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NZXT H440 Review


NZXT H440: Closer Look

Removing the side panels was fairly easy. Opening this chassis was a much improved experience over the last chassis I reviewed. NZXT kept it simple, with each panel being held in place by two thumb screws and built-in handles. To remove each panel, simply remove both thumb screws and lightly tug on the spacing in the back of the panel for it to slide out. Once the panel comes off, you can see the white interior that is also seen through the panel window. The front as explained before is absent of any 5.25" to allow maximum airflow with three per-installed fans. The chassis itself is branching out from the standard for a mid tower. Instead of having visible hard drive bays, each tray is hidden behind a sheet of metal which continues the clean and sleek internal design choice. The back side had the chassis cables already neatly zip-tied which may have to be cut and retied once everything is installed as it's right over the rubber garmutes.



NZXT continues to pave the way for innovative chassis design. Similar to the Phanteks Enthoo Pro, the H440 breaks away from the traditional hard drive bay installation by having them installed and removed from the rear. Normally, chassis have this section open on both sides. There is something to be said about the esthetic appeal of the ability to see the hard drives, but often it takes away from the overall design of each chassis. Besides a design choice, having the hard drive bays viable has no other functionally since all the cables have to be attached in the rear anyways.

The hard drive bays themselves are metal trays held in place by two thumb screws on each side. Unlike many other chassis, NZXT has opted out of the tool-less installation of the hard drives as it requires both 2.5" and 3.5" drives to be screwed into place. This is something that is common with metal trays as most of the plastic variety requires bending them over a drive, thus it's simply not possible with metal. Having metal trays over plastic can provide more durability, but  having everything else use thumbscrews seems counter-productive with the already enclosed bay design choice.




NZXT went above the standard by including a dedicated fan hub that supports up to ten fans. It is not often that a company is willing to add a device of this type. Rather companies usually let the consumer fork over even more money just to use the chassis to its full potential and with four pre-installed fans, it's almost essential to have. The only downside to the hub is that it is just a distribution point and not a control mechanism; so all of the fans attached to it run the same speed.


The H440 provides two dedicated SSD trays that sit on top of the power supply cover and can be easily viewed through the side panels window. This is a great way to show off the components inside the chassis. Installation of the SSD requires removing the single thumb screw and then sliding the tray off its mount. Once an SSD is screwed into placed on the tray, it can then be placed back into place and wired up. The process of installing is very self explanatory and was simple to follow.


The H440 hit a little snag along the way of installing. Once in a while I come across a chassis that has issues with the angled USB 3.0 header on the motherboard. That or the SATA ports become partially blocked based on where the spacing is for the cable to go through. Usually a slight bend isn't the end of the world but in this case I was unable to install the USB 3.0 cable at all, partially because of how bulky these cables still are, but mostly this time due to how the chassis is set up. The whole metal section is angled to give more space behind the tray and allow more cable to be run. In return, bulky cables cannot be easily attached. In this case it also between the garmuts making it impossible to install.


Behind the motherboard tray is lacking a little bit of space. Measuring at 17.7mm (officially) it comes in short and from my experience anything under 20mm can be troublesome. Along with the silencing foam on the panel itself, the space is even further diminished. Lucky for the user, all the unnecessary cables can be stored next to the power supply while still being hidden.


Here you have it: a fully assembled NZXT H440 chassis! Installation of the motherboard and components coudn't be easier. There was only one major concern that I noticed halfway through installation: the USB 3.0 header on the motherboard was almost between the tray holes. This caused the bulky USB 3.0 cable to bend the header of the board in an unsafe manner and I was unable to install. This will only be a concern for people who have motherboards with an angled USB header about halfway up the right side or if they have a MSI Z87-GD65 motherboard. Just make sure to double check before using the chassis if you want to use the USB ports on the front. Otherwise, I did not have problems working with this chassis.


  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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