The NZXT H1 case is available again, and it shouldn't catch on fire anymore

NZXT H1 Case
NZXT H1 Case (Image credit: NZXT)

What you need to know

  • The NZXT H1 PC case is available for purchase again through the NZXT website.
  • The case went through a safety recall last month due to a potential fire hazard.
  • The issue has since been addressed and you can purchase the case for $350 (opens in new tab).

The NZXT H1 PC case is avaialble for purchase again directly from NZXT. The case was recalled due to a safety concern (opens in new tab) on December 22, 2020, but the issue has since been addressed and people can purchase the PC case again. The NZXT H1 is avaialble now for $350 (opens in new tab).

The safety concern was a fire hazard caused by screws that could potentially cause an electrical short circuit. NZXT described the issue in more detail when it issued the safety recall:

We've identified a potential safety issue with H1 cases and have temporarily paused new sales. The two screws that attach the PCIe Riser assembly to the chassis may cause an electrical short circuit in the printed circuit board that may overheat and create the possibility of a fire hazard. While this issue impacts a small percentage of cases, we are playing it safe and are developing a simple-to-use repair kit that you can install without having to ship your case anywhere.

Since that recall, NZXT has addressed the issue, which presumably includes swapping the screws, and placed the case back on its website. The company notes that the case will slowly roll out to other retailers, such as Amazon, but is currently only available on NZXT's website.

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As for the case itself, it's a vertically designed tower. The price tag may seem high, but for that price you get more than just the chassis. You also get a 650W SFX power supply with 80 Plus Gold certification and a liquid cooler with a 140mm radiator. Despite being a relatively small case, it can fit full-size GPUs inside. That means you shouldn't have to pass up any of the best graphics cards for your PC build.

Sean Endicott
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5 Comments
  • Thanks, I didn't know there was a defect with a recall. Lucky enough that mine is still sitting in its box, been waiting for Ryzen's CPU's and GPU's to get back in stock before i start
  • Make sure you get the repair kit that they're sending out.
  • Or use a different compatible riser cable that doesn't have a poorly designed unsafe PCB that allows the screws to dig into the PCB when screwed in/out eventually exposing the 12V plane and shorting it to ground through the motherboard tray thereby potentially causing fire. Their repair kit doesn't actually fix this potentially fatal PCB design but just avoids the issue from happening by using non-conductive nylon screws (which can easily break), the potential for fire is still there if a metal screw is ever used with it which can easily happen if the user is unaware or forgets about the issue. Their repair kit is a poor fix, they should be recalling the riser and replacing it with a redesign PCB where the screws cannot dig into the PCB and contact the 12V plane. Gamer's Nexus did an excellent video detailing this issue and its seriousness.
  • This article's popping up the "Windows Central is running" notification on my Pixel 3. The latest podcast post also pops it.
  • I didn't realize they organised a recall, I thought returns were going to be on a case by case basis. Ba dum tish.