NZXT develop and manufacture some of the most popular PC cases of the modern era.
Renowned for their build quality, cable management, and beautiful designs – there’s a reason why literally everyone and their mother has one.
If you’ve never owned an NZXT before, we aim to fill you in on their most iconic range of models.
Towards the end of this post, you should have a better idea of which size is right for you and know all the little ins and outs.
Which NZXT case is the best?
5. NZXT H400i
Form Factor: Micro-ATX
Colors: Black/ Red, Black/ White, Black/ Blue, and Black.
Size: 16.57 x 8.27 x 16.42 inches
The H400i is a premium micro-ATX case with a smart and beautiful design. It’s available in four different color combinations (see above) and offers a compact 36L interior that’s ideal for first-time builders after a moderate chassis size.
Visually, the H400i is pretty much identical to some of the other H-Series models you might have already seen. The front, rear, top, and back feature a steel panel construction. Additionally, four thumbscrews hold a full, tempered glass window in place on the side for easy access.
Once inside, the interior of the H400i starts to differ from the other H-series models. It provides motherboard support for micro-ATX or mini-ITX boards, 164mm cooler heights, and 411mm graphics cards. Aditionally, at the bottom is the signature full-length PSU shroud for ATX PS/2 units.
For airflow, you can fit 2 x 120mm or 140mm fans in the front, another 2 x 120/ 140mm fans in the top, and one 120mm fan in the rear. The H400i does Include three integrated Aer F fans with the deal so you only need two more case fans to max it out.
In terms of storage, the H400i is let down by its lack of 3.5” HDD mounts. Unfortunately, it only holds a single 3.5″ hard drive at the front of the PSU shroud, however, there are mounting locations for dual 2.5″ SSD drives on the rack at the backside of the motherboard.
As this is the “i version” of the case, it includes a free NZXT CAM-powered Smart Device and two pre- RGB LED strips. The CAM’s intuitive controls allow you to effortlessly control the pre-installed/ pre-wired fans and RGB LED strips.
4. NZXT H210i
Form Factor: Mini-ITX
Colors: Black/ Red, Black/ White, and Black.
Size: 14.65L x 8.27 x 13.74 Inches
Up next is NZXT’s smallest H Series case. At a mere 27 liters, the H210i is pretty much a shrunken version of the H400i (above). Some of the major differences are that it’s only compatible with a mini-ITX system and the clearances are subsequently scaled down.
In terms of the build, the H210i uses the same all-steel construction with a full tempered glass panel on the side. To access the interior, only a single thumbscrew holds the tempered glass panel door in place. This results in a convenient and incredibly simple installation.
Inside the main chamber, there’s room to house your motherboard, a 165mm CPU cooler, and a full-size 325mm graphics card. Moreover, at the bottom, you will notice the same full-length, signature PSU shroud that can support both ATX and SFX supplies.
For airflow, the H210i has support for two x 120/ 140mm fans in the front, one 120mm fan in the top, and one more 120mm fan in the rear. The top and rear AER F120 fans are both performance fans that come preinstalled with the case. Unfortunately, they’re not RGB, but they are very quiet.
Even though this is a considerably smaller case than the H400i, the H210i has equal storage capabilities. There’s room for an oddly placed 3.5” HDD at the front of the PSU and two SDD’s on the back of the mobo rack. To bring the total drives up to four, one more HDD can fit underneath the case.
A handful of inputs and outputs are located at the top of the front panel. Here you will find one USB 3.1 (Type-A), one x USB 3.1 (Type-C), and one 3.5mm Jack. Furthermore, As this is the “i version” of the case, you also get the NZXT CAM-powered Smart Device and two pre-RGB LED strips.
3. NZXT H1
Form Factor: Mini-ITX
Colors: Matte White and Matte Black
Size: 7.3 x 15.2 x 7.3 inches
The H1 is a stylish vertical chassis that aims to streamline your building experience. To achieve this, it includes a 140mm AIO liquid cooler, an integrated 650W (Gold) PSU, and even a PCIe riser card. Moreover, the stock components can save you bags of time from having to route your own cables.
Another big pro is that the compact tower design provides support for full-sized graphics cards (up to 305mm), which is a bit of a rarity for a mini-ITX system. The result is being able to put together a console size powerhouse with a small form factor size that is somewhat similar to the Xbox Series X.
Constructed from SGCC steel and tempered glass, the NZXT H1 has an attractive dual-tone exterior. On the front is a tempered glass panel that blocks out visibility to the inside components. Additionally, the perforated steel side and rear panels allow for a vacuum of airflow.
Thanks to the innovative tool-less design, accessing the interior is incredibly easy. The front and back panels attach via clips and simply pop off with a bit of a pull. You can then slide off the steel “U-shape“ cover (the sides and top) from the inner frame to finally start your build.
Admittedly, as the H1 is quite compact so there are a few things you need to be aware of. The mobo has a 45mm memory height limit so purchasing low-profile RAM might be necessary. Besides this, the SSD cage (below the PSU) is fairly limited with a capacity for only two x 2.5 SSD’s and no HDDs.
Due to having an upside-down motherboard orientation, another interesting feature is that the bulk of your I/O’s face down below the bottom of the case. Even so, this is not really a problem, as the front I/O ports give you 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x Type-A, and an audio jack next to the power button.
All in all, it’s a fantastic little case with a one-of-a-kind design.
2. NZXT H710i
Form Factor: E-ATX
Colors: Black, Black/ Red, and Black/ White
Size: 19.45 x 9.06 x 20.31 inches
The H710i is the largest chassis from NZXT’s iconic H series. Available in White, Black, and Red, it has a clean and modern design that builds upon the successful elements from previous models. Stand-out features include the classic cable management bar and a full, tempered-glass window.
To access the spacious interior, we particularly like that all of the panels remove effortlessly. The front and top panels come off with a pull, and the back panel is a one-button operation. Conveniently, the side glass panel only uses a single thumbscrew to hold it in place.
The main chamber of the case can house E-ATX motherboards (up to 10.7-inches), 185mm cooler heights, and 413mm GPUs. For your GPU, there are seven standard expansion slots, plus two more for vertical mount. At the bottom is a full-length PSU shroud that can also fit three 3.5” drives.
NZXT have earned a reputation for how easy their cases are to build, and the H710i is no exception. There’s lots of room for upgrades, a ton of mounting options, and cable management is ideal. Cables can be hidden behind the management bar or in the preinstalled channels at the back of the case.
To cool your interior system, three 120mm pre-installed fans draw air in through the front and one more exhausts it out of the rear. Additionally, a 360mm radiator can fit in the top. For plenty of airflow, vents run along both the sides of the top and front panels .
As this is the “I” version of the case, it includes a free NZXT CAM-powered Smart Device and two pre- RGB LED strips. The CAM’s intuitive controls allow you to effortlessly manage the pre-installed/ pre-wired fans and RGB LED strips.
Given the extra space, the H710i is ideal for custom water-cooling or E-ATX builds.
1. NZXT H510i
Form Factor: ATX
Colors: White, Black, Black/ Red
Size: 16.85 x 8.27 x 18.11 inches
The NZXT H510i mid-tower is the best-selling case from the iconic “H-Series” and the form factor you will see everybody using. It’s available in three different color combinations (see above) and offers a spacious 41L interior that’s ideal for the majority of builders.
Aesthetically, the H510i is pretty much identical to some of the other H-Series models on this list. The front, rear, top, and back feature a steel panel construction. Moreover, a single thumbscrew holds the tempered glass window in place on the side for easy access.
The main chamber supports ATX size boards down to mini-ITX, 165mm cooler heights, and 381mm GPUs. For your graphics card, there are seven standard expansion slots, plus two more for vertical mount. Additionally, at the bottom of the case is the same full-length signature shroud for ATX PSUs.
For airflow, the H510i can fit two 120 or 140mm fans in the front, one 120/ 140mm fan in the top, and one more 120mm fan in the rear. The H510i does Include two integrated Aer F120 fans with the deal so you only need to put one more fan in the top to max it out.
In terms of storage, the H510i can house two 3.5” HDDs and two 2.5” SSDs. To store your HDDs, the chassis comes with a removable hard drive cage that lives in the front of the PSU shroud. As mentioned, the two SSDs mount vertically on a pair of brackets at the backside of the motherboard tray.
Much like the other “I” versions of the case, you get a free NZXT CAM-powered Smart Device and two pre-RGB LED strips. The CAM’s intuitive controls allow you to effortlessly control the pre-installed/ pre-wired fans and RGB LED strips.
Overall, it’s a brilliant case that comes with everything you need.
Form Factor: ATX
Colors: Matte Black. Matte White
Size: 16.85 x 8.27 x 18.11 inches
You might also want to go for the H510 Elite, which is simply a variation of the H510i Mid Tower.
The H510 Elite is practically the same as the H510i except you get a tempered glass front panel (not a steel front panel) and two extra RGB fans with the deal.
It’s worth noting that you still get the two stock AER F140 (non-RGB) fans with the Elite, to bring you up to four case fans in total. Moreover, you still get the same NZXT CAM application and two 2 pre-mounted LED strips, even though it’s not an “i” version case by name.
Due to the Elite having a front glass panel, there are a few more things you might want to take into consideration. The first is that the thermals are likely to be a few degrees higher, however, don’t let that put you off as they are more than sufficient.
The second is that the Elite provides slightly better noise reduction; however again, this is not really a defining factor. As a result, when choosing between the two models it’s best to not get too wound up on the minor details and instead go for the aesthetics you prefer.
The aesthetics being If you prefer a clear glass window.. or a tampered glass window.
Personally, when the Elite is set up with its RGB fans and other RGB hardware, we think it looks superb as the light shines through the smoked tempered glass windows.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are NZXT cases so popular?
NZXT cases have become extremely popular for several reasons. They offer premium build quality, great cable management, and beautiful, clean designs. Besides this, they come with all the little extras that make life easier, while retailing at very affordable prices.
Are NZXT cases any good?
NZXT chassis are great starter cases that have everything you need. Take for example their iconic “H-series” designs that feature easy-to-use drive trays, a patented cable management system, and tempered glass side panels that install with a single thumbscrew.
Do NZXT cases have good airflow?
Due to having a solid metal front and a glass side panel, NZXT chassis don’t excel at airflow; however, they are more than sufficient for the majority of builds. Generally, you can expect a mediocre thermal performance that will rarely exceed 65°C temps while gaming.
Which NZXT case has the best airflow?
Out of the H-series models, the H710 has the best airflow. Generally speaking, bigger cases have better airflow and the H710 is the largest NZXT case out of the lineup. Moreover, unlike the smaller H510, it features vents on both sides of the front and top panel.
Does the NZXT H510i have RGB?
The H510i comes with two 2 pre-mounted LED strips and two (non-RGB) Aer F120 fans. If you want RGB fans you will have to choose the NZXT H510 Elite.
Are NZXT fans loud?
The stock Aer F120 fans have a noise level of about 22 – 31 dB. As a result, they are slightly audible at min speed and somewhat loud at max speed.
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