NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 7)

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

Case Build & Finished Product


Here we have the build in the H1 complete. As you can see, the RAM is our gold Trident Z Royal DIMMs; this is due to a height limitation we ran into where the AIO when folding shut did not have the clearance necessary to allow our taller Vengeance Pro RGB modules. We swapped down to Geil Super Luce, which also was a few millimeters too tall, so we swapped to the Royals, which fit with about 2mm clearance.

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Here from the AIO side, you can see that nothing changed as this side is covered by the PSU and the AIO, which obscures the view of the finished build.

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Flipping around to the rear side and we can see that the cable tie points on the frame bars of the H1 come to good use keeping cables out of the way. An add-on effect with the AIO being so close to the motherboard means the airflow from it should carry across the VRM and board components helping to cool them as well.

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The GPU side, to what will surprise nobody, is the GPU. You do not see much here as the GPU side is a mostly separate chamber explicitly made to house a GPU, and that's what you get. You can see that the RTX 2060 Gaming Z from MSI fills in well here, but there is some room still for larger, more beefy GPUs as your build demands.

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Here we take a close-up of the RAM clearance, and you can see why there could be fitment issues depending on your memory choice. You will want more standard DIMMS, avoiding larger RGB modules with huge diffusers or large appendages as they likely will not allow the AIO to swing into place.

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Before tossing the panels on, I want to give some perspective as to how petite this build is in the H1. Everything is held in a 7" by 7" square, which towers upwards, and had I had a banana for scale; it would be even easier to understand.

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Dropping the two-sided shell in place then affixing the main panels, everything quickly disappears. With the light pumping lumens into the H1, we can somewhat make out the internals, but overall the H1 looks like a dark black monolith until you light things up.

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For the powered-on shot, I flipped the chassis to have the glass panel sowing left so we can showcase how the GPU ARGB is visible through the vented sides along with the glass. Overall the H1 is not a chassis build for a lit-up showpiece showing off all your parts. The opaque glass ensures you do not see the undesirable chassis bits, but overall when well managed, it's a neat looking build.

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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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