A Look Inside the H440 Razer
A Closer Look
Once open we see a bit of a departure from the typical ATX mid-tower. Where there is usually a large space visible beneath the motherboard tray, here we see a metal cover (with another lighted Razer logo). Over on the right side there are no optical drive bays at all, and the entire front area of the case can be devoted to hard drives. These are held in individual trays accessible from the opposite side.
The side panels are secured with thumbscrews and were actually a little difficult to remove. (The matte paint seems to add a bit of friction.)
The door panels are lined with a noise dampening material
Around back we see the stack of hard drive trays along the left side, each held in place with two thumbscrews. The motherboard tray features a large cutout for easy cooler installation, and we also see the powered fan and lighting control boards behind the motherboard tray.
The metal hard drive trays have the same matte paint as the interior
One note here on the HDD trays, as these are actually not on a full track. Each tray must be positioned to rest on a lip at the back of the chamber, and then it will slide securely into place (otherwise it simply falls in). I found it easy to install a drive tray if I peered in toward the back to make sure it was lining up properly, but it would have been nice to see a full track to allow these to simply slide in.
Below the motherboard the floor of the case is much closer to the components than usual for a mid-tower case, but this isn't a problem at all. This space was used to provide two 2.5" drive bays, which are easy to remove with a single thumbscrew each.
Here an SSD is installed on one of the removable trays
Since the power supply (and any related cable mess) can be hidden away under the unique cover at the bottom of the case, installing the PSU is a little different than usual here.
To make installation simple, the PSU is attached to a mounting bracket first and then it simply slides into place.
There are plenty of options for keeping the system cool, beginning with the pre-installed fans. No less than three 120mm rifle-bearing fans are pre-installed for air intake.
Rifle-bearing fans are provided, which should exhibit lower noise with a similar lifespan to ball-bearing models
There is a vent along the right side to allow air in, and the included fans use this to create positive airflow across the components without adding much noise. The front panel is constructed of a single piece of steel with insulation behind it to help dampen fan noise.
A 140mm fan is installed to exhaust air out the back
In addition to the front fans and the usual rear fan mount (occupied by default with a 140mm fan), there is the option of mounting a radiator up to 360mm on the top of the case, and this is vented identically to the front.
Next we'll take a look at the completed build and see how the case performed!
Gigabyte used to make their
Gigabyte used to make their Gaming series motherboard with a green theme. But now matching this case to any PC hardware is damn near impossible with all the manufacturers going the Red/Black theme.
Or even a white/black theme..
Or even a white/black theme..
You’re right. I went out of
You’re right. I went out of my way to try to match green with a motherboard on a previous build and failed. Ended up having to go with a black/gray themed one.
Well, I’m sure it sells since
Well, I’m sure it sells since fanboys and stuff. I personally jumped on the default H440 when it became available since I made the mistake of getting a Nanoxia case instead of the trusty fractal design. My brother has one actually so I got a first hand look at one. It’s solid and all but I prefer the H440 for the looks and the imo better design plus it’s actually slightly more silent. Although if you’re still running fans even only Noctua fans ( like me ) you’ll still have noise regardless of all the silent padding and minimal venting (35-40db idle). Anyway point of my message is Nanoxia cases are bad since they tend to bend on arrival and have thin metal. And NZXT H440 is a great case , similar to Fractal Design if not better depending on what you’re looking for.
Seems like doesn’t support
Seems like doesn’t support much longer then normal sized video card. around 10-11inches. not the 12inch+ cards that some card like windforce and could be in future.
It actually can support some
It actually can support some longer cards if you take out HDD trays. There's enough clearance that the end of the card would fit under the panel up front, but this doesn't account for the PCIe power cables…
I did successfully get an MSI R9 290X Lightning in this case just to try the fit, and it worked. Still, not really designed for cards over 11" and it looks odd to have a longer card in the case.
Does the noise dampening foam
Does the noise dampening foam get squashed by the cables when you close the side panel?
It does. There isn’t much
It does. There isn’t much room behind the side panel, but it does close just fine.