NZXT H440 Full Tower Chassis Review



/ 5 years ago

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Interior


The interior of the chassis features a high contrast black and white design, there is a huge CPU cooler mounting cut-out in the back and loads of cable routing cut-outs around the motherboard to help keep things neat and tidy.

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One of the more unique features is the PSU shroud, a common favourite addition for many chassis modders, this means you’ll never see the PSU or the bulk of the cables from it, making for a super clean build. NZXT have also added two 2.5″ hard drive mount on the top, as well as extra cable routing space for the relevant HDD cables, and some extra cable routing to the right for your graphics card power cables. The NZXT is displayed prominently on the side of the shroud, but even better yet it comes fitted with a while LED back light, awesome!

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In the back we have a pre-installed 140mm exhaust fan, of course you could always swap this out for your own 120mm or 140mm fan, or even a radiator such as the Kraken X40. The expansion slots are each fitted with quick release thumb screws, allowing you to quickly install / remove your components.

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The hard drive bays don’t look fantastic from this side of the chassis, as there is a solid while wall on the right side, of course this is just out of sight when the side panel is on, so that doesn’t bother me at all. The hard drive bays are accessed from the right side of the chassis.

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On the left we have five removable hard drive trays, each held in place with a pair of thumb screws. There’s a reasonable amount of cable routing space behind the motherboard, but it’s hardly relevant given than we have that huge space under the shroud to stuff excess cables. Also helping with cable routing is the extensive collection of cable tie hoops behind the motherboard, perfect for keeping everything strapped down and looking tidy.

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Another classic NZXT feature makes a welcome appearance with a ten port fan hub, meaning you’ll have no issues driving all the fans for your radiators, especially welcome given than there is no room on the front panel for a third-party fan controller. I must point out though, this is just a hub, not a fan speed controller.

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The hard drive trays are a new design for NZXT, a metal tray with four rubber pegs in the bottom to help with fit and reduce vibrations from mechanical drives, while four screw holes in the bottom will accommodate the mounting of 2.5″ drives.

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The left side panel may have a large window section, but that hasn’t stopped NZXT from packing the remaining space with some thick noise dampening material. Sound proofing also gets a benefit from the panels being quite thick and durable.

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The right side panel doesn’t have a window, so NZXT have packed if with a huge piece of sound dampening material.

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The top of the chassis has support for two 140mm fans or three 120mm fans, this also extends to water cooling setups, 120, 140, 240, 280 and 320mm radiators should fit nicely.

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Not to be left out of the sound proofing party, the top panel is also packed with material, ventilation for the top cooling is handled by the vents in the side and back edge of the panel.

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Finally we see that the front panel also packs sound dampening material.

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An easy to remove dust filter will help provide clean airflow to any front mounted cooling, and you’ll notice that the front can support the same configuration as the top panel, two 140mm or three 120mm fans / radiator setups.

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8 Responses to “NZXT H440 Full Tower Chassis Review”
  1. Skidmarks says:

    I really like this chassis but the lack of a couple of 5.25″ slots could be a deal breaker for many, myself included.

  2. Harry Kewell says:

    How is this a review? How does it compare in terms of temps? Noise levels etc?….Great overview by all means but as for review? lol

  3. marty1480 says:

    Really nice looking chassis with a clean look. Love the sleek lines. But taking the 5.25″ drive out was silly. There are still many times when one needs to load something from optical media. Adding an external device will just destroy the clean look. Shame really.

    • Allan says:

      True, there are times when you need a DVD. But you could just take the side panel off, pop in the SATA cable and drive, use the media then remove it again. I doubt the average user will need to install something from optical media more than once every few months.

      • marty1480 says:

        True that could be done. But it seems to be a lot of trouble for what is essentially not a cheap case, while comparable cases have one ready to go.

    • Osama11 says:

      Removing the optical bays allowed them to achieve that clean design without a door…

      You can also get an external dvd burner for $20. Who cares if it doesn’t have one. I haven’t used one in years

  4. Baddog says:

    What about people that want to use custom water cooling, and would rather use a 5.25″ Bay Res, instead of a 150 or 240 tube Res, they no longer have that option

  5. Fr33Th1nk3r says:

    I don’t want to use water cooling. Will this case be good for air cooling? I really really like red/black to go with my theme and I want a window and good airflow.

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