NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Case Review

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned in the introduction of this review typically small cases like this are sold as kits and the installation process can be a bit tricky. NZXT has really made a tiny ITX build easy and has done most of the hard work for you. With small ITX cases you have to try and find a CPU cooler and power supply that will actually fit and half the time actually finding out if it will fit or not comes down to you buying the hardware with the hopes it will. That definitely can be risky, that is why I love the NZXT H1. They have already picked out and installed the CPU cooler and power supply for you, not to mention routing most of the cables for you too. All you have to do is install your motherboard with memory and CPU, mount the block from the AiO, install your graphics card and SSDs, and connect the cables and you are good to go. Typically I dread doing mini-ITX builds, but the H1 made things so much easier. You can even pull off all sides of the case without a screwdriver!

Another thing that is so great about the H1 is definitely its form factor and just how small it is! With a volume of only 13.6 L is is going to be one of the smallest mini-ITX cases you can find. I also like the idea of it sitting as a tower, rather than a long sort of rectangle case. In typical NZXT fashion this case looks elegant and sleek and the addition of tempered glass is definitely a plus.

With your hardware being in such a confined space temperatures are obviously going to be a concern. The included 140 mm AiO did a great job keeping our Ryzen 7 3700X pretty cool, but our graphics card did get a bit warm. Manually setting our GPU fan speed could have helped and we could have also set a more strict fan curve. It was interesting that no other fans or even fan mounts are on this case, which definitely would have helped with cooling.

With all of what is included with the H1 it is going to be a little more expensive that your typical mini-ITX case. It is currently selling at our favorite online retailer for $349.99. Not at first you might think that is expensive but look at what is installed inside already. You have the 650W 80-PLUS Gold modular SFX power supply, the 140mm AiO, and the riser. These products by themselves are around $250, so the case by itself comes to around $99. I think the price is fair for what you are getting and the amount of time the configuration will save you. Also for those wondering the PSU has a 10-year warranty and the AiO has a 3-year warranty.

At the end of the day I think that NZXT has made building in a compact mini-ITX case easier. I could easily see someone doing this first even build in this case and it being relatively easy for them. Just realize that with components so close together and no other room for fans your components might get a bit warm. Overall ThinkComputers give the NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Case a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!

Pros:
– Great selection of components
– Small and compact size
– Easy to build in
– 140mm AiO does a great job
– Almost everything is tool-less
– Sleek design and tempered glass window

Cons:
– No other fans or places to install fans
– GPU can get a little hot

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