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NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Computer Case Review

By David Ramsey

Manufacturer: NZXT, Inc.
Product Name: Mid-Tower Computer Case
Model Number: CA-H440W-W1 (white), CA-H440W-M1 (matte black/gloss red)
UPC: 15671011848 EAN: 5060301691098
Price As Tested: $119.99 (NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: NZXT provided the product sample used in this article.

You might think, upon initial inspection, that the NZXT H440 Mid Tower computer case is just another well-crafted and attractive case from NZXT; and you’d be right, in the sense that it’s both attractive and well-crafted. But the H440 hides several innovations under its painted steel skin, one of which will be controversial.

NZXT H440 computer case

Some of my first reviews for this site were of NZXT cases, and I was always impressed at the features and quality that NZXT could bring to a case retailing for a mere $49.95. Simple ideas like slots for the rear exhaust fan screws that let you position the fan precisely behind your CPU cooler cost virtually nothing to include but added real functionality. The H440 follows in this tradition.

Features & Specifications

Drive Bays External: 0,  Internal 2.5″/3.5″: 6 + 2
Cooling System Front: 2x 140/3x120mm (3 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)
Top: 2x 140/3x120mm
Rear: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 140mm FN V2 Fan Included)
Filters Front Side(Included)
Bottom Front (Included)
Bottom Rear(Included)
Radiator Support Front 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Top 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 140/120mm
Clearance GPU Clearance With HDD Cage: 294mm
GPU Clearance Without HDD Cage: 406.2mm
CPU Cooler: 180mm
Cable Management: Lowest Point – 17.7mm; Highest Point 32.5mm
Dimensions 220mm x 510mm x 475.3mm
Material SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Motherboards Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7
External Connections 1x audio/mic, 2xUSB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Weight 9.75kg / 21.5 pounds
Warranty 2 years

NZXT has been broadening their appeal in the mid- to high-end case market, and we here at Benchmark Reviews have been impressed with cases like new Phantom series. But the H440 is unlike anything that NZXT has done before. In this review, I’ll show you the features that will make you want this case…or cross it off your list.


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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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