Miniature cases are extremely rare guests in the reviews of our portal. And they occupy a very narrow niche in the market. This is due to the complexity and high cost of selecting components for systems of this size. And with the fact that a small case limits the cooling, and hence the permissible power of the components, not to mention their dimensions. Although a lot of things have already been standardized in this area (not like eight years ago), in practice, building a small PC brings a lot of inconvenience. First, try to find the right motherboard. It will either be very expensive, or it will be cut down to the point of impossibility. Then pick up the body. The smaller it is, the more difficult it will be to choose everything else. For example cooler. Or power supply SFX or TFX format. And if there is also a limit on the size of the video card. And if the silence of the system is also required …

With its new H1 case, NZXT has decided to make life easier for fans of miniature and powerful PCs. The fact is that not only a decent power supply unit with a ten-year manufacturer’s warranty is immediately integrated into the chassis, but also a 140 mm LSS and an extension adapter for installing a video adapter separately from the motherboard. The result is a nice and compact, albeit expensive, harvester. I propose to consider all its features in more detail.

NZXT H1

Characteristics

Model NZXT H1
Product page H1
Type of shell Mini-Tower
Dimensions, mm 388 (H) x 188 (W) x 188 (D)
Material Steel, tempered glass
Weight, kg 6,53
Color Black White
Form factor Mini-ITX
5.25″ devices
Devices 3.5″ external
Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal – / 2
Supported number of expansion slots 2
Fans
Interface connectors 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x 3.5mm combo headset jack
Other Tempered glass front panel, two easy-to-remove side dust filters, built-in NZXT NP-S650M 80Plus Gold 650-watt SFX-L modular power supply, built-in AIO-FSS system with 140mm radiator and fan, built-in high-speed riser cable for PCI-e 16x Gen3 graphics cards, cable management mounts
average cost UAH 12,999

Packing and scope of delivery

The case comes in typical NZXT purple and white packaging. It has a small size and is characterized by an extreme degree of information content. Two massive polyurethane foam dampers form a thick inner box that reliably protects the chassis from damage during transit.

NZXT H1

The parts kit is contained in a separate elongated brown box stowed in the graphics card compartment. There is:

  • instructions for assembling the system;
  • a dozen disposable plastic cable ties;
  • standard power cable for connecting the power supply to the outlet;
  • plastic reinforcing plate for mounting the LSS water block;
  • four screws for the motherboard;
  • latch bar with screw;
  • adapter for separate connection of front panel wires;
  • bracket for attaching the water block to AMD sockets;
  • two eyelets with screws for the AMD bracket;
  • four spring-loaded nuts;
  • four plastic racks;
  • five plastic retaining rings;
  • four small fixing screws;
  • four screw studs;
  • 3.5mm splitter from combo jack to two separate headphone and microphone inputs.

NZXT H1

Appearance

Like many other cases from NZXT, the H1 chassis looks very concise. It has a perfectly rectangular shape of a slightly elongated parallelepiped. In the color scheme of the model, there are only two options — completely black and black with white, where only two side and one upper face will be white. The size of the base is 188×188 mm, and the height does not exceed 388 mm. It turns out a compact design with a volume slightly less than 14 liters. The front panel is made in its outer part of tempered and heavily tinted glass. You can’t see much through it, and the only noteworthy thing is the NZXT logo at the bottom. A more practical solution would be to put a grate here.

NZXT H1

The top panel is metal and square. It is a monolithic part with a left and right panel. External ports and buttons are on the front right. There is a combined 3.5 mm headset jack, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a regular purple USB 3.1 Type-A and a round system start button with a white power and drive activity indicator built around the perimeter.

NZXT H1

The front panel is easily snapped off by pulling on the cutout from below, as it is held only by four ball-shaped fasteners and two pins at the top. A mounting frame is glued to its reverse side.

NZXT H1

The left panel is metal and covered with abundant perforations with round air vents.

NZXT H1

The right panel is similar to the left as two drops of water. There are plenty of ventilation holes here too.

NZXT H1

The rear panel is also slightly different. It is almost entirely occupied by a ventilation grill, and below there is an arched opening for the wires to be brought out. At the bottom right there is an extension cord connector for connecting the power cable.

NZXT H1

The rear panel can be removed just as easily as the front panel, since it has a similar mounting design.

NZXT H1

The bottom panel conditionally consists of three parts. On the left side (in the photo — on top) there is an exit and a video card mount. In the center is the exit for the rear panel of the motherboard. On the right (in the photo — below), the fillet part of the radiator of the LSS system is visible through the hole. In its plane lies an extension cord from the power connector of the power supply.

NZXT H1

There are four rubber feet on the corners. The margin of space to the motherboard mounting plane is 70 mm. This should be enough to connect the wires.

NZXT H1

To remove the side panels, you must first detach the front and rear panels. And then pull the sidewalls and the top panel up the plastic guides.

NZXT H1

This is what the case looks like without all the side plates.

NZXT H1

On the reverse side of the side panels, dust filters are fixed on magnets.

NZXT H1

The filters are made of a fine-mesh mesh glued onto a plastic frame.

NZXT H1

And now let’s see how the chassis is arranged inside.

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