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Closer Look: Interior
Upon removing the side panel, it allows us to delve deeper into the inners of the NZXT Noctis 450, the first thing which struck me was the power supply cover with the NZXT logo emblazoned in the centre; this illuminates red when powered up, although if you don’t like LEDs you can always switch it off via the small button by the rear I/O panel.
The Noctis 450 supports ATX motherboards, but M-ITX and M-ATX also have supporting mounting holes. In the top there is space to fit 3 x 120mm case fans or a up to a 360mm radiator, in the front there is space for up to a 360mm radiator also with the rear only having space for up to 1 x 140mm radiator. This shows very good water cooling potential in terms of not only AIO CPU cooler support, but also for custom loops which are needed to cool some of the monstrous systems currently available on the market today.
NZXT have included a number of fans with the Noctis 450 to aid in keeping your components nice and cool; here we have 1 x 140mm NZXT plain black case fan which comes pre-installed.
In the top, we have no pre-installed fans, but there is plenty of space to mount radiators, AIO coolers and of course regular case fans; there is space for 3 x 120mm fans or 2 x 140mm.
One interesting thing is the inclusion of an easy to use, but un-convential hard drive mounting system. Instead of drive bay cages like in most “regular” cases, NZXT has used 6 x individual trays which support both 3.5” and 2.5” drives.
Also included is 2 x 2.5” drive bays on top of the PSU cover, which is an ideal place for mounting SSDs. These simple slide out upon removing the single thumb screw and allow for solid and easy mounting; a really good idea in my opinion as SSDs look fantastic these days so it would be a shame to hide them away!
The front and top panel are removable and the front even has a full length dust filter which covers the 3 x 120mm FN V2 NZXT fans included which is special; most cases come installed with 1 or 2 at the maximum, but 3? Good job NZXT!
To remove the top panel, it is worth noting that you will need to remove the front first and believe me, it’s pretty stiff to remove so take care not to damage any of the plastic clips when doing so.