With the NZXT Noctis 450, there is no denying that we appreciate the exterior design; all of the angles, raised panels, curves and body lines really do this chassis a ton of justice and moves well away from the boxy cases offered. We also appreciated the matte finish applied to all of the exterior components, both that the plastic and metal bits match identically, and that cleaning anything is as simple as wiping it with a dry lint free towel and it is gone. While the chassis is not exactly silent, noise levels are well within the acceptable range that most users would be happy with. On top of that, the LED lighting system makes the Noctis 450 go from very nice looking to near amazing. There isn't one thing we would change, nor anything to complain about.
Inside, things may appear cramped, but that is largely to do with the PSU cover as it makes thing appear tighter inside than they actually are. We like the omission of optical drive bays as we personally have no use for them, and with removable HDD bays, the room offered inside can be enormous for a mid-tower chassis. Of course, this allows for longer video cards, water cooling opportunities, and plenty of room for extra wiring below and behind the motherboard tray.
The only thing we would want that this interior does not have would be a pump mounting location or a way to hang a reservoir by default, maybe even adapters of some sort. Even so, we had no issues completing our build, and even if you were to go with a pair of triple radiators and all that comes with that, we feel that with a bit of ingenuity on the customers part, it can be done and still look clean when completed with most if not all of it hidden from view.
Pricing is on point for what you receive with the NZXT Noctis 450, and even though you can find mid-tower offerings cheaper, you will not find one that looks like this. Usually we tend not to use cases such as this in our office, but this is a chassis that inspires us to do a crazy build inside of it just to see how it all turns out in the end. It is well ventilated leaving our components cooler than in many other mid-tower designs, it offers plenty of options to keep novice and enthusiast builders happy, and at $134.99 currently, we feel that many will flock to this chassis to have it sitting on their desks soon enough.
Keeping in mind that exclusivity comes at a cost, as well as new tooling to create such a chassis does, we still feel that even past the sweet spot of pricing, you do really get your money's worth in this design.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
|Quality including Design and Build||91%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||90%|
The Bottom Line: Status quo is not good enough for NZXT! The Noctis 450 may cost more upfront, but it is packed with features and options, and offers an out of the box sleekness and unique looking design.
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