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NZXT H630 Silent Ultra Tower Computer Case Review

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NZXT H630 Internal Details

Removing the top panel sheds some additional light on the interior of the H630. The most prominent features are the two 200mm fan holes, with mounting available for 2x120mm or 2x140mm radiators. The smaller fans use the same slot system as the rear fan, allowing some adjustment which is a very appreciated decision (not all radiators are created equal, it would seem). The center 200mm fan should be installed first if you plan to fill the top with fans, as the optical bays don’t give a large amount of clearance to squeeze one in beside one that is already installed.

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While at first glance it doesn’t look like there are any cable routing holes for the AUX 12V CPU line up top, there are multiple cutouts just for this purpose located along a horizontal “ledge.” This is a different arrangement than in most cases, but it works very well.

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Again, notice the drive trays – the Phantom 630 uses a 3/2/1 arrangement, allowing for “only what’s needed” configs, while the H630 uses a 3/2/3 arrangement. The benefit is an extra 140mm fan “bracket” is gained, which could help with directed airflow. In the absence of a vented side panel (understandable given the H630’s focus on sound suppression), this is a nice addition.

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The bottom of the H630 contains two dust filters that span the entire length of the case, and reveal room for a 2x120mm radiator and fans in the front. These filters are easy to remove and replace without moving the case, which is always appreciated.

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Like the Phantom 630, the H630 has over an inch of space behind the motherboard tray for stashing cables. I didn’t have any problems closing the hinged side panel even without using the numerous tie-down points located all over the motherboard tray.

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This is jumping ahead slightly, but there is one final detailed feature that deserves some recognition even if the implementation isn’t perfect. Possibly one of the most useful additions to a case, and definitely belonging in the “why hasn’t anyone done this before” category are the white LEDs illuminating the back panel with the press of a button. I know, most Alienware cases do this as well – let me know where I can order one and you may have a point there, but this is the first manufacturer I’ve seen include this feature (although I’m not sure if there are patents involved). Simple, effective, and it makes sense – I like seeing these types of features! Anyone can make a steel box, these small touches are what really separate one manufacturer from the next.

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However, there is one glaring fault – the system has to be powered on for these lights to illuminate. You can’t get rid of your flashlight quite yet. While I don’t think NZXT needs to go the embedded battery route (a la Alienware), simply switching from a 2-pin lead to perhaps a USB header for these lights would be nice as many motherboards would allow +5V (especially those with “powered” USB ports for charging phones and other USB devices). However, the solution here is probably the simplest and most compatible, so I can understand why it was done this way. Besides, it wouldn’t be that hard for an enterprising modder to fix…


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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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