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NZXT H2 mid-tower case focuses on silence

Posted on Tuesday, March 22 2011 @ 19:34:38 CET by

NZXT introduced the H2, a new stylish mid-tower steel case that was mainly designed for silent operation. The case offers three 5.25" bays, eight 3.5/2.5" bays, support for five fans (three 120mm fans are included) with fan filters, a 30W 3-step fan controller, a painted interior, seven expansion slots, noise dampening foam and a top magnetic fan cover for minimal noise, room for cable management, USB 3.0, and several other nifty features.

The case measures 215mm x 466mm x 520mm and weighs 8.9kg. The black NZXT H2 will hit the retail market by mid-April, while the white edition will follow one month later. Both cases will be priced at 99.90EUR ($99).
After the Phantom the next gaming tower from NZXT is finally here: the H2 mid tower. Gaming specialist NZXT designed the H2 for the best noise dampening while guaranteeing a efficient airflow for the components. The feature list is long: integrated noise dampening, SATA hot swap, comfortable drive installation, front access or internal drives, 3 pre-installed fans, fan controller, hot swappable front fans, magnetized fan top for optional fan, dust filters and USB 3.0.

Although the NZXT H2 is a mid tower that was mainly designed for a very silent operation, it does not need to hide from other gaming towers, because NZXT did not just focus on the immense feature list, but they also created a very stylish outer look. The glossy front panel with its silver inlet appears very noble and along with the closed exterior it results in a very elegant looking body structure.

The artistic design of the case feet does not just serve optical purposes; it also reduces noise from the inside of the tower and allows an efficient airflow in case the user installs a optional fan at the bottom of the H2. A similar effect produces the front door which has an additional noise dampening mat, which absorbs noise generated by the two front fans. Those two fans feature dust filters and a very unique fan frame. Because of the intelligent frame design, the fans can be removed in a flash for cleaning purposes or for accessing the internal 3.5” drives from the front.

The silent aspect is also a huge part of the top design of the NZXT H2 mid tower. At the top of the case, the I/O panel of the H2 offers connectors for USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and audio, as well as a fan controller that features 3 different fan speeds and a total wattage of 30 Watt. Furthermore the top fan cover is equipped with magnets, so it perfectly seals noise inside the chassis, in case there is no fan installed.

Below the front cover, NZXT added a SATA hot swap connector, so a HDD or SSD can easily be plugged in – perfect for fast data exports or backups. The huge feature list gets even longer when looking at the interior of the NZXT H2 mid tower. The silent tower offers enough space for eight 3.5” drives and three 5.25” drives, that can be mounted with either thumbscrews or the screwless holding mechanism.

For a simple swap of the heatsink, NZXT added a huge hole to the mainboard tray. In addition a bunch of rubber coated holes allow the user to out the data and power cables to the back of the mainboard tray, thus optimizing the airflow even further. Out of the box, NZXT includes two front fans and a fan at the back which create a efficient airflow for most hardware configurations. Additional fan mounting spots at the top and the bottom of the case allow individual cooling of very special components.



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