Interior and Build Notes
Getting inside the case on the component side involves the usual four thumbscrews for the tempered glass panel, though the back panel is a tool-free design which latches with a nice push-button mechanism.
And now the interior:
A unique characteristic of NZXT designs is the raised metal panel in the interior, to the right of the motherboard tray. We have seen in prior cases such as the H440 and S340, and this panel is a simple solution to hide some of the cable mess coming off the system. It only protrudes slightly above the level of the installed motherboard, and should pose no clearance issue for full length graphics cards.
Up front we also see a trio of pre-installed intake fans, NZXT's Aer F120 Case Version (120 mm).
The rear exhaust 120/140 mm mount includes an Aer F140 fan
The case floor (actually the top of the partition covering the power supply and hard drive area below) offers a pair of 2.5-inch storage mounts, and a third 2.5-inch mount is on the front of the partition.
Around back we see one of the more impressive layouts you're going to see with an enclosure, and clearly NZXT has put some thought into cable management with the H700i.
Not only are there velco straps to hold down the cables, but plastic channels running down the length of the case for routing things neatly. There are even small plastic channels for the SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray – nice!
In addition to the five 2.5-inch drive trays between the front and back of the enclosure there are also a couple of 3.5-inch mounts via removable cages on the case floor.
The top fan mounts are a highlight of the H700i design, as the top panel pops off to reveal a removable bracket.
With the upper panel removed (and an ATX motherboard mounted) it was a very simple process to add a radiator or AiO liquid cooler, and my 240 mm model fit easily.
The space available above the bracket permits the fans to be mounted above the rad as I did here, but if airflow is a concern this wasn't necessary to fit the cooler.
The rest of the build was uneventful, with zero clearance issues encountered. As I anticipated the protruding trim panel next to the motherboard didn't interfere with my GPU installation, though it does sit pretty close to the panel. Installing the PSU and storage was next, and then routing the cables.
My final build swapped out the liquid cooler for my standard heatsink used for testing
The cable guide channels and velcro straps do allow for some very neat routing with a little patience, and after a few minutes I had everything flat behind the motherboard and the rear side panel closed. There's not a lot of space behind the motherboard tray, but the cavity from that trim panel does help with bulky cables.
Next we'll check out the CAM software and then see how the H700i performed.