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NZXT H440: Conclusion

Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before diving into my final words. First I look at what the company is saying it offers. For example, say the company states the case supports large / long graphics cards or ten quiet fans. In this example, I examine what is advertised versus what is actually offered. Most of this becomes uncovered as I take pictures to document the product. If the company does not stay true to its word, then it loses points because no one ever wants to be sold on false advertisement. Next I look at what the product is marketed for and put it into perspective. An example of this could be trying to overclock a CPU in a Mini-ITX case and expecting a low temperature. This would contradict its target market and something I try to catch so it does not affect the score. The last bit is my own interjection. What could the case offer in its price range, and what do other companies offer? This category may include an extra fan, cable management, different color paint, or support for larger video cards. This list is endless so let's move on to the conclusion.

NZXT continues to provide quality at reasonable prices. With the ever growing number of chassis line-ups from each company, the market is quite flooded as last years stock depletes while the revisions, or new chassis emerge after CES 2014. To think that less than ten years ago all computer chassis had a top mounted power supply and hard drive bays facing inwards. The evolution of chassis is always on the move and currently on the verge of a new standard design. The NZXT H440 is just that, ready to jump on the band wagon at any moment and try something of their own along the way. Saying that doesn't negate the fact that some style and design choices never take hold whether being unpopular for whatever reason or bad design choice.

Continuing tradition and starting with the negative things about the chassis and finishing on a positive note, the H440 has a few things that sets it back. The major complaint I have with this chassis is the lack of a 5.25" bay for obivious reasons; that is of course the fact that the optical drive still has plenty of life left in it. In fact, as mentioned above, trends come and go but the certain design choices are still relevant in future use. Until all software comes on USB sticks the optical drive will not become obsolete. Unfortunately issues arise when installing windows or motherboard drives as it's annoying to work around the missing drive. It is possible to load windows onto a USB drive and the instructions are even listed on Microsoft's own website and many games can be downloaded rather than installed via DVD disc. It's not all negative but once you go without a drive for a while, it becomes noticeable how much it's actually used.

The next two issues are mainly issues I felt necessary to include but could be completely overlooked depending on components used. The USB header will effect most users with a motherboard using an angled port as it is very hard to connect the bulky cable that does not bend easily. It's a design flaw in the chassis itself that prevents the cable from attaching in a safe manner this time around. If the USB port is clearly next to the tray cables' holes then it can be connected with a slight bend. If it's between, then the USB 3.0 cable cannot be connected without an adapter. Lastly the amount of space behind the motherboard tray is fairly small and thicker cables will have a problem running behind the tray. Though on a positive note all the extra cables can be hidden next to the power supply cover, therefore not all is lost.

On the flip side the NZXT H440 has a lot more positive things going for it. In fact so many I'm only going to cover a few. To get started the standard of excellent support for aftermarket CPU coolers and enough space (lengthwise) for every video card currently on the market. This does not come as a surprise as it's almost required to be considered a good well-rounded chassis in 2014. Along with a well built metal frame and hard drive trays this chassis has a lot going for it.

NZXT continues its effort to try new things with the inclusion of silencing foam. While I could hear a difference in noise volume when removing the front panel, it wasn't enough to really consider the chassis quite. In fact the foam does just enough to make four fans bearable at full speed if you happen to have the chassis on the desk next to you. The silencing foam is in fact a positive thing but using a 200m fan in front could have lowered the noise level while keeping airflow at acceptable levels.

To conclude, I'm glad to see NZXT filling up the chassis with fans rather than having the customer spend even more money just to get the same airflow potential. That being said, the issues with the chassis can be overlooked if those do not impact certain needs. I, however, could not recommend this chassis just to anyone as the flaws are nearly invisible unless inspected closely. I can say that the NZXT H440 is greatly needed to fill the niche in the ever growing computer chassis market. At $120 and in multiple color choices, I would not not pass up this chassis if a lack of a optical drive bay doesn't bother you, as everything else is built on quality with a few minor hiccups. Just remember, this is not the only chassis with a long list of similar features or the cheapest, but it does bare the NZXT name and that alone can be enough to warrant the price difference to many potential customers.

 

Pros:

  • Water cooling support
  • Well built metal frame
  • Support for large, aftermarket CPU coolers (180mm)
  • Support for large, high-end graphics cards (294 / 406mm)
  • Long internal cables
  • Silence Foam
  • Dedicated fan hub
  • Price

 

Cons:

  • Low amount of space behind motherboard tray (17.7mm)
  • No 5.25" Bay
  • Potential USB 3.0 connector issue
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  1. NZXT H440: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. NZXT H440: The Case
  3. NZXT H440: Working Components
  4. NZXT H440: Specifications & Features
  5. NZXT H440: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. NZXT H440: Conclusion
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