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NZXT H1 PCIe Riser Replacement Kit Hands-On

In response to reports of the PCIe riser cable of its H1 case posing a fire hazard, NZXT in February 2021 instituted a recall of the case in the U.S. and Canada. The flaw in the component's design came to light in early-2020, but it was only by November that it responded to the issue. In its original design, the PCIe riser component was improperly grounded, and a short-circuit could result in a fire. NZXT's first response to this was sending out non-conductive Nylon screws for the users to replace the metal ones the part originally shipped with. This solution wasn't found to be effective, and resulted in a product recall this February. Regulators in the U.S. and Canada directed NZXT to send out free repair kits to existing owners of the H1, along with disposal instructions for the entire case, if the user wishes to discontinue use. We got our Repair Kit, and decided to go hands-on.

The NZXT Repair Kit, and replacement riser card appears to be one of the most solidly built PCIe risers in the market. Thanks to the crypto-mining boom, the market is flooded with PCIe risers of all shapes and sizes, and the NZXT riser looks to be among the better designed ones. What sets this apart from the original design is that now, the downstream (female end) of the riser comes with grounding rings around the mounting holes, similar to motherboards. These are bits of exposed copper that facilitate contact between the ground layer of the PCB, with the sheet-metal of the case. The original design lacked grounding pads on either side of the PCB, and when installed with metal screws, certain PCB traces could get shorted, causing them to heat up and start a fire. NZXT's first solution to this problem was non-conductive Nylon screws. End users with an H1 case, can request this riser cable from here.

NZXT Rolls Out the N7 B550 Socket AM4 Motherboard

NZXT, a leading designer of computer hardware, software, and services for the PC gaming community, today announces the release of the NZXT N7 B550 motherboard, the first AMD motherboard in NZXT's N7 motherboard lineup. NZXT is expanding the N7 lineup to bring the sleek, seamless design of the N7 ATX motherboard to more gamers. The N7 B550 has optimally placed port locations, supports the latest technology like PCIe gen 4 and WiFi 6e, and gives PC builders the tools they need to create a beautifully modern build.

The N7 B550 includes key features from our RGB and Fan Controller, allowing intuitive control of four RGB lighting channels and seven fan channels through NZXT CAM. Lighting accessories from all manufacturers are supported. The metal cover is available in white or black for a seamless look that blends into the background of any NZXT H Series case for a clean aesthetic.

NZXT Recalls the H1 Case Across the U.S. and Canada

NZXT on Friday confirmed a total recall of its controversial H1 case across North America. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes this as a voluntary recall by the manufacturer in light of the fire hazard posed by the mounting mechanism of its PCIe riser, an issue that came to light early since the case's February 2020 release, but was acknowledged by the company by November. At the time, the company released a fix that included replacing metal screws in the mounting mechanism with non-conductive Nylon ones.

As of now, NZXT has halted sales of the H1, and instructed retailers to send back inventory. The CPSC press release notes that about 32,000 units were circulated in the U.S. market, in addition to 1,024 in Canada. Health Canada issued its own notification announcing the recall. Both authorities directed users to seek a free repair kit from NZXT for the affected products, and dispose of the case (under existing recycling/e-waste management guidelines), if the user wishes to discontinue use. Canadian Law prohibits re-sale or giving-away of the affected product in the second-hand market.

NZXT and RTFKT Announce Partnership

NZXT is proud to announce our partnership with RTFKT, a prominent studio in the creation of virtual and physical goods in the fashion space. NZXT and RTFKT share a common goal of empowering content creators to bring their visions to virtual life. RTFKT allows artists to use their network of powerful computers to render their digital goods and share them with people all over the world. Their artists have caused us to question the very nature of reality with their viral digital creations, which include digital sneaker renders across a variety of brands.

NZXT provided RTFKT with powerful computers using the building expertise of NZXT BLD which will help content creators with both CPU and GPU intensive tasks. They will continue to create content and experiences using the augmented reality tools powered by RTFKT and machines curated by NZXT. "RTFKT's commitment to empowering their passionate community aligns with our dedication to serving the PC gaming community," says Justin Nguyen, Vice President of Marketing at NZXT. "We're excited that we can partner with RTFKT and their community to help their incredible creations come to virtual life."

NZXT Releases Third Generation Internal USB Hub

NZXT, today announces their newest iteration of their internal USB hub. The new NZXT Internal USB Hub improves over the previous generation by adding an additional internal USB 2.0 port for expanded connectivity and replaces its power source from Molex to SATA power. Its compact size, built-in magnets, and included 3M double-sided tape allows for an easy installation in tight spaces in any chassis. All of this gives builders the confidence that they will have enough Internal USB ports on their motherboards for components such as the NZXT Kraken Z53, NZXT RGB and Fan Controller, and NZXT E850 Digital PSU.

NZXT Scrambles to Fix a Safety Issue with the H1 Case

NZXT responded to customer complaints about a safety issue with its H1 small form-factor case, which it released in February, 2020. Apparently, the two screws that hold down the PCIe riser assembly to the chassis may cause an electrical short-circuit, and poses a potential fire hazard, although the company mentions that this event has a "a low probability [of] occurrence." NZXT on Saturday (November 28, 2020) released a statement in which it mentions that fewer than ten H1 cases in circulation have been affected by the issue as of the statement date. The company has stopped shipments of the H1, and asked retailers to pause its sales.

NZXT says that it is working closely with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and similar authorities around the globe to dispense information to end-users, as well as promptly dispatch remedies. NZXT recommends that end-users power down their H1 case to be absolutely sure of safety, until the company can send a screw replacement and repair kit to remedy the issue. This kit contains a set of replacement screws for the PCIe riser assembly, that correct the problem, and materials that enable end-users to repair their cases at home. We've added contact details to NZXT below.

NZXT Expands its Kraken AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Line

NZXT, a leading designer of intuitive software, hardware, and services for the PC gaming community, today announces an expansion of the Kraken X-3 RGB and Kraken Z53 expanding their existing line of AIO liquid CPU coolers. The NZXT Kraken X-3 family will introduce a new variant that will include NZXT AER RGB 2 fans for builders wanting to maximize RGB in their build. The Kraken X-3 series includes the improved iconic RGB infinity mirror design with an enlarged ring size. The cap is upgraded to be rotatable to ensure the correct orientation of the NZXT logo, accommodating more builders. With the newest 7th generation pump for Asetek, the Kraken X-3 RGB series has industry-leading cooling performance for your CPU.

The NZXT Kraken Z-3 series will now include the NZXT Kraken Z53 240 mm AIO in addition to the previously released 280 mm and 360 mm options. The NZXT Kraken Z-3 series is the perfect addition to any gaming battlestation. A beautiful 2.36"(60 mm) LCD screen provides unlimited visual customization, and is capable of displaying vital system health data as well as any custom image or animated GIF via NZXT CAM. With unparalleled aesthetics and performance, the Kraken Z-3 series is built with the 7th generation Asetek pump and provides builders the opportunity to express themselves in an all-new way while keeping their CPU temps cool.

NZXT Announces Limited Edition CRFT 07 H510i Mass Effect Case

NZXT, a leading designer of computer hardware, software, and services for the PC gaming community, today announces the seventh entrant in NZXT's CRFT line--a series of licensed products that celebrate incredible games and the communities who love them--based on BioWare's landmark series Mass Effect. Designed around NZXT's award-winning H510i, NZXT CRFT 07 takes inspiration from the armor of the N7 to create a limited-run of 500 cases, designed for the Mass Effect community. The carbon fiber colorway and the red and white stripe mimics the iconic N7 armor from the game, so users can keep their build battle-ready. A limited-edition durable charm can be flipped to display either the Paragon or Renegade icon, allowing users to show their true colors.

"Mass Effect has made a profound impact on the imagination of the gaming community," says Johnny Hou, NZXT's founder and CEO. "To this day, we hear people recount the adventures of Commander Shepard and discuss their unique adventures. We are honored to partner with BioWare to bring this passionate fanbase a case that honors the legacy of this iconic franchise.".

NZXT Announces the N7 Z490 ATX Motherboard

NZXT, a leading designer of computer hardware, software, and services for the PC gaming community, today announces the NZXT N7 Z490, its newest motherboard specially designed around Intel's 10th generation Z490 chipset. The NZXT N7 Z490 ATX motherboard focuses on providing builders with the tools to get the most out of their gaming PCs. Starting from the building process, the board layout of the N7 Z490 places the ports in an optimal location for an easy building experience.

When the build is completed, users can use NZXT CAM to easily tune their system by setting their fan curves and RGB lighting. Each board was manufactured in collaboration with ASRock, ensuring that each motherboard takes advantage of Intel's Z490 chipset and strong BIOS support. The N7 Z490 has WiFi 6 and Bluetooth V5.1 built-in so users have the newest wireless connectivity standard. Finally, the metal cover enhances the aesthetics of each build and seamlessly blends into the background of an NZXT H series case.

NZXT Announces the Starter PC Series, Starts at $699

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces an update to their Starter PC Series line of pre-built PCs with the introduction of the $699 NZXT Starter PC.

"Building a gaming PC can be very difficult for beginners." says Johnny Hou, founder and CEO of NZXT. "Not everyone wants to take the time needed to fully understand how to configure and build a system. They just want to play their favorite games. That is why we simplified this whole process with the NZXT Starter PC Series. As fans take their first steps into PC Gaming, they can rest assured that they're getting a build that is suitable for their needs and optimized for performance."

NZXT N7 Z490 Motherboard Renders Revealed

Here are some of the first pictures of the N7 Z490 motherboards by NZXT. Historically, NZXT is known to source its motherboard through OEMs such as ECS, but with great design and quality oversight, which could be the case with the Z490-based N7 board, too. Built in the ATX form-factor, the N7 Z490 draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, and 8+4 pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the CPU with a 12-phase VRM. The board is characterized by a front shroud that covers most of the business side of the PCB, and comes either in matte black or white, blending into the design scheme NZXT uses for its cases.

Expansion slots on the N7 Z490 appear to include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, one x16 (electrical x4), and three x1 slots. Storage options include two M.2-2280 slots, each with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring; and four SATA 6 Gbps ports. USB connectivity includes two 10 Gbps USB 3.1 gen 2 ports (from which one is type-C), and four 5 Gbps USB 3.1 gen 1 ports. An HDMI port provides the sole display output. Networking options include 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5 provided by an Intel AX201 WLAN card; and 2.5 GbE wired networking from a Realtek RTL8125BG controller. The onboard audio solution uses premium Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec. There's no information on pricing or availability.

NZXT Announces CRFT 06 H510 Siege

Today NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, and Ubisoft, a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, announce CRFT 06 H510 Siege, the perfect tactical deployment for fortifying your position in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.

The sixth entrant in NZXT's limited-edition series of licensed gaming products, CRFT 06 H510 Siege brings the iconic in-game barricade to your gaming station. Featuring an illuminated 6 Logo on the front panel, this new limited-edition NZXT H510 case allows you to display both your PC components and your operational readiness. Weapons free.

NZXT Expands its Ecommerce Experience into Europe

NZXT today announces that their online store as well as NZXT BLD--the simplest way to get a customized gaming PC--is now available in Germany and Austria. With this initiative, NZXT is marking its first expansion of their direct-to-consumer experience into the European Union. NZXT BLD (pronounced "Build") provides gamers with the ability to receive a professionally built custom PC shipped to them within 2 business days. With NZXT BLD, users start by choosing the games they want to play from a selection of bestselling titles, then set their desired budget, and NZXT BLD instantly recommends a gaming PC with estimated FPS (frames per second) guaranteed for the games chosen. By leveraging over 10 million analyzed gaming hours, and counting, NZXT BLD's unique recommendation engine accurately predicts a system's gaming performance so you can spend less time researching and setting up, and more time on what really matters--gaming.

"We built NZXT BLD to make it easy for people to get a gaming PC that they love, tailored around the games they want to play," said Johnny Hou, Founder and CEO of NZXT. "Helping make extraordinary gaming experiences achievable and fun is at the very core of NZXT and one of the main driving factors for expanding our service to Europe. During these trying times, where gaming has been a vital tool to help people stay connected, we are excited to bring BLD and our online store to help more gamers and PC builders easily get a gaming computer and connect with this amazing community."

Bitspower Intros Touchaqua Sedna H510i Reservoir-Pump for NZXT H510 Cases

Bitspower today rolled out the Touchaqua Sedna H510i for NZXT H510 series cases, in what is the latest liquid cooling trend: flat RGB LED-illuminated reservoirs and distribution plates replacing cylindrical reservoirs. The Touchaqua Sedna is a reservoir+pump combo device with mounts designed for specific PC cases. This one aligns with the NZXT H510 series. The reservoir is made of gasketed acrylic plates. A number of addressable RGB LEDs are embedded in the reservoir, which take in standard 3-pin ARGB input. The device measures 320 mm x 115 mm x 50.8 mm (LxWxH). Available now on the Bitspower online store, the Touchaqua Sedna H510i is priced at roughly USD $160.

NZXT Introduces the H1 Mini-ITX Case and NZXT BLD H1 Mini PC Pre-Build

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the NZXT H1, a small form factor Mini-ITX case that includes an SFX-L 650w 80+ Gold PSU, 140 mm AIO, and PCIe riser card pre-installed for a simple building experience. In addition, the NZXT H1 is the focal point for a new high-end pre-build option for NZXT BLD called H1 Mini PC.

"Creating a small form factor case is something we have always wanted to improve upon because they are often challenging to build in and can hinder the performance of high-end hardware." says Johnny Hou, Founder and CEO of NZXT. "That is why we simplified the building process and focused on performance when designing the NZXT H1. We set out to make this one of the easiest builds you can undertake while leaving no compromises when gaming."

NZXT Announces Kraken X-3 and Z-3 Series AIO Liquid Coolers

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the Kraken X-3 and Kraken Z-3 series, the next iterations in NZXT's award-winning line of RGB all-in-one liquid coolers. This new generation of Kraken gives PC builders more options to uniquely customize their builds while providing enhanced cooling performance backed by NZXT's industry-leading warranty.

New to the NZXT Kraken ecosystem, the Z-3 series (available in both 280 mm and 360 mm configurations) is the quintessential centerpiece to the ultimate gaming battlestation. A beautiful 2.36"(60 mm) LCD screen providing unlimited visual customization, powered by NZXT CAM, is capable of displaying vital system health data as well as any custom GIF. With unparalleled aesthetics, the Kraken Z-3 series provides builders the opportunity to express themselves in an all-new way.

NZXT Announces the RGB & Fan Controller

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the NZXT RGB & Fan Controller. Powered by NZXT CAM, the RGB & Fan Controller gives users the tools to customize lighting and fan profiles to perfection.

The NZXT RGB & Fan Controller was created for builders to easily and affordably add digital RGB and fan control to their system controlled via NZXT CAM. Any chassis can now have the same enhanced capabilities found in the i versions of NZXT award-winning H Series cases. Bringing beauty to any battlestation is simpler than ever with two RGB lighting and fan channels that are compatible with all NZXT lighting accessories such as LED strips, underglow, cable combs, and AER RGB 2 fans. Additionally, three dedicated 10 W fan channels are included, giving users direct control of their airflow performance digitally.

NZXT Announces the C Series Line of ATX PSUs

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the C Series line of 80 plus Gold modular ATX power supplies.

Continuing their partnership with Seasonic, one of the most highly regarded PSU manufacturers, NZXT has created three new power supplies with the C650, C750, and C850. They are built with high-quality components that are backed by a 10-year warranty, ensuring peace of mind. The C Series is available in 650w, 750w, and 850w variants that are 80 PLUS Gold certified giving builders several options to find a PSU that suits their needs.

NZXT Announces World of Warcraft H510 PC Gaming Case

The release of H510 World of Warcraft Alliance and Horde Mid-Tower Cases for the fifth entrant of NZXT's limited edition CRFT series. Declare your allegiance in World of Warcraft as you battle for Azeroth's future with two special-edition NZXT H510 mid-tower cases. Each case is specially designed to show your pride for your favorite faction while keeping the signature look and functionality of NZXT's award-winning H Series. The H510 Alliance and H510 Horde cases are themed in each faction's colors with their respective logo proudly emblazoned on the front panel of the case. Whether you are for the Horde or the Alliance, this is the perfect case for your next Mythic raid or PvP Arena match.

NZXT Launches CAM 4.0 Software

NZXT has today launched a new update to its CAM software made for PC monitoring. The latest 4.0 version bring many features to CAM with better application performance and UI design. The software has been redesigned from the ground up with a goal of improving overall user experience, with better features like nicer overall UI to prioritize showing only the most important aspects of your PC's health. There are new sections like bandwidth and resource per-process tabs that let users see where is their PC spending its resources.

The application has also seen major "under the hood" redesign as well. It is now optimized for better performance and uses less system resources. This is also important when using CAM's built-in overlay during gaming sessions as it will leave more CPU time available for the game instead of using it up. The overlay also got some enhancements like customization of what is displayed during its use for less intrusive experience. Additionally, all peripherals that were compatible with previous versions of CAM software will continue to be supported during this 4.0 release, giving users more options to control their fans, coolers and RGB lighting setups. In addition to a bright UI, there is also a choice of dark mode to blend in with your Windows theme. NZXT CAM 4.0 software is available for free download here.

NZXT Reveals New Audio Suite for Gamers - AER, STND, and MXER Products

NZXT, a leader of gaming hardware, software, and PC building services, today announced its first lineup of audio products for gamers. The full suite includes the AER wired headset with Hi-Res certification, STND headset platform for sleek storage, and MXER audio control station. All are designed with the clean aesthetic NZXT fans love and expect. AER is a comfortable, lightweight gaming headset available in open and closed-back designs which pairs with STND and MXER for automatic audio switching between the headset and external speakers -- a simple solution that feels like magic.

NZXT Joins the ASRock Phantom Gaming Alliance with H510i Variant

NZXT joined the ASRock Phantom Gaming bandwagon with a special edition variant of its popular H510i mid-tower case. The case ships with the characteristic gaming-centric design language of the motherboard maker with streaks of red and silver accenting a gray background. These streaks dominate the opaque right side panel, and make up both the opaque and see-through parts of the left side panel. The signature NZXT vertical divider is painted in ASRock's favorite shade of red. A prominent Phantom Gaming logo dominates the front panel. The front connectivity, located at the top, includes a USB 3.1 type-C, USB 3.1 type-A, and a headset jack. Slated for November 1st market availability, the NZXT H510i Phantom Gaming edition is priced at USD $109.

Express Yourself with the Creator PC from NZXT BLD

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the Creator PC a new high-end pre-build that focuses on the needs of creatives at all skill levels.

The NZXT Creator PC is designed to ensure that everyone has the right tools to showcase their talents. Housed in the stylish NZXT H510 Elite chassis, the NZXT Creator PC comes packed with an Intel Core i9 9900k and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, giving users all the horsepower needed to edit photos and videos, stream, and play the latest video games at optimal settings.

Introducing New Starter and Streaming PCs from NZXT BLD

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces three new pre-built options for its custom PC building service, BLD, that are designed for content creators and budding PC gamers. The NZXT Starter PC serves as the perfect entry-level PC for a first-time PC gamer starting at $899. This build can game in 1080p with no compromises with its AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660. For users who want a little more power, the NZXT Starter PC Plus includes a one terabyte Intel 660p M.2 SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for added performance for $999.

The final pre-build is the NZXT Streaming PC built for users who are looking to start their streaming and content creations careers. Gamers can easily stream and play their favorite games using its AMD 2700x and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 for $1,499. All NZXT Starter and Streaming PC systems purchased from BLD before 11 am PST, Monday through Friday, will be shipped that day allowing for users to start gaming as soon as possible.

NZXT Announces the H510 Elite Compact Premium Mid-Tower

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces the H510 Elite, a premium compact mid-tower ATX case. The H510 Elite comes with a tempered glass front panel and included AER RGB 2 fans and a built-in HUE 2 RGB LED strip to highlight the beauty of your build.

All features introduced in the latest iteration of the H Series will be present in the Elite; such as front panel USB-C and the new NZXT Smart Device v2 which brings power to the built-in RGB strips and fans. The H510 Elite retains the features beloved in the initial H Series such as the patented cable management system, single screw tempered glass panel, and all-steel construction.
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