NZXT H5 Flow Case Review
Introduction - Improved cooling for NZXT's mid-range case lineup
Published: 25th October 2022 | Source: OC3D Internal Testing | Price: |
Taking a good case and making it better - Meet the NZXT H5 Flow
NZXT are revamping its case lineup, and today the company has released the successor to their H510 Flow, the H5 Flow. When creating this case, NZXT has two clear goals in mind, to improve airflow, and to improve the case's overall cooling potential.
When NZXT launched their H510 Flow chassis last year, we loved it. The case included the same internal layout as their popular H510 chassis while addressing the case's only major shortcoming by giving the case a perforated front panel. With this design change, NZXT gave their H510 some much needed airflow, hence the case's Flow moniker. That said, NZXT knew that there was further room for improvement.
The H5 Flow offers PC builders a similar overall design to the H510 Flow. Both cases fill the same niche, but the H5 Flow offers users support for longer graphics cards, more fan mounts, and space for a top-mounted AIO liquid cooler. These are all great additions, for the H5, and in tis review we will be discussing what we like and don't like about this chassis
NZXT H5 Flow and NZXT H5 Elite
Alongside NZXT's H5 Flow is their H5 Elite, with is a more expensive variant of the H5 that ships with a tempered glass front panel, two front-mounted F140 RGB fans, and a built-in RGB controller. In out opinion, the H5 Elite's design is compromised by its tempered glass front panel, as it will restrict airflow and limit the case's cooling potential. That said, the H5 Flow does not come with any front mounted fans, which means that buyers will need to buy two 120mm or 140mm fans to make proper use of the case's perforated front panel.
We have only recieved NZXT's H5 Flow for review, so we cannot comment on the cooling potential of the H5 Elite based on hand-on experience with the enclosure. That said, there is no way that front-mounted glass panel doesn't reduce the H5 Elite's airflow.
Specifications and Pricing
NZXT's H5 Flow costs $94.99 in the US and £94.99 in the UK, with the H5 Elite costing significantly more at $139.99/£129.99. This makes the H5 Flow $5 more expensive than the H510 Flow that is replaces. That's a relatively minor price increase, and well worth it after considering the case's upgrades.
With support for an extra front-mounted fan, the H5 Flow can have three intake fans for system airflow. Thanks to the case's support for a 240mm radiator or All-In-One Liquid cooler within the chassis, users can now use their CPU cooler's liquid cooling radiators as an exhaust. No more need to use a front-mounted radiator that will pre-heat all air that enters your system. For gamers that want to keep their GPUs cool and quiet, the importance of this change cannot be understated.
The only thing that we will comment about the H5 Flow's pricing is that we would liked to have seen at least one additional fan to intake from the case's perforated front panel.
NZXT's new T120 and T120 RGB heatsinks
Alongside their new H5 Flow chassis, NZXT has officially revealed their T120 and T120 RGB heatsinks. With the release of these heatsinks, NZXT has officially entered the air-cooled heatsink market, delivering two models that are cooled by 120mm fans and are compatible with all modern CPU sockets and work with systems with tall DRAM kits.
NXT's new T120 and T120 RGB heatsinks will be available for $49.99/£44.99 and $59.99/£54.99 respectively, with both heatsinks being available in black and white. The RGB version of this heatsink features a NZXT RGB fan that supports both NZXT's RGB ecosystem and supports standard 5V ARGB control. This allows users of the T120 RGB to control this heatsinks RGB lighting using their NXT lighting system, or motherboard ARGB lighting system.
NZXT's T120 and T120 RGB heatsinks are 159mm tall, 66mm thick, and 120mm wide. Users of these heatsinks will be glad to know that these coolers do not overlap over any of your motherboard's PCIe slots, and that this heatsink supports push-pull fan configurations, should you wish to enhance this heatsink's cooling potential with an additional fan.
Out of the box, NXT's new heatsinks support Intel's LGA 1700, LGA 1200, and LGA 115X sockets and AMD's AM4 and AM5 platforms.
NZXT's new T120 and T120 RGB heatsinks are products that make a lot of sense for NZXT as a company. As a producer of pre-built systems, NZXT needs an affordable heatsink that they can install on their more basic systems. Additionally, their T120 series of heatsinks offer PC builders a more affordable cooling solution than their Kraken series of All-In-One (AIO) CPU Liquid Coolers.
While we would not recommend using air coolers of this size with ultra-high-end CPUs like AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X or Intel's i9-13900K, these heatsinks will be more than powerful enough to cool lower-end processors, especially if you do not plan to overclock your systems.
NZXT's T120 series of CPU heatsinks offer users a blend of affordability and aesthetic charm, with the heatsink's white model being particularly striking.