Provided by: NZXT
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Price: $149.99 USD (MSRP)
With a price point of $149.99 USD, the NZXT H630 Ultra-Tower is in the Enthusiast category of computer cases.
NZXT is one of the few case companies that manages to excite with every release because not only do they introduce new designs with every release, the build quality of their products improves as well. If you stacked the NZXT H2 and the NZXT H630 side-by-side, you would be surprised how different the build quality is, almost to the point of thinking it was from a different company. It is not just the paint job that is most notably improved, but even down to the mesh used, the quality has been improved. The feature-set of the H630 also stands out as it does not seem to have any feature thrown in for the sake of having that bonus feature box checked by reviewers. Sure, there is a bonus SD-card reader but it is integrated into the front panel I/O and does not take away from the other features, unlike the HDD dock on the H2 which took up a lot of space at the top and was ultimately unnecessary to the overall theme of that case.
The sound dampening material on the H630 is also noticeably superior in quality compared to the foam used on the H2. The new material is a lot denser with a smooth top surface so dust does not easily collect (or if it does, can be easily wiped away). Gone is the heavy door that just served to slow down 5.25 device access and added unnecessary weight to the computer. Unlike the H2 and the Phantom 630, however, the H630 does not have a built-in fan controller. There is instead a fan hub similar to the one found on the Switch 810 at the back of the motherboard tray. This hub has been improved from the Switch 810, no longer mounted via Velcro but instead screwed in place, so it is a lot more stable. While a fan controller comes in handy for the default fan configuration, the hub is a lot more useful when attaching multiple fans in push-pull setups for 360mm or 280mm radiators.
Similar to the Phantom 630, the HDD cages are modular but the configuration options are slightly different and not all previous configurations are available. Since the 5.25” devices have been reduced to two in the H630, two additional 3.5” devices were added to the HDD cages. These cages can be removed entirely so that a thick 360mm radiator at the front can be installed. I am not particularly fond of the HDD cages used by the H630 however as the part of the caddy that bends when installing a 3.5” drive looks a lot more delicate than it should be and could snap if a user is not careful. For a case with otherwise impeccably machined pieces, the plastic HDD caddy structure strikes me as incongruous to the overall build quality.
Thermal performance was an initial concern on first glance because of all the narrow intake and exhaust points but the benchmarks show that, despite the elevated temperature, it is not far outside expected levels. The NZXT H630 is extremely unique in the market being an enthusiast-class case designed for silent operation so it is understandable that thermal performance would be slightly less than that of its high-air flow Phantom siblings, as concessions have to be made to lessen the noise. If lowered airflow is truly a concern, then you should look instead at the Phantom 630 as an enclosure solution. For its remarkable build quality and flexible feature-set, it is a surprise that the NZXT H630 only retails for $149.99, making it a really easy decision for me to grant it the HiTech Legion Editor’s Choice award.