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NZXT H2 Review

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sleepygamer 3rd May 2011, 09:46 Quote
Been looking at one of these for a while. Decent looking cases, and seem really well built. It's just a shame the door cuts off so much airflow.

I wonder how well this thing would manage if you stripped out the NZXT fans, and loaded it up with some Typhoons or something.
Spreadie 3rd May 2011, 10:16 Quote
I don't think what is on offer justifies the price. I'd rather buy a Xigmatek Utgard, providing the extra couple of inches in height wasn't an issue.
Cei 3rd May 2011, 11:11 Quote
Dislike the styling of the R3? How is this even possible!?

Some nice features on the case, especially the built in fan controller with the snazzy front fans (whereas Fractal give you an awful PCI bracket as a fan controller that just sits in the box or bin). Would definitely like to see somebody putting better fans in and see what happens to the temps.
TWeaK 3rd May 2011, 11:24 Quote
I have a bit of a phobia about magnets near hard drives... surely that magnetised cover over the 140mm roof panel is a little bit too close to the drive bay?
Xir 3rd May 2011, 11:34 Quote
Do the front fans have filters? (i can't see from the picture)
Shame there is so little room between the foam and the fans with the door closed,
Quietness is appreciated, though
Material 3rd May 2011, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
I have a bit of a phobia about magnets near hard drives... surely that magnetised cover over the 140mm roof panel is a little bit too close to the drive bay?

Really? The 140mm roof panel lives on the rear of the roof of the case and the hard disks will be in the opposite corner of the case - the lower front, near the intake fans.
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Originally Posted by Xir
Do the front fans have filters? (i can't see from the picture)
Shame there is so little room between the foam and the fans with the door closed,
Quietness is appreciated, though

Yes, all the intakes on the case have individual dust filters.
Kacela 3rd May 2011, 13:04 Quote
I agree with TWeak - I question the inclusion of magnets as a cover mounting method. I would have liked a gaussmeter reading on the magnetic field around those mounting magnets.

Not only for the drives' health that are living inside the case, but also a reading on top of the case - just as a warning to those who use the top of their cases as a shelf for crap - like their wallets with mag-stripe cards in them, or people like me who have used the tops of their cases as a temporary perch for conventional hard drives as they are either removed or added to a case.

Also, at least a warning to those who still have the need to use floppy / LS-120 / Zip / tape / whatever -type of portable magnetic media technology is in order.
SpAceman 3rd May 2011, 13:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
I don't think what is on offer justifies the price. I'd rather buy a Xigmatek Utgard, providing the extra couple of inches in height wasn't an issue.

But what if you want a clean looking case? The Utgard is hardly a case to compare if you are interested in minimalistic styling.
Spreadie 3rd May 2011, 14:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by SpAceman
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
I don't think what is on offer justifies the price. I'd rather buy a Xigmatek Utgard, providing the extra couple of inches in height wasn't an issue.

But what if you want a clean looking case? The Utgard is hardly a case to compare if you are interested in minimalistic styling.

Fair point. I was thinking more along the lines of value, to be honest.

I'm getting a little bored of these Antec P180 clones (externally). I had a P182se, and it was nice to look at but I think that style has had it's day.
Instagib 3rd May 2011, 15:34 Quote
The last time i used a nzxt case, it used really cheap brittle plastic in it's construction of the door, meaning it eventually broke after 3 months or so. Is that still the norm? It put me off all nzxt cases sine.
Saltire35 3rd May 2011, 15:50 Quote
I don't think the H2 comes near the Define R3 in terms of build quality.
legoyoda 3rd May 2011, 15:55 Quote
A secondary hard drive bay right next to a magnet? Surely that's a huge design fail....
Jipa 3rd May 2011, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
I have a bit of a phobia about magnets near hard drives... surely that magnetised cover over the 140mm roof panel is a little bit too close to the drive bay?

It's NOT going to be a problem. And how dare you place more than one hard drive inside the same case if you're afraid of magnets? Fans have magnets as well and those sit right next to the hard drives in most cases. How about them? And surely you don't have headphones, speakers or cable spools of any kind in the same room as the PC... ;)
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Originally Posted by Instagib
The last time i used a nzxt case, it used really cheap brittle plastic in it's construction of the door, meaning it eventually broke after 3 months or so. Is that still the norm? It put me off all nzxt cases sine.

NZXT is a mixed bag, the review sample of Tempest I received was already broken (no physical damage to box, it hadn't been thrown around), while the Rogue and Panzer box have been very sturdy. The H2 really sits in the latter category, it is by no means flimsy.
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Originally Posted by Saltire35
I don't think the H2 comes near the Define R3 in terms of build quality.

Have you had both cases? :(
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Originally Posted by legoyoda
A secondary hard drive bay right next to a magnet? Surely that's a huge design fail....

No. Just.. No.

If you still think so, just grab a magnet similar to the one used in the case, and test/measure how much force it has at any distance.
Tangster 3rd May 2011, 18:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Instagib
The last time i used a nzxt case, it used really cheap brittle plastic in it's construction of the door, meaning it eventually broke after 3 months or so. Is that still the norm? It put me off all nzxt cases sine.

Same here. I built a friend a PC and he chose a M59. The plastic used on the front was nasty and brittle and even though it was a steel case, it seemed to be much thinner than any other steel case so it managed to feel flimsy as well.

Didn't give me a great first impression of NZXT cases.
Eiffie 3rd May 2011, 19:16 Quote
I have those wireless fan contact plates on my Silverstone case. They make a world of difference when I want to give my case a good dusting. I wish more cases came with that feature.
slothy89 4th May 2011, 00:35 Quote
Wow.. Magnets near HDDs? Bank cards? Has no one watched MythBusters?
They found that any normal magnet you are likely to find lying around the home or work place is not strong enough to effect the data on a card strip.
Same with HDDs. If they were that sensitive to magnets, cases would be plastic, and not use fans. Yes it probably isn't advisable to stick a magnet ON a HDDs casing, but that's just silly..

Regarding the scoring.. Why would the case score 2/3 for cooling if it was only better than 1/3 of the competition. Which included a case very close to your fail threshold of 80*C delta? Something around 13-15/30 seems more reasonable.
kzinti1 4th May 2011, 01:42 Quote
Your scoring still makes no sense. I would be hard pressed to give this turkey a 70 yet you give this poor cooling, ugly case with a flimsy door, an 81?
SuicideNeil 4th May 2011, 03:26 Quote
Quite.

I imagine it has something to do with the NZXT advert that appears on the review summary page, right next to the giant 81% score mark.

Luckily though we are all smart enough to read between the lines here and ignore the score for the most part as that is just for people who don't bother to read the review & skip straight to the conclusion/ scoring...

FTR, I quite like the styling and the poor temps don't bother me too much- wouldn't take much work to introduce some better airflow, but the price is a bit steep for my liking really, needs to drop a good ~£20 or so.
Spreadie 4th May 2011, 09:17 Quote
If you're convinced that bit-tech are not impartial and review scores are influenced by advertisers, why are you even looking at the site?

I think it has been said before - the ad space sellers have no input into the site or magazine content.

Don't you think it'd be a little too risky to push a piece of trash as a good product? One sniff of impropriety and people would leave in droves.
Jipa 4th May 2011, 09:31 Quote
Also are you saying it's the first time you see a link to the manufacturers' site at the end of the review?

Sheesh.
phuzz 4th May 2011, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
I have a bit of a phobia about magnets near hard drives... surely that magnetised cover over the 140mm roof panel is a little bit too close to the drive bay?

Don't be worried. You can stick a pretty big magnet (eg one of those ones for magnetising screwdriver bits) right next to a harddrive with no ill effects at all. As Jipa says, the magnets in your average harddrive are damn strong and are only an inch or so from the platters.

tl;dr Don't worry about magnets near hardrives.
PingCrosby 4th May 2011, 12:52 Quote
Ever since been bitten by a radioactive magnet my friends won't let me build their PC's for them anymore...

Its lonely being Magneto Man, I seem to attract the wrong sort of people. Me and the wife ( Iron Woman ) are poles apart, the attraction has gone. There's no positive side to anything anymore.....sigh.
Xir 5th May 2011, 11:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Material
Really? The 140mm roof panel lives on the rear of the roof of the case and the hard disks will be in the opposite corner of the case - the lower front, near the intake fans.
I think he means the external HDD bay...right next to the roof panel.

But I agree it's safe.
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Originally Posted by slothy89
Wow.. Magnets near HDDs? Bank cards? Has no one watched MythBusters?
They found that any normal magnet you are likely to find lying around the home or work place is not strong enough to effect the data on a card strip.
Ummm, magnetic motorcycle tank bags have been known to wipe* bank cards... then again their magnets are pretty strong, and the wallet is moving about right on top of it :D

*no, not wipe completely, but sufficiently so that the average ATM doesn't accept it anymore.
Saltire35 6th May 2011, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa

Have you had both cases? :(

I own the R3 and I've seen the H2 at work. So yes I can compare the two.
chrismarkham1982 8th May 2011, 11:31 Quote
what about swapping the fans out for some air penetrators? surely that would make a difference, then again didnt FD release the R3 after 1 or 2 criticism's were thrown its way in regards the R2, particularly in the cooling department?
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