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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

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




There are two versions of this mid-tower available to buy, one is a matte black and gloss red version, and the other is the gloss white with black trim, which we received. The front of the chassis consists of a plastic trim and frame that holds a steel panel with rounded sides, which has only the NZXT name pressed into the steel at the very bottom. The left side then offers a full cover steel panel, again in gloss white, but on this side we are given a full top to bottom window that is also shifted left as to give no view of the bays.


The top of the chassis is much like the front, where side venting is used in the plastic frame, and a steel panel with rounded sides runs the entire length. As for the right panel, you do see the venting at the top in black, but most of the view is of a flat, gloss white steel panel. The back of the chassis offers room for the power supply at the bottom, and then offers seven expansion slots above it. The bottom of the chassis offers chunky feet that allow this chassis to stay in one place, and with these in combination with the 9.75 kg of weight, it isn't sliding anywhere easily.


If the sleek and simplistic exterior hasn't sold you on the design, the inside surely will. The front of the chassis has no 5.25" bays in any way; instead, it offers widely spaced trays for a stack of six 2.5" or 3.5" drives from top to bottom. There is also a pair of trays on the PSU cover that blocks the view of the PSU and wiring. It also has the NZXT name waiting to be backlit by white LEDs, but they are for 2.5" drives exclusively. The motherboard tray will work for ITX motherboards, ATX, and Micro-ATX boards as well. It offers plenty of wire management to the tray design, and has a large access hole cut at the top. There are also many holes along the top of the tray as well as in the PSU cover, to allow wiring to run as naturally as possible, while delivering a look that most will assume you paid big money to have.


Cooling is a whole other ball game when it comes to mid-tower designs that I have seen. The front will allow for a pair of 140mm fans, but it comes shipped with three FN V2 120mm fans already installed there. If you were to remove the trays all together, this will then allow for radiators to go along with both fan configurations, which would also be installed in the front of the chassis. The top of the chassis offers the same exact setup for fans and radiators as the front offers, but they are all empty when the chassis arrives; these are optional locations. The rear of the chassis will hold either a 120mm or 140mm radiator, and of course, a single radiator can also go there. Also, with great water cooling efficiency, it usually brings with it quite a bit of fan noise. However, in the H440, we have a thick rubberized material applied to the front, top, full right panel, and next to the bays on the left panel to help eliminate noises. Combined with the side venting, these should both really help keep things tolerable in any situation.


This chassis is brand new to the market, so much so that we did not even get a sample with retail packaging, or a manual included. However, when this chassis does become more readily available, other than directly from NZXT for the MSRP of $119.99 U.S. dollars, we are sure to see the value in this design. I know we are glossing over the obvious fact that there are no 5.25" bays, but with Steam, Uplay, and various other sources of digital media, I personally haven't used one in years, and as such, this is a great feature in my mind. It does require a bit more than what we see a lot of other mid-towers release for, but once you see things for yourself, you will be off soon after to get one of your very own.

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