Packaging & the NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-tower Chassis
The chassis we were sent came double boxed, but was also sent before this chassis was released, and explains why we see it shipped in the plain brown cardboard box. Versions now will be shipped in a shiny black box with all of the specifications and feature images we would expect.
Inside of the box we find that we have the flat black version of the Noctis 450. The window on the side has plastic on the inside as well as the outside, the entire chassis is wrapped in plastic, and dense foam is used above and below the chassis; all of which is done to keep scratches and major damage from occurring, and left us our sample in perfect condition.
The flat black plastic plays well against the shinier steel mesh inserted mid left and bottom right, but there is no denying its resemblance to the Phantom series. This solution in our opinion is a bit more elegant with no need for a swing open door, or anything to break up this sleek looking design.
Just behind the bezel at the top of the cassis, set on the right side of the case, we find the front I/O panel. There is a large backlit power button and no reset button, but there are a pair each of the 3.5mm jacks for audio, USB 3.0 ports, and USB 2.0 ports for quick connectivity of your portable devices.
Backing away to take in the entire top panel, we find it mimics the front bezel to a large degree. The main thing that changes is that the vented inserts have been switched as to which side the middle and back vents have been placed on.
As we make our way around to the left side of the chassis, we find a lot going on. Of course, there is the large angular window showing the PSU cover and the NZXT naming inside. Looking past that though, we find that the front of the chassis leans inward towards the top of the chassis, and as it meets the top, the angle increased towards the rear of the case to get away from that boxy look.
Around back we see at the top, that the left side is much higher than the right. As we move down the chassis, we see the rear I/O area, a switch just above it, and the exhaust fan location next to it. We then find seven expansion slots next to a ventilated panel with water cooling grommets installed. Since it has the PSU cover inside, we find that the PSU area offers a removable mounting plate to simplify the installation.
On the right side of the chassis there is very little going on. Here we see that the panel aligns well as it does on the left side, but we also see a whole lot of that matter finish on both the plastic and steel door panel, and the surface treatments match identically.
Under the Noctis 450, we find chunky plastic feet pushed all the way to the corners, with rubber pads on the bottom of each. Between the feet to either side of the case is a strip that is LED backlit, and we can also see the large dust filter placed under the PSU that is easily removed out the back of the case.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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