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Hyte Revolt 3 PC case review

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Our Verdict

On first look it might seem just a cheaper option compared with NZXT’s h2, but it’s so much more than that, with smart design choices, huge options for builds, and y’know, a handle.

For
  • Decent price
  • With 700W PSU cabling is routed
  • No GPU riser cable to worry about
  • Will take a 280mm AIO
Against
  • Feels a bit cramped to build into
  • Not my favourite look

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There is something supremely industrial about the almost utilitarian design of the mostly metal Hyte Revolt 3 mini-ITX PC case. It doubles down on the angular, cuboid aesthetic with every facet of the external design being unashamedly sharp. Well, apart from the rounded, pop-out headphone holders, that is. And even now I still don’t know if I like this pared back approach or find it just, well, basic.

What I do know, however, is that this is an excellent modern chassis to build your next Mini-ITX PC into, with support for a wide range of components, and no riser cable to worry about.

It’s another wee chassis using the same sort of cubed vertical design popularised by the Xbox Series X, and turned into PC fire by the NZXT h2. Okay, okay, that’s maybe a little unfair now that there is an NZXT h2 V2 revision that fixes the burning riser cable issue and improves on the otherwise excellent design. 

The Hyte Revolt 3 is incredibly similar to the h2, but has marked differences where the two companies have gone in different directions with their internal design choices. The lack of riser cable is one, though that doesn’t mean you’re really any less restricted in terms of your GPU choice.

Revolt 3 specs

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Motherboard support: Mini-ITX
Dimensions:  409 x 253 x 178 mm
Weight: 6.3 kg (inc. PSU)
GPU clearance: 335 x 58 mm
Radiator support: Up to 280 x 35 mm
Front I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
PSU: 700W SFX 80 Plus Gold (optional)
Cooling: None
Warranty: 3 years (case)
Price: $130 | $250 with PSU | £199

Anything over 58mm thick isn’t going to fit, but that still gives you a host of fat graphics cards to choose from, up to something so chonk as the Asus TUF RTX 3080. But eliminating that riser point of failure is handy, and the Revolt 3 still houses everything in more or less the same overall footprint even with the motherboard mounted perpendicular to the GPU.

One other benefit of this is that you can squeeze an entire 280mm AIO liquid CPU cooler into the build. Any off the peg chiller with a radiator under 35mm thick will fit, and you won’t run into the same memory height restrictions the h2 has. Our Corsair Dominator DDR5 kit fit in just perfectly. What might be an issue is the 3.5-inch HDD bay next to the PSU, though it’s got a mesh cut-out so even if your fans are pressed against it they’ll still get some airflow.

With a low-profile air cooler, however, even a not-so-low air cooler in fact, you still have a lot of space to play with when picking your parts. That’s handy, because the Revolt 3 can come as a completely barebones chassis, so there’s none of the cable or pipe routing help the h2 design offers. It does give you free reign though on components, and there is still the option to pick it up with a 700W SFX PSU, too.

There is also the option to literally pick it up thanks to the angular, pop-out handle on top of the case. Which, honestly, is a bit of a pain to get out when you want to yet somehow annoyingly easy to activate when you don’t.

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As a barebones chassis it comes in at a very reasonable $130, but when you factor in the 700W PSU that leaps to $250. Initially I thought that was a bit steep, but it is literally just the price of a high-capacity SFX power supply these days. With the added bonus of knowing that it will fit just fine and with routing at least for the power wiring.

That also means it’s considerably cheaper than the h2 V2, which is some $400, though does also mean you will have to find your own CPU cooler. 

I’m not sure I love the overall boxy aesthetic, but there is a lot I do like about the Revolt 3

When it comes to the actual build process, however, I still favour the NZXT chassis. Creating mini PCs back-to-back with these two chassis really highlighted how much more of a pleasure it is getting your components into the h2. It’s still a cramped build in the Revolt 3 even without a liquid cooler and radiator involved, most especially when I was trying to deal with the PSU and front panel cabling in around the DIMM slots.

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You’d hope not to spend an age going in and out of your machine once built, however, so that becomes less of a concern over time. It’s still simple for upgrades, though, with a tool-less access design and large cut-out behind the CPU on the motherboard tray.

I’m not sure I love the overall boxy aesthetic, but there is a lot I do like about the Revolt 3. It’s not just a cheaper alternative to the NZXT h2 V2—though it most definitely is—there are other things it’s got going for it, too. There’s ample space for cooling, no worries about risers, and lots of GPU wiggle room, too. And it’s right up there with the best mini-ITX chassis around.  

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On first look it might seem just a cheaper option compared with NZXT’s h2, but it’s so much more than that, with smart design choices, huge options for builds, and y’know, a handle.

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he’s back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.

NZXT h2 V2 mini-ITX PC case review

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Hoping to put the failings of the original case into the past, this version two delivers an outstanding mini-PC package.

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Our Verdict

It’s a lot of money if you’re thinking about it as just a chassis, but with a bundled 750W PSU, liquid cooling, and routed cabling, it’s your best bet for a quality minimal fuss, mini-ITX gaming PC build.

For
  • Great to build into
  • Extra cooling
  • Routed cabling is a blessing
Against
  • Doesn’t support tall RAM modules

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I was a big fan of the original NZXT h2 mini-ITX chassis when it first came out. But then, mine never caught fire, which is a good thing because I’ve been using it as the basis for my office work machine ever since. My boss would not have been pleased if I’d burned down the PC Gamer offices because of a faulty PCIe riser cable.

Though that was—eventually—fixed with replacement risers that went out to owners of the chassis who picked one up before NZXT pulled it from sale while it sorted out the issue. 

So yeah, there were a few problems with that initial case. Which is a shame because NZXT has been making some of our favourite PC chassis, and still some of the best mini-ITX cases, too. And aside from that specific riser problem, the h2 was a fantastic package to build a wee peecee into. And so is this recently updated version, too.

On the face of it, this h2 V2 looks identical and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just a new release of the same case with an even more non-burn-y PCIe riser cable for your GPU. But NZXT has actually done a lot to improve the overall design, even though it does make for a more expensive, slightly larger and heavier mini-ITX case.

h2 V2 specs

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Motherboard support: Mini-ITX
Dimensions: 405 x 196 x 196 mm
Weight: 7.6 kg
GPU clearance: 324 x 58 mm
Memory clearance: 46 mm
Front I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
PSU: 750W SFX 80 Plus Gold
Cooling: 140 mm AIO CPU cooler, 92 mm rear fan
Riser cable: PCIe 4. 0 x16
Warranty: 3 years (case, riser card, AIO), 10 years (PSU)
Price: $400 | £340

The h2 V2 is retailing for another $50 (£40) on top of the $350 (£300) price tag of the original, which maybe feels like a lot, but you are getting more than just a chassis. The real beauty of the h2 is that it includes both a powerful PSU and a liquid CPU cooler, so the really awkward bits of a mini-ITX build are taken care of.

If you’ve ever built a small form factor PC you will understand the pain of trying to route a million, unnecessarily long PSU cables around the motherboard, graphics card, and everything else. Then trying to mount a capable-enough cooler into the limited confines of a mini-ITX case… well, that’s a task in itself.

With NZXT’s h2, however, both come preinstalled, with cooling and cabling pre-routed in the optimal way for the case, so you just have to connect it all up. And it’s a genuine joy to build into, in a way which other mini-ITX cases generally aren’t. Even the Hyte Revolt 3, which almost apes the h2, is a far more fiddly place in which to build a rig. With the cooler lifted up and away there’s so much elbow room to work with that dropping the heart of your system into the chassis is simple.

There’s a huge cutout on the rear of the motherboard tray, too, which is super handy considering a lot of mini-ITX motherboards use underslung M.2 ports for extra SSD support. And it all makes upgrading and general maintenance a far easier thing. Something that is often a pain point for other ickle cases.

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A note of warning, however, and that is the clearance between the radiator fan and the top of your memory isn’t huge. It is another 1mm higher than the original, but with just 46mm as your maximum memory height some DIMMs are simply going to be too big. Our Corsair Dominator DDR5 sticks we’ve used in our Alder Lake test rig, and the mini-ITX B660, proved just too tall to close the case.

NZXT has made many welcome improvements to what was already a very good mini-ITX chassis design

NZXT helps the build process with clear labelling within and without the chassis. I had issues actually getting into the tool-less design of the first h2, but it ships with labelling on the outside explaining how to gain access. And inside there are tags and stickers indicating what goes where, and how to shift things around to gain access to the motherboard tray, for example.

I guess it also helps that it’s just a little larger than its older sibling, which, as well as aiding the cooling, also allows you to install longer graphics cards, too.

And, speaking of cooling, there’s a new CAM-supported fan controller, which looks after both the 140mm fan on the all-in-one liquid cooler for the CPU, as well as the new 92mm fan that sits at the rear of the case.

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The other big change is one that’s tracking the ever rising power demands of both CPUs and GPUs, by shifting from a 600W 80-Plus power supply to a 750W Gold version. It’s also had a slight facelift, which means the glass front has much less of a steel ring around it, and is almost bezel-less. And you get an extra USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port on the top, too.

In all, NZXT has made many welcome improvements to what was already a very good mini-ITX chassis design—well-documented riser issues aside. I get that the $400 price tag will sting for a lot of people, but 750W SFX power supplies don’t come cheap, and nor do AIO coolers that would squeeze into something so relatively small. 

Which all makes the h2 V2 not just a good small form factor chassis, but a really great platform from which to build the mini-ITX chassis of your dreams. So long as those dreams don’t include overly tall sticks of memory.

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NZXT h2 V2

It’s a lot of money if you’re thinking about it as just a chassis, but with a bundled 750W PSU, liquid cooling, and routed cabling, it’s your best bet for a quality minimal fuss, mini-ITX gaming PC build.