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NZXT H440 Designed by Razer Mid-Tower Enclosure Review

Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction

In the last few years NZXT has emerged as a popular choice for computer builds with stylish cases for a variety of needs. The newest member of the H series, the H440, promises quiet performance and offers a clean look by eliminating optical drive bays entirely from the design. While this might be a deal-breaker for some, the days of the ODD seem to be numbered as more enclosures are making the move away from the 5.25" bay.

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But we aren't looking at just any H440 today, as NZXT has sent along a completely custom version designed in alliance with gaming accessory maker Razer to be "the ultimate gamer's chassis". (This case is currently available direct from NZXT's online store.) In this review we'll look at just what makes this H440 different, and test out a complete build while we're at it. Performance will be as big a metric as appearance here since the H440 is after all an enclosure designed for silence, with noise dampening an integral part of NZXT's construction of the case.

Green with Envy?

From the outset you'll notice the Razer branding extends beyond just special paint and trim, as custom lighting is installed right out of the box to give this incarnation of the H440 a little more gaming personality (though this lighting can be switched off, if desired). Not only do the front and side logos and power button light up green, but the bottom of the case features effects lighting to cast an eerie green glow on your desktop or floor.

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Continue reading our review of the NZXT H440 Designed by Razer!!

Before taking our first look at the enclosure, first we'll check out the full specs from NZXT.


Specifications:

Material:  SECC Steel, ABS Plastic

Motherboard Support:  Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX

Expansion Slots:  7
 
Drive Bays:  

  • External 5.25": 0
  • Internal 3.5"/2.5": 6+2

Cooling System        

  • Front: 2x 140/3x120mm (3 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included) 
  • Top: 2x 140/3x120mm 
  • Rear: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 140mm FN V2 Fan Included)

Filters:  Front (Included); Bottom Rear(Included)

Radiator Support:    

  • Front 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm 
  • Top 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm 
  • Rear 1 x 140/120mm

Clearance:        

  • GPU Clearance With HDD Cage: 294mm; 
  • GPU Clearance Without HDD Cage: 406.2mm 
  • CPU Cooler 180mm 

External I/O:  USB 3.0 x2; USB 2.0 x2; 1 x Audio/Mic

Dimensions:  220mm x 510mm x 475.3mm  (8.66" x 20.08" x 18.71")

Product Weight:  9.75 kg (21.5 lbs)


Packaging and First Impressions

The Razer edition of the H440 arrives in a very shiny box with nice graphics to showcase the special edition.

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Packaging includes the standard dense styrofoam to keep the enclosure safe from the perils of ground shipping.

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An instruction manual (with stickers!) is included, along with the standard hardware package. Inside the box each type of screws are in a separate bag, a nice touch that I wish every enclosure offered.

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The front of the enclosure gives us a look at the trademark combination of matte black and bright green from the Razer design.

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This panel does not open, and there are no optical drive bays in this enclosure either.

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Up top we have a better look at the interesting sort of interlocking design of the H440, with the upper panel mirroring the top of the lower panel. The I/O layout is very clean, and we see the added touch of green USB 3.0 ports.

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The side view shows the large window, which is tinted a smoke color. The row of vents accross the top above the door panel (and around the back) serve as the only air intake/exhaust for the upper fan mounts inside.

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Around back it's pretty much the standard ATX enclosure, though there is a switch above the motherboard shield cutout to control lighting.

Next we'll take a look inside the enclosure.


December 5, 2014 | 11:21 AM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla

Gigabyte used to make their Gaming series motherboard with a green theme. But now matching this case to any PC hardware is damn near impossible with all the manufacturers going the Red/Black theme.

December 5, 2014 | 12:54 PM - Posted by Ophelos

Or even a white/black theme..

December 8, 2014 | 04:37 PM - Posted by aparsh335i (not verified)

You're right. I went out of my way to try to match green with a motherboard on a previous build and failed. Ended up having to go with a black/gray themed one.

December 5, 2014 | 04:57 PM - Posted by InsidiousBoot (not verified)

Well, I'm sure it sells since fanboys and stuff. I personally jumped on the default H440 when it became available since I made the mistake of getting a Nanoxia case instead of the trusty fractal design. My brother has one actually so I got a first hand look at one. It's solid and all but I prefer the H440 for the looks and the imo better design plus it's actually slightly more silent. Although if you're still running fans even only Noctua fans ( like me ) you'll still have noise regardless of all the silent padding and minimal venting (35-40db idle). Anyway point of my message is Nanoxia cases are bad since they tend to bend on arrival and have thin metal. And NZXT H440 is a great case , similar to Fractal Design if not better depending on what you're looking for.

December 5, 2014 | 05:49 PM - Posted by arbiter

Seems like doesn't support much longer then normal sized video card. around 10-11inches. not the 12inch+ cards that some card like windforce and could be in future.

December 5, 2014 | 06:55 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

It actually can support some longer cards if you take out HDD trays. There's enough clearance that the end of the card would fit under the panel up front, but this doesn't account for the PCIe power cables...

I did successfully get an MSI R9 290X Lightning in this case just to try the fit, and it worked. Still, not really designed for cards over 11" and it looks odd to have a longer card in the case.

December 9, 2014 | 11:22 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Does the noise dampening foam get squashed by the cables when you close the side panel?

December 11, 2014 | 06:02 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

It does. There isn't much room behind the side panel, but it does close just fine.

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