Assembling the NZXT H630

While we're still not quite at Corsair levels of obscene ease of assembly, NZXT's designers are still pretty clearly thinking about the end user and how to make their life as easy as possible. That means an included fan hub with both of the included fans already connected and carefully wired, motherboard standoffs already installed, and smartly routed header cables. With all of that in mind, it should come as no surprise that assembly went mostly smoothly.

Popping the I/O shield in was a non-issue, and about the only thing NZXT has left to do to make motherboard installation easier is to place an alignment stud at the center mounting point as Corsair has taken to doing. Clearance around the testbed board was good, and the right-angled SATA ports were easy to connect without issue. The H630 is a pretty decently sized case, but that size is mostly well utilized.

I'm not completely sold on having the drive sleds oriented to enter from behind the motherboard tray instead of above it. NZXT's logic is that you'll only really use them when you're installing and removing drives and thus need to cable everything anyhow, and their logic is sound. At the same time, the area behind the motherboard tray is almost always a no man's land in any case, and when I tinker with my desktop (and I tinker often) I typically avoid removing that side panel at all costs. So while I prefer having the drive trays slide out from above the motherboard tray, I can see where they're coming from.

The 2.5" drive trays that hang out behind the motherboard tray are a fantastic addition and perfect for SSDs, though. These are held into place on rails and a single thumbscrew each, and they're very secure. I've chided NZXT for their flimsy 3.5" trays in the past, though, and I regret to inform you that those flimsy trays are still present in the H630. The modular drive cages themselves are all held in place by four thumbscrews each, and they're on rails. For review purposes I removed the bottom two to clear airflow from the 200mm intake fan. Due to the way drives enter the drive cages, a right-angled SATA connector can't be used for the bottom-most drive in the cage, and clearance for bending SATA power leads is far less than ideal.

As I mentioned, the front panel on my review unit just wasn't coming off, so unfortunately I can't comment on how easy or difficult a 5.25" drive would be to install. The shields for the 5.25" bays are actually screwed into place, which I appreciate for security's sake but it does make my job a little bit more difficult.

Finally, installing the expansion cards and power supply and then wiring everything up was for the most part pretty easy. I think NZXT runs into a little trouble with routing the AUX 12V lead, as the holes in the motherboard tray for routing that cable are narrow. I'm also concerned that while the H630 should support 360mm radiators in both the front and the top of the enclosure, clearance in the top may be problematic. Since the fan mounts are hidden by the top panel, it would've made more sense to either increase the height of the case or shift the 120mm and 140mm mounts closer to the outside of the case rather than dead center. As it stands a radiator or fans will run the risk of butting up against VRM cooling or RAM slots; our testbed has enough clearance, but it's extremely tight.

It's hard to complain too much about the H630's interior, but this isn't quite the kind of progress we saw when NZXT moved to the Phantom 630. The H630 is using essentially the same internal chassis as the Phantom 630, but the Phantom's more elegant drive cage system is missing. It honestly seems like NZXT wasn't entirely sure what to do with the extra real estate afforded by dropping down to two 5.25" bays when it came time to design the drive cages.

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  • Grok42 - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    I am happy to see it only has 2x 5.25" external bays. This is very progressive compared to other cases in the market and I'm glad to see it. I'm also glad to see that it integrated an SD reader into the case. While I have and never will use one I will gladly pay for one in every case I buy if it means they decide to put one less external bay on the case. No one can argue they need an external 3.5" bay for a card reader for this case even though you can get a more convenient USB reader for $5. I'd pay more for a fan controller too, again not because I need it but maybe they could get it down to one 5.25" bay. Reply
  • Xvi - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    Nice case, I wish it were smaller, I really want a Micro-AXT case that is silence orientated but allows for a 240mm radiator. The Corsair 350D would be perfect if it had attempted some sort of ducted cover for the top vents, along with sound deadening. Maybe they could make another, more expensive version with such features.

    I do like all the possibilities the size allows for, being able to mount a rad on the top, front or bottom is great, but I just don't want an XL-ATX sized case. I hope they make a smaller version with only one front drive bay, and only room for 2x120/140 on the top and front, along with only 1x120/140 on the bottom. This would still be an ATX sized case no doubt, but I don't feel like NZXT want to exclude too many people with their more expensive cases, so I don't see them limiting it to mATX. That's what this case is, it works for everyone! Unfortunately, at the cost of the overall size. I'm looking forward to a potential H430.
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  • maximumGPU - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    Agree with you Dustin, NZXT fans just plain suck.
    It's a shame to cripple a great case because of fan choice.
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  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    I think they should knock the price down by $20 and remove all fans from the package. Everyone either has room to budget fans into their mix or has fans they'd prefer to use, especially if they're building a silent PC.

    Silence is all about the fans and few are going to pursuing such an endeavor without already KNOWING they were yanking those bundled fans regardless. So cut the price, cut the fans, and give us all what we really want.
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  • issleeping - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    Does anyone know if there is a fan filter for the front fans? I like the H630's solution with the 5.25 bays available for fan controller / audio output rather than having a door. Reply
  • ggathagan - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    See the 5th post Reply
  • christopherN - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    NZXT H630 8is the best speaker I have used,great sound and good features.

    http://www.doctorbrakes.com
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