NZXT H2 Classic Case Review

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NZXT surprised PC enthusiasts across the world when they released the stunning Phantom case, it also won our most prestigious ‘Must Have’ award when we reviewed it last August.  We are excited to see what NZXT has in store with their latest design – the budget friendly Classic Series H2.

The NZXT Classic Series H2 case has been designed to be as silent as possible.  It has an impressive feature set which includes a built in fan controller and noise dampening foam.

It’s priced very similarly to the Fractal Design Define XL case that we reviewed a while back which has also been designed to keep noise to a minimum.

Features

  • Touch powered fans with fan filter for easy maintenance and fan swapping
  • 30W 3-step fan control for airflow settings at 40%, 70%, and 100% of maximum fan speed
  • Top hot swap capable SATA HDD Dock
  • 8 Front facing HDDs for optimal airflow
  • Noise dampening foam and a top magnetic fan cover for minimal PC noise
  • Ample 25mm space behind motherboard for cable management

Specification

  • Model: H2
  • Case Type: Mid Tower Steel
  • Front Panel: Plastic / Steel
  • VGA Clearance: 310 mm w/o HDD, 270 mm w/ HDD
  • CPU Heatsink Clearance: 170 mm
  • Cooling System (front): 2x 120 mm @ 1200 rpm (included)
  • Cooling System (rear): 1x 120 mm @1200 rpm (included)
  • Cooling System (top): 1x 140 mm (not included)
  • Cooling System (bottom): 1x 120mm (not included)
  • Optical Drive Bays: 3x External 5.25″ Drive Bays
  • Hard Drive Bays: 8x Internal 2.5″/3.5″ Slots w/ Screwless Rail Design
  • Materials: Steel with painted interior
  • Expansion Slots: 7
  • Weight: 8.9 kg
  • Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Baby AT
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NZXT H2 Classic Case Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Trev

    seems not bad, but as you say, against a lot more cases at this price.

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  • Colin

    Well this is interesting. I had read several of these reviews on this case before, and wondered why they would make the front section so accessible with cool touches such as the fans removable with connectors, and then not make the drives easily fitted from the front, would make life easier for the user.

    Its a good case, but it seems to me and I thought it before reading this partricular review (thought it before on the last review I read), that they haven’t really started this from the ground up, and have actually designed it after making the core design which has some flaws.

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  • Barry

    140mm fan slot is fine, if you fit it out of the factory.

    Antec do it a lot. and I like that NZXT have a 120mm fan at rear, but its quite dumb to be able to remove the 120mm when fitting a liquid cooler ilke new antec kuhler, then have to DITCH the 120mm fan they supply, leaving you with nothing.

    Lack of thought.

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  • Nester

    I have never been sold on NZXT for cases. THey are getting there but id rather stick to silverstone or Lian Li. better quality, even if they are generally more expensive.

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  • Raymond

    Good review Henry. I like the overall concept , but there are some glaring build issues. the hard drives for one. That is just so 5 years ago.

    Have them pointing out to the side door for easy access. thats a mistake I would expect someone like bitfenix to make.

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  • Paulie

    Its ok, but there is nothing wonderful about it. the look is average and the design is average. I like them as a company however, but this isn’t one of their highlights. their last case you reviewed here was much better.

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  • Raoul

    If you consider fans at 1200 rpm inaudible you need to get your hearing checked. I don’t care if the case is sound proofed, the airflow in and out of the case will be clearly audible.

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  • http://www.kitguru.net Zardon

    Depends on how close you are, the quality of the fans and the room acoustics.

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  • procupine14

    Looks like a nice case. I really like what NZXT did with the front panel. disappointing to see that watercooling was all but ommited as an option in this case though

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