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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

The Build and Finished Product




First we went to the PSU area and removed the plate. Once we mounted it to the PSU, we slid them both into the chassis without a snag. The cover does block most access to the wiring, so if using a modular PSU, it is easier to plug them in first, but there is still room to access the front of the PSU around back.




We also stuck a thicker dual 120mm AIO into the top of the chassis. We didn't want to mess with all that air flow through the front, so we went to the top, and with all the options available, you can get much more serious with water cooling than this.




The front of the chassis looks exactly as it did when it arrived. Of course, we have no ODD bays, so there is no way for that to distract from the clean lines and glossy panels the H440 offers.




Everything inside fit like a glove. The offset of the top allows for both the fans and the thick radiator, with no conflict to the motherboard or the memory. All visible wiring is kept to a minimum, and we even mocked up a 2.5" drive in one of the trays at the bottom.




Out back, there is little to discuss as well since the PSU, video card, and the dust shield all go right into place without much force. Keep in mind that with the option of two radiators on the inside, the fact we have grommets here allows you to add more outside as well if you really need it.




After quite a bit of time, we took what used to be just a mess of wiring running down the left and tidied things up a fair bit. We were able to take all of the wiring behind the motherboard tray except for the PCI-E connections, since there is a handy hole provided for them.




We now have the H440 sitting ready, waiting to be powered up and tested. While it was a little abstract in the beginning, once the build is completed, you really have a sexy showpiece that could go just about anywhere, whether in the office or at a LAN.




Without the AIO we chose to install, we found that the chassis is hardly audible when it is running. The only thing to definitely show us that it was running was the ring around the power button that is now lit by a LED at either side, since the HDD was active and the H440 is powered.




Remember that button at the top of the back of the chassis? Well when it is pressed, it offers you two LEDs for both the rear I/O area, as well as the expansion slot area, to allow connections to be made where light may not be so easy to find. This has been, and still is, a very handy feature from NZXT.




The other thing that happens when that button is pressed is that the NZXT logo at the bottom of the chassis also comes to life. So, even in a pitch black room, not only can you swap a mouse or change a video card connection, but you also have the NZXT name glowing out the bottom of the window in white LEDS.

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