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 wan’t 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 simply isn’t enough room in your average air cooling case to get all that and retain an internal design.
I’ve been using a tech station for a couple of years, and while it does meet my ease of use needs (Two quad rads), 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!
4 x 120mm x 15mm spacing fits like a glove!
First let’s take a look at the specifications. The size is very large, in person it’s actually even bigger than expected.
I will note that the bay covers are sold separately. Unless you’ve got 8X bays worth of gear to fill that up, don’t forget to order the covers. This wasn’t apparent to me until the end of my assembly, but it is spelled out in the specs.
It is also worth noting that the case material is “Anodized” aluminum, so it is fairly light in weight and the anodizing is more durable than paint. The color is more of a matte black with the brushed finish, so it’s not overly glossy and I think makes a great neutral dark theme for most builds.
618.9 x 246.6 x 696.8mm (DxWxH)
67 x 67 x 20 cm, GW 12.296Kg
Brushed aluminium – Black anodized
8x 5.25“ bays *
3x HDD bays (6x with optional extra HDD cage.)
1x SSD tray (up to 6x with optional extra trays)
6x 120mm fan grills
– 1x Quad 120mm
– 2x Single 120mm
1x Acrylic window
*Front 5.25“ bay covers sold separately
While the specs don’t mention it, factory it comes with the top 4 x 120mm radiator spot and you can buy brackets to fit a factory 3×120 or 3×140 sized radiator for the bottom. I sized it up myself and very certain with very minor modifications, you could also easily fit a quad radiator in the base as you can see below:
You could probably even run a quad on one side and a triple on the other adjacent to the PSU, so the potential for very large radiator capacity is definitely there which is what I was after. Let’s have a look at the packaging and shipping protection first…