Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Anyone who has been around the PC game for a while knows that the H Series from NZXT is nothing new. Off the top of our heads, we recall the H230, which by today's standards, is not going to win any beauty contests, but at the time the chassis did offer some excellent features.
Then the H440 showed up at our door, and we were more than pleased with the way the evolution of the series had gone. Even by today's standards, many would still appreciate this design. We do have a feeling that the H660 showed up between the two, and was the chassis which filled the gap of moving from the 230 to the 440. However, NZXT has given things another go, with a new trio of cases with the H Series moniker.
The three latest cases to hit the market are from the smart and beautiful H Series line of cases and made one for each form factor that many in the market for a new chassis would use. There is a tiny version built for use with Mini-ITX motherboards, a middle child for those looking to fill the chassis with a Micro-ATX motherboard, and then the big brother for ATX motherboard based systems.
All of the cases have similar features, come in a variety of color combinations, and are built with wire management and a clear view of the interior as some of the main priorities. Some things have been removed from H Series cases from the past, and many things have been added to the new lineup, but with what we have seen, we can say you will want to keep reading.
Today we bring you the NZXT H700i, the largest of the three, which is a mid-tower offering. All of the cases, whether the H700i we see today, the slightly smaller sibling, the H400i, or the runt of the litter, the H200i, you can find them to suit the build. By this we mean that all three versions are available with white on black, black on black, red on black, or blue on black as themes to start with.
Taking things further, much of the interior is wide open with hidden drive bays, NZXT uses tempered glass, along with many more additional features and inclusions will likely have you as excited about this chassis as we are. If you are not sold by seeing the introduction image above, we strongly urge you to look deeper at the H700i Mid-Tower Chassis from NZXT, as there is so much more to this chassis than meets the eye.
The H700i is 230mm wide, 516mm tall, 494mm deep, and is made of SECC steel and tempered glass. All told, this mid-tower chassis weighs in at 12.27 kg when empty. Mo0therboard support is robust, offering room for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even some EATX boards as well. The front I/O panel offers a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a second pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and of course, there are 3.5mm jacks for HD Audio.
There is a pair of dust filters to keep the inside of the chassis clean. One of them covers the entire front intake of the chassis, while the other is under the chassis to filter the air going to the PSU.
NZXT also includes a "smart device" inside, which is a three channel controller with 30W of total power, which can connect to five fans or four HUEs with LED strips. At the back of the chassis there are seven expansions slots, but on the inside, there is room for seven 2.5" drives, and up to three 3.5" drives.
Clearances are also mentioned. There is 18-22mm of cable management space behind the motherboard tray, and GPUs can be 423mm long. CPU air coolers can be as tall as 185mm and still fit, but the restriction at the front for 60mm of thickness to a radiator and fans in the front, and just 30mm for a radiator at the top. Reservoir and pump combo units can be up to 224mm if attached to the cable bar.
The radiator support is shown first in the cooling section, and it is there where we find what will fit. In the front of the chassis, you can hang a 280mm or 360mm radiator, with push/pull, as the front fans are not included in the 60mm restriction. The top of the chassis has a removable plate, which will make installation of a 280mm or 360 there much easier.
Fan support is nearly identical to radiator spacing. The front of the chassis has room for two 140mm fans, and out of the box, it has three AER 120mm fans there already. The top matches what the front can hold, but we also see that the back of the case holds a 120mm fan or you can keep the 1240mm AER fan that is already installed there.
As to the AER fans, they can top out at 2000 RPM; they deliver 50.42 CFM of airflow, there is no mention of static pressure, but we do see that these rifle bearing fans are rated at 28 dB. The last few things worth addressing in the chart is that the chassis is covered under warranty for two years as starters.
The actual model number of this chassis is CA-H700W-BR (sorry NZXT only supplies a chart for the white on black model), and lastly the system requirements. These4 are important for those wanting to control the lights and the fans via CAM software. You will need an open internal USB 2.0 header, and they also stipulate that Windows 10 is required as well.
What may shock some of you would have to be the price. We prefer mid-tower cases come closer to $100, as we feel that is the sweet spot for a well-appointed offering. We have been known to stretch that figure into the $150 range for mid-tower cases with all the bells and whistles.
The issue we are having at this time is that the MSRP for the H700i is set to $199.99, pushing the borders on our conventional thinking. The road ahead may be tough for NZXT asking what they are for the H700i, but by the time we show off everything it has to offer, and how it all works, it might be easier to appreciate the cost. Right out of the gate, it is a tough pill to swallow.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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