NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 5)

| Feb 25, 2020 at 8:00 am CST
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: NZXTModel: CA-H210B-W1

Inside the NZXT H1 Continued


Here we have the mockup foam motherboard and cap for the AIO. I got to give NZXT credit; this is quite a smart way to handle integrated components like this for a DIY chassis as it ensures a lack of movement of the parts and less likelihood of damage.

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Here you get a straight-on shot of the 140mm H series AIO from the fan side. As you can tell, this is a standard AER P 140mm model. The Aer P model fans are static pressure focused and ideal for a radiator fan application, especially when you consider that tighter FPI will require a bit more push to get through the cooling surface area.

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Here we have the white accessory box removed form the GPU section of the H1, and we see space is mostly an open chamber made to house the GPU at up to 2.5 slot thickness. The GPU's I/O is located at the bottom, as we showed before. The Ribbon cable comes from the PCIe slot and around behind where the GPU will sit to the slot where the GPU will be inserted.

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Toward the front glass panel, you may have noticed this panel, which says to lift to release. This panel covers the PSU and dual SSD cage behind and makes them disappear behind the glass. You will want to remove these white decals before putting the system into service as they show through the glass panel and simply won't look that good.

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Removing the panel had a single ball and socket mount, as you can see here and two tabs at the roof of the chassis helping top retain the panel. Once removed, you can see the fully cabled SFX PSU, and to the right of that also covered is the previously mentioned 2.5" drive cage. I like this design as it hides most of the cabling up here when not used as there is a gap that can be used to tuck cables. The top of the chassis 2.5" cage has a threaded hole that has an accessory piece included in the accessory pack, which will lock drives in the cage for travel or shipping with a single screw and a small metal plate.

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To ensure what we were dealing with, we also went through the steps necessary to remove the integrated PSU. I am happy to report that it is a Seasonic unit that is gold rated and 650W. This should handle virtually any system you could want to put into the H1. This is a unit in which NZXT worked with Seasonic to OEM for them. If I were to draw a comparison, I would look at this similar to the Seasonic Focus 650W gold. The PSU's bracket even has Velcro straps integrated to help manage cables. I do not necessarily recommend removing the PSU as its not the easiest to withdraw due to the specialized nature of the H1.

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Here we have the connectors for the M series AIO. The pump is a standard DC 3-pin connection, while the fan has full PWM capability and is 4-pin.

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The Front I/O cabling is simple and to the point. It is laid out as follows:

  • HD audio connector
  • Front panel pin header
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 header (feeds I/O Type-C port)
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 header (feeds I/O Type-A port)

Once again, the I/O is solid, but I will once again mention that using the full 20-pin Gen 1 header to feed a single Type-A port is wasteful, and with ITX, you are already limited on connectivity in many cases. That is something I would like to see NZXT buck this tradition.

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