What Makes the New H-Series Smart and Beautiful?

November 28, 2017 | By Mark Ferguson | PRODUCTS

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The latest NZXT case lineup is here and we are proud to finally introduce the new H-Series family!

The new H-Series lineup includes familiar features that you’ve grown to love from our past NZXT designs and infuses them with an all-new feature that no other computer case includes. What makes this case so special? Well, besides the fact that it’s beautiful, it’s also smart. You see what we did there? –  “Smart and Beautiful”. If you still don’t know what we mean by the word “smart”, that’s good because this article was written just for you!

We’ve received quite a few questions about what’s new in the H-Series so we’ve decided to compile all of the information into one place to make it easier for you to learn why this chassis is so unique. There are plenty of things that we are excited about but the biggest excitement of all is the new built-in smart device so this article will mostly be focused on what it is and why it’s so important. Excited to learn more about the smart device and how it separates this chassis from the rest? Excellent! What are you waiting for? Keep reading!

What is a Smart Device?

The Smart Device is a fancy little black box that sits quietly behind the cable management bar in the top right corner of the case. At first glance, it looks like nothing more than a built-in fan controller with neat little holes but in reality, it’s so much more.

This little black box is actually the brain of your case and it controls several different functions while constantly learning and adapting to your setup. We’ll get into the specific details later in this article, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ve summed up its purpose into a quick and easy to digest sentence:

The Smart Device integrates fan control and RGB lighting into your case. It also listens to the internal sound levels of your computer and adjusts the fan speeds based on your hardware temperature and dB ratings in order to find the perfect balance between performance and acoustics.

OK, so that was two sentences. Sue me! In all seriousness, this results in an extremely quiet system that’s easy for anyone to achieve. You no longer have to constantly configure custom fan curves to maintain a quiet PC. Instead, it’s all done automatically through a machine learning process called Adaptive Noise Reduction. The best part is that it’s constantly learning and adapting as you use your computer. Go ahead, browse the web, play games, stream, watch YouTube, work on your term paper, edit photos and video or render 3D models for work.

No matter how you use your computer, it learns.

For you hardcore fan curve gurus who prefer to have full control, don’t worry, you can still adjust your own fan curves and let the device handle its other tasks such as controlling your RGB lighting and powering your fans. Speaking of tasks, let’s take a look at the specific details.

What Does the Smart Device Include?

Integrated RGB Lighting

  • 1 x RGB LED port that can support up to 4 x HUE+ LED strips or 5 x Aer RGB fans.

Built-In Fan Control

  • 3 x Fan channels with 3 fan headers per channel. Connect 9 fans without using any splitters! (Max 10W per channel output.)

*Note: If a splitter is used, fan control is regulated depending on the fan connected to the 4-pin port. Do not use low-noise adapters.

Noise Detection Module

  • 1 x Noise sensor to record and analyze dB levels

What Makes The Smart Device “Smart”?

Simply put: Adaptive Noise Reduction makes your PC smarter.

Adaptive Noise Reduction records your idle and load settings, temperatures and decibel levels and assigns custom fan curves based on data obtained through complex algorithms.

Using the Adaptive Noise Reduction is also easy! Just install our free CAM software, run the configuration setup process, and simply follow the instructions. Once complete, your device will begin its Adaptive profile in order to keep your system cool and quiet.

What Makes the New H-Series Beautiful?

Along with the smart device, I’d like to point out a few of our other cool features and provide you with a comparison chart.

Tempered Glass: Need I say more? This chassis includes a beautiful tempered glass side panel that allows you to show off your hardware in all its true glory! Get ready for that slow plastic peel.

Lighting Options: Along with the included HUE+ strip mounted in the top of the case, we’ve also included a second magnetic RGB strip to mount anywhere you want to add more RGB. Where will you mount it?

Watercooling Support: We’ve upped our watercooling support for the enthusiasts and we’ve made it easier to do so with our included drop-in mounting bracket. Now you can easily install your Kraken or other radiators with ease. Yes, please!

Repositionable SSD Brackets: We give you the option to mount your SSD in any position on the shroud using our new mounting brackets. Fewer restrictions, more customization.

Cable Routing Channels: NZXT is no stranger to cable management. We designed a new cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps on the back of the motherboard tray for intuitive and easy wiring. Cable manage like a god!

H-Series Comparison Chart

H700i H400i

H200i

Dimensions(With Feet) W: 230mm H: 516mm D: 494mm W: 210mm H: 417mm D: 421mm W: 210mm H: 349mm D: 372mm
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX and EATX(Up to 272mm or 10.7-inches) mini-ITX and microATX mini-ITX
Smart Device Yes Yes Yes
Drive Bays 2.5” : 7

3.5” : 2+1

2.5” : 3+1

3.5” : 1

2.5” : 3+1

3.5” : 1

Expansion Slots 7 4 2
Fan Support Front: 3 x 120/2 x 140mm (3 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Top: 3 x 120/2 x 140mm

Rear: 1 x 120/1 x 140mm (1 Aer F140 Case Version included)

Front: 2 x 120/2 x 140mm (2 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Top: 2 x 140mm

Rear: 1 x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Front: 2 x 120/2 x 140mm

Top: 1 x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Rear: 1 x 120mm (1 Aer F120 Case Version included)

Radiator Support Front: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm with Push/Pull

Top: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120

Front: 2 x 140 or 2 x 120mm with Push/Pull

Rear: 1 x 120

Front: 2 x 120 with Push/Pull

Rear: 1 x 120

Frequently Asked Questions about the New H-Series

Q: Do I need to use Adaptive Noise Reduction?

No, you do not need to use the Adaptive Noise Reduction feature. You can still connect your fans to the Smart Device and use any of CAM’s preset fan profiles or define your own.

Q: Can I control Aer RGB lighting or HUE+ LED strips with the Smart Device?

Yes, the Smart Device supports up to 4 x HUE+ LED strips or 5 x Aer RGB fans. However, just like the HUE+, you cannot connect both Aer RGB fans and LED strips on the same channel. If you’d like to use both Aer RGB and LED strips with the H-Series, you will need to use a HUE+ to control whichever lighting is not connected to the smart device.

Q: Do you need to use CAM in order for the Smart Device to work?

Yes, CAM is the only way to control lighting, fan profiles and configure Adaptive Noise Reduction. However, you do not need to use the CAM if you choose not to use the Smart Device.

Q: Can the Smart Device record anything else?

No, the noise sensor is only designed to record dB levels. It cannot record frequencies/wavelengths.

(Any other Questions? Be sure to include them in the comments section down below and we’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible!)

Now that you’ve learned all about the Smart Device and how it works in the new H-Series cases, it’s time to decide, are you ready for something smart and beautiful in your life?

Thanks for Reading!

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Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

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