NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis

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Assembling a system in the NZXT H2 is a straight forward affair. Much of the process is tool-less except for the mounting of the motherboard. Our test system consists of an Asus 790GX motherboard, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar Black 1TB hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply.

A rubber clip is used to lock optical drives in place on one side. The two thumbscrews next to each clip can be removed and used to secure the drive on the other side.

The hard drive trays have metal pins that simply slide into a HDD's side mounting holes. They are dampened by rubber grommets but as the tray is made of somewhat rigid plastic, and the instructions indicate that screws should secure the drives from the bottom as well, it's not a true soft mounting system. The trays have bottom mounting holes for 2.5" drives so no adapters are required.

After snapping in from the front of the case, thumbscrews are used to keep it in place. When the system was turned on, with the side panel open, we could feel and hear the vibrations coming from our test hard drive. It lessened a great deal when we pushed on the side of the drive, so the mounting system would benefit from being more secure.

Our IGP test system assembled. Graphics card clearance was about 31.1 cm (12.2") if the three hard drive trays adjacent to the PCI-E slot are removed. Our ZEROtherm FZ120 cooler fit with approximately 10 mm to spare above it, and as there is no fan on the side panel to get in the way, the case can accommodate CPU heatsinks up to 17 cm tall.

With so much room on the right side of the chassis, there is plenty of space to tie up cable slack.

Though there is ample of room between the ground and the power supply, the bottom of the case could use some extra ventilation. There is only a small air gap on each side and the back is completely blocked off.

On many cases the power and hard drive LEDs are annoyingly bright and in your face. The H2's LEDs shine downwards like a porch lamp and when the door is closed they become pleasant accents on the outside corners rather than the twinkling nightmares of epileptics. Note that the light appears blue in our pictures, but is actually white.

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