NZXT H440 Case Review

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NZXT H440 Case Review


Introduction  

The silent or quiet cases market used to be a very specialist area, now it seems every manufacturer has their own silent line. There are some unique designs out there but for the most part they all have the same basic design and layout, NZXT plans to change all of this with the H440 though and wants to turn all previous designs on their head. Let's save the waffling that hardly anyone ever reads and move swiftly on to the specifications and the video review. 

  

NZXT H440 Case Review  


Video Review





Conclusion

The conclusion for the H400 is actually pretty difficult to write, mainly because we could find very little wrong with it. The design is minimalistic or simplistic depending on your point of view but all here at OC3D agreed its a mighty fine looking case. Just getting rid of the optical bays has made the front look so much cleaner, yes that's right you read correctly..... The case does NOT support an internal optical drive and in our opinion is much better for it. It's touches like these that make you realise NZXT isn't afraid to make cases for an enthusiast rather than the mainstream 'doesn't know any better' user. The PSU cover is yet another sign of this. Sure its something that has been seen in many a custom build but its the first time we have seen something from a manufacturer and its actually been really well implemented. Another good point about the PSU cover is if you use cable extensions it won't make your OCD go nuts because the normally exposed plain PSU end of the cables will be covered up! The clever LED lit NZXT logo in it stops it from looking like just another part of the case and actually manages to make that cover rather a cool feature. It's worth noting it is a fixed feature of the case and the SSD mounts on top of it are also a rather 'forced' design option because removing them reveals rather unsightly slide mounts. It looks the bomb with them fitted though and in short you must use them!

So its a 'H' series case meaning hush and this means its part of NZXT's quiet range of cases, there's sound deadening foam in both side panels, under the roof and front panels also. Thankfully NZXT has realised since the H2 that you can actually find nice sound deadening foam and we all enjoyed poking the panels on this for ages. All in the name of testing of course!

Airflow wise its not the most free flowing of cases but in the same breath we don't think its very restrictive either. High airflow and low noise just do not go hand in hand, it's like Charlie Sheen and rehab.... They just don't go together. We do need to make a point very clear though, a well tuned system with low noise fans will not find this case very restrictive. It's only when you really want to push the envelope with high performance fans that things will start to be held back, luckily that's not what this case was designed for.

Water cooling options on the H440 are awesome, especially when you consider the price. You can fit a 30mm thick radiator up to a 280mm or a 360mm in the roof with a single set of fans (this obviously covers most AIO's like the Kracken X60 and the H100i) and you can fit the same size rads in the front but there is room for a monster sized 80mm thick rad including push pull fans! You would have to chose your pump and reservoir wisely but compact options are widely available that would fit under the PSU cover.

All in all NZXT have come a long way recently and all of us here think the H440 is one of if not the best enthusiast case they have produced yet. With so many enthusiast based design touches plus awesome water cooling support in such a small and well priced package is amazing an undoubtedly worthy of the OC3D Gold award. 18 months ago we produced the OC3D White Gold award but as yet had not found a product that we felt deserved our highest accolade. The Corsair 540 came pretty close but we are happy to announce that the H440 clinched it. A mixture of the price, water cooling support and finally the brave choice to have no optical bay support is what swung it. So congratulations NZXT for being the first manufacturer to ever be awarded the TTL White Gold award!

        NZXT H440 Case Review  

Thanks to NZXT for sending in the H440, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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14-01-2014, 09:44:54

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...064710402l.jpg

NZXT has released a new baby into their Hush range of silent cases the H440. Can this perform as well as its bigger brother?


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14-01-2014, 09:51:17

Feronix
That is one epic score O_o'

*Goes to make coffee so I can watch the video*

14-01-2014, 09:58:38

AverageNinja
Damn with that award it has to be good! Watching the video now

EDIT: Just noticed that in the first line of the written conclusion, you wrote "H400" instead of H440, thought I might point that out Not finished watching yet, but I'm really liking the review and the case so far

14-01-2014, 10:21:55

Cru
no optical bays. woooooh!

14-01-2014, 10:22:58

Edge
Gotta admit that it's a thing of beauty. I love the blank faceplate so much. Like you said, really good to see manufacturers designing for the enthusiast who aren't going to be using optical drives. I was pretty set on the 760t before I saw this.

14-01-2014, 10:35:44

SieB
I'm thinking about getting a new case and this has just made it on to my list of possibilities, lovin the PSU cover and the overall design.
The 760T is looking pretty awesome as well though.. i'm in no hurry to buy so i'll probably wait a while and see how the 760T looks when reviews drop.

14-01-2014, 10:49:56

SeekaX
you've got no idea how much i celebrated this. i would've appreciated a more universal secondary color for the black version, but that case is in another league, there is nothing that can beat that case atm.

14-01-2014, 10:50:03

p1wookie
Oy, making things even harder for me to decide. Either this or the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe.

14-01-2014, 10:52:33

Chadwokie
is the psu intake dust filtered?

14-01-2014, 10:55:33

p1wookie
And it's only 119.99 in the States. 20 bucks cheaper than the Enthoo Luxe will be, and I can buy it now instead of waiting until March for the Luxe. Sold!

14-01-2014, 11:00:08

SieB

14-01-2014, 11:00:57

Permafrost
FINALLY A CASE WITH NO OPTICAL DRIVES!!!




so where do i fit my NZXT hue?

14-01-2014, 11:03:23

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by I don't Know View Post
FINALLY A CASE WITH NO OPTICAL DRIVES!!!




so where do i fit my NZXT hue?
You can't, huehuehue

Phenom has no optical bays either and I just love the look of such a clean front. Also; WHITE!

14-01-2014, 11:17:51

Permafrost
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
You can't, huehuehue
i think there are going to be a hue people selling there cases over the nzxt few weeks

see what i did there

14-01-2014, 11:21:45

alcoholocaust
I think I just found my next case.. Well played NZXT.

14-01-2014, 11:23:45

Dark NighT
Looks like an epic case, but i would prefer one thats entirely black, other than that, nice one NZXT!

14-01-2014, 11:30:08

Pendragon
Given all the shit you took from NZXT for the review you did a couple of years ago, they must be loving this one. It's as if they played that video to the design team and told them to make a case just to impress the crazy Englishman.
No doubt this is the best case from NZXT.

14-01-2014, 11:31:38

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pendragon View Post
Given all the shit you took from NZXT for the review you did a couple of years ago, they must be loving this one. It's as if they played that video to the design team and told them to make a case just to impress the crazy Englishman.
No doubt this is the best case from NZXT.
Just goes to prove - make a good product and get a good review

14-01-2014, 11:45:08

Dicehunter
Awesome review as always Tom but for the love of all that is holy please give your audience some warning when you put on some music that sounds like it was made by a guy with full body tourettes hitting his face against a keyboard who's had way too much sugar and red bull

14-01-2014, 11:47:40

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Awesome review as always Tom but for the love and all that is holy please give your audience some warning when you put on some music that sounds like it was made by a guy with full body tourettes hitting his face against a keyboard who's had way too much sugar and red bull
If that was guitar rifts youd have loved it!

14-01-2014, 11:53:22

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
If that was guitar rifts youd have loved it!
Hells yeah

I know both types of music take a lot of effort to make but that type of music to me has always felt really cheap and nasty and I've always associated it with chavs and scallys.

14-01-2014, 11:53:58

Conchubair
Soo, looks like im swimming against the tide in here.. I hate this case..
Though I do have to say much kudos to Rob T and the boys for ditching the optical bays.. <3
Innivation is something we should all want in this industry.
Here goes:
1. I hate the asthetics of the case although thats clearly personal opinion, but it looks too bland in my book.
2. The shape of the window. It just looks wonky and misshapen
3. The psu cover looks odd, with the nzxt logo clashing with the otherwise lack of "bling" on the case
4. The SSD rack. After taking a leaf from corsair s book and done something origional with the ssd mounts, just happens that if youve only got one that you want to display, it looks shit..
5. I know my build aint got a CL, but when it does, ill be showing it off! Why the f would I
want to hide my rad? they look cool! (Maybe thats why ive got a 750d for when I get a CL)
6. Window and sound foam. Personal opinion, but why both? Make up your mind.. One or the other

Disagree strongly with the "white gold award" would be low silver from me, but then again im not TTL am I? Im just Conch..


Sorry for the poor spellings but my galaxy mini sucks to type on.
Hope ive provoked some discussion, fell free to blast me,but please explain why..

14-01-2014, 12:09:20

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Conchubair View Post
Soo, looks like im swimming against the tide in here.. I fucking hate this case..
Though I do have to say much kudos to Rob T and the boys for ditching the optical bays.. <3
Innivation is something we should all want in this industry.
Here goes:
1. I hate the asthetics of the case although thats clearly personal opinion, but it looks too bland in my book.
2. The shape of the window. It just looks wonky and misshapen
3. The psu cover looks odd, with the nzxt logo clashing with the otherwise lack of "bling" on the case
4. The SSD rack. After taking a leaf from corsair s book and done something origional with the ssd mounts, just happens that if youve only got one that you want to display, it looks shit..
5. I know my build aint got a CL, but when it does, ill be showing it off! Why the f would I
want to hide my rad? they look cool! (Maybe thats why ive got a 750d for when I get a CL)
6. Window and sound foam. Personal opinion, but why both? Make up your mind.. One or the other

Disagree strongly with the "white gold award" would be low silver from me, but then again im not TTL am I? Im just Conch..


Sorry for the poor spellings but my galaxy mini sucks to type on.
Hope ive provoked some discussion, fell free to blast me,but please explain why..



Each to their own I suppose, but I think this case and especially for 95 is awesome.

14-01-2014, 12:21:06

Remmy
What an epic case for the money

14-01-2014, 12:21:19

Lystfiskern
What the fxxx happened to sound dampening material on the right side panel? Looks like ultratight space for cable managment really messed that up. (6:37 - 6:50 in the video review)
Im a really dissapointed you didnt come forward with this in the review Tom. Makes it more suspicious trying to hide it.
Love the PSU-cover, but not fond of the lit logo.
Always loved the leds over the motherboard I/O plate and the PCI brackets.
HDD coverplate allowing for tons of drives and still probably providing decent airflow to your other components. On the other hand that same plate completely covers your push/pull monsta rad...wich you probably would like to show off?

Meeeh.. guess Ill never find the perfect case.

14-01-2014, 12:26:16

Boonstick
Quote:
Originally Posted by Conchubair View Post
Soo, looks like im swimming against the tide in here.. I hate this case..
Though I do have to say much kudos to Rob T and the boys for ditching the optical bays.. <3
Innivation is something we should all want in this industry.
Here goes:
1. I hate the asthetics of the case although thats clearly personal opinion, but it looks too bland in my book.
2. The shape of the window. It just looks wonky and misshapen
3. The psu cover looks odd, with the nzxt logo clashing with the otherwise lack of "bling" on the case
4. The SSD rack. After taking a leaf from corsair s book and done something origional with the ssd mounts, just happens that if youve only got one that you want to display, it looks shit..
5. I know my build aint got a CL, but when it does, ill be showing it off! Why the f would I
want to hide my rad? they look cool! (Maybe thats why ive got a 750d for when I get a CL)
6. Window and sound foam. Personal opinion, but why both? Make up your mind.. One or the other

Disagree strongly with the "white gold award" would be low silver from me, but then again im not TTL am I? Im just Conch..


Sorry for the poor spellings but my galaxy mini sucks to type on.
Hope ive provoked some discussion, fell free to blast me,but please explain why..
I do love a few things that they've done with this case but I have to say that I agree with you on a few points.

The window with foam seems really dumb. The design, although I like the minimal design, would worry me in regards to airflow being restricted to a small gap in the side/top and I 100% agree in the minimal look/unnecessary "bling logo" on the PSU cover.

Also, my own little niggle being a massive fan of the Corsair 540, TTL said that he didn't give the Corsair 540 the "TTL white gold award" because of the floor mounted HDD bays being ugly if you didn't install a drive in them, which he is totally right in saying (I'm also not saying that it should have been give than award either) but also said that this case has the same problem but was ok if you installed 2 SSD's.

Anyway, great review and what looks like a great case...

14-01-2014, 12:28:42

Meladath
Oh man this thing looks awesome but I wish there was a version of this that has invrted colours! i.e Mostly black with a bit of white (with the PSU cover staying black with the white LED otherwise it would look dumb)... would be so amazing!

Also you didn't show the bottom. Does it have holes to allow the PSU mounted the way you hate it? and is it dust filtered?

14-01-2014, 12:38:49

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chadwokie View Post
is the psu intake dust filtered?

Yes it is https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

14-01-2014, 12:39:47

Meladath
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/showp...=2362&catid=35

Spotted on OCUK for 94.99! Looks like TTL was right. Wasn't expecting it this early though!

Now... to pre-order or not to pre-order.. that is the question.....
Is it worth paying an extra 40 for since I doubt I will get a good price for my R4 since my luck is horse turd.

14-01-2014, 12:46:08

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boonstick View Post
Also, my own little niggle being a massive fan of the Corsair 540, TTL said that he didn't give the Corsair 540 the "TTL white gold award" because of the floor mounted HDD bays being ugly if you didn't install a drive in them, which he is totally right in saying (I'm also not saying that it should have been give than award either) but also said that this case has the same problem but was ok if you installed 2 SSD's.
Agreed - and you have the additional hole for passing through cables as well. What if you dont wanna use that....?

14-01-2014, 12:47:08

Contendo
Not sure if I'm the right person to comment on this since I'm still using 7+ years old TT case but I have to agree with Conchubair on this.
I know Tom likes silent, elegant, white(I know it has nothing to do with the award) cases but this is at best a gold award case.
Yes is looks good in white/black great in black/red and price is ok for a mid tower but with all the features going for it it has some issues, for me at least, which just can't justify the best of the best award.

Forcing you to use 2 SSDs in front just so it doesn't look ugly and empty.
No optical bays. Removable bays with front cover being a door now that would be awesome.
Side window badly proportioned but I guess it has to be to cover that butt ugly panel where you attach hdd cages.
Some cable holes don't have rubber grommets.
Not enough room in the top. If only they made top cover just a bit taller so you could put fans on the outside.

It's a good case, maybe even great when you consider the price but white gold award worthy, not in my opinion at least.

14-01-2014, 12:51:16

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
What the fxxx happened to sound dampening material on the right side panel? Looks like ultratight space for cable managment really messed that up. (6:37 - 6:50 in the video review)
Im a really dissapointed you didnt come forward with this in the review Tom. Makes it more suspicious trying to hide it.
Love the PSU-cover, but not fond of the lit logo.
Always loved the leds over the motherboard I/O plate and the PCI brackets.
I like that HDD coverplate, allowing for tons of drives and still probably providing decent airflow to your other components. On the other hand that same plate completely covers your push/pull monsta rad...wich you probably would like to show off?

Meeeh.. guess Ill never find the perfect case.
He said later in the video that sound dampening was on the panel he just forgot to show it.

And complaining about the white gold award, he did say that was his own personal thing based on his personal likes about the case. I personally loved everything I saw about this case and would agree with TTL. Of course as with any case it's all personal preference.

14-01-2014, 12:57:28

Edge
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
Forcing you to use 2 SSDs in front just so it doesn't look ugly and empty.
I fail to see how it would look ugly and empty with two small SSDs missing. The rollers aren't that obnoxious.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
No optical bays. Removable bays with front cover being a door now that would be awesome.
No enthusiast PC builder uses optical bays. They look nasty. Clean, flush faceplate is far superior, as most of OC3D will agree. As you said, it's also silent, which is a big deal for a lot of us. Getting good aesthetics in a silent case is a rare thing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
Side window badly proportioned but I guess it has to be to cover that butt ugly panel where you attach hdd cages.
Side window that only shows the parts of your PC that you WANT to show off? Badly proportioned? How foolish. If anything it's a drastic improvement over seeing half a case that you don't want to see. The only problem is if you wanted to show off your watercooling reservoir, you'd most likely need to mod it. And that's a very specific instance.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
Not enough room in the top. If only they made top cover just a bit taller so you could put fans on the outside
The idea is that it's big enough to allow fans on the inside, which look better, every single time. Fans on the outside should only be done as a necessity, because it simply doesn't look as good.

Well deserving of the White Gold award, and by far one of the best cases reviewed so far.

14-01-2014, 13:09:36

Watsyerproblem
It looks like a great case.

It's not for me though, I use a blu-ray drive and use it to watch movies on my pc occasionally. Until that changes i will require at least one 5.25" drive bay.

14-01-2014, 13:23:34

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
It looks like a great case.

It's not for me though, I use a blu-ray drive and use it to watch movies on my pc occasionally. Until that changes i will require at least one 5.25" drive bay.
external drive?

14-01-2014, 13:30:01

Ciric
One word: WOOOOOOW

Now NZXT, make a fulltower version of this, (140mm higher, 30-40mm deeper to allow for a 360x60mm rad in the top, and a 480x60mm in the front, both with push/pull and the endtanks the "right" way arround), and maby a smoked window in the black version. Then it's pretty close to a dream case

14-01-2014, 13:46:55

Contendo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Edge View Post
I fail to see how it would look ugly and empty with two small SSDs missing. The rollers aren't that obnoxious.
2 SSDs on that cover take a fair amount of space and their absence would be quite noticeable. Like in 540 Air it looks great with them but empty without. Doesn't give you much choice if you want your rig to look nice and tidy.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Edge View Post
No enthusiast PC builder uses optical bays. They look nasty. Clean, flush faceplate is far superior, as most of OC3D will agree. As you said, it's also silent, which is a big deal for a lot of us. Getting good aesthetics in a silent case is a rare thing.
None use them? No one uses bay reservoirs, fan control hubs, blue-ray drives? Don't get me wrong I also like the clean look of the front panel but like I said, removable bays with front cover being a door would be much better. More options is always better.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Edge View Post
Side window that only shows the parts of your PC that you WANT to show off? Badly proportioned? How foolish. If anything it's a drastic improvement over seeing half a case that you don't want to see. The only problem is if you wanted to show off your watercooling reservoir, you'd most likely need to mod it. And that's a very specific instance.
A large part of Tom's review is based on how this case is a great for water cooling and from what I have seen a lot of them, if not all of them like to show off their work.



Quote:
Originally Posted by Edge View Post
The idea is that it's big enough to allow fans on the inside, which look better, every single time. Fans on the outside should only be done as a necessity, because it simply doesn't look as good.
Well my idea with the fans outside would mean you could use something else then a 30mm rad. Also fans on the outside don't look better or worse, they are outside under the cover so you don't see them at all.


I totally understand why Tom loves this case, it's like NZXT designed it just for him. It's H630's little brother with some small improvements and I really like it, black and red one would look super sweet on my desk but white gold award screams perfect to me and in the case of this case it is not deserved.

14-01-2014, 14:00:56

murphy7801
Sexy sexy case

14-01-2014, 14:09:52

Meladath
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
I totally understand why Tom loves this case, it's like NZXT designed it just for him. It's H630's little brother with some small improvements and I really like it, black and red one would look super sweet on my desk but white gold award screams perfect to me and in the case of this case it is not deserved.
As he said in the video. The white gold award is for cases that IN HIS OPINION are damn near perfect. He awarded it both gold and white gold. If you disagree with his opinion it is a gold case, if you do its white gold.

14-01-2014, 14:20:38

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
2 SSDs on that cover take a fair amount of space and their absence would be quite noticeable. Like in 540 Air it looks great with them but empty without. Doesn't give you much choice if you want your rig to look nice and tidy.
there is just a hole in the ground without the HDDs with the air 540, same situation.

Quote:
None use them? No one uses bay reservoirs, fan control hubs, blue-ray drives? Don't get me wrong I also like the clean look of the front panel but like I said, removable bays with front cover being a door would be much better. More options is always better.
exactly, nobody uses bay reservoirs, fan control hubs or blu-ray drives because bay reservoirs and fan control hubs look like crap and blu ray drives are pointless.

Quote:
A large part of Tom's review is based on how this case is a great for water cooling and from what I have seen a lot of them, if not all of them like to show off their work.
the window shows the good parts and hides the mess, what's the problem with that.

Quote:
Well my idea with the fans outside would mean you could use something else then a 30mm rad. Also fans on the outside don't look better or worse, they are outside under the cover so you don't see them at all.
because a push pull monsta 360mm + 30mm pull 360mm isn't enough for an ATX build, right.

Quote:
I totally understand why Tom loves this case, it's like NZXT designed it just for him. It's H630's little brother with some small improvements and I really like it, black and red one would look super sweet on my desk but white gold award screams perfect to me and in the case of this case it is not deserved.
that case does everything i want an ATX case to do perfectly, far better than any competition, it's pretty much flawless to most enthusiasts.

14-01-2014, 14:32:22

NeverBackDown
Pretty sure my R4 won't stay here much longer... Looks like the H440 is without a doubt my next upgrade.

14-01-2014, 14:35:47

barnsley
I can totally see why it is very much a 'TTL' case to be honest. It has been made for Tom. I'd go into why personally I don't like it as much but seeing as how -ahem- passionate people are about the case I won't bother. Its cool to see a non inverted atx case that has got rid of the 5.25 bays (silverstone's raven line got rid of them since the RV04), I actually have a use for them (fan controllers are useful for me) personally but not many do these days :P. Hardly a brave move, but a good one . Also, that power supply cover, hnnng.

-edit- Also while NZXT's design has improved I really hope their build quality has. Also, Tom is right about Coolermaster for Liquid cooling. Coolermaster need to try harder, as I've been saying about their stuff recently.
I should probably add I'm helping a mate on his first build and this will be the case for him I suspect. Happy days ahead .

14-01-2014, 14:57:43

Greenback
My thoughts about the top of the psu cover would be to put a res on top maybe 1 of the primochill's new one's or the xspc photon, I'm sure with a little bit of thought you could even put a bay res in there

14-01-2014, 15:06:54

Dicehunter
If NZXT ever make a full tower version with support for 60mm thick rads I'll buy it.

14-01-2014, 15:12:19

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
If NZXT ever make a full tower version with support for 60mm thick rads I'll buy it.
So a switch 810? lol

If they did make a full tower version i wonder if a 480 rad could be put in the front then as well? Would be a ton of rad space.. 480+360 both 60mm thick could cool a cpu and 2 gpus very easily all on 5v.

14-01-2014, 15:18:46

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
So a switch 810? lol

If they did make a full tower version i wonder if a 480 rad could be put in the front then as well? Would be a ton of rad space.. 480+360 both 60mm thick could cool a cpu and 2 gpus very easily all on 5v.
Well a Switch 810 doesn't look exactly like this now does it

14-01-2014, 15:22:07

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Well a Switch 810 doesn't look exactly like this now does it
H630 is the closest you can get at the moment.

14-01-2014, 15:28:46

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPS View Post
H630 is the closest you can get at the moment.
Meh, Does nothing for me

14-01-2014, 15:35:08

SieB
I'm pretty sure a 80mm and a 30mm thick 360 rad is enough to do a CPU and 2x GPU.

A 60mm 360 is enough for a CPU and GPU on its own. Tom did a build in a Haf X build called Shadow H20 with an overclocked 990x @ 4.4ghz and and overclocked 6990 (both of which run much hotter than what is around today) on a single Phobya 360x60mm rad and the temps were nice and low.

Change that 1 60mm rad for a 80mm and a 30mm and it's more than enough.

8:30 for temps

14-01-2014, 16:51:29

grassman
Good god it made me &5@!ing come.

Red with a white trim would have just given me a heart attack.

14-01-2014, 16:53:10

Dicehunter
Tom looks so young in that video, Has it really been 10 years since that video ???

14-01-2014, 16:57:34

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by p1wookie View Post
He said later in the video that sound dampening was on the panel he just forgot to show it.
Yes it could very well be a coinsidence that Tom forgot to fully show a badly damaged panel (dampening material - panel itself seemed fine) but did you see what it looked like?
It was really messed up and had what seemed to be several tears and rips and permanent indentations to it. As said I suspect it was mangeled due to very little space back there for cable-managment so that perhaps some cable-connectors, ziptie-nubs and the likes would press really hard against the dampening material when the panel was put on and even possibly ripping the dampening material when taking the panel on/off. But again...until Tom explains what really happened to it these are merely my speculations.

14-01-2014, 16:57:55

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Tom looks so young in that video, Has it really been 10 years since that video ???

He has "matured" quite a bit over the last 2 1/2 years, it was a trip down memory lane watchin that vid again

14-01-2014, 18:24:57

Bartacus
I'll chime in with the 5.25 bay guys here. Anyone who says no enthusiast uses these things doesn't know enthusiasts. That's bollocks. I still want a bloody fan controller! I don't care if it's mounted on the INSIDE of the case, but I still want manual control over my fans. Some of us aren't willing to use reducers to "fix" our fan speed. I want to crank mine up when I'm in the mood to add inches to my e-pecker and grin over how awesome my cooling system is.

That being said, this case looks awesome, and AMAZING in bang-for-the-buck terms. Just wish they had some 5.25 bay support, even if it was internal. I don't need to SEE my fan controller knobs or NZXT HUE controls, but I still want em! That aside, job well done NZXT! Now start making some fan controllers that DON'T suck, a la the Sentry line (ewwww).

14-01-2014, 18:34:49

Remmy
I think the best solution to the ODD bay issue would be to simply have individually removable bays. I still cling on to my fan controller, because I think it looks really nice, and I like manually controlling my fans. From the inside of my case you can't see any of the bay devices or cables anyway because I've made a cover for the entire area.

14-01-2014, 18:36:03

Bartacus
Quote:
Originally Posted by Remmy View Post
I think the best solution to the ODD bay issue would be to simply have individually removable bays. I still cling on to my fan controller, because I think it looks really nice, and I like manually controlling my fans. From the inside of my case you can't see any of the bay devices or cables anyway because I've made a cover for the entire area.
I agree. Just wish they could find a way to incorporate those internally, alongside the HDD bays.

14-01-2014, 18:38:54

Remmy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
I agree. Just wish they could find a way to incorporate those internally, alongside the HDD bays.
Yeah I know right, but they'd have to make sure it still looked nice behind where the bays would be with them all removed. No ugly brackets or anything. Although it would be fairly easy to mod it so that it looked nice, with a custom panel or something.

14-01-2014, 18:49:40

SieB
I think if I get one i'm going to grab a Bitfenix Recon fan controller, tuck it away neatly on the inside of the case in the cable managment section or in the HDD bays. And then use the web browser controls or my phone to adjust the fan speeds if needed.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/c...oller_review/5

14-01-2014, 19:04:52

Wraithguard
Arh!!! Damn it NZXT, why why why why!?! I had myself all set on getting the Fractal R2 Midi and then this comes along...

14-01-2014, 19:10:02

grassman
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Arh!!! Damn it NZXT, why why why why!?! I had myself all set on getting the Fractal R2 Midi and then this comes along...
This is better.

You should be happy it makes things easier :P

14-01-2014, 19:11:23

Remmy
Yeah, no brainer mate

14-01-2014, 19:14:05

grassman
When I first saw the H series I loved them, I didn't understand why TTL didn't go ape over it. Didn't expect to see a TTL edition on it's way

14-01-2014, 20:37:35

Contendo
Funny how colour of this case matches perfectly something Tom reviewed a few days a go. Could we see a project Zebra or something like that(since Orca is taken) happening any time soon?

14-01-2014, 20:46:18

p1wookie
The only decision I'm trying to make now is white or black.

14-01-2014, 21:16:28

Wraithguard
Quote:
Originally Posted by grassman View Post
This is better.

You should be happy it makes things easier :P
Ya know what, I'm glad I have not yet parted with any cash
I want a White H440 now the modding potential is just staggering! I mean none if at all anything needs to be added just a splash of personalisation and.... and and and I'm at a loss with this case it's just "Perfect"

14-01-2014, 21:19:04

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Ya know what, I'm glad I have not yet parted with any cash
I want a White H440 now the modding potential is just staggering! I mean none if at all anything needs to be added just a splash of personalisation and.... and and and I'm at a loss with this case it's just "Perfect"
Not "perfect" exactly.. if it was free along with free shipping then ya i would say perfect

14-01-2014, 21:22:45

p1wookie
There's now free shipping on all pre-orders through NZXT according to their Facebook page.

Source

EDIT: It does say US only.

14-01-2014, 21:25:13

Wraithguard
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Not "perfect" exactly.. if it was free along with free shipping then ya i would say perfect
Nah I don't mind paying good hard earned cash if I'm getting something perfect that I will just sit and stare at, in fact I'm going to sell my monitor buy the H440 and just stare at it.

14-01-2014, 21:28:27

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Nah I don't mind paying good hard earned cash if I'm getting something perfect that I will just sit and stare at, in fact I'm going to sell my monitor buy the H440 and just stare at it.
Well not much use of a computer if you can't look at a screen....
Should probably save money instead

15-01-2014, 03:29:16

ShaunB-91
Ohhh I wanted a 760T but I think I'm going to pre-order this, it looks just the perfect case now for me to get into modding and doing a full loop and making this look even sexier.

Damn, and I wasn't really a fan of NZXT before, but this...

Do I wait to see what the 760T has to offer first?!

15-01-2014, 08:24:47

xRavaged
Such a nice case! This is value for money!
Want to swap this for my 600T!!!

Only thing that I don't like is the PSU cover with the SSD fixtures, but could easily be resolved by purchasing a piece of acrylic and then whack it on top, then drill some holes and Velcro the SSDs on top for a cleaner look ?

15-01-2014, 08:32:55

Ciric
Quote:
Originally Posted by xRavaged View Post
Such a nice case! This is value for money!
Only thing that I don't like is the PSU cover with the SSD fixtures, but could easily be resolved by purchasing a piece of acrylic and then whack it on top, then drill some holes and Velcro the SSDs on top for a cleaner look ?
Not a bad idea. Maby with some very discreet LED's in the side, to make it have a very subtle white glow

15-01-2014, 18:46:24

Gripen90
Looks too much like a refrigerator to me - a bit too boring. Not a case I would put my hardware into.

15-01-2014, 19:21:43

Kibeloko
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gripen90 View Post
Looks too much like a refrigerator to me - a bit too boring. Not a case I would put my hardware into.
Boring? I rather call it simplicity

It's beautiful. A real masterpiece from NZXT.

16-01-2014, 00:22:18

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gripen90 View Post
Looks too much like a refrigerator to me - a bit too boring. Not a case I would put my hardware into.
All white cases look like refridgerators on the inside, that's why you can choose different colors...

16-01-2014, 04:59:58

Chadwokie
So i might be in the minority on this but im not a fan of the tall tube reservoirs, personally id much rather seeing the res in the optical bay drive (the only thing i use my optical drive bay for) and it got me thinking.

why isnt there a chasis that has removeable optical bays and drive bays you may think im a idiot but why cant the optical bays have a dual use as drive bays for storage? would it be such a big leap in design to allow them to be multi function as well as removable?

then hide it all behind a door and bobs your uncle?

16-01-2014, 05:39:58

barnsley
The more I look at the front of the case the less it grows on me :I. The insides are fantastic, the outside though is too boxy for my liking. I really hope the way they've done the psu/ssds catches on.

16-01-2014, 06:58:38

Contendo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chadwokie View Post
So i might be in the minority on this but im not a fan of the tall tube reservoirs, personally id much rather seeing the res in the optical bay drive (the only thing i use my optical drive bay for) and it got me thinking.

why isnt there a chasis that has removeable optical bays and drive bays you may think im a idiot but why cant the optical bays have a dual use as drive bays for storage? would it be such a big leap in design to allow them to be multi function as well as removable?

then hide it all behind a door and bobs your uncle?
I think the 2 new thermaltake tower cases have that option with T81 having more stealth, elegant look with front doors compared to V71's more aggressive looking mesh front.

16-01-2014, 07:06:33

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
I think the 2 new thermaltake tower cases have that option with T81 having more stealth, elegant look with front doors compared to V71's more aggressive looking mesh front.
THERMALTACKY ALERT

Thermaltake is universally hated on this forum, heads up

16-01-2014, 07:32:06

Contendo
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
THERMALTACKY ALERT

Thermaltake is universally hated on this forum, heads up
I'm rather new to this forum so have to ask what is the reason for it? Is it quality or something else? From the overall design I would put them in the same league with CM and NZXT.
My 7+ year old TT Armor still looks as good(or bad to some ppl I quess) as the day I bought it, from the outside at least. Interior design and features can't even be compared to today's cases, even the cheap ones.

16-01-2014, 07:35:11

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
I'm rather new to this forum so have to ask what is the reason for it? Is it quality or something else? From the overall design I would put them in the same league with CM and NZXT.
My 7+ year old TT Armor still looks as good(or bad to some ppl I quess) as the day I bought it, from the outside at least. Interior design and features can't even be compared to today's cases, even the cheap ones.
Thermaltake = n0000b

You buy thermaltake - realise its shit and designs stolen from other brands and THEN you buy a proper enthusiast product to replace.

16-01-2014, 07:49:11

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
I'm rather new to this forum so have to ask what is the reason for it? Is it quality or something else? From the overall design I would put them in the same league with CM and NZXT.
My 7+ year old TT Armor still looks as good(or bad to some ppl I quess) as the day I bought it, from the outside at least. Interior design and features can't even be compared to today's cases, even the cheap ones.
horrible design flaws, tacky (that's where thermaltacky comes from), usually pretty darn ugly and not even well priced. no thank you.

16-01-2014, 07:49:23

ShaunB-91
I used to have the Armor and think it's such an ugly thing, those stupid flaps over the front. Not everything with flaps are nice.

16-01-2014, 08:00:43

barnsley
I don't think I need to elaborate on ThermalT*ke ;D

16-01-2014, 08:20:54

Contendo
Didn't know you guys were such an elitist jerks
Reason I mentioned TT is because Chadwokie asked for a case with removable optical bays and when I was watching some videos from CES 2014 I noticed some interesting features on new TT cases.
Fully removable HDD cages and optical bays and the option to install 2 of those HDD cages in the back. That is something I haven't see before. It also has some impressive water cooling options for that case size.

16-01-2014, 08:25:51

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
Didn't know you guys were such an elitist jerks
Reason I mentioned TT is because Chadwokie asked for a case with removable optical bays and when I was watching some videos from CES 2014 I noticed some interesting features on new TT cases.
Fully removable HDD cages and optical bays and the option to install 2 of those HDD cages in the back. That is something I haven't see before. It also has some impressive water cooling options for that case size.
Elitist? Hmmmm Realist? Entitled to an opinion?

Thermaltakes are learner cases, you buy one. Learn. Then evolve and buy something better once you know better.

All their cases are cheap and look nasty.

16-01-2014, 08:38:49

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Elitist? Hmmmm Realist? Entitled to an opinion?

Thermaltakes are learner cases, you buy one. Learn. Then evolve and buy something better once you know better.

All their cases are cheap and look nasty.
Quite true, I had mine as my second ever case, my main one really, I was a wee 14 year old at the time, don't get me wrong I do still keep my eye out on TT but it seems they haven't made nothing good ever.

The Armor, flaps for no reason, green and purple PCI brackets, hard drive cage although removable stuck in the top of the roof at the back, dust magnet. Just crap really.

16-01-2014, 08:40:00

tinytomlogan
Back on topic now boys.

16-01-2014, 08:57:32

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Thermaltake = n0000b
You buy thermaltake - realise its shit and designs stolen from other brands and THEN you buy a proper enthusiast product to replace.
Whats up with the whole Thermaltake situation?

I am really surprised that a business leader uses this sort of language. Most business owners would never talk about others like that as it in most cases shows very poor business judgement and general lack of people skills.
I can only assume that Tom has had some serious gripes with Thermaltake in the past. Still holds grudge with a vengeance and sure as hell isnt afraid of getting dragged to the courts.

We need to hear the full story Tom, be thorougly explained why we never ever should buy a Thermaltake product.

16-01-2014, 09:02:19

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
Whats up with the whole Thermaltake situation?

I am really surprised that a business leader uses this sort of language. Most business owners would never talk about others like that as it in most cases shows very poor business judgement and general lack of people skills.
I can only assume that Tom has had some serious gripes with Thermaltake in the past. Still holds grudge with a vengeance and sure as hell isnt afraid of getting dragged to the courts.

We need to hear the full story Tom, be thorougly explained why we never ever should by a Thermaltake product.
you want an explanation for why you shouldn't buy an alienware pc as well?

16-01-2014, 09:12:55

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeekaX View Post
you want an explanation for why you shouldn't buy an alienware pc as well?
Lol don't see why he'd get dragged through the courts. But this is a H440 review page so we should leave it really.

16-01-2014, 09:21:58

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
Whats up with the whole Thermaltake situation?


I can only assume that Tom has had some serious gripes with Thermaltake in the past. Still holds grudge with a vengeance and sure as hell isnt afraid of getting dragged to the courts.
i fail to see how that is a legal matter? Isn't that just Tom expressing his opinion?

To sum the whole thermaltake situation up: poor build quality, high prices, unoriginal design.
/end

16-01-2014, 10:00:49

Chadwokie
tbh the main reason tom is able to make reviewing computer hardware is the fact he does speak like this.... sure it may be blunt, wild like a untamed beast (lol no idea where i was going with that)..... but hes honest and genuine and doesnt come across as a money grabbing ass hat.

just my opinion....but im much more likely to believe the review of some one who isnt afraid of upsetting the people hes reviewing.

Its also the biggest reason i wont ever value a review from a retailer as they naturally are trying to sell you the product

16-01-2014, 10:15:09

TheOuterOne
Rite, this will be the case I'm using for my upcoming blue-white themed rig

16-01-2014, 10:18:47

Contendo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chadwokie View Post
tbh the main reason tom is able to make reviewing computer hardware is the fact he does speak like this.... sure it may be blunt, wild like a untamed beast (lol no idea where i was going with that)..... but hes honest and genuine and doesnt come across as a money grabbing ass hat.

just my opinion....but im much more likely to believe the review of some one who isnt afraid of upsetting the people hes reviewing.

Its also the biggest reason i wont ever value a review from a retailer as they naturally are trying to sell you the product
The sad thing about this whole TT trashing is that is started with me answering your post a few pages back about removable optical bays. All I wanted to point out is there are some nice solutions out there, which I would like to see on other case designs(NZXT H series included), but everyone just ignored it because I mentioned it's from TT. Not sure how or why it made such a nasty turn leading nowhere

16-01-2014, 11:27:31

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
The sad thing about this whole TT trashing is that is started with me answering your post a few pages back about removable optical bays. All I wanted to point out is there are some nice solutions out there, which I would like to see on other case designs(NZXT H series included), but everyone just ignored it because I mentioned it's from TT. Not sure how or way it made such a nasty turn leading nowhere
Apologies for it going out of hand . I agree it is a smart feature but I'm sure they aren't the only ones to do it. I'd imagine Lian Li or Silverstone do it as well tbh, they're pretty good at thinking a bit differently

16-01-2014, 13:47:48

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by Contendo View Post
"The sad thing about this whole TT trashing is that is started with me answering your post a few pages back about removable optical bays".......... "Not sure how or why it made such a nasty turn leading nowhere"
No worries mate.
TT trashing has beeing going on for quite some time at OC3D and it seems noone here is willing to give the company the benefit of a doubt they could actually improve or make a decent product or feature.

16-01-2014, 13:58:46

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
No worries mate.
TT trashing has beeing going on for quite some time at OC3D and it seems noone here is willing to give the company the benefit of a doubt they could actually improve or make a decent product or feature.
nothing worth looking at for a second chance.

16-01-2014, 16:05:48

NeverBackDown
Just take the TT topic into another thread.

This is a review page. Please keep it focused on the review and product

16-01-2014, 16:12:42

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Just take the TT topic into another thread.

This is a review page. Please keep it focused on the review and product
Agreed

16-01-2014, 16:14:35

barnsley
You can Discuss Thermaltake here.

16-01-2014, 18:08:16

Xavi C
Thanks for the review Tom. The case looks definitely awesome, I'm so much getting the black/red when it becomes available in Norway!

16-01-2014, 18:55:23

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xavi C View Post
Thanks for the review Tom. The case looks definitely awesome, I'm so much getting the black/red when it becomes available in Norway!
Just add to basket http://www.komplett.no/search?q=NZXT+H440

16-01-2014, 19:06:44

Xavi C
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
prisguide.no and prisjakt.no don't seem to have listed komplett.no availability just yet, nice spot! Possibly available mid february

EDIT: ordered

17-01-2014, 03:27:28

ShaunB-91
Still so tempted to pre-order lol.

17-01-2014, 18:19:49

Whiskers
Now this has made my case buying decision extremely difficult! My plan is to water cool the rig in my sig, I already have the pump, tubing, cpu block and one of the gpu blocks so all I need is the second gpu block, a res and the rads, oh, and a case that will house it all!

The cases I'm looking at are, Corsair 750d, Phanteks Enthoo Primo White or the NZXT H440 also white. I can't get over how cheap the NZXT case is! Half the price of the Enthoo Primo. I wouldn't say I have a budget as such but the Enthoo Primo is as expensive as I'd go.

What would you guys recommend? Which would hold the rads required to fully water cool my sig rig and be very quite so I could still fold and sleep in the same room as the pc?

17-01-2014, 18:26:35

Dandaman91
I'll be grabbing one of these for my next build, looks bloody tasty!

17-01-2014, 21:16:23

Agost
Are those screw holes in the bottom for HDD installation?

18-01-2014, 08:02:40

xbias8
Would it be easy to remove red bits of the case to paint them, e.g. orange?

21-01-2014, 20:25:37

Agost
I really hope it will come in other color schemes .-.

22-01-2014, 11:48:50

BIGGRIMTIM
I am really interested in this case, although I am worried about the cooling. I am starting a build and worry that 2 Asus R9 290 DCUII cards will get too hot. Any thoughts on this? I currently have a corsair 650D.

Thanks

22-01-2014, 11:54:56

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by BIGGRIMTIM View Post
I am really interested in this case, although I am worried about the cooling. I am starting a build and worry that 2 Asus R9 290 DCUII cards will get too hot. Any thoughts on this? I currently have a corsair 650D.

Thanks
It'll be fine. The case fans should do the job well, although remember that the DCUII likes to throw heat everywhere so you better make sure you have good ventilation.

22-01-2014, 11:57:42

BIGGRIMTIM
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
It'll be fine. The case fans should do the job well, although remember that the DCUII likes to throw heat everywhere so you better make sure you have good ventilation.
Thanks for the prompt reply. I have an H100i that I am planning to install in the roof of the case. I am not opposed to replacing the fans. I thought maybe some corsair red and black fans to match the red and black case I was planning on getting.

22-01-2014, 12:13:58

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by BIGGRIMTIM View Post
Thanks for the prompt reply. I have an H100i that I am planning to install in the roof of the case. I am not opposed to replacing the fans. I thought maybe some corsair red and black fans to match the red and black case I was planning on getting.
If youre using the same motherboard then this case will probably be better than your 650D - the biggest difference to GPU temps is your motherboard slots. The H440 doesnt have side panel fans thankfully but the airflow though should be fine. one thing I will say is if you get black and red SP120's for the H100i - get the quiet editions and DONT use the link software - wire them to the PSU directly and use fan speed reducers (just aim for mega quiet)

Also then you have the option to kit the rest of the case out with AF120 quiet editions that have practically the exact same main design so all of you case fans will match.

It will look the nuts and be nigh on silent too if you set it up right

22-01-2014, 12:54:18

barnsley
what Tom said except I can't stress the airflow issue enough.I own a 280x dcuII and it chucks out heat from the sides more than anywhere else. Those front fans should do the trick though.

22-01-2014, 13:25:57

BIGGRIMTIM
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
If youre using the same motherboard then this case will probably be better than your 650D - the biggest difference to GPU temps is your motherboard slots. The H440 doesnt have side panel fans thankfully but the airflow though should be fine. one thing I will say is if you get black and red SP120's for the H100i - get the quiet editions and DONT use the link software - wire them to the PSU directly and use fan speed reducers (just aim for mega quiet)

Also then you have the option to kit the rest of the case out with AF120 quiet editions that have practically the exact same main design so all of you case fans will match.

It will look the nuts and be nigh on silent too if you set it up right
This is good news! I was planning on getting all corsair fans and with my Asus Crosshair V Formula Z and red PSU cable this will look nice. I am going for the black case obviously.

22-01-2014, 14:07:23

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by BIGGRIMTIM View Post
This is good news! I was planning on getting all corsair fans and with my Asus Crosshair V Formula Z and red PSU cable this will look nice. I am going for the black case obviously.


I hate the black&red version instead .-.

Are any other color schemes coming for this case? Something like all black or black&white, or black&grey...

What could be a good place to put a pump+res combo?

25-01-2014, 18:45:41

Davva2004
I also have a question about this case, as I'm planning to fit an XSPC Photon / D5 combo in the space between the PCI card slots and the side window, like this...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psf0c41bb7.jpg

(Excuse the lame Photoshop, just trying to show what I mean)

My question is, the reservoir is 75mm thick, is there 75mm of clearance between the top of the graphics card and the window?

EDIT: Think I may have answered my own question, so here's what I've found for anyone wondering the same...

The PCI backplate height is 106mm, so seeing as the case can take a 180mm high CPU cooler that means my 75mm thick reservoir is 1mm too thick. That's on the assumption that the PCI slots and CPU cooler would be measured from the same plane, which I reckon they are.

I'll look out for a slimmer reservoir.

25-01-2014, 18:55:51

NeverBackDown
You will probably not be able to do it. You need space between a GPU and Side Panel. GPU with barbs at the top making it a more narrow fit.

Probably going to have to buy it and try it.

28-01-2014, 22:04:48

paulm71
i like the case and a good review, but can you fit a corsair h100i in push pull in the top, as explained in the vd it only has a 3mm clearance to top edge of mobo so could you fit fans in the roof or what about some slim ones in the roof or would this make no difference to temps or can you fit it in the front push pull or are the h100i pipes not long enough as you could still use one hdd mount then.

29-01-2014, 04:05:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulm71 View Post
i like the case and a good review, but can you fit a corsair h100i in push pull in the top, as explained in the vd it only has a 3mm clearance to top edge of mobo so could you fit fans in the roof or what about some slim ones in the roof or would this make no difference to temps or can you fit it in the front push pull or are the h100i pipes not long enough as you could still use one hdd mount then.
If you watch the video I actually answer about AIO's very clearly dude.

Push Pull on the H100i doesnt really make much difference either - especially as this is a case designed to be used with quiet components

29-01-2014, 17:15:38

wgc138
This case is certainly impressive, will definietly get one for twin 360's. any words about them bringing a bigger case similar to this?

30-01-2014, 20:57:54

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by wgc138 View Post
This case is certainly impressive, will definietly get one for twin 360's. any words about them bringing a bigger case similar to this?
There's already the H630...

I just hope for other color schemes .-.

30-01-2014, 22:35:26

paulstung
I just hope for other color schemes .-.[/QUOTE]

My thoughts exactly mate, not a fan of black and red, It's a shame it would be perfect for my server/bedroom rig, that iv'e got planned.

31-01-2014, 20:50:09

frozenwings
I asked a question on your actual video on youtube, then realized I might be more likely to get an answer here. Need to know whether or not NZXT is yanking my chain or not about the offset up top.

Here is a copy/paste:

Hey, TTL. Great review as usual. I do have a quick question though. I briefly spoke with NZXT on their facebook page, and according to them another reviewer got a 45mm thick rad up in the top. They also mentioned that the Corsair H105, even with it's thicker 38mm rad, will also fit in the top. Does this mesh with what you saw while working in the case?

31-01-2014, 21:31:32

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulstung View Post

My thoughts exactly mate, not a fan of black and red, It's a shame it would be perfect for my server/bedroom rig, that iv'e got planned.
Yeah, i really don't like red on a case...

I hope for a full black version, but I think a black/gunmetal or black/green could be nice

What are good spots for a pump+reservoir combo, considering 2 360mm rads and a 3,5 HDD on the bottom?

01-02-2014, 15:46:29

Smilly
I'm planning to run Crossfire HD7870s (Sapphire GHz Edition) and an FX 6300 @4.5GHz with an H100i in this case or maybe a white Carbide 540 Air. Depending on cooling efficiency and cooling to noise ratio. In any case, I'll be using 3x Corsair AF120 Fans in the front and 2x 120 SPs on the H100i. AF140 in the rear. So no Watercooling, except for the CPU, ofc.

There are almost no reviews for the NZXT H440 out there and the few that are, are not talking about how well this case handles multiple GPUs and overclocking - or anything regarding temperatures, at all, for that matter.

So question is: Will the NZXT be able to handle such a hardware setup?

01-02-2014, 15:57:53

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilly View Post
So question is: Will the NZXT be able to handle such a hardware setup?
It'll be fine. I've built a rig with 2 660s,(DCUII cooler, which behaves alot like your Sapphire 7870s) a 6350 and a h100 in a worse case (corsair carbide 200r) and the temperatures were fine. The airflow in this case is fantastic from what I've read.

01-02-2014, 16:53:36

Smilly
200R is a cheaper case, but not necessairly worse regarding airflow. Those vents in the top alone can do alot for low temps. I'm sporting a modded NZXT H2 myself and overall temps dropped 6 degrees since I modified the top (removing the hot swap bay and puting another 140mm Fan in there + some black mesh).

Point is, comparing the 200R with the NZXT H440 in performance might work, but it very well might not.

02-02-2014, 14:14:07

Mark Johansen
I'm getting this case in white as soon as possible! But will my Noctua NH-D14 fit in?

02-02-2014, 14:37:43

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Johansen View Post
I'm getting this case in white as soon as possible! But will my Noctua NH-D14 fit in?
I see no reason why it wouldn't.

02-02-2014, 15:11:36

Mark Johansen
Sounds good :-)

02-02-2014, 17:27:27

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilly View Post
200R is a cheaper case, but not necessairly worse regarding airflow. Those vents in the top alone can do alot for low temps.
oh trust me it is ;P. Its a dust magnet as well. For the money you can do much better as well, such as the Fractal R4, the antec GX700 and tonnes of others.

I know they're not competitors but I was showing that if those components were fine in the 200r then they'll be excellent in the H440.

02-02-2014, 20:39:22

Permafrost
hi guys i was just re-watching tom's video trying to find that song he used and now the song has been removed....

anyone know the tune?

02-02-2014, 20:48:06

Smilly
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I know they're not competitors but I was showing that if those components were fine in the 200r then they'll be excellent in the H440.
Yeah, I figured that much. Thanks for the input.

Seems like it comes down to me being able to wait until end of february for the H440 or ... not. As far as i know, Corsair's 540 white will be available mid february.

One way or the other, my trusty H2 has to hold on for a little while longer.

Btw, why isn't there a proper review of the Carbide Air 540? Just the quick unboxing stuff. That's clearly not enough! Give us a full length review, please!

02-02-2014, 21:07:06

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilly View Post
Yeah, I figured that much. Thanks for the input.

Seems like it comes down to me being able to wait until end of february for the H440 or ... not. As far as i know, Corsair's 540 white will be available mid february.

One way or the other, my trusty H2 has to hold on for a little while longer.

Btw, why isn't there a proper review of the Carbide Air 540? Just the quick unboxing stuff. That's clearly not enough! Give us a full length review, please!
NZXT said early February, and Newegg has the release date set as 2/14/2014, which also happens to be the same release date they have for the white Air 540.

02-02-2014, 21:30:24

Agost
No dual 360mm rad AND a 3,5" HDD together at the same time...

02-02-2014, 21:32:32

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Agost View Post
No dual 360mm rad AND a 3,5" HDD together at the same time...
There's a place to mount a 3.5" in the floor of the case.

EDIT: The recessed section there has mounting points for 3.5" and 2.5" drives.

http://cdn.pcper.com/files/imagecach...Case%20(2).jpg

03-02-2014, 09:52:33

Agost
Where's my latest comment gone? D:

03-02-2014, 09:53:42

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Agost View Post
Where's my latest comment gone? D:
I test fitted two rads fine - I covered plenty of reasons why it would and maybe wouldnt in my review.

03-02-2014, 10:17:00

Agost
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I test fitted two rads fine - I covered plenty of reasons why it would and maybe wouldnt in my review.
Did the 3.5" hdd fit under the front 360mm rad??

03-02-2014, 10:29:58

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Agost View Post
Did the 3.5" hdd fit under the front 360mm rad??
I said in the video a front 360 means no mechanical drives. Its a mid tower case that costs 90 ffs.

You only have to look at pictures to see how high the first drive is. I also said IN THE VIDEO if you want a mechanical the front will be restricted to a 240 rad

03-02-2014, 11:38:28

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I said in the video a front 360 means no mechanical drives. Its a mid tower case that costs 90 ffs.

You only have to look at pictures to see how high the first drive is. I also said IN THE VIDEO if you want a mechanical the front will be restricted to a 240 rad
Hi Tom,

obviously i wasn't referring to the HDD metal slots, i was referring to the mounting space on the bottom ( which can house both 2.5" and 3.5" drives ).

From pictures and video it looked like there would have been space for a 3.5" in the bottom and a 360 rad in the front

So... given these restrictions, what would be better between 240 thick rad+360 slim on top with a 3.5" hdd VS dual 360mm rad ( always quite thick in the front ) and a 2.5"? The hdd will be for storage AND for games, I plan to watercool a CPU and a single GPU

03-02-2014, 15:35:57

NeverBackDown
Get 2 ssds and stick them on top of the powersupply cage. Boom solved.

Can always get 1tb 2.5inch drives anyway if SSDs are out of budget.

03-02-2014, 17:16:42

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Get 2 ssds and stick them on top of the powersupply cage. Boom solved.

Can always get 1tb 2.5inch drives anyway if SSDs are out of budget.


I don't have 500 only for a storage/games ssd...

Aren't 2.5" HDD much slower than 3.5" ones?

03-02-2014, 18:25:05

Smilly
You can buy fast 2.5" HDDs (like a WD Black 2.5") with 7200 rpm. Shouldn't be slower than a 3.5" version, at least not by much. You can get two 750GB drives for the price of a good 128 GB SSD. In case you prefer speed over capacity, you could also simply run them in a raid to get more performance out of them.

That's what I'll be going for with my new case.

As for case availability; well the retailers in europe that I checked have the H440 listed as 28.02. and the Carbide 540 white at 13.02. I hope neither of those dates are true and they release it somewhere around yesterday.

03-02-2014, 20:10:20

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smilly View Post
You can buy fast 2.5" HDDs (like a WD Black 2.5") with 7200 rpm. Shouldn't be slower than a 3.5" version, at least not by much. You can get two 750GB drives for the price of a good 128 GB SSD. In case you prefer speed over capacity, you could also simply run them in a raid to get more performance out of them.

That's what I'll be going for with my new case.

As for case availability; well the retailers in europe that I checked have the H440 listed as 28.02. and the Carbide 540 white at 13.02. I hope neither of those dates are true and they release it somewhere around yesterday.
I'm going to put a 120gb ( maybe 240 ) SSD and a HDD for data and all games ( steam library... )

So i'd like to have a quite fast hdd for game loading

BUT in first place i'll wait for new H440 colour schemes, i don't like red on black

04-02-2014, 18:20:19

wgc138
Nice debate on the mech drive with the 360 rad on the front, I thought they brought out some new color schemes and created all this big fuss...

I guess color is something case manufacturers wont be able to satisfy everyone's taste, but they pretty much hit the nail on the head with the white/black and black/white. I'm hanging out so much until its release, have everything on standby until then. red/black would kill on the rog or msi gaming board.

04-02-2014, 21:18:57

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by wgc138 View Post
Nice debate on the mech drive with the 360 rad on the front, I thought they brought out some new color schemes and created all this big fuss...

I guess color is something case manufacturers wont be able to satisfy everyone's taste, but they pretty much hit the nail on the head with the white/black and black/white. I'm hanging out so much until its release, have everything on standby until then. red/black would kill on the rog or msi gaming board.
I plan on throwing the M6F in mine.

Thinking about trying something with the 'armor' on it.

Looks like it's going to be more like late February than early February.

Source

Quote:
Hello Everyone,



I want to update everyone on a few items.



H440

Shipping for the H440 starts on the 17th for the White version and the 24th for the black
We are not making the Power supply shroud for other cases and It is does not come out at all.
The driver bay cage has about 110mm of spacing for a front RAD
You can install 2 X60 and a X40 into the case, or varations of that combo.

06-02-2014, 00:35:15

NeverBackDown
Still a 2600mm x 80mm rad a 25mm fan can fit even with all the drives populated if i read that correctly.Thats still a crap ton of rad surface area. and thats not including the top.

Edit: 360mm x 80mm rad.. not 2600mm rad(though i wish)

06-02-2014, 00:38:08

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Still a 2600mm x 80mm rad a 25mm fan can fit even with all the drives populated if i read that correctly.Thats still a crap ton of rad surface area. and thats not including the top.
A 2600mm rad is pretty massive

And you won't be putting any rads in the front with all the drive cages in.

08-02-2014, 03:14:03

smilertoo
The review says you can't fit a corsair h105 in the top, are the water tubes on corsair AIOs long enough to fit it on the front of the case?
I'd pay 20 more for a nice smoked tempered glass window instead of perspex.

09-02-2014, 00:16:06

NeverBackDown
NZXT have said the h105 will fit... so i'm pretty sure it would.

09-02-2014, 00:50:40

smilertoo
Has anyone seen a review that mentions the noise control from this case? I really like the look of it but i currently have a Fractal R4 (stock fans) and i'd hate to upgrade to a noisier case.

09-02-2014, 01:21:41

NeverBackDown
Doubt the noise will present a difference. If you have a window R4 then the noise should be about the same. A window will allow more noise to escape so if you have a solid panel R4 then i say it would not be an upgrade if noise is the only factor.

09-02-2014, 01:42:54

smilertoo
It is a solid panel R4 :/
I'll wait for a review/test of its sound proofing abilities before i order one with a h105.

09-02-2014, 09:39:05

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
NZXT have said the h105 will fit... so i'm pretty sure it would.

Well in TTL's review he mounted a H100i, which is 9 mm thinner than the 105... i think it could hit the motherboard heatsink because fan mounts are almost at the center of the top, near the mobo tray

10-02-2014, 20:58:12

p1wookie
Well, a couple posts on NZXT's Facebook page have pointed out that black/red has sold out in North America, and the white/black starts shipping tomorrow, with the black/red shipping a week later on the 17th.

Edit: They also said free shipping on it will only last until the black/red starts shipping.

10-02-2014, 22:08:09

hopentethking
Just ordered mine on the 9th, cant wait and free shipping is a deal that hard to beat. Newegg is selling it for 119.00 but charges 10.00 shipping. The 540 air was going to be the case for my build but the H440 beat it out. Soon as the video was over I knew this was my case. Once the H440 and EVGA 770sc get here my build will begin. I will be sure to post pics.

11-02-2014, 00:00:36

Ellrick
Hi sirs, great video review, completely sold me on the case.

I do remain unclear on one aspect of the design though.

I currently am running an extra fat 120, regular swifttech 360, and regular thickness xspc 280mm rad in my machine, and Id like to swap those parts into this case.

If I put the 280 in the front, preferably in a push/pull, will there be enough clearance to use at least one of the trays for an old school 3.5 mechanical HDD? I have 2 Samsung solid state drives, but I use a big 2tb drive for storage as well, and would like to avoid going external if I can.

Also, is it advisable to use one of those double 5.25 pump and reservoir combos loose in the empty space under the power supply shield? Looks like I should be able to level it out and secure it with zip ties somehow... I hope

Awesome site and review though, Tom has shepherded me through a few builds over the years, and has yet to steer me wrong.

11-02-2014, 00:47:59

p1wookie
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ellrick View Post
Hi sirs, great video review, completely sold me on the case.

I do remain unclear on one aspect of the design though.

I currently am running an extra fat 120, regular swifttech 360, and regular thickness xspc 280mm rad in my machine, and Id like to swap those parts into this case.

If I put the 280 in the front, preferably in a push/pull, will there be enough clearance to use at least one of the trays for an old school 3.5 mechanical HDD? I have 2 Samsung solid state drives, but I use a big 2tb drive for storage as well, and would like to avoid going external if I can.

Also, is it advisable to use one of those double 5.25 pump and reservoir combos loose in the empty space under the power supply shield? Looks like I should be able to level it out and secure it with zip ties somehow... I hope

Awesome site and review though, Tom has shepherded me through a few builds over the years, and has yet to steer me wrong.
To answer the first question, yes you can put a 280 in the front and still have a tray. There's even a space to mount it in the very bottom of the case. As for the 5.25" bay pump...I can't really answer that for you just letting it sit loose down there.

12-02-2014, 14:12:02

Kosio
Dunno if anybody else pointed it out, but the front intake looks kinda restricted. Actually you have intake vents only from one side of the case, while from the other you have curved angle and no intake at all. Well, I guess this is probably nit picking as you wont have any meaningful performance drop anyway with so much rad space. Otherwise, I think the design is godly and the case deserves yellow platinum award at least.

13-02-2014, 06:59:02

smilertoo
Isn't the bottom of the front also left open for air intake? But i agree it would have been better with air on both sides. I would also have preferred the top exhaust on other side but that would have ruined the smooth look a bit.

13-02-2014, 07:35:27

Vicey
The thing I really like about this case is NZXT's decision to leave out the optical bays.

I've personally not had an optical drive in my computer for a number of years now and I download all the games I play and my other media.

I know that some watercoolers really like the bay reservoirs but I always find those are difficult to match to the front bezel of the case due to the differences in materials used so I tend to go with internal reservoirs instead.

I hope to see more cases like this. Also it looks pretty.

13-02-2014, 10:35:55

smilertoo
I can see a lot of unneeded upgrades coming, my R4 is perfectly good but i'm considering getting one of these,.

20-02-2014, 02:09:34

frozenwings
For anyone concerned, the H105 does fit. If you're using a 120mm rad, the offset is 30-31mm between the motherboard standoffs and hitting the side of a thicker rad. So you could use even a 45mm thick rad assuming your motherboard has nothing protruding 30mm above the board itself. The H105 doesn't come down enough, but it looks like the offset would have no trouble clearing the RAM clips.

If you're using a 140mm rad, you're boned if you want a rad thicker than 30mm.

Here's a pic I took really quick with my phone while putting it together. As you can see, my heatsink is pretty tight. I had to shine a light through the bottom of the rad to see the space between.

http://i60.tinypic.com/eirsix.jpg

20-02-2014, 15:47:05

NeverBackDown
Should add more pictures to get different angles if possible. May help someone else in the future?

28-02-2014, 12:15:18

Dussan
Such a shame about the double 360 rad support being a load of hoot unless you want awkward fan on radiator touching.

if they only tested it on a prototype case at NZXT it could've been fixed...

28-02-2014, 13:18:36

paulstung
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dussan View Post
Such a shame about the double 360 rad support being a load of hoot unless you want awkward fan on radiator touching.
Indeed mate, I sat and watched a Bill Owen vid earlier, and I was quite interested in buying one, but have been put of a little now. It seems to be almost there, but not quite.

Hats of to NZXT for removing the drive bays, but a single/double removable option I think would have been more suitable, considering there isn't many ways of mounting a tube res, it will either have to be mounted on the front rad, or horizontally on the psu shroud, but then you loose the 2.5" drive mounts.

28-02-2014, 13:27:59

Davva2004
I'll be mounting mine vertically between the PCIE cards and side window, there's 74mm of room and I'll be removing the rear exhaust fan to fit a tall EK reservoir.

If there was just one or two more mm of room, I'd have gone with the XSPC Photon 270 / D5 combo

01-03-2014, 21:25:53

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davva2004 View Post
I'll be mounting mine vertically between the PCIE cards and side window, there's 74mm of room and I'll be removing the rear exhaust fan to fit a tall EK reservoir.

If there was just one or two more mm of room, I'd have gone with the XSPC Photon 270 / D5 combo
What about a Photon 170?

06-03-2014, 10:32:50

BIGGRIMTIM
Got my case yesterday. It is very pretty, but it is much smaller than I realized. Also there is not enough room on the backside of the motherboard tray for cables. I had a hard time getting the panel on. Also I could not put my 2.5" mechanical drive on the bottom because it hit my second GPU. I had to put it in one of the trays, not a big deal i guess. I do not think I am going to keep the case. The build quality seems to be pretty good, not perfect. I was expecting a little too much from this case i think. It is a good case just not for my setup.
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