NZXT H440 Razer Edition Case Review
We may have recently taken a look at the phenomenal Kraken X61 AIO CPU Cooler here at pcG, but it has been a while since we’ve taken a look at a case from NZXT. In fact the last case we looked at would have been NZXT S340 back in January and that impressed pcG James enough for it to earn itself a pcG Silver award. What we have here today is the NZXT H440 Razer Edition (CA-H440W-TH). A case that shares a few similarities to the smaller S340, by way of a rather nice looking full length PSU cover, with two 2.5″ storage drive display mounts, no 5.25″ drive bay and a similar box-like design. What we gain with the NZXT H440 is a higher degree of airflow courtesy of the four new NZXT FN V2 case fans (3x 120mm front intakes & 1x 140mm exhaust) with additional fan space in the roof for a further two 140mm or even three 120mm fans, a full drive rack with enough space for up to six 3.5″ storage drives, a plethora of watercooling support, a fixed speed fan hub for up to ten case fans, an LED illuminated motherboard I/O cut-out with an on/off toggle switch, sound dampening materials lining every removable panel, all wrapped in a aesthetically clean case. All sounds pretty good so far doesn’t it. If that wasn’t enough already, NZXT have teamed up with Gaming peripheral powerhouse Razer and given the H440 a slight lift in the looks department adding an all new paint job with a custom matte black finish, a tinted side panel window, the Razer Tri-Snake logo, Razer green USB 3.0 ports, then perhaps more interestingly neon green LED under-lighting. Every other area of the case is exactly the same.
Let’s take a closer look…
Firstly I’d like to say thank you to NZXT for sending pcG a case that rather shockingly is not shipped within a brown cardboard box! Yes, I know it’s a small and rather meaningless detail for many, but first impressions go a long way and it makes a rather nice and pleasant change to the usual drab brown cardboard unboxing experience that is often the case when we receive cases in for review.
The NZXT H440 Razer Edition arrived at pcG packaged within box styled with intent on your attention and it certainly works. Whilst predominately glossy black in design, we find a dominant and nicely stylised image of the case concealed inside, underneath which we have the words ‘Build Your Legacy’, then in the top left the NZXT brand name and model name along with the Razer Special Edition logo. The black and Razer green highlights certainly look striking and damn good too!
Over on the back of the box, we find a window side image of the case along with three further images designed to show off a few of the features which makes this particular H440 stand-out from the stock edition H440 and make it look that little bit more special. Underneath which we are given a small list of some of the case key features as follows:
- Liquid cooling support: 240mm, 280mm, 360mm Radiators (Front and Top)
- The H440 comes standard with 4 of NZXT’s newly designed FNv2 case fans: 3x 120mm in front and 1x 120mm in rear
- All-steel top and front panel;s, HDD drive trays, and chassis
- Motherboard support for ATX, mATX and ITX, as well as GPUs up to 406mm
- Horizontally mounted 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HD Audio mic/headphone input
In fact I was kinda expecting something a little different when unpacking the NZXT H440 Razer Edition, maybe some black polystyrene blocks or neon green plastic bag, but sadly not… Still, at least the case and contents are safely stowed.
As we can see from the above image, aside from the case itself, the contents are a pretty standard affair with the usual assortment of screws, an additional stand-off and stand-off tool, cable ties, NZXT case badge, installation and product guide. Nothing special or out of the ordinary, but then you haven’t actually seen the case yet! 😉
courtesy of NZXT
|Model Number||CA-H440W-W1 (Glossy White)
CA-H440W-M1 (Matte Black and Gloss Red)
CA-H440W-M2 (Matte Black and Gloss Orange)
CA-H440W-M3 (Matte Black and Gloss Green)
CA-H440W-M4 (Matte Black and Gloss Blue)
CA-H440W-RA (Matte Black Designed by Razer)
CA-H440W-TH (Matte Black Special Edition)
|Drive Bays||External 5.25: 0
Internal 3.5″ / 2.5″: 6+2
|Cooling System||Front: 2x 140/3x120mm (3 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)
Top: 2x 140/3x120mm
Rear: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 140mm FN V2 Fan Included)
|Radiator Support||Front 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Top 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm
Rear 1 x 140/120mm
|Clearance||GPU Clearance With HDD Cage: 294mm
GPU Clearance Without HDD Cage: 406.2mm
CPU Cooler: 180mm
Cable Management: Lowest Point – 17.7mm; Highest Point 32.5mm
|Dimensions||220mm x 510mm x 475.3mm|
|Material||SECC Steel, ABS Plastic|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX|
|External Electronics||1 x Audio/Mic
I/O Panel LED On/Off
|Product Weight||9.75 kg|
|USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|USB 2.0 Ports||2|
I’ll admit that a while back I had the opportunity to take a look at a friends glossy white H440 and whilst it looked quite nice and clean, it certainly missed that little something that would’ve made me rush out to buy one the very same day! In short it was a little dull and nothing to pique my interest. In teaming up with Razer for this particular special edition, NZXT have given the case that little bit of bling in the aesthetics department and the H440 is now a case that certainly has piqued my interest (nothing at all to do with the fact I like neon green at all 😉 ). Needless to say, my initial impressions are pretty damn good!
From the left we see can clearly see two of the NZXT H440 Razer Edition’s draw factors. The first being one of THE nicest paint jobs I’ve ever seen on a case, the matte black finish gives the case a certain air of luxury not only in the looks department, but it even feels great to touch. The second being a smoky perspex window which adds to the stealth-like qualities of an already unassuming looking case. What is also nice about the case window, is that its width finishes at approximately two thirds of the way across the side panel, which means we’ll also never get to see the side of the drive rack. Looking at the top panel we can see along the side the case features a honeycomb mesh to provide or exhaust air too or from your chosen hardware. Having a quick look at the case measurements we find that at 510mm(H) x 475.3mm(W), the NZXT H440 Razer Edition is marginally larger than the average mid tower PC case.
Looking at the right we can see that unlike on the left, the front panel is vented along its edge. Whilst this does give the NZXT H440 Razer Edition the same unique look as the rest of the H440 series, I’m not entirely convinced they will be enough to provide enough of an immediate air flow for the case fans, but I guess we’ll see later on. Of course as you’d expect, this particular side panel is entirely featureless, but there is plenty of that lovely matte black paint to look at (or touch if you’re so inclined!).
From above we are treated to the very same stealthy image as provided by the case from almost every other angle. Apart from the case I/O panel it is largely featureless, but not in such a way as to make it look boring, just very clean and rather pleasing on the eye.
Beneath the case we find four hard plastic feet in each corner with a rubber anti-slip pad affixed to each. The actual height of these I admit I found a little odd, at 26mm they seem a little on the tall side. To the rear of the case we find a large removable dust filter covering the PSU air intake. Unlike pretty much any other case you can think off, one of the NZXT H440 Razer Edition’s key features is actually down here on the underside, if you look towards the front edge or left and right, you’ll notice three white bars which are there to provide Razer Green under-lighting in an almost identical fashion to neon ‘underglow’ lights you’d normally associate with a tricked out Street Car from the likes of the Fast and the Furious films. Perhaps a slightly odd inclusion, but if it works well I’m sure it’ll look fantastic…
The very front of the NZXT H440 Razer Edition is nigh on identical to the top panel. We have the same rectangular shape with what looks to be a handle at the top to help remove the panel and the same exceptional paint job, where it differs is the lack of I/O panel and right in the dead centre we have an illuminated Razer Tri-Snake logo. What is really nice about this is its finish, rather than being glued to the front panel or recessed behind it, the logo is perfectly flush with the panel itself and this just helps to further that air of luxury about the case.
Looking at the rear of the case you could quite easily mistake the NZXT H440 Razer Edition for a multitude of other cases. In the top left we find the motherboard I/O cut-out, beneath which is seven expansion card blanking plates, shortly followed by the PSU cut-out. Then running from the top left we have a 120mm/140mm fan mount, underneath we find two rubber grommeted porthole cut-outs for water cooling tubing. What is slightly different to many other cases I’ve seen of late is the choice of thumb-screws used to affix the side panels and PSU bracket to the case. Rather than the standard type we are all used to, NZXT have chosen to use partially threaded thumb-screws which are designed in a way that they don’t need to be fully unscrewed when removing a panel, which means they should stay attached to it once the panel is removed. Personally I think this is a great idea and should help us (ok, me) not lose thumb screws so easily. Another feature I really like which I’ve seen on NZXT cases in the past, is rear I/O LED illumination. The NZXT H440 Razer Edition does this by way of two LED’s, one at the top of the motherboard I/O cut-out, the one situated just above the expansion slots. Obviously to tie with the Razer theme, both of these will light up neon green once the case is powered on.
The NZXT H440 Razer edition features a fairly standard front I/O panel. To the left we have a reset and power button, then over on the right an Headphone and Microphone jack, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. Somethings that do set the H440 Razer Edition apart from the standard H440, are that when the unit is powered on the ring LED around the power button will illuminate Razer green (this also doubles up as a storage drive activity indicator), but perhaps more importantly is something I’ve never seen on any other case before. Take another look at the USB 3.0 ports and you may have noticed they aren’t the usual blue colour, but instead Razer green. Yes this is purely cosmetic, but these small details do make all the difference (unless you really don’t like green of course).
With all the LED illumination scattered around the NZXT H440 Razer Edition, it would make sense for NZXT to have included an on/off switch (you’d be surprised at how many companies don’t do this…), to which luckily they have. It may be a simple push toggle on/off switch, but it is satisfyingly clicky (bad word!) and does provide enough depression when pressed to make you confident that the button has been pressed (if the bright green lighting isn’t enough 😉 ).
One of the first things you’ll notice upon removing the left side panel, is how small the NZXT H440 Razer Edition seems to appear. This isn’t the case at all, it is purely a placebo effect caused by the PSU bay cover and the back of the huge drive rack mount to the right of the case. Looking at the motherboard tray area we can clearly see mounting space for your typical ATX motherboard, as well as the smaller MATX or MITX variants. One rather big disappointment is the mounting slides for the side panel itself. Remember that stunning matte black paint job covering the entire external surface of the case? Well it continues everywhere else too, but if you look closely at the images above, you’ll notice that along the mounts the paint seems to mark very easily. I can’t honestly say I’m too confident this will stand up to the tests of time…
Looking at the opposite side and we find a very busy looking image with a rather large amount of cabling, this is however for good reason. In the top right corner we find a hub for all of the case LED lighting, then dead in the centre a hub for up to eight case fans (as you can see four of which are already in use). Luckily for us the rear of the motherboard tray features a large amount of tie off points scattered around its entirety to help keep the excessive cabling tidy, luckier still is that NZXT have already done half the job for us! 🙂 Over on the left we find the drive rack which features five removable drive sleds for all your storage needs, each of which is affixed to the case using the same partially threaded thumb-screws as used on the side panels. Something that is nice about this rack, is that it’s been designed so that the sides are more or less open, meaning that the only impedance to airflow from the front fans is going to be the drive sleds and storage drives themselves. Given the immense space provided with these sleds removed, the NZXT H440 Razer Edition suddenly gives all us water cooling enthusiasts a plethora of options, with mounting space for radiators of up to 280mm or even 360mm of almost any depth! Just to help this along a bit, if you’re worried about drive space there is even an additional mount on the case floor for either a single 2.5″ or 3.5″ storage drive. The other notable area of interest is the motherboard tray and the CPU Cooler cut-out. It’s huge and in typical NZXT fashion a slightly odd shape!?
The rear fan mount of the NZXT H440 Razer Edition comes with one 140mm FN V2 fan pre-installed. A fan that features a fairly low 1000 RPM, but also produces just 21dB of noise and should certainly be enough to exhaust any hot air away from all of our hot hardware. The fan mount itself also allows for instalment of a 120mm fan of your choosing, perhaps even a 120mm or 140mm radiator if you should so wish. One of the nicest features of this mount is the fact it is adjustable, allowing you to move the fan up/down, to better suit your cooling needs.
With the front panel removed we find three 120mm FN V2 fans pre-installed. These feature a slightly higher speed than the 140mm exhaust fan in the rear with rating of 1200 RPM, but they are still quiet with just 21dB of noise produced. As these will be the fans to feed the Gaming rig components cool air, NZXT have seen fit to include a dust filter large enough to cover all three fans. The filter itself is magnetically fixed on the top end, but sits on a small hooked ledge at the bottom. Personally for long term use and easy maintenance, I’d have preferred the filter to be entirely magnetic, so that the filter can be removed and cleaned without he need to remove the front panel (or perhaps I’m just lazy?!).
Lifting the top panel not only reveals the case I/O panel components in all their nakedness, but also allows us access to the ceiling fan mounts. Here we can add up to an additional three 120mm or two 140mm fans or again a 360mm or 280mm radiator. Despite having 55mm between case top and the edge of the motherboard, you’ll find that the thickness of your chosen radiator will be a little more limited than that of the front as all of the case fans can only be mounted internally. You might perhaps get around this by using slim fans, but the external space is further limited by the welcome inclusion of the sound-dampening foam materials used by NZXT on all of the removable panels.
One of the biggest features of NZXT H440 in terms of aesthetics, was undoubtedly the PSU bay cover. This is a fixed cover that not only does it cover the PSU itself, but is also big enough to hide a multitude of (my) cable mismanagement sins. Another exclusive feature of the NZXT H440 Razer Edition is the slight styling change to the PSU cover, we have the same glossy plastic face plate, but the piano black one featured on the Razer Edition loses the NZXT logo and gains the Razer logo, which again will illuminate Razer green when the system is powered on.
As the NZXT H440 Razer Edition features a huge PSU bay cover and a motherboard tray that reaches from the very top of the case to its bottom, fitting your chosen PSU wasn’t going to be entirely straightforward. To make life a little easier, NZXT have gotten round this by using a simple mounting plate system. This is attached to your PSU, then in turn to the case itself using the same partially threaded thumb-screws as used throughout the rest of the case. Although I really like idea of having the PSU cover and PSU mounting plate, the actual cavity used for the PSU is a little on the cramped side. Will this cause issues during installation? I guess we’ll see…
Atop of the PSU bay cover we find two removable drive sleds for your choice of 2.5″ storage drives, with cut-outs for easier cable management. I really like this idea and hope that many other case manufacturers include the ability to show off your SSD’s, even more so now we know that Avexir have some rather nice looking illuminated drives in the works.
Well there you have it, what we have here is essentially a box… A damn fine looking box at that! The NZXT H440 itself is a rather clean and stealthy looking case with some great design ideas, but what NZXT have done here is lifted it aesthetically by giving the Razer Edition an even more prominently stealthy look by using a stunning matte black paint and a smoky perspex side window, then giving it a touch of glitz with the additional Razer logos and Razer green LED illumination. I like this case a lot! My only problem so far being the possible quality issue with that awesome paint job, why make something look so great then allow it to mark so easily?!
|Case||NZXT H440 Razer Edition||Power Supply||Corsair Professional Series AX760i|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer||CPU||Intel Core i5-4690K|
|CPU Cooler||Raijintek Themis||RAM||HyperX Savage 2400MHz 8GB Kit|
|Graphics Card||XFX AMD Radeon R9 290X DD Black Edition||SSD||HyperX Fury 120GB|
Installation into the NZXT H440 Razer Edition was not quite as straightforward as I had expected. Not because of a bad layout by any means, it is just that little bit different to a case with a conventional layout and despite the instructions offering some nice and clear pictures, they could certainly do with a little more detail.
The first task I set about, was to get the storage drives in place. The 2.5″ display sled popped out with ease allowing me to install the test HyperX Fury 120GB SSD without any problems, but whilst removing a sled from the main drive rack to install the 3.5″ Seagate 2TB SSHD I hit a minor hitch. I don’t know if it is a question of quality, perhaps machine installation or lack of cure time, but the stunning looking matte black paint job around the drive bay thumb-screws were either overtightened or glued by way of paint to the rack itself, causing the paint to fracture and lift off around the fittings. Something I honestly found a little disheartening given how great the H440 Razer Edition looks before you touch it… Sadly I found this to be very nearly the same with both side panels and the PSU mounting plate, fortunately not to be point of causing too much damage though…
Next in goes the Corsair Professional Series AX760i, an installation that took me two attempts… Why you ask? Being a fully modular PSU, I tend to remove all of the power cables prior to installation, then plug in everything necessary to all the hardware afterwards. Normally you wouldn’t expect this to be a problem, but given the fixed PSU cover, the tight confines beneath it and the lowest part of the motherboard tray it suddenly becomes very awkward. So out comes the PSU, all of the relevant cables are plugged in and the PSU is re-installed.
In goes the motherboard I/O shield, shortly followed by the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer, i5-4690K, Raijintek Themis and HyperX Savage DDR3 test kit. At this point and whilst there was still some working space available, I began to plug in all the power cables, front panel and SATA cables. A task not difficult in itself, but slightly upstaged by the NZXT H440 Razer Edition not being the largest case in the world, which also meant the fan and LED cables that NZXT had already neatly organised were in the way. However with a little time and patience they can easily be worked around, until you start plugging in the SATA cables. The ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer features six SATA headers, of which the two centrally placed ones couldn’t really be used because they are also dead in line with the piece of motherboard tray between the two rubber grommeted cable cut-outs. Hardly ideal, but this still leaves plenty of headers available for the two storage drives.
Leaving just the XFX Radeon R9 290X DD Black Edition and Creative Sound Blaster Zx to install. For anyone using an add-on card aside from a GPU in the top expansion slot, I’d highly recommend making sure all of your cables along the lower motherboard run are plugged in to their relevant headers prior to installation, there really isn’t enough working space otherwise. Installing the GPU despite its length and the fixed drive rack proved fairly straightforward, with just the need to remove a couple of the drive sleds to make it easier to manoeuvre to card in to place, which are then replaced. The GPU power cables are plugged in and the newly built Gaming Rig is ready to go.
Ok, so like I said it wasn’t quite as straightforward as I had expected, but with a little time and patience you are left with something that truly looks that little bit special. The NZXT H440 Razer Edition may look just like a box, but it’s a rather special looking one at that. Let’s see how it performs in the thermal tests!
At pcGameware we use Prime95 and CoreTemp to evaluate CPU temperatures and we use MSI Afterburner to evaluate the GPU temperatures. Of course Prime95 being a CPU stress test also helps to generate heat for us to check the case thermals. We also use UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for GPU temperature testing.
CPU performance testing is carried out using Prime95 (Small FFT) to stress the CPU. Each run is timed for 15 mins and the maximum temperature is recorded for all cores and then the average core heat is taken. Testing was carried out with a small overclock on the i5-4690K of 4.0GHz courtesy of the ASRock UEFI.
GPU performance testing is carried out by running UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for 15 minutes and then by recording the maximum GPU temperature.
* All case fans (x4 in the case of the NZXT H440 Razer Edition) and the CPU Cooler (Raijintek Themis) are run at 100% throughout testing. To ascertain case noise levels, the GPU fans are set to their lowest setting and the CPU Cooler fan is unplugged, whilst the dB is recorded from 1m away.
|Case||Ambient Temperature||Max CPU Temperature (core average)||Delta Temperature|
|BitFenix Colossus Venom Window||23.50||60.00||36.50|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||24.00||61.50||37.50|
|NZXT H440 Razer Edition||24.50||64.00||39.50|
|Thermaltake Core V51||22.50||62.25||39.75|
You may have noticed the slightly small looking table above. This isn’t because we haven’t seen or reviewed many ATX cases here at pcG, but since switching over to our newer Test Rig hardware, we’ve mainly seen the increasingly popular and much smaller MATX and MITX based cases.
Ok, so the NZXT H440 Razer Edition may look a stunner, but its thermal performance with a moderately overclocked i5-4690K and Raijintek Themis aren’t quite as stunning and well, decidedly average. That is not to say it is bad at all, but with a maximum average Core temperature of 64.00C and 39.50C Delta it sits dead centre of our currently tested ATX cases. As mentioned in the ‘First Impressions’ above, I wasn’t entirely convinced that the small amount of meshed venting along the front of the side panel would provide the three NZXT 120mm FN V2s enough air to keep all of our hot hardware cool throughout testing. So I pulled off the front panel and removed the dust filter out of curiosity and ran the benchmark again. With a maximum average Core temperature of just 58.50C and a 36.00C Delta recorded that would have pushed the case to the top of the table, my suspicions were proved correct.
|Case||CPU Cooler||Fan Speed||Ambient Temperature||Max CPU Temperature (core average)||Delta Temperature||Noise Level|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||NZXT Kraken X61||100%||24.00||48.00||24.00||51dB|
|NZXT H440 Razer Edition||NZXT Kraken X61||100%||22.50||51.50||29.00||41dB|
Luckily for us, when NZXT sent out the H440 Razer Editon for us to review, they also sent out the best performing AIO CPU Cooler we’ve ever tested here at pcG in the form of the NZXT Kraken X61. Whilst it was incredibly good when it came down to cooling, we also found it to be a little on the loud side. So out of curiosity (and never one to miss a photographic opportunity), I also installed it into the H440 Razer Edition for comparison sake.
As you can clearly see from the table above, the difference in performance is staggering. Not just in terms of thermal performance where the NZXT H440 Razer Edition runs a whole 5.00C Delta hotter than the HAF XB, but it does so rather astonishingly with a whole 10dB less noise produced! With the Kraken X61 LED set to green it looks pretty damn good and ties up with the Razer Edition green too! 😉
|Case||Ambient Temperature||Max GPU Temperature||Delta Temperature|
|BitFenix Colossus Venom Window||22.00||73.00||51.00|
|Cooler Master HAF XB||24.00||80.00||56.00|
|BitFenix Prodigy M||22.50||83.00||60.50|
|NZXT H440 Razer Edition||23.50||85.00||61.50|
|In Win 901||22.50||89.00||66.50|
|Fractal Design Core 1100||24.00||94.00||70.00|
|Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX||23.00||95.00||72.00|
Again we find a similar story when testing the NZXT H440 Razer Edition thermals when trying to keep the often hot running XFX Radeon R9 290X DD Black Edition in check. With a maximum GPU temperature of 85.00C (61.50C Delta) we had no issues keeping the card cool, but still we find the H440 Razer Edition mid-table. Yet with the restrictive front panel and dust filter removed, the maximum GPU temperature suddenly drops to 77.00C (53.50C Delta), which would’ve made the case one of our best tested to date.
Of course it is also worth remembering that despite the NZXT H440 Razer Edition offering reasonable thermal performance, it isn’t classed or marketed as an ultra performance case. It is however marketed as a silent case, featuring sound dampening foam lining inside each and every panel and it certainly excels in the acoustic area. Another testament to this is the fact that all of the case fans (four) connected to the fan hub are always running at 100%, yet even with the Raijintek Themis also running at 100%, the maximum noise produced is a lowly 33dB. This is made all the more astonishing when you take into account that we use the exact same Test Rig set-up within our regular HAF XB test case, which during the exact same tests produces 47dB of sound! Of course if this is still a little too loud for day to day use (?!), by reducing the Raijintek Themis to its lowest speed the maximum sound produced is just 27dB!
The NZXT H440 Razer Edition (CA-H440W-TH) arrived at pcG within a rather stylish and lovely looking box that certainly made a welcome change from the usual brown cardboard that we’ve become over familiar with. Whilst predominately glossy black in colour, the huge image of the case inside adorning the front and the neon green accents made us well aware that this particular model of the NZXT H440 was the Razer Special Edition. With the box open, the case was found to be suitably packaged inside with everything well protected. Then when out of the polystyrene bricks and plastic bag, the NZXT H440 Razer Edition was given given its chance to shine and it certainly does! It may be little more than a box to look at first glance, but with its unassuming shape, smoked perspex side window and wonderful matte black paint finish, the H440 Razer Edition not only looks stunning to look at, but the subtle texture of the paint feels great under hand as well. Add to this the neon green Razer logo’s and USB 3.0 ports and the Razer Edition version of the NZXT H440 gives the case that certain well deserved lift that’ll make you want to own one (assuming you like green of course!). On the whole the case itself is well made and very solid with a build made almost entirely of SECC steel with very little use of plastics at all. The only real issue I found was sadly involving that lovely paint finish… It does look great, but perhaps the actual quality is a little lacking? Maybe the paint curing time wasn’t quite long enough in the factory or the case thumb-screws were over tightened during manufacture, but the paint marks a little too easily and I’m not convinced it’ll be as hard wearing as that of most other cases in the long term and with repeat installations.
Due to the case layout, the NZXT H440 Razer Edition is generally pretty easy to build within, barring user error of course (by that I mean mine… 😕 ). All of the pre-installed fans, LED’s and case cables were nice and neatly tied down and organised for us already, while for all other power and SATA cables we found plenty of space for tidy cable management, with plenty of cut-outs for easy cable and motherboard header access. However the placement of the SATA cut-outs and the slight angling in its layout, means you may find that on some motherboard SATA ports nearest the motherboard tray might be unusable or in the very least awkward to fit and you probably won’t be using the cable cut-out at all. I’d also advise that when installing any modular styled PSU, to plug in all the necessary power cables prior to installation. Because of the fixed nature of the PSU cover, access to the rear of your PSU is very restrictive and almost impossible unless you have very small hands. However once installation is completed and your Gaming rig powered on, the NZXT H440 Razer Edition looks even better and the neon green underglow is surprisingly very effective.
So despite a few glitches the H440 Razer Edition is actually pretty damn good. Until we hit the area of its thermal performance, which is decidedly average. With the i5-4690K given a moderate 4.0GHz overclock, we found a maximum core average temperature 64.00C (39.50C Delta) leaving the H440 Razer Edition firmly in mid table. Then with the GPU thermal performance we found our XFX Radeon R9 290X DD Black Edition to have a maximum GPU temperature of 85.00C (61.50C Delta), which is again mid table. Neither temperature a cause for concern, but nothing exciting either. This I found to be caused by the lack of air intake vents around the case front panel, as once removed the CPU maximum average Core temperature dropped sharply to 58.50C (39.50C Delta), with the maximum GPU temperature also looking rather healthier at just 77.00C (53.50C Delta).
The NZXT H440 Razer Edition is however not a marketed as an ultra cool performance PC Case, but it is marketed as a silent one. Even with the all four case fans plugged into the fan hub and leaving them running at 100% along with the single fan of the Raijintek Themis also running at 100%, the clever design of the case panels and liberal use of sound dampening materials, means the actual noise produced is a rather miserly 33dB. Which in my eyes (or ears) is damn near silent and certainly a worthy trade off for the average thermal performance.
It might just be a box and far from perfect, but to me the NZXT H440 Razer Edition is a very special box indeed. No it doesn’t have ground breaking performance and no the installation isn’t quite as straightforward as perhaps it should be, but once the build is finished it offers something few other cases can. A subtle unassuming design, with a rather stealthy appearance and the added eye candy of the neon green Razer logos and underglow LED lighting. It is certainly a case I’d be proud to have on my desk. The two big issues that are hanging over this case like a storm brewing, is the possibly questionable paint quality (even despite it looking so good), but more importantly the price. At approximately £130, the Razer Edition is around £30 more than the standard NZXT H440, essentially you aren’t gaining any performance benefits and not a great deal extra in the terms of aesthetics. Personally I can live with that little extra cost and if you can too, you’ll find yourself owning a superb little case that visually impresses.
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