NZXT H440 Razer Edition Mid-Tower PC Case
NZXT has a long history of making high quality cases and power supplies. While Razer is probably best known for their mice, headphones, and keyboards. As with most companies that specialize in a few products, they are starting to branch out into other products. Razer started with gaming systems, then into the Wearables market with the Nabu. Now, Razer has partnered with NZXT to do a custom edition of NXT's H440.
Starting with the NZXT H440, which LegitReviews
took a look at back in February 2014, Razer worked with NZXT to make changes to the case to make it their own. Sold under part number CA-H440W-RA, the NZXT H440 Razer Edition (part number CA_H440W-RA) will be available on December 22nd, 2014 and will be sold for $149.99 plus $9.99 shipping. The standard NZXT H440 case in white or black both run $99.99 with free shipping right now, so you are looking at an extra $60 for the Razer Edition case.
Taking a look at the outside of the case, a couple of things immediately jump out. The first is the Razer three-headed snake logo on the front of the case, and also on the power supply shroud. Both of which light up in Razer green when the computer is powered up. If you are looking for a black and green themed case for you might not be looking for much longer. This case should go well with NVIDIA GeForce GTX powered rigs and we know many of our readers are big NVIDIA fans!
Razer didn't stop with just placing their logo in a couple select locations. They also did a premium paint finish on the case, in matte black. We have seen cases use a matte finish before so this isn't really new. However, the quality of the finish does make it stand out. Unfortunately, it's really hard to experience the finish when reading about it.
A couple other modifications to the NZXT H440 include custom lighting on the bottom panel, a little green LED to light up the motherboard rear I/O ports, and custom USB 3.0 ports. All of these we'll take a closer look at later.
NZXT H440 Razer Edition Case Features and Specifications
NZXT and Razer have formed an alliance to create the ultimate gamer's chassis: the H440. Designed by Razer. This completely custom design features Razer's iconic three-headed snake logo, a custom matte black finish, hexagonal mesh, a tinted window and signature Razer green illuminated LED power button and underglow.
NZXT H440 Razer Exclusive Features:
- Green LED Rear I/O Lighting
- Green USB 3.0 Ports
- Premium Paint Finish
- Hexagonal Mesh
- Green LED Underglow
- Tinted Window
- LED Backlit Razer Logos
|NZXT H440 Razer Edition Specifications
||CA_H440W-RA (Matte Black Designed by Razer)
||External 5.25": 0Internal 3.5"/2.5": 6Internal 2.5": 2
||Front: 2x 140/3x120mm (3 x 120mm FN V2 Fans Included)Top: 2x 140/3x 120mmRear: 1x 140/120mm (1 x 140mm FN V2 Fan Included)
||Front (Included)Bottom Rear (Included)
||Front: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mmTop: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mmRear 1 x 140/120mm
||GPU Clearance With HDD Cage: 294mmGPU Clearance Without HDD Cage: 406.2mmCPU Cooler: 180mmCable Management: Lowest Point - 17.7mm, Highest Point - 32.5mm
||220mm x 510mm x 475.3mm
||SECC Steel, ABS Plastic
||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
||1x Audio/MicI/O Panel LED On/Off
||9.75Kg or 21.5lbs
|USB 3.0 Ports
|USB 2.0 Ports
NZXT H440 Razer Edition Packaging
While most cases are shipped in plain cardboard boxes, the NZXT and Razer have packed the H440 Razer Edition in a full color box; which doesn't really mean much when most people will purchase the case online. It is still nice to see them take pride in their product by wrapping it in a nice box. The front of the box, doesn't provide much information other than a quick picture of the case and the model.
The back of the box is where you begin to get a sense of what makes the H440 Razer Edition unique. Providing pictures of several of the features that Razer designed for this case, you begin to get a feel for what they have done differently.
On one of the two sides, they have spelled out the H440 specifications in case you do find this in a retail setting. The second side just provides a straight view of the front panel.
Inside the box, the case is packed in pretty standard packaging. The case itself is placed in a large plastic bag, which is then nestled between two thick Styrofoam blocks. One thing that is a little different, is that the Razer logo on the front of the case is covered with a second piece of plastic to keep it from getting scratched. When the case is removed, we also find that the side panel window is covered on both sides to prevent scratches. Small touches, such as these, show the care a company takes to ensure the case arrives in perfect shape.
NZXT ensures that there are plenty of included accessories to install every piece of hardware inside their cases. With the H440 Razer, they have included a user guide and a small NZXT Product catalog. To install the components, there are a total of 20 cable ties, thirty-two 2.5" hard drive screws, four power supply screws, four short fan screws, a standoff installation tool, a single standoff and thirty-four motherboard/3.5" hard drive screws.
H440 Razer Edition External Impressions
After removing the packing material, we can finally take a good look at the case and start to look at what Razer has done to the NZXT H440 to make it their own.
Taking a close look at the front panel, there isn't much to look at. The entire front panel is solid, there are no air vents on the front panel. The only company marks is the Razer logo right in the center. Even without activating the LED, the logo looks great! The top edge of the front panel might make somebody thing that this is really a door, hiding 5.25" bays, but keep in mind that there are no 5.25" drive bays.
The front panel can be removed from the case with a quick pull from the bottom. With it removed, we can see the front intake fans have a filter on them, and can easily be removed. However, in order to remove the filter, the front panel has to be removed. Behind the filter are the three included FN V2 120mm fans. There is a power cable going from the case to the front panel to provide power to the Razer logo on the front panel. On the back side of the front panel, NZXT has installed sound proofing foam.
Turning to the windowed side panel, it is sufficiently large enough to show off the internal components, which we will see later. The front portion of the side panel is solid, which is helpful since it covers the hard drive bays. Along the top panel are ventilation holes, for the top exhaust. Like the front panel, there are no ventilation holes for the intake fans along the side. With the side window being tinted it's a little difficult to see inside the case just yet.
Nothing unusual about the back panel, at the bottom of the case would be the standard power supply hole. However, NZXT has done this a little different, there is a cover over the power supply hole, remove it with four thumbscrews and attach it to the power supply. Then the power supply slides into the case from the back. Next to the power supply, are seven PCI expansion slots and two water cooling holes that are protected with rubber grommets. Above the motherboard I/O key, is the included FN V2 140mm fan, which is installed on slots so the location can be adjusted by the user. Finally, next to the motherboard I/O is a little button which controls the integrated LED lighting system. At the top edge of the back panel are some additional ventilation holes for the top exhaust fans.
While the right side panel is plain, there are a few differences here. Along the edge of the front panel are ventilation holes for the front intake fans. Another difference is along the top edge there are no ventilation holes, however the top edge has been curved.
Removing the side panel is easy with two thumbscrews in the back, which stay attached to the panel. Looking on the inside portion of the side panel, we find some additional sound insulation foam has been placed on this panel as well. So the front and the back side panel has sound insulation so far.
Flipping the case on it's side we can take a look at the bottom. First, the are are four feet with anti-slide rubber pads to keep the case raised up to allow for good airflow. At the back of the case is a filter that covers the power supply intake. At the front of the case are eight holes which will be used to mount a 3.5" or 2.5" drive to the bottom of the case. In addition to the screw holes, there are four cable tie locations on the bottom panel. Finally, there are three white strips along the sides and front edge. These are the bottom green LED Underglow lighting, another Razer feature exclusive to this case.
Removing the front intake filter you have to remove the front panel, the bottom filter is much easier. It can be removed from the back of the case without having to lift the case or remove any panels. This is how all filters should be done, easily removable. Eliminates any excuse for dirty filters.
Like the front panel, the top panel is solid, the exhaust vents for the top panel are all along the side and back edge. On the top panel, NZXT has opted to place the power and reset button along the edge of the case. On the other side of the panel is the front I/O cluster which include the standard features, headphone/microphone, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. Being a Razer customized case, the standard blue USB 3.0 ports have been changed to the Razer exclusive Razer Green USB 3.0 ports.
The top panel comes off like the front panel, however this one took a good amount of force. Taking a look under the top panel, we find more sound insulation foam, that takes us to three panels with the sound insulation. The top panel itself, has room for three 120mm or two 140mm fans. Otherwise, if liquid cooling is preferred you can install a 280mm radiator or even a mighty 360mm radiator
can be installed with ease.
That finishes our look at the outside of the H440 Razor, let's move to the interior and then put a system into this case.
H440 Razer Edition Internal Impressions
Removing the windowed side panel is extremely easy, two thumbscrews and pull it towards the back of the case. Once it's off, we can see the inside of the case. The exterior paint has been done on the interior so it matches perfectly. Looking at the motherboard tray, we can see there are many cable management holes in the tray. Two large and one small holes at the top are not protected by rubber cable guards, however the three large vertical holes are. Along the bottom are two additional holes which are not protected, these holes will only be accessible if installing a mATX or Micro-ITX motherboard. The largest holes in the motherboard tray is to access the CPU cooler on the back of the motherboard, it is extremely large and oddly shaped. One final thing to notice, is the three vertical cable management holes, are at an angle which might make it a bit easier to manage the cables.
While the normal area reserved for 3.5" drives is covered, we took a look at the front intake fans from the back side of the case. Here we can see the three 120mm FN V2 fans.
Looking at the bottom, we usually find the location for the power supply, NZXT has covered the power supply in the H440 series, and used that location for two 2.5" drive locations. In the standard H440, NZXT has placed their name on the side of the power supply cover, Razer has changed that to their logo. Also on the power supply cover are three cable management holes. The two towards the back would be perfect for the power and data cables for the 2.5" drives, along with the various headers on the bottom edge of the motherboard. The other could be used for the PCI-E power cables if you didn't want to route them to the back side.
After taking a look at the back panel of the case from the outside, the inside view is exactly as we would expect. The seven expansion slot covers are held in place with thumbscrews.
With the back panel removed, we can see the back side of the motherboard tray. Using a lot of space between each of the 3.5" drive trays, allows for only five hard drive trays, and a sixth location on the bottom of the case. While six will probably be more than most people need, it seems like a huge waste of space. Squeezing the drives closer would allow for better space management, perhaps to allow for custom liquid cooling while still using multiple hard drives. For those that want to have the cleanest cable management possible, there are a total of twenty-one cable tie locations on this side of the case.
Below the extra large CPU cooler cutout, is a simple ten fan hub. This is not a PWM fan hub, which would be beneficial, however it does make it extremely easy to connect all the fans to one central location.
At the top of the back panel is the LED controller, each of which are well marked to know exactly how things are connected.
There are a total of five 3.5" hard drive trays, which will also work with 2.5" drives. For a 3.5" drive, the screw holes have anti-vibration washers in place. These trays are made out of steel and are extremely well built.
There are two 2.5" drive trays included in the H440. These are held in place with slide locks and a thumbscrew, while the 2.5" drive is held in place with four screws through the bottom of the tray.
H440 Razer Edition Hardware Installation
Before finishing the installation of the various cables, let's take a quick look at the motherboard and 2.5" SSD drives that are installed. Everything has gone according to plan at this point. One little thing to keep in mind with the SSD's, they are nearly flush with the power supply cover, so you will want to make sure you have straight SATA cables and power cables. Thankfully, I had a long SATA power splitter that worked perfectly for this installation.
Installing the power supply through the back of the case requires attaching the power supply bracket to the unit first. It is removed from the case with four thumbscrews, and then attached to the power supply using the standard power supply hex screws. Then slide it into place and start routing the cables. With the Lepa G power supply, it is partially modular, the main 24-pin and 8-pin Aux power cables are attached, and when the power supply is slid into place, they are on the back side of the case, which makes it a little more difficult to attach the modular power cables, so it might be best to attach those first. I was able to attach the modular cables once the power supply was in place, it just took a little more time.
Attaching the two 2.5" SSD's to the trays was done easily enough. The only obstacle is that they are practically resting on the power supply cover, and right angle SATA cables will not work, you will want to make sure you have straight SATA cables. As for the power cables, you will run into the same obstacle, for that it is best to use the power connector at the end of the cable, but that will limit the connections that can be used. Simple Molex to SATA power adapters work great for this, I had one on hand that gave about eight inches of cable, so the power connection could be routed to the bottom of the power supply cover.
With all the cables in place, and the system fully connected, it's time to take a look at the back side of the motherboard and the cable management options. Routing the cables was easy, most of the cables that are included with the H440 are already routed and tied in place making it easy to finish. While I didn't spend any time on cable management, it all went pretty naturally in place. While running the cables was easy, and the side panel went back into place without any issues, a tiny bit more space would be nice so the cables could be cleaned up a little. The 8-pin motherboard Aux power cable was just long enough to reach the connector, if the cable had been a little longer, then I could've routed it along the back edge, at least it's back here where it's out of sight.
Looking at the big mess of cables that will be hidden beneath the power supply cover, you could spend a ton of time getting them organized and cleaned up. Really though, it doesn't matter much, there is plenty of room to push the cables into the open space and keep them out of the way; just watch the front intake fans.
With the side panel on, I wanted to get a good view through the tinted window, however the only way I was able to do that was to turn up the flash, which made the case look grey rather than black; so ignore that part.
With the system turned on, I pressed the LED button in the back of the case, everything sudden lit up and I was amazed at the color and light provided by the various LED's. While I'm not a fan of the green color, I have to admit it looks incredible. In person, it is much nicer than the picture shows. The two Razer logo's light up, and the bottom LED strips light up and are pretty bright. While the green is Razer's color, I personally would love an option to change the color of the LED's on the bottom.
NZXT H440 Razer Edition Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The NZXT H440 Razer edition shows us what two great design companies can accomplish when they partner together and put their expertise to work. Razer took one of NZXT's best cases and modified it to make it their own. Adding in their company logo, green LED underglow, a tinted window, custom paint, and Razer's green SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, make this case stand out.
The overall build quality of the H440 Razer is exactly what you would expect from two great companies. The paint job is fantastic, and has a matte powder coat feel to it rather than a high gloss finish. NZXT added sound insulation foam to the front panel, back side panel and a portion of the windowed side panel which will reduce noise from the components. Cooling options are numerous, with the included four FN V2 fans, there is space to add in up to three additional fans at the top. However, that is not the only option, up to 360mm liquid cooling radiator can be installed at the top or the front as well. Of course all those fans need to be powered, so NZXT has included a simple 10 fan power hub. While a controller would be nicer, or even a PWM fan hub, at least NZXT has made it easy to power all the fans.
When the system is running, you can press the LED button on the back of case and the final enhancements done by Razer are turned on. While the Razer logo looks great on the front of the case, once it is lit up, it really stands out. The logo on the power supply cover is difficult to see through the tinted window, until the LED is turned on. Both of these logo's look great against the black paint. The Underglow effect on the bottom makes the case stand out in the dark.
While there is a lot to like about the NZXT H440 Razer Edition, there are a couple of things that I could use a little attention. For the 3.5" hard drives, there is a lot of wasted/dead space, they could be compressed and use about 1/2 the space they currently use. While it could increase the price of the case, a change to the 2.5" SSD trays would be nice, maybe include a power cable spliter to make powering them easier. These are of course minor concerns, and nothing that should detract somebody from purchasing the case.
The NZXT H440 Razer Edition is set to be released by the end of the year, Newegg has it available for pre-order for $149.99 plus shipping
and includes NZXT's 2 year warranty. This is a great case that has been modified by Razer to provide a little uniqueness to a great looking case. If you like what Razer and NZXT have come up with, the H440 Razer Edition is a great mid-tower case that provides plenty of options and some unique customized touches.
Legit Bottom Line:
The NZXT H440 is an incredible mid-tower case, with lots of cooling options and a spacious interior for a mid-tower case. Razer's enhancements to the H440 make this case stand out from other options on the market.