NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis

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EXTERIOR

The H2 weighs 8.9 kg or 19.6 lb and measures 21.5 x 46.6 x 52.0 cm or 8.5 x 18.3 x 20.5" (W x H x D) making the total case volume approximately 52.1 L. It is a little bit wider and deeper than most ATX towers. The chassis seems very sturdy all around, though the side panels have a small degree of flex. While the door is heavy and well-built, it doesn't open up much past 90 degrees so we can imagine it could be easily damaged by accident.


The inside of the front door is covered in thick sound dampening foam and latched with a pair of strong magnets. There are just three 5.25" bays, the covers for which are removed easily thanks to release latches. Underneath are a pair of 120 mm fans secured to the chassis with tabs on each side.


By far the coolest feature of the H2 are the front intake fan mounts. The fans have short cables plugged into a small circuit board on the side. When the fan holder snaps into place, two pins make contact with another circuit board on the chassis which connects on the interior to the case's fan controller. Hard drive mounting requires front access but you won't have to worry about fan cables getting in the way. (Photo above shows fan flipped to show the electrical contacts on the little green PCB.)


The power/reset buttons and external ports are located at the top of the case. There are mic and headphone jacks, 3 x USB 2.0 and 1 x USB 3.0 connectors, as well a fan controller switch with three settings.


Just behind the front ports is an external SATA docking bay. It is fine for a 2.5" drive, but a bit tight for a 3.5" drive. Removing one requires some force and there isn't any room to gain leverage. Behind it, underneath a slide-out magnetic cover, is a 140 mm fan placement.


The rear of the case is fairly standard. The expansion slot covers have a fine mesh on them and the 120 mm rear fan placement is beveled outward (as are the floor and ceiling placements). The blue cable on the outside is for the USB 3.0 port, plugging into the motherboard's back panel port. This is fine as most current USB 3.0 motherboards lack an internal header.


To steady the case, a series of rubber pads are found all around the edge of the bottom. A large pullout filter with a somewhat restrictive plastic spine is is located underneath the power supply and optional 120 mm fan placement.


The side panels are secured at the back via a pair of thumbscrews each. They are reasonably thick, flexing slightly when force is applied. A large sheet of foam is adhered to the interior of both sides. (Cover on above photo flipped to show the foam.)


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