NZXT H440 Case Specs - Includes PSU Shroud; Video Preview & Hands-On

By Published January 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

NZXT's newest addition to their discrete H-series family (see: H630 review) was on display in a suite at CES, but has been under embargo until now. NZXT's H440 gaming case ships with a pre-installed PSU shroud, sound absorbing foam paneling, zero optical drive bays, and lots of cable management pathways.

We've seen a lot of cases in the past week, but I honestly think the H440 is going to do incredibly well in the mid-range and enthusiast PC building markets. Its included PSU shroud and clean drive scaffolding is what really sets the H440 apart from most the other mid-range options emerging this year, so anyone who wants that "modded look" without building a custom shroud should be interested.

 

NZXT H440 Case Specs & Features

Model Number CA-H440W-W1 (glossy white)
CA-H440W-M1 (matte black/red)
Form Factor ATX, mATX, mITX Mid-Tower
Cooling 3x120mm front fans (included)
1x140mm rear fan (included)
3x120mm top fans (optional)
Radiator Support Up to 1x360mm top radiator
Up to 1x360mm front radiator
Up to 1x140mm rear radiator
Expansion Slots / Bays 7 Expansion Slots
6x3.5" Drive Bays
2x2.5" SSD Sleds
0x5.25" Optical Bays
Filters 1xFront Side
1xBottom Front
1xBottom Rear
Clearance CPU Cooler: 180mm
VGA w/ HDD Cage: 294mm
VGA w/o HDD Cage: 406.2mm
Cable Management: 17.7 - 32.5mm
Dimensions 220 x 510 x 475.3mm
Build Material SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
Front IO 1x3.5mm
2xUSB2.0
2xUSB3.0
Warranty 2 Years Limited Parts
MSRP $120

The distinct removal of 5.25" drive bays does impact more than just optical storage, of course; users of 5.25"-mounted front panel displays and controllers (like NZXT's own products) or 5.25"-mounted open loop components will be unable to natively support these devices / interfaces. That said, it does mean that NZXT was able to relocate its 3.5" HDD mounts higher in the case, thus freeing up some of the space typically used for drive scaffolding. This space is now used for fans, radiators, and/or cable routing.

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2x2.5 SSD mounts are present atop the PSU shroud (which has an LED-backlit logo) with adjacent cable pass-throughs (rear of the drive faces inward), so it's easy to hide the cables going to your SSDs and keep them low-profile. Next to the SSD sleds is a VGA power cut-out, making for clean connection of the PSU power to the VGA without the need to snake the cable around the backside of the motherboard tray. This also gives a cleaner overall aesthetic. When asked what his favorite feature of the case was, NZXT representative Tuan Mai pointed out this VGA power cabling pass-through.

NZXT's H440 can mount 360mm radiators in the top and front positions (as seen in the video above), but the case ships with 3x120mm front intake fans and 1x140mm rear exhaust fan stock. Additional fans can be placed in the top position. The fans are part of NZXT's new line-up as well, shipping under the FN V2 tag (and hopefully are more durable than previous fans).

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A front panel dust filter shields the pre-installed fans and is attached to the case via low-power magnet, so it can be easily removed and cleaned.

MSRP for the H440 is presently listed at $120, though it is likely that a street price of $100 via Newegg will emerge in the near future. The enclosure is available in white/black or black/red (in the case we're showing above, replace all white with black and all black with red -- that's what the other looks like). The new fans - the FN V2 units - will be available for $10 online.

Let us know what you think of the removal of 5.25" drive bays!

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Last modified on January 14, 2014 at 9:27 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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