NZXT H9 Elite chassis review

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Introduction

NZXT H9 Elite chassis review

We’re checking out the NZXT H9 ELITE, a mainly aesthetic-oriented mid-sized ATX tower PC chassis, this time. If you want more focus on the airflow (less bling), there’s a (less expensive) NZXT H9 Flow. The last chassis from NZXT we could check was the H700i. There were some AIO cooler (Kraken series) reviews after that. In the meantime, such models as H710i/H510i were released. In the current offer, there are, for example, H5 (compact ATX Mid-Tower) or H7 (ATX Mid-Tower). The H9 series is a dual-chamber mid-tower chassis with a 66.9l volume (quite a lot). The looks are attractive; it resembles the Lian Li O11 Dynamic quite a lot. We’ll find the four 120 mm fans, one (F120Q) at the back, non-RGB, with a 3-pin connector and max 1200 rpm (62.18 CFM and 25.1 dBA). The other three (RGB, F120 RGB Duo) are on the side (with up to 48.58 CFM and 29 dBA). Their rpm varies between 500 and 1800 rpm. This time the tempered glass contains three parts, not two pieces (in the Flow version). There are two color versions:

  • Matte Black (the one reviewed)
  • Matte White

 

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The exact dimensions are 466 × 290 × 495 (L×W×H) in total; it’s 66.9 l of volume, so that’s in the upper range of the mid-tower chassis. The H9 ELITE supports up to ATX (and uATX and mini-ITX) motherboards – there’s no E-ATX compatibility (but that shouldn’t be an issue). According to the specs, two 3.5” or 4+2 2.5” drives are supported. On the front, you will find the following ports:

  • USB 3.0 x 2,
  • USB 3.2 Type-C x 1
  • Headset Audio Jack
  • Power button

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The NZXT H9 ELITE provides many cooling options, supporting radiators:

  • 360 mm at the side,
  • 360 mm at the top
  • 360 mm at the bottom
  • and 120 mm at the back.

It’s possible to mount:

  • up to three 120 mm fans at the side,
  • three 120 mm or two 140 mm at the top (three PWM RGB 120 mm units are pre-installed)
  • three 120 mm or two 140 mm at the bottom
  • one 120 mm at the rear (and the 3-pin 1200 rpm fan is pre-installed)

You also get seven expansion slots.


 

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There are also fan filters at all air intakes. You can use CPU air coolers with a max height of 165 mm (which should fit most models but not all). The GPUs can measure up to 435 mm in length. The PSU shouldn’t be longer than 200mm. The price is now 239.99 USD. The NZXT H9 Flow (which has “only” the fans without the RGB and no RGB controller) is available for 159.99 USD. Will it be worth that price? First - let’s check out the specs and features of this chassis.

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