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Welcome to one of my first water cooling case previews, the XSPC H2 Tower. There are a plethora of cases out on the market, yet very few include enough space to really build a very high performance water cooling system (large & quiet radiator/fan combinations). With water cooling your heat exchanger (Radiator) is user defined or case constrained. For users willing to have external radiators, you can have nearly unlimited capacity, but users that want a clean and tidy internal system are constrained by the case space.

Radiator size needs are defined by three things:

1) Heat Dissipated – CPU only loop vs multiple CPU/GPU blocks makes a big difference.

2) Fan Speeds – High Speed fans can make a radiator dissipate up to 5X more heat than very low speed fans…BUT! equal noise gains too. If you want complete silence, you need to mitigate the fan difference with more radiator.

3) Performance Level – An average system may be happy with cooling performance at a 10 degree delta between water temperature vs. ambient, but an extreme performance level is possible down to 2-3C levels. While ambient is our theoretical wall, there is room for improvement in radiator capacity.

Bottom line, water does offer the option to address all three, but they all mean more radiator and there normally isn’t enough room in your average air cooling case to dissipate high heat with low speed (Silent) fans at a high performance (<5C water/air delta) level.

I’ve been using a tech station for a couple of years, and while it does meet my ease of use and needs (Two quad rads with easy access), I’ve grown tired of the exposed/dusty conditions. I’ve been looking for a means to go back to a computer case, but I also didn’t want to compromise having the ability to use large quad radiators with low speed fans. I had considered some of the “Cube” style cases, but I preferred something that was more traditional “Tower” in shape and simply large enough to house the quads. Upon requesting a test sample XSPC Rasa CPU block, I was presented with an opportunity to review this XSPC H2 Tower Case which I thought fit my needs perfectly.

I would like to thank Paul from XSPC for sponsoring this review and my future build!

This initial review I am calling a preview because I haven’t and can’t fill it up until after completing my round of CPU block testing. I’m planning a rebuild and relocation of my hardware to this massive tower case….the H2! First a picture of the main reason behind my desire to move to this case…factory quad radiator support…no mods needed!

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Packaging & Protection

Packaging is extremely important with cases, particularly the “Flat Packed” style cases in which each piece is shipped loosely. Not only is it important to prevent external damage from outside the case, the interior loose pieces can damage themselves if there is not adequate internal protection. I think it’s more than safe to say, XSPC has taken “Flat Packed” packaging protection to a new level above and beyond their competitors. I have read a few horror stories of other cases coming shipped with bent corners and poor packaging, but I could not see any potential for that in my review of the H2 with the exemplary methods used in packing the H2.

In all the H2 uses 5 layers of packaging protection:
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Assembly

Very simple small steps and generally very easy to do:
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Plenty of space in the bottom compartment for rads up to 140mm in width or quad 120 in length.
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Factory 4x120 space in top with plenty of room for fans even in push pull and double thickness rads.
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Conclusion

I am very happy with the case and very much look forward to filling it up. This is one of the few single width tower cases that tailors to high performance internal water cooling needs. I personally wouldn’t be happy unless I can fit at least two quad radiators in a case, and this one gives me that option. I do wish the case came with drive bay covers and I did have one small screw length problem conflicting with the castor wheels, but that’s getting picky about things and I couldn’t find anything significant. I may also consider changing out the thumbscrews for countersink screws to give a more flush/finished look, but I’m very happy with the space and ease of use. I’m not a heavy case modder type, so the XSPC H2 gives me a huge head start in building a very nice all internal high performance water cooling setup.

Pros
  • Massive Water Cooling Space – Factory 480+420 radiator space, possible (with mods) 480+480+320 radiator space
  • Massive Drive Rail Space – Factory 8X 5-1/4″ bays plus up to two 3-1/2″ HDD cages for combinations of storage needs
  • Single Width Tower Shape – Subjectively better than cube shapes and takes up less floor space
  • Aluminum Sheet Materials & Castor Wheels – Light weight and easy to move around
  • Exemplary Packaging & Protection – Ensures perfect condition upon arrival
  • Anodized color – More durable than paint
  • Excellent & Clear Manual/Installation – No problem putting the case together
  • Removable Motherboard Tray
  • Lower Rad/Pump compartment minimizes spill risk

Cons
  • Drive Bay Covers & Lower Rad Brackets- Must be ordered separately
  • Cost – Similar to other water cooling specific cases that are aluminum, but not as low in cost as some air cooling cases
Cheers!drunken.gif

Stay tuned for my future build log with this case..smile.gif
Martin
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post #2 of 21
Interesting to say the least.
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That's quite the monster of a case!

Can't wait to see it filled with goodies smile.gif
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this is a huge boy
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I wonder if it suppose to compare to the Silverstone TJ-12 case. Also, why it didn't have drive bay covers and rad brackets if it is meant to be a watercooling case?
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Thanks!

It's ginormous...lol I almost want to pick up a triple rad just to try double quad plus triple.

I should take a picture of my son's rosewill challenger case next to it...it's about half the size..smile.gif

Not sure on the TJ-12 question, and I think the drive bay/rad bracket separate thing was simply to reduce cost for those that may not need them all...although I can't imaging where someone would use all eight drive bays. I can make use of 3 or 4 maybe..
    
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I was thinking if the TJ-12 would be similar or different in size to the H2. At least the H2 got wheels. Can't imagine lugging around such a huge case fully loaded with WC parts and PC components. Probably break your back if it didn't have wheels on the case and lift it around.
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This looks way to much like a Little Devil V8, imo.
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The H2 is for sale at Performance-PCs at $499.95 while the V8 is $699.99 at the same store.
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The H2 is for sale at Performance-PCs at $499.95 while the V8 is $699.99 at the same store.

Ahh thanks!....Looks like they carry the drive bay covers too. I need to order up some for my build log.smile.gif
    
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