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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis Review - First case to score top marks

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 11:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: NZXT

Inside the H440

 

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Removing the side panels is the first time we get to see the foam-like, rubberized material used for sound proofing. Not only does this make the panels more rigid and noise resistant, but it also adds a fair bit of weight to the chassis as well.

 

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With the panel off, we can see a fair bit more of how this chassis is designed. The side of the bays have been simplified to fit the new drive concept, and aside from the motherboard area, there isn't much to see other than the PSU cover with the black side panel, and the NZXT name waiting to be turned on.

 

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Where we typically show you the optical drive bays, since we don't have them, we opted to show the front of the chassis now that the sound proofed panel and magnetic dust filter have been removed to show the trio of pre-installed fans.

 

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We had to spin the case to show the trays used in the front. Each tray is spaced far enough apart not to completely screw up the intake. Each will house either a 3.5" drive or a 2.5" drive, and they are simply locked in with thumbscrews.

 

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Removing the top panel will give you the access needed to add fans or a radiator to the top of the chassis, and even though it comes without fans, there are plenty of options to play with here. Also, we noticed that the wiring stays on the chassis, and not with the panel.

 

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The motherboard tray offers room for ATX motherboards, along with some smaller ones. It offers eight management holes, and plenty of tie points to keep all the wiring clean. There are grommets, and with a white case that is much appreciated, and though it is an awkward shape, the access hole is very large.

 

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The PSU cover does a little more than just cover the PSU and wiring. It also has management holes next to the board for the front panel wiring, and another for PCI-E leads at the right. There are also two trays for 2.5" drives that slide out and lock in with a thumbscrew.

 

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The back of the chassis comes with a 140mm fan installed, and carries through with the black trim and white components that this chassis features. Below that, there are seven slot covers that are vented and have thumbscrews for securing the cards.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is some wire management done for you at the factory, which is a plus. Our OCD ways won't allow that though, so we will be addressing that anyway. There is 20mm of room, and that allows for the Grid fan hub, and the PCB at the top for the chassis lighting.

 

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If you missed it in the last image, the hardware was in the bottom bay, and the wiring was tied into a bag and placed close to the hardware. After untying it, we find that there is still plenty of the black cabling to get the USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HD Audio, and the panel wiring connected with ease.

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