The NZXT H1 Mini Case Can Give Gaming Consoles a Run For Their Money

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NZXT recently launched its mini-ITX case – the NZXT H1. The small form-factor case is built for mini-ITX PC builds. While the case may be small, that doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch. NZXT is also offering pre-built systems that make use of the beautiful case, including high-end gaming specs like an Intel Core i9-9900K and an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super.

But while the case is designed well, it may jog your memory for a similar-looking system that was unveiled recently. That’s right. The case looks quite similar to Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X console, and we’re willing to bet it’s not coincidental. While we haven’t seen the Series X gaming console up close, taking a look at the revealed images does make the case for it to be quite similar in size to the NZXT H1.

The new case has been welcomed by the PC gaming community well, with many reviews citing just how similar it may be, at least in form, to consoles. While it’s still not as portable as your current PS4 or an Xbox One, it does come close. While gaming laptops have been getting better over the years, they still don’t allow for the one thing PC gamers love the most – upgradability. The NZXT H1 mini PC takes care of that swiftly.

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Let’s take a look at the specs of the case itself, and what it contains:

  • 140mm AIO Liquid Cooler
  • PCIe 16x Gen3 High-Speed Riser Card
  • 650W SFX-L 80Plus Gold Fully Modular Power Supply
  • 1x 140mm (Integrated AIO 140mm Liquid Cooler for CPU) Radiator Support
  • Front I/O – 2 USB Type A and Type C ports

And all of that weighs in just under 6.5kg (or 14.33 lbs for our international readers). It’s a little on the heavier side when compared to something like an Xbox One X (3.8kg/8.4 lbs). However, when you compare the power that it can contain, then it makes for a pretty portable tower.

  • NZXT H1 Mini-ITX Case Opened
  • NZXT H1 Mini-ITX PC Case

As we already know, the next-gen gaming consoles are going to be more similar to PCs than ever before. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be leveraging the power of modern high-end PC components. And if the consoles can pack as much power as my current PC, then surely we can make do with smaller, more portable cases.

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It’s been interesting to see how PC Build-centric companies can think outside the box. While the NZXT H1 is strictly a PC-only case, we’ve also seen other cases that can fit both a gaming PC and a console!

As the next-gen consoles near their launch, we’ll be on the lookout for more cases and other hardware like these.

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The NZXT H1 Case is available for $399 (Mini ITX Case with PSU, AIO, and Riser Card), while the pre-built PCs with the case start from $1,999. Alternatively, the case will soon be available from popular Indian retailers like PrimeABGB and MDComputers.

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Rahul Majumdar
I've been writing here for quite a while. Tech, Gaming, Film, you name it. Occupational hazards include excessive gaming & movie-binging sessions. Most active on Twitter!

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