NZXT H2 Classic Silent Mid-Tower Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-23-2011
Provided by: NZXT
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Installation

The hardware I'm installing in the H2 consists of the following gear:

AMD 555 X2 Callisto BE
MSI 890GXM-G65
GlacialTech Igloo 5710
Crucial Smart Tracer DDR3
160Gb Seagate 7200.10
LG 8x BD-RE 16x DVD-RW
NZXT HALE90 750W


The motherboard standoffs, mounting screws, thumbscrews, and remaining hardware is all given the black treatment. NZXT also includes an adapter tip you can use to tighten the standoffs in the motherboard tray using a standard Phillips screwdriver. This is a much nicer alternative to using needle nose pliers and potentially scratching the black finish. The tool-less optical drive latches are simple to use and firmly lock the drive in place with little to no wiggle room.


One complaint I have with the H2 is one I've had with other recent NZXT cases, and that is the loose-fitting rubber wire grommets they use in the motherboard tray. One or two thin cables you're fine pushing through, but get a thicker cable like the main ATX or PCI-E power wires and the grommets will pop right out of place. I'd rather they just roll the edges of the metal over and call it a day. I did take note however that the CPU socket cutout is plenty large enough to accommodate the layout of the AMD backing plate, and would be easily removable without having to pull the motherboard.


Although the hard drive trays are easily removable and feature rubber-mounted pins to snap in place, they have opted to orient the drives long-ways in the case, meaning less room for extra-long video cards. To complicate things further, the two metal side rails that all of the trays slide into are fixed and not removable. In order to make more room here you're going to have to break out the Dremel. Note that most users looking for a mid-tower case are probably not going to be using an HD6990 for example, and as-is you've got roughly 11" of clearance, more if you take out some of the drive trays. Still, that doesn't leave any space for the power cables, which often plug into the very end of the video card. As long as they connect on the top however, as shown in this NZXT gallery photo, you should be fine even with the HD6990 at just under 12" long.


My final complaint has to do with the hard drive dock. The space that the drive fits down into very closely follows the dimensions of a standard 3" hard drive, which doesn't leave much room for your fingers when installing or pulling a drive out. Although this orientation takes up less space inside the case, only requiring the top-most 5" bay, I feel that the vertical mounting method that has been used previously allows easier insertion and removal from the "dock".

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.


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