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Hands On: NZXT Takes on Hyte With Glass-Happy H9 Dual-Chamber Chassis

Panorama cases clearly resonate with PC builders. When I wrote this Panorama Y60 case from Hyte took eighth place in Amazon’s list of best-selling PC cases (opens in new tab)But if you’ve been on any PC-related social media or game streaming site in the last year, you’ve no doubt seen it hundreds of times. No wonder the more established case companies took notice.

NZXT’s new H9 line is a clear attempt to offer an alternative to the Y60, with the H9 Elite offering glass front and side panels, but without a metal frame in between, which sit at 90-degree angles to each other. They face each other and allow an uninterrupted view. That model also has a glass panel on top. The H9 Flow shown in the photo has glass on the front and sides, but the top of the glass has been replaced with perforated steel to improve airflow. To make up for the shortfall, it has a fully perforated right side panel. This panel also features a huge removable dust filter that covers the entire surface area of ​​the side panel. The bottom of the case also has a sliding filter that pulls out from the side for easy access.

Both the H9 Elite and H9 Flow are available in white or black, with the black model having tinted glass. The H9 Flow sells for $159, while the H9 Elite, which includes a fan and RGB controller and three of his RGB fans, sells for $239 more.Both cases are available today, the Hyte Y60 ($199) and the new Height Y40 ($149). However, while both Hyte cases come with an attractive PCIe 4.0 riser cable for mounting the GPU vertically, NZXT offers an optional vertical GPU and cable kit for an additional $89.

NZXT specifications

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Dimensions (with feet) W: 290mm H: 495mm D: 466mm
motherboard support mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX
Case material steel and tempered glass
weight H9 Flow: 12.1 kg | H9 Elite: 13.1kg
compatibility and clearance Max CPU Clearance: 165mm
Max GPU Clearance: 435mm
Maximum PSU clearance: 200mm
Cable management: 91mm
Front I/O port USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A x 2
USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C x 1
Headset audio jack x 1
expansion slot Standard 7
drive bay 2.5 inch: 4+2
3.5 inch: 2
fan included H9 flow
4 x F120Q Airflow Fan Case Version (Side & Rear)
H9 elite
3 x 120 mm F-Series RGB Duo Fans (Side)
1 x 120 mm F Series Quiet Airflow Case Version (Back)

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