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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

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Building a System

A standard ATX motherboard fits perfectly. Note that there’s plenty of room between the motherboard and top of the case for even a thick radiator and fans (although a thick 360mm radiator and fans might interfere with the EPS-12V power cable).

nzxt h440 build 1

One complaint: there’s a mere 5/8″ of clearance between the back of the motherboard tray and the case panel. This will be reduced to less than 1/2″ when the panel’s attached due to the thickness of the sound absorbing foam.

nzxt h440 mb clearance

The front edge of the motherboard tray tilts up at about a 40-degree angle to provide mounting points for the drive caddies. This means that an ATX motherboard is the largest you can fit; anything longer, like an XL-ATX or EATX board, would hit the edge of the motherboard tray.

nzxt h440 mb tray angle

Cables for 2.5″ devices mounted here tuck neatly into the provided cable opening, along with the motherboard front panel cables and a USB line. But see that opening just to the right of the 2.5″ drive?

nzxt_h440_neat_cables

That’s for your PCI-E power cables. In this build, I’m using dual NVIDIA GTX580 reference cards, with each card requiring both a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connector, so there are a total of four cables routed here…and there’s room for at least two more.

nzxt h440 pci cable

Let’s continue this build 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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