What motherboards will fit inside NZXT H1?

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

What motherboards will fit inside NZXT H1?

Best answer: The NZXT H1 will only take Mini-ITX motherboards. All other ATX motherboards simply will not fit inside the compact chassis.Small and mighty case: NZXT H1 (opens in new tab) ($350 at Amazon)For AMD: MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC (opens in new tab) ($129 at Amazon)For Intel: ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming (opens in new tab) ($242 at Amazon)

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 is 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 over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.