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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

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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.

nzxt h440 left side view

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.

nzxt h440 accessories

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.

NZXT H440 computer case

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…

nzxt h440 front fans

…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.

nzxt h440 top ports

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.

nzxt h440 rear panel

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.


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  1. Rich Paul

    First, I cannot think of a single question to ask because you’ve covered this incredibly well! Seriously, I was pulling my money out of my pocket to buy it and I don’t even need a case!

    Of course, my wife would have had a problem with that so I reconsidered but ONLY because I would have had to cut the case’s front face to fit my Xigmatek card reader and optical drive!!!

    WHY, oh WHY, did they not accommodate those two components?! This case is one of the best I’ve seen in the mid tower class and when I realized that I’d have to use external readers and drives I just couldn’t believe they would have played a gamble like that with the buying public.

    It’s not like I use a reader or OP drive very often but they do have to be used occasionally and in a limited desk space home office, I already have enough cluttering the place without adding external card readers and such.

    I don’t want to have to stop what I’m doing and dig through my desk drawer searching for the OP drive or card reader and then finding the right cable and then, yadda, yadda, yadda… All that for a need to have a quick 60 second look at some old document I had stored on a 16GB mini card is pretty time consuming. So yes, it does actually make that otherwise beautiful case a no-sale item for me.

    I run a CLS cooled system in a Corsair Carbide 500R case, (which is a pretty sweet case), but this NZXT would have beat that 500R if they would have applied a little more engineering in it.

    A ‘hint’ to NZXT:
    I personally would have kept that front face clean just like they have BUT, I would have added internal hinges and made it a ‘door’ that’s secured when closed with a simple mag-lock system.

    Then the user only needs to reach down and pull it open with light force in order to get to the readers and optical drives. Of course, a string of bright white LEDs would line the inner edge of the swing-open face and automatically turn on when the face was opened.

    But that’s me… Thanks for the incredibly detailed review!

  2. David Ramsey

    Glad you liked the review! It’s a unique (full tower) case to be sure. As I noted, we’re not quite at the era in which we can do entirely without optical media, but a simple USB-powered external optical drive is < $35 these days, and can be stuck in a drawer when not in use.

  3. tweak17emon

    i have kind of a urgent question as i love this case. I have the LGA2011 Asus Rampage IV Extreme which is labeled as a E-ATX motherboard, but its dimensions are 12″ x 10.7″. I have seen ATX boards that are 12″ x 10.5″ and would really like to know if my motherboard will fit into this case, given that the cable holes are slightly angled. I would really really really appreciate if you could do the measuring for me.

    Thanks!

  4. David Ramsey

    A standard ATX motherboard, such as the one I used for this article, is 12″ by 9.6″. At 10.7″, your Rampage IV Extreme is just over an inch longer front to back. If you look at the third picture down on the “Building a System” page, you’ll see that adding an inch of length to the motherboard would at the very least cover the cable routing holes; I don’t see how you’d be able to run the main ATX power cable and SATA cables even if the motherboard’s edge didn’t physically contact the case.

    I don’t have an larger motherboard to test-fit, but I think this isn’t the case for you. Sorry!

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