with USB 3.1 Gen 2 FP ports. The case is just as light as any typical mid-tower ATX steel-made PC Chassis of such class. The case provides 1x 120/140 and 240mm radiator installation towards the front panel and 120mm towards the rear. While the top panel does have 120mm fan mounts, because of the thickness of a 120mm radiator plus its fans- and VRM heatsinks on the motherboard (from low profile heatsinks to obnoxious bald-eagle winged plastic doohickey) with the limited clearance within the case, that wouldn’t be possible.