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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

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Closer Look: Interior

Removing the windowed side panel reveals the motherboard tray, along with three rubber-grommeted cable openings and lots of tie down points. Note that the front 3.5″ drive bays are not accessible from this side of the case.

nzxt h440 interior

On top of the non-removable power supply cover, NZXT has placed two 2.5″ device brackets. Cable holes behind these brackets make for simple, short power and data cable runs to anything you mount here.

nzxt h440 ssd trays

From the other side of the case we can access the five removable drive caddies, as well as the power supply area.

nzxt h440 mb tray

Five removable drive trays can accommodate either 2.5″ or 3.5″ drives (a sixth drive can be screwed directly to the bottom of the case). No tool-less bliss here: you’ll use screws to mount either size of drive. Careful, though: the rubber grommets used for 3.5″ drives don’t protrude through the screw holes, but are simply adhesive donuts placed on the top surface of the caddy. It’s easy to accidentally peel them up when sliding a 3.5″ drive into place.

nzxt h440 drive trays

Removing the drive caddies opens up the front of the case for a front-mounted radiator. If you remove the top four caddies, a 240mm radiator will fit; removing all five caddies makes room for a 360mm radiator. Remember that even with all the drive caddies removed, you can still mount up to three drives: one 2.5″ or 3.5″ at the bottom of the case, and two 2.5″ drives on top of the power supply cover.

nzxt h440 front radiator mount

Under the top panel are mounts for three more fans, or a radiator up to 360mm. Note that the electronic boards for the power/reset buttons and I/O ports remain on the case, which makes removing and replacing the top panel very easy.

nzxt h440 top radiator mount

NZXT includes a fan hub that can handle up to 10 three-pin fans, and a controller for the case lighting.

nzxt h440 fan and light hubs

Join me in the next section as I build an SLI gaming rig in this case.


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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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