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NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower Computer Case Review

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NZXT H630 Internal Features

With both of the side panels removed, a mostly familiar sight is waiting; for anyone familiar with the Phantom 630 interior this should bring back some memories. However, there are some slight changes…

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The most obvious of those might be the modular drive trays – while of the same type as the Phantom 630, the H630 uses a 3/2/3 arrangement instead of the Phantom’s 1/2/3 and reduces the number of 5.25″ bays to two. Personally, I feel this is a great way to go, especially with this enclosure as it frees up room for an additional 200mm fan up front and a mounting point for an additional 120/140mm fan behind the hard drive cages. In a case with minimal venting it is nice to be able to expand the airflow to your requirements.

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The hard drive cages themselves are secured on the right (“back”) side with thumbscrews, and use the same plastic trays as the other Phantoms. Although I appreciate the tool-less approach (they just snap around a 3.5″ drive, and are ready to go), this particular version seems a little too flimsy. The posts to lock in the drive moved around a little too easily as well, making this process a little more frustrating than it would need to be with slightly stiffer trays (which would help the 2.5″ drives as well…). Still, I’d rather deal with truly tool-less trays that are flimsy than sturdy ones that still use screws, but that’s because I swap hardware often. The point remains though – these trays could use some attention. I like the design, they’re just a little too flimsy…

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At least 2.5″ drives (namely, SSDs) have their own mounting point on the back of the motherboard tray. Using a 2.5″ drive on the plastic drive trays doesn’t feel as secure as mounting them on the back on the motherboard tray using these dedicated drive trays. After bolting them to the SSD, they simply slide on to the notches and secure with a thumbscrew. This is the way to utilize the space back here, especially because you can add drives without removing the motherboard (unlike designs that drill four holes in the motherboard tray and call it a mounting point).

Another great addition that will make your life easier is the 10-port fan hub bolted in a central location. NZXT is one of the few companies that have started to include this item with their cases, and I believe it adds tremendous value. Especially in cases with room to upgrade and add additional fans, having a central location to quickly plug in fans without messing with molex adapters or fan controller wiring is very beneficial.

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The front I/O board (and the top power/reset buttons!) remains attached to the frame when removing the front panel, the benefits of which I’ve noted earlier. This is a smart design choice! If you’ve ever worked with a case that the wires remain attached when you remove the panel, you know exactly how nice this is.

The round button up top is what activates the “work light” LEDs in the back, and below the two USB3.0 and USB2.0 ports is the integrated SD card reader. While it isn’t difficult to use adapters, I wasn’t prepared for how useful an integrated card reader would be! I didn’t realize how annoyed I was every time I wanted to transfer pictures from my camera to my hard drive (with reviewing items, this happens often…), but I quickly realized this is a feature I should look for more often. We take it for granted on most laptops, so it is especially appreciated here. Maybe this is something that doesn’t matter to you, but it was an item that added a huge amount of value to the H630 for me (especially given the lack of external 3.5″ bays). Perhaps more importantly, it illustrated for me that NZXT actually thinks about features that users…well, use.

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Speaking of panels, the front panel was RIDICULOUSLY difficult to remove. I am absolutely surprised I didn’t snap something (either in my shoulder or on the case) trying to dislodge the lower right “pegs” in removing the front panel. The H630 is available now on Newegg and Amazon, and I haven’t noticed any of the reviews mention this problem so it might just be an issue with the “review” version (I have read that this has been fixed for the retail cases). I hope they’ve fixed it, because it would be difficult to remove the optical drive bay covers (which are secured with thumbscrews) without removing the front panel, not to mention installing any sort of fans or radiators here.

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Once you do get that front panel removed, you can see that a 200mm fan comes pre-installed, and there is room for another 200mm fan or 2x140mm/up to 3x120mm fans/radiators. Just a quick note: these are the “FZ” series fans, which are the more common 154mm spacing and should be compatible with most other 200mm fans on the market. Earlier NZXT cases (pre-Phantom 820) used 193mm fans and a unique spacing, which rendered their fans and mounts incompatible with other 200mm fans. I was pleased to see that NZXT decided to adjust their cases to accommodate the more common 200mm size.


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3 comments

  1. Kzinti1

    The picture on the last page was different from the others.
    At least on my Dell U3011 monitor.
    It showed this case as being a beautiful bronze color with a chocolate brown faceplate and panel trim.
    In fact, not a single picture in this review showed up as depicting a black colored case.
    Please tell me it’s your camera and not my (fully calibrated) monitor.
    The features of this case fully justify its cost.
    My only complaint is the placement of the front switch panel.
    The panel would be just as far away from me and my desk as possible.
    The space to the left of my desk is already occupied, so I couldn’t use this case at all.
    “COMMENT QUESTION: who makes your favorite computer case?”
    Case Labs, who made my T10 with a reversed motherboard mount so I can use it to the left of my desk.
    The T10 is perfect because I could choose every single feature, and the placement of them, to my own specs.
    Expensive, yes. Sheer perfection always is.

    1. Olin Coles

      They look black to me, but there is a difference between the color black and a glossy black painted object with ambient lighting reflecting off its reflective surface.

  2. Tom Jaskulka

    The H630 only comes in two colors, black and white. I can’t speak for your calibration, but the lighting is most likely the culprit here – I apologize for the picture you’re referring to, the lighting in that shot was definitely on the warmer side and I had some trouble getting it to balance without losing any detail. To be honest, with very few surface features it was difficult for me to highlight the texture of the panels and paint, it’s a very smooth satin-like finish. If I removed the extra light it just looked like a featureless black slab (which…is pretty accurate I suppose!), so I left it in to attempt to show a little more detail – for that photo specifically. The rest should be pretty balanced otherwise. If it is imperative to get an accurate shade of the black color, you may want to check out the product photos from the NZXT website, as their product photographer likely has access to equipment that I do not. You might be on to something with a bronze color though…I prefer gunmetal myself, but why not a couple other metallic options?

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