The NZXT H2 is designed to be a silent case. To keep silent, the case has plenty of sound dampening material on nearly all sides and even includes a cover for the top exhaust fan to further reduce sound; you’d want to remove the cover if you installed a fan, of course. The case is available in both black and white models. We received the black model for review. There really isn’t anything significant in terms of style for this case. It has a modern simplistic design, which reveals hardly anything at first glance.
The front panel, composed of plastic and high gloss black finish, is actually a door which swings open to reveal the fans and external drive bays. The door has a layer of sound dampening foam on it, which drastically keeps the noise down for the front two fans, while still providing airflow.
The bottom of the chassis only has one entrance of airflow, which happens to be at the front of the case. If you look at the pictures you’ll notice a small notch underneath the fans. Rubber feet, which don’t leave any gaps, surround the rest of the case to further reduce noise. The two 120mm front panel fans are easily removable. By pressing the two latches towards each other will release the fan from the case.
The housing for the fans doesn’t have any cables, making a clutter free interior. The “touch powered” fans are powered by metal contacts on both the housing for the case and the case itself.
Removing both fans gives you easy access to your hard drive cage, so that you can easily install/remove any hard drives from the front panel.
On the top of the case you’ll find the easy access ports which include mic/audio jacks, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, power and reset buttons, and a 40%, 70%, 100% fan controller switch, which controls all of the stock fans. Also on the top of the case you’ll see two covers which stick out on top of the case.
The first cover reveals a hot swappable drive dock, which does require an AHCI capable motherboard if you choose to use it for hot swapping. Two rubber strips help hold the hard drive in position, but don’t trust these two strips for moving your case somewhere. The cover towards the back covers the 140mm exhaust fan, not included, and is secured to the case by four magnets to help further reduce the noise of the case.
Both of the side panels are plain for this case. Moving onto the back reveals your typical setup, but if you look towards the left side you’ll notice it’s significantly larger than most cases. This is because NZXT has given the H2 25mm of space behind the motherboard for cable management.
Starting at the top of the rear panel you have the USB 3.0 cable, which is used for the front access port, 120mm exhaust fan, watercooling slots and seven reusable expansion slots. Further down you have the bottom mounted PSU slot with accompanying filter underneath it.