The primary difference between the i-version and the standard version of these cases is the inclusion of our Smart Device in the i-version along with preinstalled LED strips. The H200i includes one LED strip, whereas the H400i, H500i, and H700i include two LED Strips. The Smart Device is capable of handling LED lighting settings and fan control through our CAM software.
The included Smart Device can control LED lighting for any of our first-generation LED products in the same line as our HUE+. As such, LED Strips included with the HUE+ can be used with the Smart Device. The H500i is also capable of vertical GPU mounting, whereas the H500 is not. Please refer to the article "How do I mount my GPU vertically with the H500i?" found here.
The Smart Device found in the i-version of the H-series cases will not be able to support the second generation of the NZXT HUE lighting devices (including the Aer RGB 2 fans). However, the HUE 2 is compatible with the first generation of NZXT lighting devices: HUE+ LED Strips and original AER RGB fans.
How many fans your Smart Device is able to support depends on the wattage of the fans. Each fan channel of the Smart Device can support up to 10W of power. Exceeding 10W will result in buggy or inconsistent performance, and/or a total shutdown of the channel or device.
For reference, our H-series cases include our Aer F fans. The 120mm version of this fan uses 2.16W per fan, and the 140mm version uses 3.84W per fan. As such, each fan channel of the Smart Device can control up to four 120mm fans, or two 140mm fans.
If you are experiencing issues with your Smart Device fans not spinning up we recommend you check the specifications on those fans. The Smart Device supports up to ten watts (10W) of power draw per channel. If a fan exceeds this threshold it will trigger the fail-safe the Grid has and shut off all fans. If this is the case, you need to disconnect that fan from the Smart Device.
To do so, first power down your system fully and turn off your power supply. Wait 10 seconds and disconnect the fan. Next, turn your system on and the remaining fans should start spinning. If they do not spin, please contact our Customer Support Team for further assistance.
Only the i-version of the H-Series cases include led strips. The H200i includes one LED strip, whereas the H400i, H500i, and H700i include two LED Strips. In all four of these, one of the LED strips is embedded into the case just inside the top portion of the clear panel. For the H400i, H500i, and H700i, the second strip can be freely installed in any location with adhesive or magnetic attachment.
The included strips pair with the strips provided with our HUE+ controller and can be mixed and matched. However, our HUE 2 line of lighting products (including the HUE 2 strips) cannot be used with the Smart Device included in these cases.
Through the LED channel, the Smart Device can support up to 4 HUE+ Led Strips. The Smart Device is only included in the i-version of the H-Series cases.
Yes. However, the Smart Device cannot support both LED Strips and Aer RGB fans at the same time. These devices cannot be connected in tandem with one another through the LED port. You can use the Smart Device for either Aer RGB fans OR for LED Strips. If used for Aer RGB fans, you can connect up to 5 at once to the LED port.
The Smart Device is not compatible with our HUE 2 line of lighting products, including the Aer RGB 2 fans.
Connect the Smart Device to your CPU_FAN header. It is possible to use the ANR mode without doing this, but it will usually prompt a CPU Fan error on bootup. From there, follow the instructions in CAM under the Adaptive Noise Reduction tab.
In order for our cases to be used with certain AMD and smaller manufacturer's motherboards, we have a breakout adapter cable that will detach the Intel F-panel port pin convention into separate pins. The breakout cable should be found in the accessory box included with your H-Series case.
If you have an H-series case and are in need of this breakout cable, please contact our Customer Support Team to request this part. We'd be more than happy to send one to you!
Unfortunately, the AER trim only works with the AER P and AER F fans offered individually.
They will not work with the stock case fans in the H-series cases.
The AER P and AER F fans are available for purchase here:
The H500i is capable of supporting a vertical GPU mount. However, the H500i does not include a 90-degree PCIe riser, which is necessary for a vertical GPU mount. While we do not supply this part, it is very common on third-party hardware sites.
For reference, here’s an example Amazon listing: https://amzn.to/2RobGjC