by Ryan Perry on June 13, 2011 in Mid-Tower
Being that silence is golden, it’s no wonder that so many people go out of their way to make sure their PC runs as quiet as possible. Pulling that off can be made a lot easier with the right chassis, however, and of them all, NZXT’s H2 is one of the best. It features classy aesthetics, a ton of features, and more foam than a busy Starbucks.
In the past. I have used both the original NZXT Tempest and the Tempest EVO for my personal system. After not paying much attention to the company (although I did want to always take the PanzerBox for a spin), it’s nice to have been able to take a look at its newest product and find that the build quality and attention to detail has not been compromised over the years.
All of the components fit cleanly with all drives securely held in place, the case is very sturdy with no flexing observed, there is ample room to work even though this is a smaller case, the touch-powered fans are great for quick removal, and most systems should be able to be kept quiet thanks to the foam-lined door and side panels. From cable management to expandability, the H2 has it all and wraps it up in an understated package.
If the strange hard drive tray layout and clearance issues with the bottom mounted fan and possibly larger GPUs is all that is wrong with the H2, it has to be good… and it is! Sometimes I wonder if I am overly critical of the cases that I review but after looking at the H2, I feel like I’m doing the right thing by calling out products that don’t make the grade and catching every slip possible.
It would be nice to see a top fan included seeing how the case falls into a higher price range at ~$115. This hardly makes the H2 a cheap case but the quality shows this as well in terms of construction and features, so I will not hesitate in recommending it to those who are looking for a quiet, well built case.
Luckily I’ve managed to see the white version in person as well and it looks great, more so on the inside with just the right balance of black accents. Regardless of preference, users are sure to be satisfied. NZXT has a winner on its hands with the H2.
NZXT H2 Silent Mid-Tower Chassis
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