I used to be an enormous fan of the unique NZXT H1 mini-ITX chassis when it first got here out. However then, mine by no means caught hearth, which is an effective factor as a result of I have been utilizing it as the idea for my workplace work machine ever since. My boss wouldn’t have been happy if I would burned down the PC Gamer workplaces due to a defective PCIe riser cable.
Although that was—ultimately—mounted with substitute risers that went out to homeowners of the chassis who picked one up earlier than NZXT pulled it from sale whereas it sorted out the problem.
So yeah, there have been just a few issues with that preliminary case. Which is a disgrace as a result of NZXT has been making a few of our favorite PC chassis, and nonetheless a few of the best mini-ITX cases, too. And other than that particular riser downside, the H1 was a implausible package deal to construct a wee peecee into. And so is that this lately up to date model, too.
On the face of it, this H1 V2 appears to be like equivalent and you would be forgiven for pondering it was only a new launch of the identical case with an much more non-burn-y PCIe riser cable in your GPU. However NZXT has truly finished so much to enhance the general design, although it does make for a dearer, barely bigger and heavier mini-ITX case.
H1 V2 specs
Motherboard help: Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 405 x 196 x 196 mm
Weight: 7.6 kg
GPU clearance: 324 x 58 mm
Reminiscence clearance: 46 mm
Entrance I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Sort-A, 1x USB 3.2 Sort-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
PSU: 750W SFX 80 Plus Gold
Cooling: 140 mm AIO CPU cooler, 92 mm rear fan
Riser cable: PCIe 4.0 x16
Guarantee: 3 years (case, riser card, AIO), 10 years (PSU)
Value: $400 | £340
The H1 V2 is retailing for one more $50 (£40) on prime of the $350 (£300) price ticket of the unique, which perhaps looks like so much, however you might be getting greater than only a chassis. The actual fantastic thing about the H1 is that it consists of each a strong PSU and a liquid CPU cooler, so the actually awkward bits of a mini-ITX construct are taken care of.
If you happen to’ve ever constructed a small type issue PC you’ll perceive the ache of attempting to route one million, unnecessarily lengthy PSU cables across the motherboard, graphics card, and all the things else. Then attempting to mount a capable-enough cooler into the restricted confines of a mini-ITX case… properly, that is a process in itself.
With NZXT’s H1, nevertheless, each come preinstalled, with cooling and cabling pre-routed within the optimum approach for the case, so that you simply have to attach all of it up. And it is a real pleasure to construct into, in a approach which different mini-ITX circumstances usually aren’t. Even the Hyte Revolt 3, which nearly apes the H1, is a much more fiddly place through which to construct a rig. With the cooler lifted up and away there’s a lot elbow room to work with that dropping the guts of your system into the chassis is easy.
There’s an enormous cutout on the rear of the motherboard tray, too, which is tremendous useful contemplating a number of mini-ITX motherboards use underslung M.2 ports for further SSD help. And all of it makes upgrading and normal upkeep a far simpler factor. One thing that’s typically a ache level for different ickle circumstances.
A observe of warning, nevertheless, and that’s the clearance between the radiator fan and the highest of your reminiscence is not large. It’s one other 1mm greater than the unique, however with simply 46mm as your most reminiscence top some DIMMs are merely going to be too large. Our Corsair Dominator DDR5 sticks we have utilized in our Alder Lake check rig, and the mini-ITX B660, proved simply too tall to shut the case.
NZXT helps the construct course of with clear labelling inside and with out the chassis. I had points truly moving into the tool-less design of the primary H1, however it ships with labelling on the skin explaining tips on how to achieve entry. And inside there are tags and stickers indicating what goes the place, and tips on how to shift issues round to achieve entry to the motherboard tray, for instance.
I suppose it additionally helps that it is just a bit bigger than its older sibling, which, in addition to aiding the cooling, additionally means that you can set up longer graphics playing cards, too.
And, talking of cooling, there is a new CAM-supported fan controller, which takes care of each the 140mm fan on the all-in-one liquid cooler for the CPU, in addition to the brand new 92mm fan that sits on the rear of the case.
The opposite large change is one which’s monitoring the ever rising energy calls for of each CPUs and GPUs, by shifting from a 600W 80-Plus energy provide to a 750W Gold model. It is also had a slight facelift, which implies the glass entrance has a lot much less of a metal ring round it, and is sort of bezel-less. And also you get an additional USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A port on the highest, too.
In all, NZXT has made many welcome enhancements to what was already an excellent mini-ITX chassis design—well-documented riser points apart. I get that the $400 price ticket will sting for lots of people, however 750W SFX energy provides do not come low-cost, and nor do AIO coolers that may squeeze into one thing so comparatively small.
Which all makes the H1 V2 not only a good small type issue chassis, however a very nice platform from which to construct the mini-ITX chassis of your goals. As long as these goals do not embody overly tall sticks of reminiscence.