What motherboards will fit inside NZXT H1?

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

What motherboards will fit inside NZXT H1?

Go for a Mini-ITX motherboard

Like other Mini-ITX cases, the NZXT H1 is designed to be compact. You won't be able to cram the largest PC components inside, nor will it be possible to work in a custom water-cooling loop with a sizeable radiator and reservoir. You're short on space and the only motherboard size available to you is Mini-ITX.

Mini-ITX motherboards are essentially smaller versions of microATX motherboards, which are in turn smaller versions of ATX motherboards. You don't lose out on any of the base functionality of a motherboard, but vendors won't be able to fit everything on the smaller circuit board. You may have two SATA ports instead of eight or a single PCIe slot instead of four.

For the H1, the motherboard dimensions need to be 170 x 170 mm. Any Mini-ITX motherboard on the market will do, but you'll need to select one based on which processor you plan on using. We've supplied two fine examples here, one for AMD-powered systems and another for Intel.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.