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NZXT, Inc.
Private
IndustryComputer hardware
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
FounderJohnny Hou
Headquarters
13164 E. Temple Ave
City of Industry
California
,
United States
Key people
Johnny Hou
Products
Websitenzxt.com

NZXT is an American computer hardware manufacturer based in Los Angeles, California. The company is best known for being a major manufacturer of computer cases, components, and accessories for the PC gaming market.[1][2]

The name NZXT is a corruption of the word "next" in uppercase.

History[edit]

NZXT was founded in 2004 by Johnny Hou. The company's first product was the NZXT Guardian, which was a case featuring a plastic front bezel resembling Transformers toys and lighting effects.[3] Over time, they gradually expanded to other genres of computer hardware,[4] including computer power supplies,[5] computer cooling, motherboards,[6] and streaming devices.[7][8]

Products[edit]

NZXT is most known for its computer cases, but also sells motherboards, power supplies, cooling products, LED lighting, and other accessories; marketed towards PC gamers. The company design and develops their products in Los Angeles, while manufacturing them in Shenzhen.[9]

Cases[edit]

NZXT released a new line of cases in October 2017, consisting of the H700, H400, and the H200. They have a minimalist look, and is made of steel with a tempered glass side panel.[10] The "i" variants of each case also come with decorative LED lighting and a fan controller.[11][12][13]

An empty H500i case

A cheaper case, the H500, was added to the lineup in May 2018.[14][15]

The H-series cases were refreshed in May 2019. The new revision introduced a more tempered glass panel and a front-panel USB-C port. One of the refreshed cases, the H510 Elite, also has a second glass panel for the front of the case.[16][17][18]

Cooling[edit]

An NZXT X52 280mm water cooler

NZXT has made multiple all-in-one water cooler products under their Kraken lineup. Their first of these was released in 2013, in 140mm and 280 mm sizes.[19][20] NZXT has since released multiple updates to this lineup, including ones in 120mm and 360mm sizes.[21][22][23]

Motherboards[edit]

NZXT released their own line of motherboards for the Intel Z370 chipset in January 2018. It was praised for its minimalist design, as the circuitry is not exposed; but was initially criticized for its high price.[6][24][25][26] The lineup was refreshed in October 2018 to support the Z390 chipset.[27][28]

Power supply units[edit]

NZXT began selling power supply units in 2010, before ceasing sales of them in 2016. They re-entered the market in July 2018 with a series of modular digitally-controlled power supplies[29] in a partnership with Seasonic.[30]

BLD[edit]

In 2017, NZXT launched a computer building service called BLD.[31] The service asks about what games would be played on it, budget constraints, and customization options before generating a PC build. The build is sold pre-assembled.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower PC Case Review".
  2. ^ Hall, Charlie (June 6, 2017). "New PC builder promises 60 fps or your money back". Polygon.
  3. ^ Sanghani, Purav (April 5, 2004). "AnandTech | NZXT Guardian". AnandTech. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "NZXT | PC Hardware Manufacturer - Creators of Crafted Gaming Armor".
  5. ^ "NZXT - PSU Review Database". RealHardTechX.
  6. ^ a b Shields, Joe (January 9, 2018). "The NZXT N7 Z370 Motherboard Review: A New Player in the Motherboard Market". AnandTech. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "AnandTech | NZXT Launches DOKO In-Home Streamer". January 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "NZXT Doko is a $100 PC streaming device for your living room | ZDNet". January 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Burke, Steven (May 27, 2016). "NZXT Factory Tour in China – Start-to-Finish Case Manufacturing". GamersNexus. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Lynch, Steven (October 17, 2017). "NZXT Outs New H-Series Cases". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  11. ^ Peak, Sebastian (February 14, 2018). "NZXT H700i Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Case Review". PC Perspective. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Mai, Terrence (December 27, 2017). "Case of the Year: NZXT H700i". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Lathan, Patrick (November 1, 2017). "NZXT H700i Case Review: Better Without the "Smart" Device". Gamers Nexus. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  14. ^ Chacos, Brad (May 22, 2018). "NZXT H500i review: A $100 case loaded with premium features". PC World. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Peak, Sebastian (May 22, 2018). "NZXT Announces H500 and H500i Cases with Tempered Glass". PC Perspective. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Bonshor, Gavin (May 30, 2019). "NZXT Refreshes H Series, New H510 Elite Chassis With RGB". AnandTech. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  17. ^ Shields, Joe (May 27, 2019). "NZXT Refreshes H Series Chassis With USB Type-C, Smart Device v2". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  18. ^ Nelius, Jonna (May 27, 2019). "NZXT is giving its H-series cases a refresh". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  19. ^ Sklavos, Dustin (December 26, 2012). "Closing the Loop: Contained Liquid-Coolers from Corsair and NZXT Compared". AnandTech. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  20. ^ Nyhuis, Brian (September 12, 2013). "NZXT Kraken X40 & X60 CPU Water Cooler Reviews". Legit Reviews. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  21. ^ Forrest, Derek (March 6, 2018). "NZXT Adds Larger, More Affordable AIO CPU Coolers To Kraken Lineup". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  22. ^ Lilly, Paul (March 6, 2018). "NZXT's Kraken X72 is the company's first 360mm all-in-one liquid cooler". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  23. ^ Sebring, Chad (November 13, 2014). "NZXT Kraken X31 140mm AIO CPU Cooler Review". TweakTown. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  24. ^ Makedonski, Brett (January 10, 2018). "NZXT's first motherboard seems perfect for first-time PC builders". Destructoid. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Dingman, Hayden (January 10, 2018). "NZXT's debut motherboard is one of the most breathtaking motherboards ever". PC World. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  26. ^ Soderstrom, Thomas (January 9, 2018). "A New Player in Motherboards: Our NZXT N7-Z37XT Review". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  27. ^ Gayde, William (October 8, 2018). "NZXT releases their second ever motherboard, the N7 Z390". TechSpot. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  28. ^ Grubb, Jeff (October 10, 2018). "Asus, NZXT, and more launch Z390 motherboards for 9th-gen Core CPUs". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  29. ^ Shilov, Anton (July 17, 2018). "NZXT Enters PSU Market with E-Series ATX Power Supplies Featuring Built-In Monitoring". AnandTech. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  30. ^ Lilly, Paul (July 18, 2018). "NZXT is taking another stab at power supplies with help from Seasonic". PC Gamer. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  31. ^ Mott, Nathaniel (June 6, 2017). "NZXT Will 'BLD' Your Next Gaming PC, For A Price". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved October 7, 2018.