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NZXT H2 Computer Case Review

Apr 14 2011, 1:06pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

NZXT H2 Computer Case Review
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Good looking and quiet too!

Specifications

The NZXT H2 has an integrated fan controller, hot swap SATA drive bays, eight front facing HDD slots, and extra noise dampening. The mainboard tray also has space behind it for cable management. You can order this case in black or white colors and it is made from plastic and steel.

In Use

One of the computers I have in my office has some nice hardware inside and that means that the machine has lots of fans. It sounds like a small aircraft taxiing in the office when the fans are all spinning. It will drive you crazy and at night, you can often hear the fans running several rooms away from the computer.

I decided it was time to end all that noise and get a quieter office at the same time. NZXT has a cool new case called the H2 that looked to be just the ticket to quieting my rig. The case is nice looking with a simple design that is clean. The big thing for me is that the case has extra sound deadening to quiet the fans inside the case.

The case has a hot swappable SATA drive cage on top to make it easy to get data off your old HDDs without opening your case. That is assuming your hardware supports hot swap drives. It has a ton of space inside with eight HDD bays that are aimed forward to help keep them cool. The chassis also has enough room behind the HDD tray to hide all the extra cable so air can flow more smoothly.

Other than the extra foam to absorb noise, the case also has a magnetic fan cover to reduce noise even more. All those noise reduction tricks work very well. The noise level in my office with the hardware from my computer inside this case is much lower than it was with the other case.

Installing my hardware inside the NZXT H2 was a snap too. The case uses a tool less design on the inside that makes sliding your optical drives and storage drives in a snap. It comes with the screws you need to mount the mainboard inside and it will work with heat sinks for your CPU up to 170mm. Inside the case the edges are rolled and there were no sharp edges in my sample.

That is a good thing too, I have built computers before and had my hands all cut up from sharp edges and burs when I was done. The stock cooling system includes a pair of front 120mm fans and a rear 120mm fan. You can fit a bottom 120mm fan and a top 140mm fan inside if you wish. The extra fans will make more noise though. My hardware had no problems at all with heat after installing inside this case. The only thing that isn’t ideal about his case is the weigh. That said, I don’t see many people trying to carry the computer with them so that is a minor quibble.

Verdict

Pros

  • Good looks
  • No tools needed
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Heavy
 

Conclusion

The NZXT H2 looks good and hides much of the noise high-end computer hardware produces. I love this case!

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