As we continue to explore NZXT’s updated line of chassis, this time we’re taking a look at the H710i, the company’s flagship chassis. Compared to the H700, there are few changes, and they are not very significant. But it’s not easy to improve an already good product. And to find the differences, let’s focus on the details.
|Type of shell||Midi-Tower|
|Dimensions, mm||516 (H) x 230 (W) x 508 (D)|
|Material||Steel, ABS plastic, glass|
|Color||Black / Black & White / Black & Red|
|Form Factor||E-ATX (up to 272mm wide), ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Devices 3.5″ external||–|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||2+2 / 5+2 (you can choose between two 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives)|
|Supported number of expansion slots||7 + 2|
|Fans||front — 3 x 120 mm (installed) / 2 x 140 mm, top — 3 x 120 mm / 2 x 140 mm|
|rear — 1 x 120 mm / 1 x 140 mm (installed)|
|Interface connectors||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, dual 3.5mm microphone/headphone jack|
|Other||Tempered glass side panel, easily removable dust filters under the PSU and on the front panel, integrated controller with sound level meter, connectors for three PWM fans and two lighting elements with NZXT CAM software support, two RGB LED strips, plastic cable management channels|
|Average cost, $||170|
Packing and scope of delivery
The case comes in a large beautiful box with color printing. Front and back there are photos of the product in favorable angles, along the sides you can find comprehensive technical specifications and a description of the capabilities of the NZXT CAM software. There are carrying handles on the sides, foamed propylene dampers, a plastic bag and films on the glasses provide protection from damage during transportation.
The delivery set is contained in a box located in the hard drive bay. All parts are packaged in separate signed packages. Inside there is:
- assembly instructions;
- a splitter from one common 3.5 mm audio jack to two separate ones for headphones and a microphone;
- splitter for separate connection of front panel cables to the motherboard (in case the standard connector is not supported);
- ten disposable plastic cable ties;
- an adapter for a Phillips screwdriver for mounting motherboard racks;
- one motherboard rack;
- four screws for the power supply;
- 12 screws for fans;
- 25 screws for motherboard and 3.5″ hard drives;
- 28 small screws for 2.5″ drives.
NZXT H710i fully corresponds to the overall design concept of this series. It is emphatically simple, smooth and practical. All faces and planes converge exclusively at right angles. The front panel is completely metal. All it has is a barely visible outlined NZXT logo at the bottom. In terms of weight and structural rigidity, the case makes a positive impression.
In comparison with the H700, the configuration of external ports has changed. They have become a little smaller and they are shifted to the right front of the top panel. If you go from left to right, then there is one paired 3.5 mm audio jack, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 and a round PC start button, around the perimeter of which there is a white system power indicator and drive activity LED.
As before, the NZXT H710i uses the concept of a «side» ventilation scheme. On both sides, there are many round holes in the edges of the front and top panel, painted in red. This allows cold air to be taken in from the sides in front, and heated air to be expelled through the upper edges. The flow, of course, turns out to be weaker than with forward flow, but the noise from the system is significantly muffled, breaking on the plastic lining of the panels. It’s a pity that soundproofing was not glued here.
The left sidewall is still glass, but now it has become noticeably easier to remove. It is held on by two supports at the bottom and two latches at the top. Behind, for reliability, the glass is fixed with one thumb screw. The side window with a black border is completely transparent.
Tempered glass is 4mm thick. A metal frame with fasteners is glued along its perimeter. The fixing screw is hooked on the frame and won’t accidentally get lost.
There are no changes on the right side. The configuration of the ventilation holes in the faces remained the same as it was. A solid, smooth door opens by pressing a single lock button at the top of the rear panel. After opening, the panel leans back from top to bottom. Very convenient and fast.
The side panel has a convex outward shape. Curved faces play the role of stiffeners. At the bottom there are three metal fastening hooks, at the top there are two plastic «tongues» of the lock, near which rubber gaskets are glued.
The top panel of the case is flat and solid.
The back panel of the case looks more saturated. At the top there is a horizontal honeycomb ventilation grille. To the left of it is the button to open the sidebar. On the right is the tongue and screw fastening of the side glass. One 120mm or 140mm fan can be mounted and height-adjusted to the vertical ventilation grille. The seven horizontal and two vertical PCI expansion slots are covered with reusable vented plugs that are held in place by thumbscrews.
A special mounting frame, which is held on by four thumb screws, allows you to rotate the power supply with a fan both up and down. From below, the PSU is covered with a high-quality, easily removable mesh dust filter.
On the base of the case below there are four plastic legs with rubber studs, 25 mm high. On the front there is a cutout for removing the front panel, and on the oblong holes you can mount a drive basket from the inside or directly 2.5 ″ or 3.5 ″ drives. Or the SVO pump.
Let’s take a look inside the case.