NZXT has just released a huge full-tower case, the H630, targeted to users who want to build a high-end yet quiet computer. Let’s see what this new product has to offer.
The NZXT H630 is available in two choices of color: matte black or glossy white. We reviewed the glossy white model.
The NZXT H630 has very smooth lines, with air intakes on the left and rear sides of its top panel and on the right side of its front panel.
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The front panel of the NZXT H630 has two 5.25” bays with solid covers.
The case has a thick, rubber-coated foam to dampen the noise produced by the computer.
The reviewed case comes with one 200 mm fan installed on its front panel (no technical specifications for this fan are provided). You can move this fan up or you can install a 120 mm, a 140 mm or a second 200 mm fan. If you remove the 200 mm fan that comes with the case, you will be able to fit two 140 mm fans or three 120 mm fans. The front panel also supports radiators up to 360 mm in length.
On the side of the front panel, the case has an on/off button for the rear panel LED, the audio jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and an SD memory card reader. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal connector.
One of the highlights of the reviewed case is the ability of removing the bottom air filter without the need to lift the case, as you can see in Figure 7.
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The bottom panel of the NZXT H630 has two air filters, one for the power supply fan and another for an optional bottom fan. These filters can be removed from the rear and front panels, respectively, so you will not need to lift the case to reach them.
The rear panel and the interior of the NZXT H630 are painted with the same color as the exterior of the case: black or white, depending on the model you buy.
This case comes with nine expansion slots (with vented covers), allowing you to install XL-ATX motherboards and install up to four video cards (as long as your motherboard supports four video cards, of course).
There is one LED that lights these expansion slots and another that lights the motherboard’s rear panel, making it easier for you to install and remove cables. You can turn these LEDs on or off through a button located on the front panel.
On the NZXT H630, the power supply is installed at the bottom of the case.
The product comes with a 140 mm fan installed on its rear panel (no technical specifications are provided), and you can move it up or down. This fan can be replaced with a 120 mm model, which means that you can replace it with a 120 mm or a 140 mm radiator.
The air filter for the power supply fan is accessible through the rear panel, so you do not need to lift the case whenever you want to clean it.
Let’s now take a look inside the NZXT H630.
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Both panels are attached to the chassis using black metallic thumbscrews, and both have a thick, rubber-coated foam to dampen the noise produced by the computer. See Figure 11.
The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard from the case, several holes (four of them with rubber covers) for you to route cables behind it, and several clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties. Another highlight of the case is the presence of a 1” (27 mm) clearance between the motherboard tray and the right-side panel, allowing you to store thick cables behind the motherboard tray. As expected from a full-tower case, the NZXT H630 supports XL-ATX and E-ATX motherboards.
In Figure 14, we get another overall look inside the case. Notice how there is dampening material on the top panel, and the top panel supports the installation of two 200 mm fans, two 140 mm fans, or three 120 mm fans. The case also supports radiators up to 360 mm in length.
Expansion cards are fastened using black metallic thumbscrews. The NZXT H630 supports video cards up to 13.9” (354 mm) long on its default configuration or up to 18.9” (480 mm) if you remove the hard drive cage that is in front of the place where you want to install the video card. You can install CPU coolers up to 7.5” (190 mm) tall.
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The NZXT H630 supports the installation of two 120 mm or 140 mm internal fans. You can tilt the brackets where these fans are installed in order to better direct the airflow to the component you want to cool down.
The reviewed case comes with a “fan power hub” behind the motherboard tray, allowing you to power up to 11 fans through a single power connector.
The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. It can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As shown before, there is an air filter for the power supply fan.
The case supports the installation of two 120 mm or 140 mm fans on its bottom panel, also supporting radiators up to 280 mm long. As already shown, the case comes with an air filter for these optional components.
If you install a 140 mm fan close to the power supply, you will be able to fit power supplies up to 8.7” (220 mm) deep, which is more than enough to accommodate most power supplies available on the market.
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The NZXT H630 has two external 5.25” bays, two internal 2.5” bays (behind the motherboard tray), and eight internal 3.5”/2.5” bays in three cages. You can install 5.25” and 3.5” devices without the use of screws or tools.
The 3.5”/2.5” bays are accessible from the right-hand side of the case, and not through the left-hand side as usual. See Figure 20.
The NZXT H630 provides a very flexible configuration for its hard drive cages, as you can move and remove them as necessary, to either allow the installation of video cards longer than 13.9” (354 mm) or to improve airflow.
Each 3.5”/2.5” bay is actually a small drawer, and they come with rubber rings to reduce the vibration and noise produced by 3.5” hard disk drives.
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The main specifications for the NZXT H630 include:
- Style: Full-tower
- Application: XL-ATX, E-ATX, and smaller form factors
- Material: Zinc-coated steel (SECC) body
- Power supply: Doesn’t come with the product
- Available colors: Matte black or glossy white
- Side panel: Solid
- Dimensions: 21.5 x 9.6 x 22.3 inches (547 x 245 x 567 mm) (H x W x D)
- Net weight: 31 lbs (14 kg)
- Gross weight: NA
- Bays: Two external 5.25” bays, two internal 2.5” bays, and eight internal 3.5”/2.5” bays in three cages
- Expansion slots: Nine
- Maximum video card length: 13.9” (354 mm) on its default configuration or 18.9” (480 mm) if the corresponding hard drive cage is removed
- Maximum CPU cooler height: 7.5” (190 mm)
- Fans: One 200 mm fan on the front panel and one 140 mm fan on the rear panel
- Optional fans: One 120 mm (or three, if the 200 mm fan is removed), one 140 mm (or two, if the 200 mm fan is removed), or one 200 mm fan on the front panel; three 120 mm, two 140 mm, or two 200 mm fans on the top panel; two 120 mm or 140 mm fans on the bottom panel; and two 120 mm or 140 mm internal fans
- Extra Features: Support for radiators up to 280 mm long on the bottom panel, support for radiators up to 360 mm long on the front panel, support for radiators up to 360 mm long on the top panel, LEDs with on/off switch on the rear panel, and an SD memory card reader
- More Information: https://www.nzxt.com
- Average Price in the U.S.*: USD 150.00
* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
If you are looking for a case with nine expansion slots, ample internal space, sturdy construction, and sound dampening materials on its panels, the NZXT H630 is a terrific choice. With a price tag of USD 150, we think this case provides an outstanding cost/benefit ratio for what it has to offer.
- Nine expansion slots with vented covers
- LEDs to illuminate the rear panel
- Top-notch construction quality
- Excellent price for its features and construction quality
- SD memory card reader
- Air filter for the power supply and bottom fans, removed from the front and rear panels
- Dampening material on the top, front, and side panels
- Supports eight 3.5” and ten 2.5” devices
- Support for video cards up to 13.9” (354 mm) on its default configuration or 18.9” (480 mm) if the corresponding hard drive cage is removed
- Very flexible configuration for the hard drive cages
- Support for radiators on the top (up to 360 mm), front (up to 360 mm), and bottom (up to 280 mm) panels
- A huge cutout in the motherboard tray for accessing the backplate of the CPU cooler
- Holes with rubber covers for routing cables behind the motherboard tray
- Clearance of 1” (27 mm) behind the motherboard tray for routing cables
- Clips for fastening cables using cable ties
- Anti-vibration rings for 3.5” hard disk drives
- Doesn’t have a fan speed controller, which could be useful to reduce the computer’s noise level