Inside the Noctis 450
Taking the door panel out of the way, we can appreciate a full view of the interior of this chassis. The front is nearly completely enclosed, but has tabs in it to help hold the drive trays in place. What also sticks right out is the PSU cover with the red NZXT name done in plastic. Oh, and this lights up as well.
Rather than looking from the inside, we removed the clipped in top of the chassis to expose the cooling options. We see the chassis is ready for three 120mm fans, or a pair of 140mm fans, but we can also see the top is raised a bit to help to fit AIOs or custom water cooling options above the motherboard.
The motherboard tray has a large access hole, eight wire management holes and only three of them with grommets, plus 18 wire tie points. NZXT also pre-installs all of the standoffs for ATX motherboards, and uses a helper style standoff in the middle to help hold the motherboard in place while putting screws in the other standoffs.
We have mentioned the PSU cover three times now, so we think you have the idea of what this is. What we haven't mentioned yet is that on the top of it there are a pair of trays for 2.5" drives, with two holes behind them to pass wiring through, and also a hole to the right for GPU power wires.
In the back hangs a black on black 140mm fan to exhaust the chassis. We can also see that the seven expansion slots are held in with thumbscrews, but if you look way up to the top, you can also see the back of the LED power switch.
As we get our first look behind the motherboard tray, it is now that we find the hardware in the drive trays, and that the wiring has been bundled and bagged at the bottom. We also see that the entire wiring layout has been tied down and routed already.
The drive trays are all held into place with a pair of thumbscrews to lock them in place. They are supported on the other end by the tabs we saw push in from the bay cover that ran the height of the case.
Screwed onto the motherboard tray, we find a naked version of the Grid fan hub. It is pre-wired to the included fans in the chassis and leaves room for three more to be attached. This also uses a PWM wire to run to the motherboard to control all of the fans, and to power this device, there is a Molex adapter.
The wiring for the chassis is routed to the bottom of the chassis and for ATX motherboards there is plenty of length as-is. At the top we see the Grid power, extra fan, and PWM connections. At the bottom, we find the power switch and power LED wires, a native USB 3.0 connection, and near the middle are the HD Audio and USB 2.0 connections.
We also peeled the front bezel off the chassis to see what was going on there. Since the front of the bezel is extended outward, it allows air to flow inside across the entire mesh insert. That insert is backed with a magnetic dust filter that sits in a groove at the bottom and magnets hold the top in place to cover the three fans found in the Noctis delivering air into the chassis.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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