NZXT Noctis 450 Designer Interview & Specs - High-Quality Exterior with a Trusted Chassis

By Published April 28, 2015 at 4:53 am
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Case & cooler manufacturer NZXT just announced its new Noctis 450 ($140) mid-tower enclosure, an amalgamation of aggressive, quality-driven design and the trusted H440 chassis. NZXT's product page went live earlier tonight, finally unveiling its new design approach to the public. The case makes use of NZXT's H440 interior, but applies a new outward-facing aesthetic that aims to bring high build quality to the “gamer” appearance.

In an exclusive interview with the Noctis 450's designer, Chung Tai, GamersNexus explored differentiating design elements of the N450 enclosure. Tai, who worked on the case through several iterations, noted that “there's no comparison out there,” telling me the N450 doesn't necessarily respond to anything presently on the market. The N450, he emphasized is unique in its appearance and structure, combining simple-but-superior build quality with flashy aesthetics. Listen to that interview below for more insights as to the case's design:

NZXT N450 (Noctis) Specs

Model Number CA-N450W-M1 (Matte Black and Red LED Accents)
Drive Bays External 5.25": 0 
Internal 3.5"/2.5": 6+2
Cooling System Front: 2x 140/3x120mm (3 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included) 
Top: 2x 140/3x120mm 
Rear: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 140mm FN V2 Fan Included)
Filters Front (Included) 
Bottom Rear(Included)
Radiator Support Front 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm 
Top 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm 
Rear 1 x 140/120mm
Clearance GPU Clearance With HDD Cage: 294mm 
GPU Clearance Without HDD Cage: 406.2mm 
CPU Cooler: 180mm 
Cable Management: Lowest Point - 17.7mm; Highest Point 32.5mm
Dimensions 220mm x 567mm x 544mm (WxHxD)
Material SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
Expansion Slots 7
External Electronics 1 x Audio/Mic 
I/O Panel LED On/Off
Product Weight 9.75 kg
UPC 815671012418 (Black/Red)
EAN 5060301692705 (Black/Red)
USB 3.0 Ports 2
USB 2.0 Ports 2
Warranty 2 Years

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The N450 is a departure from NZXT's recent design philosophy, which has primarily sought to deliver discreet, quality cases to market while largely abolishing plastic paneling. The N450 uses multi-layered plastic paneling to create a sort of interlaced “X” design on the front panel, applying generous mesh to all exposed surfaces for improved cooling performance.

“[We wanted] a really aggressive design – something that I would say is heavily inspired by concept art, conceptual cars, stuff like that,” Tai told me, furthering that the case isn't necessarily a response to any existing competitors on the market. “This is a premium mid-tower case. Style-wise, there's no comparison out there right now. The chassis – it's been there, people like how the H440 is, and so I think that [structurally], it's all very solid.”

We took the opportunity to inquire as to the interlocking paneling layers present on the front and top of the case, which Tai called “the big, main idea of the Noctis.” Tai exlaborated that “we're trying to have this layering design. Most cases out there are a solid block wrapping around the chassis; we're trying to have different layers [overlapping one another]. It also enhances strength of the panels.”

Cooling support of the N450 is similar to the H440 in almost every respect. The unit ships with four pre-installed fans – three in the front (intake) and one in the rear (exhaust) – with room for add-ons or radiators. System installation and mount points are effectively identical to the H440.

The PWM-enabled fan hub is worth noting. Unlike most fan hubs, the N450's hub routes the CPU's pulse-width modulation control through on-board logic that manages all hub-connected case fans. The unit has over-voltage and other protections built into it, ensuring one of the most impressive on-case fan hubs we've yet discovered.

More on the N450 in our full review, coming shortly.

Official product page, which went live just a few hours ago:
Expected Newegg lander once live.

Full gallery follows.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Last modified on April 28, 2015 at 4:53 am
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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