NZXT H210 vs H210i

We live in a world where modern technology, particularly computers, plays a significant role in our daily lives. As a result, it is worthwhile to provide some attention in choosing and building your PC.

When constructing a new PC, you will probably begin by selecting one of the best CPUs for gaming and the best graphics card for your needs and budget. After that, you’ll want to choose the best motherboard for your system, as well as possibly some storage devices.

On the other hand, builders frequently overlook the case, viewing it as nothing more than a container for your components.

Choosing the best PC case is critical because it is arguably what defines the identity of your computer, dictating not only its appearance but also what fits inside, the noise levels in your room, and the cooling capacity of your rig.

The NZXT PC cases are probably what you’re looking for if you want a high-quality PC case with an ergonomic design. The NZXT H-series PC cases are expertly crafted PC cases with some excellent features at a reasonable price. The H-series has become one of the most recognizable case lines in recent years, and this latest update does not disappoint.

The H210, the standard version, and the H210i, the I version, are two NZXT small-build yet high-performance PC Cases. This article will assist you in determining how to distinguish between the two.

 

Main Differences

The NZXT H210 and the NZXT H210i are virtually identical. The only difference is that the H210i has two integrated LED strips and is correspondingly more expensive.

 

Comparison – NZXT H210 vs H210i

NZXT H210

NZXT H210i

Mini-ITX

Micro-ATX

ATX

Power Supply Form Factor 

ATX

ATX

Maximum GPU Length

12.80" / 325 mm

12.80" / 325 mm

Maximum CPU Cooler Height

6.50" / 165 mm

6.50" / 165 mm

Maximum Radiator Size (Front)

9.45" / 240 mm

9.45" / 240 mm

Maximum Radiator Size (Rear)

 4.72" / 120 mm

 4.72" / 120 mm

2.5" Drive Bays

3

3

3.5" Drive Bays

1

3

PCI Slots

2

(full height)

2

(full height)

Fan Mounting (Front)

2 x 120 mm
or
2 x 140 mm

2 x 120 mm
or
2 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Rear)

1 x 120 mm
or
1 x 140 mm

1 x 120 mm

Fan Mounting (Side)

Fan Mounting (Top)

1 x 120 mm
or
1 x 140 mm

1 x 120 mm
or
1 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Bottom)

Fans Included

2 x 120 mm

2 x 120 mm

Audio Input

1 x 3,5 mm

1 x 3,5 mm

Audio Output

1 x 3,5 mm

1 x 3,5 mm

USB Connections

1 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1),
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2)

1 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1),
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2)

Side panel window

Tempered Glass

Tempered Glass

Front panel window

Integrated RGB Lighting

Cable Management Space

0.64" / 16.3 mm

0.64" / 16.3 mm

Dimensions

8.27 x 13.74 x 14.65" /

210 x 349 x 372 mm

8.27 x 13.74 x 14.65" /

210 x 349 x 372 mm

Warranty

2 years

2 years

NZXT H210

NZXT H210i

Mini-ITX

Mini-ITX

Micro-ATX

Micro-ATX


ATX

ATX

Power Supply Form Factor 

ATX

Power Supply Form Factor 

ATX

Maximum GPU Length

12.80" / 325 mm

Maximum GPU Length

12.80" / 325 mm

Maximum CPU Cooler Height

6.50" / 165 mm

Maximum CPU Cooler Height

6.50" / 165 mm

Maximum Radiator Size (Front)

9.45" / 240 mm

Maximum Radiator Size (Front)

9.45" / 240 mm

Maximum Radiator Size (Rear)

 4.72" / 120 mm

Maximum Radiator Size (Rear)

 4.72" / 120 mm

2.5" Drive Bays

3

2.5" Drive Bays

3

3.5" Drive Bays

1

3.5" Drive Bays

3

PCI Slots

2

(full height)

PCI Slots

2

(full height)

Fan Mounting (Front)

2 x 120 mm
or
2 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Front)

2 x 120 mm
or
2 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Rear)

1 x 120 mm
or
1 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Rear)

1 x 120 mm

Fan Mounting (Side)

Fan Mounting (Side)

Fan Mounting (Top)

1 x 120 mm
or
1 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Top)

1 x 120 mm
or
1 x 140 mm

Fan Mounting (Bottom)

Fan Mounting (Bottom)

Fans Included

2 x 120 mm

Fans Included

2 x 120 mm

Audio Input

1 x 3,5 mm

Audio Input

1 x 3,5 mm

Audio Output

1 x 3,5 mm

Audio Output

1 x 3,5 mm

USB Connections

1 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1),
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2)

USB Connections

1 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1),
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2)

Side panel window

Tempered Glass

Side panel window

Tempered Glass

Front panel window

Front panel window

Integrated RGB Lighting

Integrated RGB Lighting

Cable Management Space

0.64" / 16.3 mm

Cable Management Space

0.64" / 16.3 mm

Dimensions

8.27 x 13.74 x 14.65" /

210 x 349 x 372 mm

Dimensions

8.27 x 13.74 x 14.65" /

210 x 349 x 372 mm

Warranty

2 years

Warranty

2 years

 

Dimensions and Compatibility

The NZXT H210i is an upgrade over the more affordable base model H210; all dimensions and specs are the same, but the H210i receives an improvement in the lighting and control department with NZXT’s Smart Device V2.

 

Dimensions

As mentioned above, both the NZXT H210 and H210i share the exact dimensions and specifications. Both H210 and H210i seem to be quite the chunk, measuring 210 mm (8.27 in) wide x 349 mm (13.74 in) deep x 372 mm (14.65 in) tall. The NZXT H210 and H210i weigh almost the same, and the H210 weighs 6 kg, while H20i weighs 5.9 kg.

Among the H-Series cases, the H210 and H210ii are the smallest. Despite their small size, they have the same durability and quality as the rest of the H-Series cases. They are designed to be as thin as possible, making them an ideal home PC.

 

Technical Specifications

Regarding the supported motherboard sizes, both of the NZXT PC case models hold a Mini-ITX.  Having said that, the two PC case models are small in size, there will be limitations regarding the GPU length and CPU cooler height. The GPU height will be restricted to 325 mm, while the CPU cooler’s height will be limited to 165mm.

In addition, H210 and H210i can accommodate 1 3.5” and 3 2.5” drive bays. Also, their large 27-liter storage capacity keeps them from being classified as a small form factor which gives them plenty of breathing room and makes building in a lot easier for newcomers to the ITX scene who aren’t interested in sandwiching parts into the smallest possible footprint. This makes it an excellent choice for newcomers and those who want to build a smaller system without sacrificing cooling or component options.

Cable Management

When you turn the case around, you’re greeted by an array of cable management and storage options. The NZXT H210 and H210i have built-in cable management and a cable management space of 16.3 mm.

There isn’t much room for cable management, as there is in most cases today, but you have the same NZXT cable routing channels to help you keep everything looking tidy.

Optics

The H210 and H210i cases are nearly identical in terms of dimensions and specifications. Even in terms of materials, both of the NZXT models have the same SGCC steel and tempered glass side panels. This serves as a window through which you can see the interior of both PC cases.

They may be identical in every way, but as mentioned above, the addition of Smart Device V2 distinguishes them.

The Smart Device and two LED strips are included in the H210i or the i-version. The Smart Device V2 has three fan channels, each with a maximum output of 10W. It also has two RGB LED ports that can accommodate up to four NZXT RGB addressable LED strips. It can handle LED lighting settings and fan control via CAM software.

When choosing the H210i, you get RGB lighting pre-installed, which adds character to your finished build by utilizing the tempered glass side panel.

Cooling

When you look inside the NZXT H210 and H210i, you will find plenty of room for optional mounted intake fans or radiators. The front fans can support up to two 120mm fans, while the rear and top fans can only support one 120mm fan. As for the fan mountings on the sides and bottom, they are rated as none.

Both case models support two 120 mm radiators on the rear side or up to a 240 mm radiator on the front. They both include two 120mm fans installed on the top and rear.

 

Price

The NZXT H210 is priced at around $77.99. The H210i PC case is significantly more expensive than the H210, which costs around $113.99 due to its unique feature.

 

Conclusion – NZXT H210 vs H210i

Choosing the best PC case for your build is frequently overlooked or postponed until the very end of the part-selection process. But, it is one of the most critical decisions to make in building your PC. A PC case is arguably what defines the identity of your computer, dictating not only its appearance but also what fits inside, the noise levels in your room, and the cooling capacity of your rig.

By now, you have probably noticed how similar these two NZXT PC case models are. They are nearly identical in terms of performance, specifications, and design. As previously stated, the only difference between the i-version and the standard version of these cases is the inclusion of our Smart Device as well as two LED strips in the i-version.

The H210 and H210i measure 349 millimeters tall, 210 millimeters wide, and 372-millimeters deep. Its side panel is made of SGCC steel and tempered glass. Even though they seem smaller cases among others, the H210 and H210i do not shy away from the spotlight when it comes to durability and performance. Its slim, clean design adds a modern touch to it, making it ideal for any setup.

Whether for gaming, professional, or work-related purposes, both of them will stand out with their iconic, timeless design. With a capable management bar, an uninterrupted tempered glass side panel, and other features, your PC will stand out in any setting.

With their design and features, your PC will fit into any professional environment. H210 and H210i are light and small, designed for small builds that won’t be too difficult to reposition.

With all these being said, either of the two NZXT PC cases qualifies as a spectacular and classy offering. But then again, it is best to go with what is best for you.

And the best PC case isn’t just for appearances. An excellent PC case is designed to shelter your components and keep them away from dust, debris, and anything else that could harm them, rather than to show off your fancy setup or to showcase the epic RGB lighting inside.

Laura

Passionate author at TechVert.com. Loves science and books. In a relationship with her cats.

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