NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Case Review

Air Cooling, Dust Protection, And Noise Dampening

Air Cooling and Dust Protection

Those black accent panels on the front and top covers aren’t just there to look good; they also provide a way for air to enter (front cover) and exit (back cover). This means that there are only two places vulnerable to dust entering the case: the front cover with its three 12-cm fans and the PSU area. Both are protected by dust filters, though.

The filter covering the power supply air intake opening sits securely in place and can be pulled out toward the back.

Getting to the front filter is a bit more involved. If you need to clean it, you'll first have to remove the front cover. The filter is held in place by magnets and a retention rail, which keeps it from protruding and ruining the H440’s smooth looks. We can’t help but think that this could have been achieved with a simpler solution, though.

NZXT's H440 has space for three 12-cm case fans in the front, and comes with all three already installed from the factory. The fans are NZXT’s own FN V2s, spinning at up to 1200 RPM. They can optionally be replaced by two 14-cm models.

The lack of 5.25-inch drive bays give NZXT a big advantage: hard disks can be positioned farther apart than they usually are. In addition, the top fan is at the level of the CPU cooler, providing a much more direct route for air to reach its destination than you typically find in other PC cases.

All of this results in much more direct airflow from the front of the case to installed components. In addition, bays that aren’t needed can be removed, which effectively eliminates all obstruction.

The top of NZXT's H440 features the same fan options as the front, though none of the fans that fit are included.

The H440 comes with another NZXT FN V2 fan installed in the rear. This case fan is of the 14-cm variety, though, and runs at 1000 RPM.

The bundled FN V2s have a frame with a unique shape that reflects the basic design of the NZXT H440. They’re not decoupled with rubber pads though, which is different from the retail version.

A small board on the back of the motherboard tray provides a total of 10 three-pin fan power connectors, enabling plenty of connectivity for coolers you add in yourself. Of course, when you add or replace case fans, bear in mind that a maximum of 30 W is supported.

Sound Dampening

The sound dampening material is approximately 6 mm thick and covers all surfaces except for the case's side window, which is to say that it's on the front cover, top, right side panel, and those areas on the left not cut out for the window. An argument can be made that combining sound dampening and a side window doesn't take acoustic isolation seriously enough. However, for many enthusiasts, the H440 combines elements commonly requested together, and that includes sound dampening material and a window.

Water Cooling

The H440 can accommodate a small 12- or 14-cm radiator in place of the rear case fan, as well as two larger 28- and 36-cm radiators at the top and front of the case, respectively.

At the top, wider 28-cm radiators can be a tight fit, as they might collide with taller motherboard components. Fans can only be installed on the bottom of the radiator.

Since the H440 doesn’t have 5.25-inch drive bays, the entire front can be used for radiators up to 36 cm-long. The hard drive bays can be taken out completely by unscrewing them. Or, you can pull them out separately, giving you a choice in how much space to clear in the enclosure's front area.

After removing the hard drive bays, there’s enough room for radiators with fans on both sides. Naturally, though, you won't have room for 5.25-inch reservoirs, since there aren't any bays to drop them into.

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  • brarboy
    It really does give a look of home to pc peripherals that will be residing inside it. Another great recommendation for gaming pc. Thanks for the reviews ;)
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  • Phillip Wager
    my 4670k has never gone above 50 degrees with my noctua in a fractal arc midi r2 even though this is a smaller heatsink 68 degrees at stock clocks is just .. wow.
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  • doron
    Looks like the cpu cooler touches the gpu. How did you deal with it?
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  • ta152h
    No drive bay, because no one ever uses Blu-Ray drives, or DVDs? How this trash even gets made is a surprise, how it gets 'reviewed' is less of one. Being different, in a bad way, isn't good. I have a great idea, I'm going to make an ugly rectangular case out of polycarbonate, and it's going to have some great features - it won't have space for a motherboard of power supply, but it will have plenty of space for fans and lights. The nice thing is, regardless of the motherboard you have, it's right for you. You can just as easily not put your Mini-ITX in, as you can your E-ATX. No doubt, this will warrant very favorable reviews, due to this innovative and hipster approach, while maintaining the ugly rectangular shape. My motto? "It's now, it's wow" for the hipster dorks, and for the low-brow crowd, "Yo' mama so ugly, even I won't mount her". That's sure to bring in the degenerate, sub-human, buyer that was on the fence, or eating it.
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  • AMD Radeon
    finally my favorite case got Tomshardware attention :)great review!!
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  • tomfreak
    Perfect case with a few minor draw backs.

    1. It is a mid tower/ less expansion slot, only 7. putting 3rd double slot GPU will be a trouble.

    2. Poor use of 3.5 HDD space. Could have easily house 10 HDDs while still have some gap for ventilation

    3. while dropping 5.25 bay is a good thing since 5.25 optical ROM drive are pretty much obsolete now but there are still a lot of enthusiast front panel like fan controller are still on 5.25 bay.
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  • ubercake
    I really think NZXT makes the best cases out there right now. They really think when they design cases. They don't block the intake fans with nearly solid metal drive cage mounts like many other cases in all price ranges and drive cages and mounts are removable. They tuck SSDs neatly out of the way on the back of the motherboard tray or like with this case just above the PSU. They have the cutouts. They don't have too many 5.25 bays (if you're building a burn station, this might deter you). Fan power headers with variable speed switches right on the case (why the heck not???).

    They're just really easy cases in which to build a PC. They are the only company I've seen that's moved case design forward other than Corsair with the 350D (although you need a different type/amount of floor or desk space to accommodate this design). Every other case company seems to put out the same rectangular shape with intake fans blocked by nearly solid sheets of metal and tops too close to the top of motherboards so you can't push/pull your AIO cooler's rad, or case width too shallow for a decent air cooler and a fraction of a centimeter behind the motherboard tray by which you can't very well manage cables.
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  • Ozan
    Great review indeed. I (both) appreciate the trouble for making this lovely review and also the stylish design of the futuristic mid-tower case. Thank you Kai. Thank you nzxt endustrial designers and thank you nzxt engineers. I am considering to buy the H440...
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  • Someone Somewhere
    Interesting thought: Why don't any cases put 5.25" bays at the bottom? No airflow issue because the PSU sits right behind it, and because they're rarely used it's not an issue if they're slightly harder to get to. Though on a desk drives at the bottom would actually be easier to access.
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  • inveriti
    Can someone please explain to me how 5.25" bays are "obsolete" when you still need them to install your OS? I'm sorry, but most of us don't have a spare rig sitting around dedicated to mounting bootable ISOs onto a flash drive. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be put in stocks and publicly humiliated, and whoever OK'ed this as a "smart buy" should be fired.
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  • Someone Somewhere
    A reasonable number of people have a second rig, or a laptop for moving stuff around, or a family member or flatmate they can borrow a machine from temporarily

    I haven't actually installed an OS off a DVD for ages.
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  • burkhartmj
    @inveriti I can't even remember the last time I used any kind of disc to install an OS. I have flash drives dedicated to Windows 7 and Windows 8 as part of my troubleshooting setup, and keep an ISO of Ubuntu hanging around for quick jobs. An 8GB flash drive is 7 bucks or less, and price to GB mostly goes down as you increase capacity. Just grab a flash drive big enough for the OS install of your choice and some room for file backup and suddenly that DVD drive just got a lot less useful.
    Also the same logic applies the other way. I actually don't have a way to burn a disc if my desktop goes down [my Surface pro can make bootable flash drives, but it can't exactly burn a disc]. We all have a billions USB drives lying around collecting dust, why not put them to use?
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  • toddybody
    Gorgeous case. Wow. I love the panel that covers the PSU and cables. Great to see case makers provide more options to keep the system clean and sexy.
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  • ubercake
    191566 said:
    Can someone please explain to me how 5.25" bays are "obsolete" when you still need them to install your OS? I'm sorry, but most of us don't have a spare rig sitting around dedicated to mounting bootable ISOs onto a flash drive. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be put in stocks and publicly humiliated, and whoever OK'ed this as a "smart buy" should be fired.


    Most of us do have USB ports on our rigs.

    External optical drives are the way to go. It was the same thing with 3.5" disks. There was an abundance of affordable external USB 3.5" drives before they were no longer in use. Again, unless you're setting up a burn station, there's no real practical use for more than one 5.25" drive bay. Even most would argue that an external optical drive would suffice and they are quite affordable now.
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  • Dolsenenator
    An External BluRay / DVD Drive is the simple solution for the non-usb types. I really like this case! Well designed for the gamer crowd!
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  • ceeblueyonder
    i checked out this review because the case is in white. i think they need to make cases in white or aluminum. i know the pc crowd is less interested in aesthetics/design than the apple crowd, but to me, a white case blends in better in a room. i have a fractal design r4 and even though it's a mid tower case, it is still large and my room is small. but, having the tower in white, to me, makes the tower look smaller, perceptively-speaking, against the white walls of my room. i also think that changing the color of the case to white scrutinizes the design of the case even more so than a black case where everything blends in or masked by the color since a dark color absorbs light. aluminum is even better since it reflects light. just a though.....
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  • vagrantsoul
    Absolutely love this case, the only gripe would be wishing for a more secure method of having the feet attached, had one pop off from stripping screw threads on teh case, superglue and teflon tape fixed it and is unnoticable...Built in the black/red version ... here's a few fast shots.http://imgur.com/a/CBjCl#0ample room, quiet, overclocked i5 4670K to 4.2 ghz, temps never rise above 36cignore the post code, needed a bios flash when i took this.
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  • ceeblueyonder
    Quote:
    Absolutely love this case, the only gripe would be wishing for a more secure method of having the feet attached, had one pop off from stripping screw threads on teh case, superglue and teflon tape fixed it and is unnoticable...Built in the black/red version ... here's a few fast shots.http://imgur.com/a/CBjCl#0ample room, quiet, overclocked i5 4670K to 4.2 ghz, temps never rise above 36cignore the post code, needed a bios flash when i took this.
    my fractal design r4 has same problem with rubber thingy pooping off. the glue on it dried out or something and i guess it popped out with me just moving the case a few times from under the desk to change something inside on a carpeted floor. i do have to remember or buy crazy glue the next time i move the case since it needs it to keep the tower balance.
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  • rayden54
    Every time I see a case with no optical drive slot my first thought is JUNK. It's good all of you people've got super-high-speed internet connections that you can download 50GB like it's nothing. Not everyone can get a decent internet connection and I am so SICK of you people acting like you're the only people in the world.
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  • vagrantsoul
    ceeblueyonder, make sure to get loctite professional, just a little short of jb weld in strength, far less mess.
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