Closer Look: Exterior
The NZXT H440 computer case is a painted white box with few exterior details aside from its large side window. The steel panels give it a heavy, substantial feel, and the white paint is glossy and smooth.
This possibly pre-production case came with no instructions, just a few zip ties and bags of screws as shown below. Since you’re an experienced builder, you’ll know where to use 6-32 screws and M3 screws, right? NZXT also includes four self-tapping fan mount screws and a spare motherboard standoff.
The first unusual thing you can see here is the cover over the power supply area. The side of the power supply cover has a black panel with a backlit “NZXT” logo in it. This cover is part of the case structure and can’t be removed.
The front of the case is a plain white panel. You’d think this front panel is a swing-open door covering the front drive bays. You’d be wrong: rather than swinging off, the panel snaps off to reveal…
…three 120mm intake fans, with a magnetic pop-off filter. There are no external drive bays in this case, which is the “controversial” feature I alluded to in the introduction. This design decision has significant ramifications, which we’ll see when I build a system into this case.
The top of the case has unlabeled power (large) and reset (small) buttons at the left. At the right are jacks for headphones and a microphone, and two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. And that’s it for your system’s easy connections to the outside world.
The back of the NZXT H440 case is pretty standard: an exhaust fan mount with NZXT’s signature adjustable screw slots, a space for your motherboard’s I/O panel, seven card slots topped by two grommeted holes for water cooling hoses, and a removable power supply bracket. Below and to the left of the opening for the motherboard I/O panel is a small black button used to turn the case lighting on and off.
There’s more to this case, which I’ll get into in the next section.