Small form-factor gaming PCs are on the rise these days, but because leading-edge components like CPUs and GPUs tend to produce a lot of heat and therefore require bulky cooling systems, it is not easy to build a truly compact PC with top-of-the-range components. Some makers of chassis attempt to design compact cases for gaming desktops, and this week NZXT introduced its Mini-ITX case for systems with leading-edge hardware. Alongside the Mini-ITX case, the company also unveiled its NZXT BLD H1 Mini PC that packs Intel’s Core i9-9900K and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super.

The NZXT H1 Mini-ITX case is dual-chamber 13.6-liter vertical chassis made of stainless steel and tempered glass that can house a Mini-ITX motherboard, an up to 305-mm long 2.5-wide graphics card, and two 2.5-inch storage devices. The case measures 187 mm × 387.7 mm × 187.6 mm, which is a little bit larger than one comes to expect from a Mini-ITX chassis, but which is still considerably more compact than almost any Micro-ATX case. The chassis has air intakes on two sides out of four, to ensure proper cooling for the internal hardware.

NZXT’s H1 comes with a pre-installed 140-mm closed-loop CPU liquid cooling system, a PCIe 3.0 x16 riser card, filters on air intakes, and a 650 W SFX-L 80 Plus modular PSU. The upper panel has a USB Type-A and a USB Type-C connector as well as a 3.5-mm combo audio jack. As the case — set to be available in black or white — is stuffed by default with a PSU and a cooler, the product will retail for a higher $349 price.

In addition to the case itself, NZXT will offer its pre-built BLD H1 Mini PC that is based on Intel’s Core i9-9900K CPU as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founder’s Edition graphics card. The system uses the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I motherboard and is equipped with Team Group’s 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, and Intel’s 1 TB 660p SSD. The system costs $1,999.

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  • Handstied - Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - link

    I'd rather go with a case like the ghost s1 at the price they're asking for a mass produced product.
  • airdrifting - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    Seems like an interesting product, especially for the 2.5 slot thickness video card support. A lot of the ITX cases can only do 2 slot which really limits your video card choice to EVGA XC (which sucks btw) when you go with a high end card.
    I agree the price is high, but it does save you the trouble to find a good SFX PSU.
    I value the PSU at $80 and liquid cooling at $80, that puts the case alone at a $200 price tag, which is quite overpriced for what it does.
  • nandnandnand - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    Everyone's arguing about cubes, I'm like, "No glass, please."
  • PBCrunch - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    The metal parts of the NZXT H1 are not made of stainless steel like it says in the article. The metal used is SGCC steel, which is cold-rolled and zinc-galvanized.

    This case would be a lot more interesting if it were made of stainless steel, but the metal bits probably wouldn't be painted. Manufacturers that use expensive, difficult-to-machine materials like stainless steel tend to show it off.
  • zodiacfml - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    a cube like case for mini-itx? yes and no. if you have a video card the length of the board while having an external power supply, that will work. outside that, you'll be looking at mini-itx case designs that have existed
  • Advanced03 - Thursday, February 27, 2020 - link

    A $350 case, lol.
  • nerd1 - Friday, February 28, 2020 - link

    Pricing is actually quite good considering it comes with 650W SFX PSU(~120 USD), 140mm AIO cooler (~120 USD) and riser cable (~30USD), which adds up to cost like ~270USD. The case alone costs like 80USD then!
  • Hxx - Friday, February 28, 2020 - link

    80 dollar psu, 50 dollar cooler and 30 dollar cable. You should add street price not msrp on release day price. so about 160 parts less 350 about 200 or so for the case itself which for a steel/plastic small enclosure is a ripoff. And im not surprised.
  • Hxx - Friday, February 28, 2020 - link

    Also you are buying a “bundle “ and normally you would get an additional discount for buying multiple components at once . Nzxt obviously won’t pass those savings to you but those street prices I mentioned are valid if you were buying those items separately
  • nerd1 - Friday, February 28, 2020 - link

    I highly doubt you can get those parts that cheap, and I own multiple SFF systems including Ghost S1 and Dan A4 clone. And $349 is MSRP and not the street price either.

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