NZXT H630 Chassis Review
9/17/2013 by: David Li
Today, we take a look at one of NZXT’s silent chassis. The modern and sleek H630 boasts great noise reduction that aims to eliminate excessive noise produced by fan heavy builds. As a comparison, we will be using a Cooler Master HAF 922 and the notoriously loud NVIDIA GTX480.
CA-H630F-W1 Glossy White
External 5.25" x 2 (Tool-less)
Internal 3.5"/2.5": 8(2 x 2.5" behind MB) 2 x 3HDD cage, 1 x 2HDD cage (Fully Modular)
Front 2 x 200 or 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm ( 1 x 200mm included )
Top 2 x 200 or 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 140/120mm ( 1 x 140mm included )
Bottom 2 x 140/120mm
HDD Pivot 2 x 140/120mm
Bottom Front (Included)
Front 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Top 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Bottom 2 x 140/120
Rear 1 x 140/120mm
CPU Cooler 190mm
VGA Card 354mm
Cable Management 27mm
245mm(W) x 547mm(H) x 567mm(D)
SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, XL-ATX, EATX (347mm x 272mm)
1 x Audio/Mic 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0
SD Card Reader With SDHC & SDXC Support
I/O Panel LED On/Off
The features of the H630 blend perfectly with the design, creating a sense of minimalism and balance. The front of the chassis is flat, void of any drastic changes on the surface. The accented cutout on the top front of the chassis creates the asymmetry that minimalistic designs need.
Screwed in from the inside, the front external bay doors are very unobtrusive. An LED indicator sits on the top right of the front. Lastly, a simple, but striking, engraving of the NZXT logo is positioned proudly as the sole resident of the bottom of the front panel.
The power switch and external peripheral inputs are located on the port side of the chassis, towards the top front. Audio jacks, USB 2.0/3.0 slots are spaced out graciously. One thing to note about the H630 is that it comes with an integrated SD card reader. Such a simple addition will eliminate a lot of foreseeable annoyances with an external card reader.
Streamlined in the same vertical space, the inputs are strips of vents, arranged as small rectangles in 2 long lines. While aesthetically beautiful, there could potentially be some minor irks in cleaning them in the future. The same could be said for similar vents placed around the chassis.
The starboard side of the chassis is simple and to the point. The slim styled vent running along the top of the chassis originate from the accented cutaway on the front of the case. Below the strip of vents, the second portion is the main removable panel.
The SSD mounts are strategically placed behind the motherboard. This could potentially allow all hard drive bays to be removed.
The back panel of the H630 has a very standard layout.
For this build, we used the following components:
Processor - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Cooler - Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2
Motherboard - ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
RAM - 4x2GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 Mhz
Graphics - EVGA GTX480
HDD - 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 x2 in RAID 1
PSU - Antec Truepower 750 Blue
The chassis provides ample space for installation. The motherboard standoffs are pre-installed, and in addition, the case comes with more than enough screws for the motherboard.
The motherboard and power supply installation is straightforward.
Two Standard Cooler Master 140mm fans were installed on the bottom panel for additional airflow.
The fan closest to the power supply reached the fan controller with no problems. However, the second fan’s power line hidden under the hard drive bays was short by an inch; but this was resolved with an extra female plug that was bundled with the rest of the default cords. The fan controller is located at a calculated location that is within all of the fans' reach.
The graphics card and CPU fan was installed very easily.
The hard drive bays are removable. Removing the bays will improve airflow.
All cords and lines are well hidden since the H630 provides plenty of rubber grommets and invisible holes to put them in.
Two 200mm Cooler Master fans were installed on the top panel. The fan closest to the front should be installed first since it could take some maneuvering if the other fan is already installed.
Front and top panels were removed without too much effort since plastic pegs secure them. Once the front panel is removed, optional 5.25’’ drives can be installed.
The H630 effectively blocks most mid and low ranged noise. The padding on the panels works very well. As a comparison, I fired up ANNO 2070 on max settings and waited for the GTX480 fan to rev up to its maximum RPM. The H630 is significantly quieter when the GTX480 is NOT at its max RPM. After the GTX480 is running at its highest RPM, high-pitched noise started to leak out of the chassis. In conclusion, unless you own a couple of GTX480s, the H630 does more than it is advertised.
At an MSRP of $149.99, the H630 is an excellent choice for a silent case. The minimalistic design provides a modern, sleek look. The chassis is great for setups that call for major temperature reduction. The GTX480 and the six fans that were installed sounded like a Prius (EV) instead of a muscle car. The padding inside the panels provides more than enough noise reduction. Since the hard drive bays are removable, high airflow can be achieved. The only minor complaint is the plastic feel of the front and top panels, which is dramatically different compared to the rest of the sturdy metal construction. Since the case is already 30 pounds, the utility of the lightweight panels outweighs the feel.
If your setup is fan and noise heavy, the H630 is an excellent choice for noise reduction. The eye pleasing modern design raises the bar for chassis of a similar kind. The smooth edges give a completely different feel than other militaristic metal cases that are on the market today. The H630 not only excels in aesthetics but is also built with the highest quality in mind.
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