NZXT H9 Elite chassis review

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Final Words & Conclusion

Final Words & Conclusion

It’s time for the conclusion. Overall, the NZXT H9 ELITE is a beautiful chassis; some may find it better looking than, for example, the Lian Li O11D, which is an inspiration. 



The build quality is excellent. The internal layout is typical for a two-chamber design, as it’s an ATX chassis. You get four fans, one 120 mm (non-RGB, 3-pin, 1200 rpm) at the back and three aRGB/PWM (max 1800 rpm) on the side. You get a built-in ARGB controller, which was quite obvious, especially for that price.


There’s enough space for up to 435 mm long GPUs, 165 mm tall CPU coolers (so probably you won’t fit everything available on the market, but this chassis is rather aimed at the AIO coolers), and 200 mm long PSUs (a good result). You can install two 3.5” or up to six 2.5” drives. You can mount the ATX board here; the size is enough for typical builds. Storage-wise, you’ll have a set of mounts for two 3.5” or up to six 2.5” drives. The liquid cooling capacity is more than enough, and you can install a 3600 mm rad on the side of the case, a 360 mm one at the top, 360 mm at the bottom, and a 120 mm one at the back. The I/O panel has two USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 Type-C, an audio jack, and a power button. You get the dust filter on all intake areas. There’s one unified motherboard cable plug, which makes the installation process faster. 


Looks are always a subjective matter. The design of the new H9 ELITE is excellent and leaves nothing to be desired. It’s similar to the Lian Li O11 Dynamic series.


The temperatures are decent (but it’s closer to the end of the pack than the beginning), thanks to the one fan at the back and three on the side. The noise levels are above average (especially in idle, it’s ok). If you slow them down, they still should give a decent airflow and bring the noise to a comfortable area. 


The Verdict

The NZXT H9 ELITE is an ATX-compatible mid-tower chassis measuring 466 × 290 × 495 (L×W×H). It looks excellent also, thanks to a three-piece tempered glass panel and excellent build quality. You get four 120 mm fans, one 120 mm (non-RGB, 3-pin, 1200 rpm) at the back, and three aRGB/PWM (max 1800 rpm) on the side. There’s an option to install a combo of 360+360+360+120. If you prefer air cooling – even the 165 mm products will fit (which is a decent result, but 170-175 would be a nice feature, as some coolers are taller than 165 mm). As for the power supply – theoretically, it’s 200 mm (so I think all used PSUs would work). For the storage options – you can mount two 3.5” or up to six 2.5” drives. One unified motherboard cable plug makes the installation process faster (and the assembly process is easy). The final result looks very clean, also thanks to the plenty of zip-tie hooks placed internally and externally. The chassis costs 239.99 USD, which is not cheap. Of course – the positive points are four bundled fans (three of them are RGB) and the RGB controller, but most probably the NZXT H9 Flow, which costs 159.99 USD (and is more airflow oriented), should attract more consumers. In NZXT H9 ELITE, you get great quality, nice features, and excellent looks, but still, it’s too expensive, and the temperatures are not so great for the installed components. So overall – the reviewed chassis has earned our “Approved” award.

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