NZXT’s H700i, H400i, and H200i cases have their heads in the clouds

Making high-end PC enclosures is a tough business. Basic cable management features, RGB LED illumination, liquid cooling support, and tempered glass side panels are all available in affordable cases from a number of manufacturers. NZXT's new H-series cases introduce new features, updated fans, and accessories that buyers will actually want to keep in their premium PC builds.

The mini-ITX H200i, microATX H400i, and ATX H700i all pack NZXT's Aer F fans and a built-in "smart device" that's compatible with NZXT's Hue+ and Grid+ illumination and fan control systems. The device can control both fans and LED strips, and has its own microphone for adaptive noise reduction. NZXT claims the module can use this microphone in tandem with an "intelligent, cloud-based algorithm" to develop fan curves that reduce noise by as much as 40% (presumably compared to regular fan controls).

NZXT H700i

The company says all three new H-series chassis are designed to make PC building fun. The cases are built from steel, have tempered glass side panels, and offer plenty of cable management channels and ample room to work. The H700i has the usual ATX complement of seven PCIe expansion slots and mounts for seven 2.5" drives and three 3.5" devices. The case can hold a 280-mm or a 360-mm radiator with fans on both sides in its front panel, and another 280-mm or 360-mm radiator in the top panel. Air-cooling enthusiasts can fit CPU coolers as tall as 185 mm.

NZXT H400i

The number of expansion slots falls to four in the microATX H400i. The number of 2.5" drives drops to three, and only one 3.5" device is invited to the party. The top of the H400i only has room for two 140-mm fans, but liquid-cooling users can add a 120-mm radiator on the back. The shorter front panel will fit 240-mm or 280-mm liquid-to-air heat exchangers. CPU heatsink clearance in this model is 164 mm.

NZXT H200i

Finally, the mini-ITX H200i has the same storage support as the H400i, but the expansion slot count is predictably reduced to two, and front radiator support is limited to 240-mm units. The smallest case loses the rear radiator mount, but gets back the ability to fit a 120-mm heat exchanger in the top panel. Should you go the air cooling route, you can fit a CPU tower cooler as tall as 165 mm.

NZXT packs in its own Aer F fans, though the fine print does say that the included fans specifications deviate a bit from their retail equivalents. The H200i comes with a pair of 120-mm spinners, the H400i comes with three of them, and the H700i has three 120-mm fans and one 140-mm spinner included.

The new H-series cases embrace the current theme of brutalistic design with flat, featureless panels. All three cases are available with four different color combinations, all with a matte finish for the primary color: black or white with black trim, or black with red or blue trim. The cases' top panels have a pair of USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, plus a four-pole audio jack for headsets.

NZXTs's full-size ATX H700i is available now from the manufacturer's website for a princely $200, though it isn't appearing at our favorite third-party online retailers just yet. The microATX H400i will cost $150 when it goes on sale in early November. The mini-ITX H200i will run $130 when it becomes available sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. The included fans, the feature-packed RGB LED and fan controller, and the cable management system all make up for the premium price tags.

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    • Freon
    • 2 years ago

    These are actually pretty tasteful, but that price. Oof.

    • CScottG
    • 2 years ago

    ..as I scrolled-down and looked at the red one, I suddenly had a desire for a Cray.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Looks like NZXT have stepped up their cable-management game again.

    They were already near the front of the pack in this regard, and probably the first company to even make the leap in the first place with their PWM hubs, PSU shrouds and ATX/PCIe power cable cover.

    • mudcore
    • 2 years ago

    Hard to support NZXT given their shenanigans with data collection with their CAM software and shady responses from corporate. It’s to bad too because I have an S340 which I like quite a bit and feel NZXT has done quite a bit of innovation in the case market over the years.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    Where do they get that wicked sick white motherboard cover?!

    • Takeshi7
    • 2 years ago

    That honestly does not look like enough ventilation for the front and top panels. Companies need to learn that they can still make the case look clean AND have plenty of ventilation. Examples: Fractal Meshify and Corsair 450D.

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      There’s plenty of ventilation. Almost the whole top of the H400 is mesh. The H200i has mesh for a 120 or 140mm fan. There’s plenty of room here for good cooling.

        • Takeshi7
        • 2 years ago

        The H700 doesn’t have any ventilation at the top except those little tiny holes on the shroud. All 3 of them don’t have any ventilation on the front except the tiny holes on the sides of the front shroud. There’s no way the area of those tiny holes is enough to feed a full set of fans.

        You’re right out of the 3 of them the H400 seems to have decent ventilation on the top, but the rest is crap.

          • DancinJack
          • 2 years ago

          It’s plenty. Look at the Define series of cases. They only have holes on the sides of the front too. Just have to get the pressure inside your case right and it’ll be fine.

            • exilon
            • 2 years ago

            [quote<]They only have holes on the sides of the front too. [/quote<] And it shows. Air doesn't like making those 90 degree turns. [url<]https://i.imgur.com/Th5sKgm.png[/url<] The saving grace of the Define S is the 420mm compatible top that can be fully vented without aesthetic decorations getting in the way.

      • juzz86
      • 2 years ago

      This is a H-series. It used to stand for ‘Hush’ in old NZXT lingo – they’re always airflow-starved unless you run them panel-free.

      If you want something NZXT that breathes well, it’s a Phantom or Source or bust my friend – if you can still find one.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      These are not designed to be high-airflow cases. They are [i<]intentionally[/i<] designed as indirect air path, low-noise, sound-dampened cases. Speaking from experience with the H440, the top, side and front panels are also backed with a heavy-duty foam to absorb some sound and prevent vibrations. If you want airflow get one of those cases that's clearly designed for airflow with mesh/perforations covering the whole front, top and bottom for direct air path (and sound path) to the fans. For the record, I have my H440 set up with 3x120 intakes using 1000-RPM, high-static-pressure fans, and then 3x120 + 1x140 exhaust at very low RPM (500-800 RPM and PWM controlled). It's also worth pointing out that mesh-covered cases really do get covered in dust and crud in households with carpet/pets/lots of foot traffic. High airflow = striking resemblance to the inside of a vacuum cleaner bag.

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    Windowless version would be nice.

    • ColeLT1
    • 2 years ago

    They have an all black option, DancinJack linked below (thank you):
    [url<]http://www.nzxt.com/products/h700i-matte-black[/url<] I'm looking to rebuild my water-loop rig next year and downsize my case some (move the 800d with loads of drive bays to server duty), this may be a prime candidate.

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      [url<]http://www.nzxt.com/products/h700i-matte-black[/url<]

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