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NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 4)

Shannon Robb | Feb 25, 2020 at 08:00 am CST - 2 mins, 39 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: CA-H210B-W1

Inside the NZXT H1

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The first panel we remove from the H1 is the front glass panel. This panel covers the PCIe slot side of the motherboard and the top of the GPU once installed. This will ensure any lighted bits on the top of the GPU will show through the window, which shows there was some thought into component positioning. The panel has ball and socket retention and pulls off from the bottom and away with relative ease. The top two holes you see are where the two opposing removable panels help to retain the rest of the chassis outer panels, which slide up and off.

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Here we have rotated the H1 a full one-eighty. Here we now look at the top of the motherboard, along with the bottom or slot side of the GPU. This panel uses the same ball and socket mounting and has the top pins retaining the rest of the outer shell.

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After removing the two ball and socket panels, we find the rest can lift up and off of the H1. Lifting the shell off allows us to see the fan filters inside the H1 shell, which covers both sides, which also happen to be the two inlet sides for the AIO and GPU, respectively. This also breaks the H1 down to a bare frame, which will lead to a much smoother build process.

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Here we peek into the side with the preinstalled AIO. The center square is the pump, which in the M series from NZXT integrates the pump into the radiator body. This is over the fan hub area, so I am not too concerned with it blocking cooling airflow. Above this area, we find the PSU air inlet as well for the 650W gold-rated SFX supply.

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With all of the external panels off, you can see that the top is still solid, as it is part of the integral chassis and its inherent stiffness. The only break in the lines up top is the I/O section.

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Pulling the two screws at the top of the AIO bracket, we find that the M series 140mm radiator and fan rotate away from the motherboard area. This allows for the cooler to pivot away and hardware installation to occur while the AIO is still attached to the chassis.

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Pulling the protective foam cap, we now see that the AIO, even though it will be unlikely to be seen it does have an NZXT logo branding on the CPU block portion. NZXT also created a mock foam motherboard for the AIO to recess into along with the PCIe ribbon cable to rest within.

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Here we take a different angle on the flipped down AIO unit, so we can now see that NZXT instructs to keep the hoses pointed outward. This ensures the tubing for the liquid to not become pinched off, which can damage the tube or impede flow, causing to pump failure or overheating. Here you can also see the foam mockup motherboard NZXT uses for the PCIe ribbon in place along with the AIO CPU block.

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Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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