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NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:03 am

NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Today we are looking at the newest 'Classic Series' midtower offering form NZXT, the H2 Silent case. The H2 has a lot of features like sound dampening material, external hot swap bay, whole case fan control, and a few other features. Join us as we look over what this new sub $100 offering from NZXT has to offer and you might just be surprised!

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The H2 from NZXT is a very nice little case. NZXT says that the H2 will be available early April and carry an MSRP of $99.99. That price range is loaded with cases, but most are geared to gamers that want a little flash to their case. The H2, to me, is more geared towards someone building a system for an area where quiet is key. With the right hardware inside the H2 think you would be hard pressed to know it is on, unless your head is right next to the case side.



Article Title: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1574/1/
Pricing At Time of Print: $99.99 MSRP
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby LiquidXiron » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:00 pm

This case seems very nice at that price, I love this review you pay attention to some little details no other website provides.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby bubba » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:05 pm

Thank you, glad you like the review :)
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby glucoseboy » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:18 pm

Thanks for the nice review. It looks like NZXT put together a nice package that provides enough space for cable management and big, tall coolers, while still being under 19" tall (perfect fit for my desk)

Only question..... black or white?????
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Sttm » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:51 pm

NZXT is bringing their A game these days it seems. I really like the look of it and of their phantom case.

The fan setup in this just sounds wonderful to me. Plugging the fans into the case, and then the case into the power supply; awesome. No more fan cables going everywhere. I have 4 120mm fans in my Antec 300 and those cables were a pain to route. I think this might be the best new case feature I have seen since the CPU cut out became common.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Major_A » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:43 pm

I must be getting older because I really like this case. If I were to use it I'd skip the power LED and it would be a nice plain-Jane case. The fewer the LEDs the better in my book.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Tator Tot » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:05 am

Major_A wrote:I must be getting older because I really like this case. If I were to use it I'd skip the power LED and it would be a nice plain-Jane case. The fewer the LEDs the better in my book.


My biggest problem with more modern items for the computer is they use ultra bright blue LED's instead of any diffusers to dampen the light to a subtle glow.

Red/Orange LED's usually are not so much of a problem as that light is physically less intense.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby bubba » Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:59 am

Major_A wrote:I must be getting older because I really like this case. If I were to use it I'd skip the power LED and it would be a nice plain-Jane case. The fewer the LEDs the better in my book.

I'm with ya, but I really don't mind case lighting as long as it has a switch to turn it off.
Tator Tot wrote:My biggest problem with more modern items for the computer is they use ultra bright blue LED's instead of any diffusers to dampen the light to a subtle glow.

Red/Orange LED's usually are not so much of a problem as that light is physically less intense.

I can agree with that, blue LEDs are cheap think that is why they are used most. I have seen some start using frosted lens LEDs, that helps diffuse the light a little.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Tator Tot » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:50 am

Yeah, more guys are using frosted covers or they are use prisms to diffuse the light from the LED so it is not as intense and that's fine with me.

I usually don't plug in HDD Activity or Power LED's on a case though; just because I don't need or like them.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Major_A » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:14 am

Tator Tot wrote:I usually don't plug in HDD Activity or Power LED's on a case though; just because I don't need or like them.

Wow, thought I was the only person who did that.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby bubba » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:09 am

I leave them off. Hell I even put tape over the onboard activity LED for the Intel board I use on the test bench, that thing is bright, and when the drives are accessed it looks like friggen strobe light.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Major_A » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:16 am

Quick example of my disgust of unnecessary LEDs.

Buy X-Fi Titanium. Install X-Fi Titanium. Notice white light bleeding out of case. See the "cool" X-Fi logo glowing. Cut 2 inch strip of electrical tape. Cover the "cool" logo.

Hell the power strip in my bedroom has electrical tape over the power indicator switch. The glowning Vizio logo on my TV has electrical tape covering it up. Starting to see a pattern here?
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby ckthecerealkiller » Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:24 am

As always a great review! One ?, the last pic of pg 6 "Inside the H2 Continued" it shows the 2 fan connectors, at the front. That bottom one looks like the cable is a little tight. Assuming that we don't screw around and swing crap around while building. Did you notice it may be too tight or could maybe cause a bent connector? I do see some give but not much.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby Tator Tot » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:56 pm

Major_A wrote:Quick example of my disgust of unnecessary LEDs.

Buy X-Fi Titanium. Install X-Fi Titanium. Notice white light bleeding out of case. See the "cool" X-Fi logo glowing. Cut 2 inch strip of electrical tape. Cover the "cool" logo.

Hell the power strip in my bedroom has electrical tape over the power indicator switch. The glowning Vizio logo on my TV has electrical tape covering it up. Starting to see a pattern here?


I've done the same thing to my NIC because the green LED on it is bright. Same with the power & reset switches on my mobo.

Oddly enough; I have a backlit keyboard only because of the switches it has inside though. No other option for that switch type.
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Re: NZXT Classic Series H2 Silent PC Case Review

Postby bubba » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:49 pm

ckthecerealkiller wrote:As always a great review! One ?, the last pic of pg 6 "Inside the H2 Continued" it shows the 2 fan connectors, at the front. That bottom one looks like the cable is a little tight. Assuming that we don't screw around and swing crap around while building. Did you notice it may be too tight or could maybe cause a bent connector? I do see some give but not much.

That is just the way the cable was tied up from NZXT, there is slack in it and can be re-routed if you like. I just didn't cut the wires loose from the way they had them zip-tied.
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