Review NZXT H1 The Future Of ITX Cases?

this my friends is the new h1 a super exciting ITX vertical chassis from NZXT that promises to streamline the whole small form-factor experience and remove the usual hurdles when it comes to building something small but powerful the case is just thirteen point six liters in volume and is very close in size to my coarser one and since I have to return this wonderful machine the h1 here is with perfect timing as I will be building myself a new gaming station that should hopefully satisfy for the next few months now what makes the h1 so special is that you’re not just getting the enclosure you’re also getting a 650 watt SFX gold rated power supply getting a hundred 40 mm all in one cooler you’re getting a riser cable for the GPU which is PCI gen3 and one of the easiest assembly procedures you can experience in this size category so that is why the price of $349 appears to be quite steep and there’s definitely a premium applied on top of that but purchasing equivalent parts separately is not that far off in terms of your case the power supply but also finding affordable 140mm all-in-one coolers is challenging so if you substitute for quality 120 millimeter all-in-one cooler instead the price definitely will drop what I’m trying to say here is that let’s not discount the h1 because of its price alone because it’s actually quite

competitive and reasonable when you look at it from a macro level especially because you get three year warranty on the case and the only one cooler and ten years on the power supply so there’s definitely some confidence in that [Music] the razor Huntsman tournament edition has arrived it’s linear optical switchers are rated with a hundred million keystrokes and actuate at just one millimeter that gives it a lightning-quick feel with no risk of debounce delay let your fingertips appreciate the double shot to be cheeky caps with their extra texture and enhanced durability so you can always dominate your game the Razer Huntsman te keyboard this is gaming at a speed of light learn more the links below alright so first of all let’s appreciate the signature NZXT style here with sharp corners consistent ventilation pattern and the dual tone look with the main exterior panel the all-black model is also available the NZXT logo is hidden inside the glass which by the way I’m not sure this case needs as you’ll see later on and honestly I would have loved another mesh panel on the front here instead of T G by the way it is 20/20 why do we still include paper stickers on glass also I really do not appreciate the removal of the second USB 3 port on pretty much all NZXT cases why it’s using the same 19 pin connector you plug into your motherboard so why do we only get one a Type C Gen 2 is definitely always welcome but it’s not a replacement and especially here where the motherboard IO is not easily accessible the

build quality of the h1 is all right it’s all mainly steel but with a plastic frame for the base which might prevent scratches and so here is what I’m thinking for this build is the 370 motherboards would be perfectly capable 9600 K overclock to 5 gigahertz and our TX 2060 super from ZOTAC not because of the size but because of the power and this gorgeous Dominator plot in the memory that matches the whole interior color scheme and is rated at 3600 megahertz the interior axis is all tool free you pop off the side panels that sit on pins and slide the main metal cover from the top that is on the rail system to simplify the whole procedure and all of our compartments are nicely divided with their own airflow chambers so there shouldn’t be mixing too much between the main AO and your GPU on the other side so the entire installation is pretty straightforward as the radiator + fan are on the swivel bracket that reveal full access to the main area even though this section is quite tight you can reach all sides the motherboard and I love how the PSU cables all of them are already pre routed and are short enough to so this part of the assembly was the quickest we also have a combo front panel connector that I appreciate with an adapter included if you need to split them up and I’m actually surprised at this part where the fan and pump are connected through a four and three pin fan cables and not via USB so there is no cam software needed to control the pump and fan speed and that is a major positive now the two hiccups I’ve encountered with assembly is RAM clearance as my Dominator Platinum’s are way too tall and the bracket would not close so I swapped it out toward the regular-sized g.skill trident Z so clearance is not an issue and the second thing unfortunately the

type-c cable on my unit is not long enough to reach the far corner on my motherboard NZXT offered to send me an i/o replacement with a longer type-c cable which is appreciated and that offer extends to all customers who buy the h1 at launch so if you cable does not reach your desired type C spot on the motherboard simply reach out to NXT and they’ll send you a new one but they will be extending the cables for all h1 productions after launch thermal paste is already pre applied with a really good spread as you can see and the final steps include mounting the CPU block which is the same as with any Kraken or any AAA or cooler compatible with both AMD and Intel sockets and even after everything is in place you can still access anything on the motherboard when you bend the tubes out of the way plus the lack of cables makes this one the cleanest ITX systems i’ve worked with because the power supply is fully modular with thin cables now as for storage there’s an SSD cage below the PSU with two slots meaning there is no three and a half inch drive capacity inside the h1 and I don’t consider that to be a negative the last thing to do is plug in the riser cable and our graphics card with two and a half slot GPU supported because we have enough width and cards up to 12 inches can fit in this compartment even my massive or SRT X 2060 fit no problem which is quite a surprise so you can 100% build a powerful system as the 140 mm all-in-one is plenty capable plus we have ventilation on both sides on the right is our GPU with about two centimetres of clearance away from the side panel and filter I would guess the blower style card might be actually better in this

environment while on the left is our 140 mm that our exhaust through the AO so the two air flow sections don’t really mix much plus we have the exhaust through the power supply and all of the i/o is facing down so here are the default temperatures the CPU at five gigahertz has fully under control and I’m comfortable with the GPU as well I then remove the dust filter to see if the GPU side was a choking point and there’s only a three degree difference there which is not significant but removing all panels from the enclosure reveals a different story not so much for the CPU which is surprising but the temperatures on the 2060 super simply just dropped and that was kind of disappointing given the entire mesh exterior basically but at least noise is a surprise as well so at 1,400 rpm on the radiator fan and GPU at 68% fan speed the system is whisper quiet and there’s definitely more power in the fan if you need extra cooling but that really kills the silent factor I will say I think NZXT has an ITX winner on their hands because power cooling and cable management are all covered out of the box plus it’s a beautiful vertical tower with pretty good GPU compatibility the downsides however cannot be ignored like the single USB 3 port why not – the motherboard uh-oh area is difficult to reach because the motherboard is facing down but that’s just nature of the layout I would actually say the TG front panel is unnecessary since the components underneath our sandwich anyway so you can’t really see anything the mesh on the GPU side is still fairly restrictive and I think a lot of people would still like to have the option to buy the case separately if you have your own SFX power supply and have your own cooler but that currently is not an option

so they’re definitely risks that NZXT took with the h1 but it’s almost like the perfect ITX case that resonates with me because I hate dealing with cable management and tight spaces and basically half of the assembly is already complete at your doorstep but I would love to hear if you feel the same and how does the price land on potential ITX customers I think it’s fairly competitive especially given the full small form-factor market but then again it’s not like the smallest enclosure and I think they could have been some optimizations done in size but it is very tall because you need so much extra room for cables to go in and Bend like the DisplayPort cable for example like it takes up that in that much room so definitely optimizations maybe with the h2 but I’m still very happy with the h1 alright guys I’m Dimitri thanks much for watching make sure to check out this other relevant content subscribe for more I’ll talk to you in the next

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