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NZXT's H440 Razer 'Special Edition' Now Available

All the way back in June, at E3, we saw Razer's first-ever PC case. Back then, we were told that the case would hit shops in July, but that never really happened. Fortunately, now it has.

So, this Razer case isn't really made by Razer, but rather by NZXT through a "Designed by Razer" licensing program. The case in question here is an NZXT H440 enclosure, which is known as the NZXT H440 Razer Special Edition.

Inside the case you'll be able to fit an ATX motherboard, ATX PSU, graphics cards up to 406 mm long or 294 mm long with the GPU cage installed, and CPU coolers up to 180 mm tall. There is also room for up to six 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives. Interestingly, and arguably one of the biggest selling points of the original H440, is that it doesn't have any optical drive bays, allowing for a very clean front appearance.

For cooling, the top and front of the case can each support either two 140 mm fans or three 120 mm fans, and the back of the case can hold a 140 or 120 mm fan as rear exhaust. All of these spots also support the same sizes in water cooling radiators, meaning you can make quite the water cooled PC inside this case.

But let's get into the differences between this and the original H440. First off, it's black, and accented with green. It has the Razer logo on both the front of the case and inside on the bottom compartment cover, both of which light up with LEDs. The bottom of the case also glows green, emitting a beautiful underglow. Additionally, the rear I/O LED is green, as are the USB 3.0 ports up front. The side window is tinted to a darker shade of gray, and the mesh is hexagonal.

The case is available immediately from the NZXT Armory for $149.99.

Now, to build a green water cooling loop inside this case.

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  • dovah-chan
    I really wish they would change their licensing program name to something else since they don't design the cases, they just brand them. Same with their switches which are just OEM non Cherry switches. While I'm not the biggest Razer fan in the world, I do think this case looks quite nice on it's own while being complimented by other Razer peripherals. Now let's wait for them to release a Chroma edition and charge $50 more.

    Also unless the person is a hardcore razer fan (which by that point I'd assume they'd just get the system pre-configured) people will first respond to the case saying it looks nice and then they add it to their cart and continue shopping around. But then after a quick peek around they'll come to find there aren't anymore Gigabyte sniper boards (discontinued during Z87) and not many graphics cards are green and black. In my opinion unless you want to paint your components (like Linus is doing for a Razer build) then I would stray away from this case if you're interested in a no hassle themed build and just go with another H440 color scheme or another case.

    Well, unless it gets some matching components which by that point also be licensed by Razer (Razer green Ripjaws X DIMMs lol) It's not like there isn't already black and green themed cases already but they just come stock with green LED fans that most people throw away after they get sick of them anyway.
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  • SkyBill40
    No optical drive? Seriously? That's stupid. Why not just give it room for a slim drive or something? Even though downloading is becoming more of the norm, that doesn't mean that everyone wants to do that. Some people actually prefer physical media.

    I like the case's look and design, but the lack of an optical drive location would kill it for me. Good thing I don't need a new case, I suppose.
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  • itsnotmeitsyou
    No optical drive? Seriously? That's stupid. Why not just give it room for a slim drive or something? Even though downloading is becoming more of the norm, that doesn't mean that everyone wants to do that. Some people actually prefer physical media.

    I like the case's look and design, but the lack of an optical drive location would kill it for me. Good thing I don't need a new case, I suppose.

    Lucky for you, every other case in the world has a 5.25" optical bay.

    Physical media is fine, but there is no need for an optical drive. You can create a single multi-iso bootable USB that holds all your OS installs and pre-os utilities. One USB. Done. CDs are on their way out, and thats a good thing imo.

    This is a damn fine lookin case, and though I am a fan of Razer, an extra $30 for their logo and some green-led's just aint worth it. Plus that black and orange H440 is SEXY.
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  • SkyBill40
    14530228 said:
    Lucky for you, every other case in the world has a 5.25" optical bay.

    Physical media is fine, but there is no need for an optical drive. You can create a single multi-iso bootable USB that holds all your OS installs and pre-os utilities. One USB. Done. CDs are on their way out, and thats a good thing imo.

    This is a damn fine lookin case, and though I am a fan of Razer, an extra $30 for their logo and some green-led's just aint worth it. Plus that black and orange H440 is SEXY.

    While you say that physical media is fine, how do you plan on getting it onto your HD or onto your USB stick? An external optical would be your only choice and that seems like a waste for how seldomly some may use it. For others that might not be an issue, but it still seems like a waste of money seeing that they're more expensive than one you'd put into your case. You'd also have to disconnect and store it somewhere, too.

    I absolutely love my Corsair Obsidian 550D and it's got plenty of space available. Besides, like you, paying for what amounts to a little bit of Razer lighting and a logo isn't worth the premium they're likely charging. That aside, it IS a nice looking case.
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  • ferooxidan
    Where is the Logitech version of this since I use Logitech gaming peripherals. lol
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  • DarkSable
    @SkyBill40:

    An internal optical drive is $16. An external optical drive is $22.

    If $6 is a horrible, expensive waste of money to you, why are you looking at a computer case that costs $149.99?
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  • tomfreak
    I dont mind the case if it is the same price as the regular ones. but anything more = aint worth it.
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  • thundervore
    Razer is too little too late on this one, right now it is like beading a dead horse with a stick on this case. Those who wanted a H440 already have one by now, and those who are moving on from a H440 are going to Phantek cases.

    I cannot believe Razer took the same case and just slapped their logos on it with LEDs. They did nothing to fix the issues the case have.
    After owning the Blue edition of this case for months, I can personally say:

    1. the LED switch position sucks

    2. the non removable PSU shroud sucks when it comes to modular PSUs when you have to add another cable after you install the PSU.

    3. the fan hub sucks! If it was like the Phanteks PWM fan hub then it would be great, but its not. it sucks just like their Grid+. The Molex connection to power the lights and fan hub is even more laughable!!

    4. the front and top fan mounting points are holes not slots. Only the rear fan have a slotted cut out so you can reposition the fan height.

    5. each drive caddy could have held 2 drives. One on the bottom and one on the top but all that space for 5 drives is a waste.

    6. the three included 120mm fans move little to no air so might as well move them to the roof and install 3 new air flow fans in front.

    I still love my H440 but this was after I ripped out the fan hub and replaced it with a Corsair Link Commander Mini and attached 3 Cougar 140mm vortex (top and rear) and 3 Cougar 120mm Vortex (front).
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  • antilycus
    Actually this case is perfect. I've been buildling desktops / workstations since ~88 and Razer has just the right look for me. I have their mouse, keyboard and all Asus stuff w/ watercooling. I don't care about showing the inside of my "box" but this case is a perfect complliment. It's expensive for a bunch of bent aluminum but it'll be my next purchase as I upgrade the case on my server w/ the current case I use http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ET4KYO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  • SkyBill40
    14530938 said:
    @SkyBill40:

    An internal optical drive is $16. An external optical drive is $22.

    If $6 is a horrible, expensive waste of money to you, why are you looking at a computer case that costs $149.99?

    I simply thought they were more than that and didn't bother looking at the time. No sense in being a condescending asshat about it. Truth be told, my Corsair case wasn't much cheaper than the price of this one.
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