NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis

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NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis

March 28, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
NZXT H2
ATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$100

NZXT is an American case manufacturer that produces a wide assortment of interesting cases popular among PC enthusiasts and gamers. Perhaps less well known is the fact they also make a "Classic" series of cases that aren't quite as fancy, being cheaper and more reserved in both aesthetics and features. The new H2 stands out as it claims to be a "Silent Midtower Chassis" — which of course instantly puts us into challenge mode. Set to be available for purchase in April, the H2 carries a price tag of just US$100, putting it in direct competition with the Fractal Design Define R2 (or its replacement, the R3).


Congratulations, it's a healthy brown box.

The box the NZXT H2 arrived in was unusually large and completely plain on the outside. Opening it we found there was a box within the box to prevent damage during shipping, though again, there was no artwork on the interior package; if anything it looked even plainer. It was also next to impossible to get the box out without spilling all the packing peanuts, but luckily SPCR's resident cat suffers from pica, so we just left it alone for a few days and the problem eventually resolved itself.


The NZXT H2.

The H2 has a simple look with solid side panels and a slightly glossy, heavy front door. The sides of the front bezel are composed of molded plastic while the front facia is made of aluminum. The covers on the top of the case stand out, unfortunately looking like window shutters.


Viewed from the right side.

Cases designed to be quiet often have one thing in common, that being an almost completely enclosed body to prevent noise from leaking out. Of course this also means limited ventilation, something that is looks like it could be a problem for the H2. It doesn't have many places to pull in fresh air, especially from the front. The door has tiny slits on the sides and bottom, and there isn't much open area underneath it either.


Accessories.

The H2 ships with a basic accessory pack which includes a black and white manual, a small color brochure featuring some of NZXT's other cases, the necessary screws, a PC speaker, and a few zip-ties for wrapping up cables.

Specifications: NZXT H2
(from the product web page)
MODEL H2
CASE TYPE Mid Tower Steel
FRONT PANEL MATERIAL Plastic/Steel
DIMENSIONS (W x H x D) 215 x 466 X 520 mm
VGA Clearance (length) 31cm w/o HDD, 270mm w/ HDD
CPU Heatsink Support 170mm
COOLING SYSTEM FRONT, 2 X 120mm @ 1200rpm
REAR, 1 X 120mm @ 1200rpm
TOP, 1 X 140mm (optional)
BOTTOM, 1 x 120mm (optional)
DRIVE BAYS 3 EXTERNAL 5.25" DRIVE BAYS
8 INTERNAL 3.5"/2.5" Slots
Screwless Rail Design
MATERIAL(S) Steel with painted interior
EXPANSION SLOTS 7
WEIGHT 8.9 kg
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT


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