NZXT Noctis Gaming Case 450 Review
Up Close: Interior
If the interior of the 450 looks cramped it's because NZXT have very kindly blanked off the area where the drives live. This area wouldn't be visible through the window anyway, but it's still nice to have clean lines. The downside though of this is that the upper extent of the panel can be seen through the case window and any hoping to mod their window to show a fat rad in the front of the case will also have to remove this panel as it shields the area from view. In reality the interior is as spacious as any other to work in and benefits from a decent sized CPU cut out as well as several well spaced cable management grommets. The three vertical ones being angled slightly in so as to make turning cables that little bit easier.
Down at the bottom of the case we see that NZXT have included a full length PSU/cable cover. While we really like the cover, we do have to say that we're a bit disappointed that the NZXT logo cut into it illuminates blue. This we feel limits the serious builder, the sort who likes to see all his kit and lighting match to having a blue themed build. A more obvious choice would have been white as being a neutral colour this would have left the door open for any interior themes. On a more positive note, the roof of the PSU cover has a pair of 2.5" SSD show off mounts, with a set of corresponding cable routing holes. We'd strongly recommend using either the end of a SATA power cable or a separate cable run from the PSU to each of these to keep things looking tidy.
At the rear we see the seven vented PCI slot covers. Eight would have been nice as it would have given a bit more room for any expansion cards or multi GPUs mounted low down to breath. Up in the roof though there's plenty of breathing room with the raised roof offering tons of space for fans.