NZXT Noctis Gaming Case 450 Review
The Build and Cooling
The PSU is inserted after first attaching it to the removable bracket. This might seem a bit of an odd way to do things, but it does ensure that it slides in nice and snug. It's a bit of a fiddle to feed the cables through ahead of the PSU, but we'd recommend you do so as gaining access to the rear of the PSU is quite tricky once it's in place. There is though tons of room under here to stash any unwanted lengths so even if you're not using a modular PSU you should still be able to achieve a decent tidy job.
With everything in place we've popped in the NZXT Havik 120, which at 160mm tall, leaves ample headroom in the maximum 180mm of space on offer for CPU coolers. With the HDD rack in place you can still get a 300mm long GPU in the Noctis, with this measurement increasing up to 450mm with the drive trays removed
It's more likely though that you're going to be going down the AIO route, or perhaps when the space inside is fully appraised, the custom loop route. As an example we've popped a 240mm AIO into the roof with the fans in push pull
As you can see although there's enough room up in the roof for push pull you will have to keep the rad below 30mm thick mark. Still, a 30mm thick 360mm or 280mm radiator is more than generous we think. Of course, if you're happy with just one set of fans on extract then you'll be able to use a thicker rad. And let's not forget that as the Noctis 450 eschews 5.25" bays there's also room in the front of the case for a 360 or 280mm radiator.
It's fair to say that things are pretty tight down at the bottom end of the motherboard area, with the roof of the PSU cover almost touching the motherboard. That said, the presence of the management holes in the top of the cover means you're not going to have to run cables along the thin gap. Things are also tight up at the top of the case, and if you're going to install a rad up here, or even a thin AIO, remember to bring your 8pin CPU cable through first or you're going to have to take that rad right back out again.