The NZXT H2 Case Video Review is an excellent option for anyone requiring a near silent case. There's acoustic dampening material on both side panels and the front door. This case plenty of drive bays, lots of fans, black interior, dust filters, tooless design and much more.
I think you missed out on what ports are there at the front for this case?
Rodney, your awesome, but enough with the removable motherboard tray fetish, come on. That is a priority for 0.0000000000001% of people choosing a case. If anything they just add more parts to be either broken or to rattle.
Like MichaelJohn wrote, is a rip off of the Fractal Design case with just a few tweaks. But tbh its not the first time a company is starting a trend with a special design and others is going with the same thing. All companys are going where there is money to earn. Like Antec "liquid cooling" systems for exemple, just the same as Corsair H50/H70 with just a few tweaks.
I think the only thing that kept me from saying this is a 100% kickass, is the weight. My Mac Pro is all steel, and if this is anything like that, the weight can sometimes be a bit overbearing. The magnetic contact points for the fans and covers are awesome ideas, I wish Mac would do this...
its a neat case for being silent
What I like about it is the fans for being easy to install and remove but I also hate it because I have a problem with stocked fans and feel there need to be alternative to such fans.
You can replace the stock fans with better ones.
Looks like they were trying to copy the Antec P183, but didnt make it as good.
Sorry but I find this case lacking. Why you may ask? Well, that magnetic cover is just silly and even though it has magnets to hold it down, it still just floats around on the top. Also the tooless design is rather silly with the Harddrives coming out the front. If you want to add drives you need to remove both the front and the side covers. Side mounted drives would of been way better and as for the size of the graphics cards, don't forget you will have cables hanging out the back of those drives so lets really say 10 inches and not 11. Best part about the case are the 2 removable fans on the front. The rest is really mediocre and looks like the bastard child of the Fractal R3. Sorry Rodney but I would of given it a "Great" rating and not Kick Ass.
The cover with the magnets and the case to insert drives on top its an awsome idea. This case really has lots of features that i like. Only negative aspects i find is that stupid blue USB 3.0 cord showing on the back that ruins the stetic of the case and the front door. Its too plain for my taste and i dont thing that inch of space for air intake on the bottom and on the top is enough. But its quiet, no flashy LED's for those who dont like them ( wich is not my case cause my full tower looks like a Romulan ship ) and its kinda neet. It looks like a case that my old schooll dad would want... lol
I voted kickass.
Thanks Sir Rod and a excelent review as always.
Two massive 200mm fans would be almost silent. Figure the Corsair 600T has the two 200mm fans and is silent.
Hell, even my HAF X is silent, once I turn the fan controller down. Even with the 1900 RPM Scythe fans on the H50 rad. Turn them all down to 50% on the controller, dead silent.
I really like the overall design. Plenty of great features. That cable-less fan is pretty interesting but might make replacing them an issue if you can't find them readily. I tend to go for simpler cases like this because I can't stand some of the gaudy designs they come up with for most cases. So it's simple for me, mostly. Also, another great review Rodney.
Your two points about Removable motherboard tray and it being Heavy isn't going to be that relevant for the target audience of this case.
I see it as a PC that will be sitting still at a home office or as a larger media PC so it's not an issue if it's heavier than a gamer case. It's not something you bring to LAN parties, right?
And again on the removable motherboard tray... Does it really save you that much time and work to have one? I have never had any issues with non removable MB trays. I even installed components with a removable tray still in the case because i still have to connect all the wires, it just seems like another unnecessary step to me.
So with all that said, for a regular user (home office, home entertainment) i would recommend it because it offers all the features one would need in that area. I could even say that a gamer could get the case if he is looking for that silent case and isn't into running around with the case at LAN parties.
Note: When i was 14 - 16 years old i had a case that weighed 25 KG! I took that to LAN parties and the reason i had that case was because it was an AWESOME case! (this was MANY years ago)
I love removable motherboard trays bud ;)
A 25KG mid-tower case?... HOLY COW!!!
Rip off from Fractals Design Case . Lol
Rodney, would you suggest this case to a heavy gamer? Not fat, lol, but someone with a lot of hardware? I'd like my two 460's, i7 930 w/ Noctua NH-D14, and a ton of fans to be a bit quieter :P
Sure, but remember you might be able to transform your existing case into a near silent one by using acoustic dampening material. Having a case with no left side panel fan(s) or ventilation could be an issue for main component cooling (especially the video card(s)) though, unless you go water cooling.
True, but there's no place to put acoustic foam in my 690 ii advanced, both side panels have components or wires touching (or barely touching) them. And water cooling is not an option for me, I still have a car to fix up (my dad's old BMW Beamer, stick shift >:D)
I would love a silent case! The only problem is I don't like the square, box shape. If it looked more like the Corsair 600t, I'd scoop it up in a jiffy.
Great to see you already posted a review on this case. (Excellent work BTW!) I was really amazed to see the front fans incorporating a "wireless" design. I've wondered for years why manufacturer's didn't do this with front fans as well as side panel fans. Hopefully, this idea will catch on.
I have two questions:
1) Are the front fans a proprietary design or can they be replaced with standard fans?
2) How sturdy are the side panels? (For comparison, I have a CM 690 and find the side panels flimsy -- thus difficult to install.)
1. Pretty much any 120mm fan with a 3pin lead will work :)
2. These are fairly sturdy. The side panels are not hard to remove or install.
Please use better lighting for your reviews, it is very hard to see the black parts of the case. For instance, when you show the 5.25 inch bays you can't see them.
kip it up with reviews.
mister NOT REMOVABLE.
Not sure what to make of this case, most reviewers say its good but then some are saying its trash lol
Maybe because the look and feel is a little "old school".
hows the foam quality? ive herd from other reviewers that it is low grade
Well, it's not high quality pyramid foam, but it not bad either.
This case looks great! Excellent review, as always. It's going on top of my list for an upcoming build.
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