NZXT Releases Attractive New H7 PC Cases But Are They Any Good?
NZXT has launched a trio of new PC cases – the H7, H7 Flow and H7 Elite, retailing for $130, $130 and $200 respectively. Available in black, white and black/white variations, the three cases offer a mix of high airflow, RGB lighting or clean aesthetics.
The H7 Elite adds front and side glass panels with four 140mm fans, with the ones at the front being RGB-enabled with all fan speed and lighting linking to a hub and controlled using NZXT’s CAM software.
The cable tidying is excellent with large Velcro ties and routeing channels and the side panel clips into place with a good degree of force so any pressure from cables underneath won’t open it again.
The H7 Flow,below, as its name suggests offers greater airflow potential thanks to a vented front panel rather than glass, but aside from the lack of the fan and lighting hub, is largely identical to the H7 Elite, except it also has just two 120mm fans rather than four 140mm fans.
The NZXT H7 is identical to the H7 flow in features and price, but scrubs the vented panel for a closed one if you prefer a cleaner look or want to reduce noise. However, it does have an added vent on the rear side panel to allow air to enter, with two 120mm fans included as standard.
All three cases have four dedicated 2.5in SSD mounts and two dedicated 3.5in hard disk mounts, space at the top and front for 360mm radiators while the top can house three 120mm fans or to 140mm fans and front three 120mm or 140mm fans.
The front panel has two USB 3 ports, a Type-C port, power button and audio jack – there’s no microphone input here though.
For my test system I used a Core i5-11600K, NZXT N7 Z590 motherboard and NZXT Z53 RGB liquid cooler.
The H7 flow offered the best CPU temperature thanks to its open front end, but was only a degree ahead of the H7 Elite, which had three front fans to aid cooling despite its front section being closed.
The graphics card temperatures saw the Elite’s multiple front fans offer the lowest temperature of 71 degrees, followed by the H7 flow and the H7 was 4 degrees warmer due it having just one fan.
All three cases share the same chassis and most of the same features, but the pick of the bunch is the H7 Flow. It’s cheaper than the H7 Elite but has similar cooling potential thanks to its vented front panel. The H7 Elite has the advantage of software-controlled fans and RGB lighting as well as more fans as standard plus an attractive glass front panel and will likely appeal more to those that need something head-turning out of the box.
The H7 is still worth considering, though, as it’s affordable, has most of the features that make the other two cases great, while its closed front panel does cut noise and offer a cleaner look, even if temperatures suffer a little bit as a result. You can see the new H7 series on NZXT’s website.