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NZXT H440 Review (Razer Special Edition)

NZXT H440 Review (Razer Special Edition)

NZXT have been known for some unique case designs which really stand out in a crowded marketplace. The H440 is one of their more recent models and has a few flashes of NZXT style. Not content with that they pushed things a little further and signed up Razer for some Special Edition goodness. Welcome to our NZXT H440 Review (Razer Special Edition).

NZXT H440 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The H440 arrives in a large cardboard box with a nice clear image of the case on various sides along with specification information. Inside the case is suspended in polystyrene and wrapped in plastic with additional protective layers on key sections such as the side window and Razer logo. Bundled with the case we get product documentation, all the screws etc tat we need to install components and cable ties. Also worthy of note in the shot above is that the back of the case door is foam lined, this is for noise reduction purposes and the same foam is used throughout the main internal surfaces of the case.

NZXT H440 Review – The Razer Special Edition

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The H440 Razer Special Edition is shown above and when unboxing the first thing that stands out is the high quality matt finish that has been applied (other colour combinations are available for different editions). The front section looks like a door which would swing open to reveal a set of 5.25″ drive bays however this case has no optical drive space. Instead the front surface (with Razer LED lit logo) pulls off to reveal a dust filter and 3x12cm fans. These are NZXT branded FN V2 models. We could replace these with a 2x140mm radiator, or 3x120mm version and note that the back of the front door has that same foam padding found elsewhere on the case. The frame of the case is steel and the it measures 220x510x475.3mm, weighing in at 9.75Kg.

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In the images above we saw the left side case video, on the right side there is no window, just the same matt finish, Moving on to the back we see that there is an exhaust for a 14cm fan, I/O location, seven expansion slots, two holes for tubing and our PSU location. A green LED sits at the top of the IO location illuminating our ports and an on/off switch is found at the top corner of the case.

Looking up to the top of the case we find a power button (LED surround), 3.5mm audio connectors, 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0, The USB 3.0 ports are green, rather than blue.

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We access the inside of the case by removing two screws on each door and they then just pull off. Looking inside the main chamber we can see that a panel covers the PSU area to hide our wiring from the front view and another Razer logo makes an appearance here. The 3.5″ drives are installed from the back side and their caddy held in place by screws. 6x 3.5″ models are supported. NZXT pre-wire the case LEDs for us anbd a fan controller can be seen attached to the back of the motherboard tray.

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The fan pre-installed in the rear of the case is a 140mm FN V2 fan from NZXT and we can install 2x 2.5″ drives on the PSU/wiring cover if needed. The H440 supports GPUs up to 294mm with drive bays installed, 406.2mm without. CPU coolers up to 180mm are supported.

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In the above image we can see that there is a nice chunky cut out in the motherboard tray for us to easily change backplates on our cooler. The main wiring holes on the right are covered and the motherboard stand-offs are pre-installed. This case supports standard ATX boards as well as micro-ATX and mini-ITX. In terms of the top surface of the case, there is space there for 3x120mm fans or 2x140mm… with radiator support matching this. Finally, the base of the case has green LEDs (see the header of this review) along with an air vent for PSU intake and four rubber feet to keep the case steady on our desk.

NZXT H440 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the H440 Special Edition we have a case which feels well built. The steel frame is well assembled and the plastic front panel and top fit well. We like the foam lining on each of the major internal surfaces and presence of dust filters in key areas. Also worth of note is some nice highlight LEDS which really elevate the style of the case. Probably most impressive is the finish on the case. It is lovely and looking round our sample it was applied flawlessly.

As far as design goes, sue to the previously mentioned LEDs and finish the case already looks good. The hexagonal mesh areas are better than circular and little touches such as the Razer green USB ports look nice too. Drives can be installed quickly and easily with plenty of scope for large storage configurations and we like the flexibility as far as longer GPUs goes. It wouldn’t have hurt to add a couple of centimeters of length to the case so as to support slightly larger boards that enthusiast gamers (and Razer fans) might opt for but there are plenty of decent ATX boards around. As a small tweak, NZXT could have added rubber covers to all wiring holes, rather than just the main ones… and we have seen some unique slimline optical bay options used on competitor models so maybe NZXT could have been a little more inventive on that front.

For the build process, we encountered no issues. There is plenty of room to fit in the motherboard, easy access to drives and the PSU cover causes no problems. Just slide in the PSU, screw it in place and route the wires from the back side of the motherboard trays. The NZXT fans used are fairly low noise which is good and there are plenty of cooling options for air or liquid solutions.

As far as value goes, the four case fans add some value, the finish and build quality are premium level and warranty is two years. So with a retail price of £130 and all of the above considered, the NZXT H440 Razer Special Edition wins our recommended award.

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