Jumping right into things as I like to do lets concentrate on the design for a moment. NZXT truly put forth a massive effort in making sure the H440 was going to be one of the best cases on the market. They covered all their bases including things such as a power supply cover which of course its main purpose is to hide all those horrible cables we need to power all our hardware. The 3.5″ drive bays go nearly unseen from the front and there are 2x 2.5″ drive bays atop the PSU cover so users can show off their favourite SSDs, of course only if that is their type of thing. The outside of the case surely doesn’t let us down either. The case I received for this review had an overall matte black look with a bit of blue accenting around the edges, really helping to add a bit of flair to it.
Taking a look at the thermal performance and while this case wasn’t the best in our benchmarks, it was far from the worse. I really didn’t expect it to have the best results at stock as there are no vents in the top panel. However what is there is a bit of noise-dampening material to help keep the case as ‘Hush’ as it can. The inclusion of 4 fans as stock though do a good job of keeping things moving and giving the H440 a good bit of airflow. Alongside the top panel having some noise-dampening material you will also fine some in the front panel as well which also reduces the amount of airflow created by the 3x pre-installed 120mm fans in the front but that is ok with me as it offers a more overall aesthetically pleasing design.
When it comes to value you will be hard pressed to find a case that offers better value for the money. While this surely isn’t the cheapest case on the block it offers so many amazing features for the money it will be very hard to find another that compares to it. Not only does the case feature great options for cable management, not that they are really needed thanks to the design but it also has a very aesthetically pleasing design overall all and even the simple things like being able to move the fans a bit once they are mounted to get them just where you want them only further adds to the value.
One of the biggest features which will go over great with most users is the support for water cooling components. While unfortunately I did not get to take advantage of this myself there is no denying that there is plenty of room for some radiators, tubing, pump and a reservoir. The front and the top can both host anything from 120/mm up to 360mm and at the back there is room for something up to 140mm. This gives users around 860mm worth of radiators if they utilize all the space which should be very efficient at cooling all the hardware that they may need to fit inside.
Overall the NZXT H440 is a case that does it all. It offers good performance, and great design and plenty of options for novices, enthusiasts and professionals alike. It will be almost impossible to find a case that offers as much as the H440 does and especially for the price. If you are in the market for a new case the H440 is well worth considering, especially if you are looking for a mid-tower case
I would like to thank NZXT for sending the H440 in for review and look forward to seeing more from them in the future.