NZXT H440 Mid-Tower Chassis Review: Sound Design Choices Inside and Out

By Steve
Jun 10, 2014
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  1. Two problems with case.
    1. there are still times that you may need an optical drive, which this case does not cater for, so you will have to use an external optical drive which plugs into a usb port.
    2. great to keep the front clean an what, but with usb ports and such on top, it means that all kind of scraps and dust collect in the ports
  2. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,600   +616

    I don’t agree with your first point, I have not used an optical drive in my system for almost 10 years now. Given I use my computer pretty much every day that proves to me that not everyone needs an optical drive. There hasn’t been a single instance where not having one has caused a problem for me. That said if you need an optical drive then this case isn’t for you.

    I do tend to agree with your second comment though I don’t feel it’s a serious issue, more of a personal preference.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,866   +948

    Yeah? You're part of the minority that doesn't need an optical drive. If I used Steam etc. for my digital downloads I wouldn't need one either but I don't, I prefer a hard copy of my games, it makes things much more convenient and quicker when I reformat my machine.
    What is a waste of time in my opinion is the inclusions of USB 2.0 ports, even if a mobo doesn't support USB 3.0 they are backward compatible with the older standard with an adaptor cable. Why they don't just forget about USB 2.0 ports altogether and include the adaptor cable is beyond me.
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,600   +616

    I would be surprised if I was in the minority, especially as far as power user/enthusiasts are concerned. None of my friends use optical drives either but that is probably due to my influence.

    As for your example, I do prefer digital downloads opposed to the old fashion way. Plus when I upgrade or format I find Steam magnitudes quicker and easier than inserting discs. All you have to do is copy the steam folder and then re-import the games, you can even export the games to a compressed file for backup. It makes re-install as easy as it can get really.

    You are right about the USB 2.0 ports, I feel they are a waste of time a well.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,882   +1,760

    I don't see what you are getting at. USB 3.0 supports USB 2.0 devices without needing an adapter.
    And the number of USB 3.0 ports is limited by the chipset. A motherboard supporting 10 or more USB 3.0 ports is overkill for the majority. Though they may have that many USB devices, those devices don't need USB 3.0 performance.
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,600   +616

    He is talking about the motherboard header. He is saying drop USB 2.0 ports from the front I/O all together and just offer more USB 3.0's. Then include a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter for the motherboard header in case the motherboard of choice doesn't offer a USB 3.0 header.

    Probably not the best way to explain that but hope you got it ;)
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  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,882   +1,760

    Ahh, OK that makes sense! And I agree.

    I wonder if USB 3.1 will be pinned differently? If it is pinned differently, that will make matters even worse.
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  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,600   +616

    Yeah I agree, there would be nothing universal about that. I would say there is no chance it will be pinned differently, that said I don't know enough about it yet.
  10. I do have a BDROM. It is useless IMO, when it comes to Blurays, I have to find software to play the discs, Im sure winblows media slayer doesnt play them straight out the box, which is heaps useless.

    But I do every so often, install things I think, god I havent used that ever, or that sucks, and I dont like just uninstalling things, I feel unclean, so a formats the only way, and so yay windows 7 DVD and optical drive.

    I could stick my install on a USB but quite frankly, I worry they will corrupt, or they havent installed properly anyway, something in my procedure went wrong, I dunno, I just prefer to be able to have the choice, sure I can get an external to box up in an emergency and that would be fine, and in this case... pardon the pun :D, I would suggest that be peoples answer.

    I can't say the steam back up option is for me, its faster to have a spare 1tb of space, whizz the games over, format, whizz back. The backup option is so slow. Yawn. I can download every game I own faster than that thing can decompress and reinstall my backup. You could walk from London to Rome and back faster.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,866   +948

    Point taken but Australia is a pretty well developed economy overall but in an economy like South Africa's, it's a mixture of 1st and 3rd world, it's not NZXT's problem at all I admit but a lot of people can't afford to be without something like an optical drive, I suppose the most obvious solution would be to invest in an external optical drive but it's an unnecessary added expense and NZXT's products are freely available here, even this case.
    That said I can afford to dispense of the optical drive but I still prefer to have one, it comes in handy from time to time.
  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,600   +616

    Fair point for sure but I don't think NZXT is going for anything less than hardcore gamer's with this elite case.
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  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,866   +948

    Sorry you misunderstood, I generally assumed people would know I was referring to the motherboard headers.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,882   +1,760

    I use Blueray Disk to make backups of most everything on my drive. They seem to have a level of integrity that magnetic media doesn't have. Even though I do use 5.25 drive bays, I can understand why others may not. I do see a day that optical drives die out, but I don't see that day coming until all mechanical drives die out. SSD's will need to replace mechanical drives as mass storage devices, before I stop using optical media for backup solutions.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,866   +948

    I guess each to their own
    I'm so glad. Although English isn't my first language
    For sure optical drives days are numbered, just like everything else, but they'll be around a while longer and I still find them handy.
  16. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,086   +97

    That (very simple) mod for the drives is choice. and dual 360 Rads? This might be the case I've been looking to get for my Star Citizen build. I'l assuming the front Rad eats up all the Hard drive trays though so I'll have to find a way around that... I'll wait to see what others do in this case and emulate that if I get one of these monsters (in red or white).
  17. An interesting idea, but I'm not sure if I would be willing to give up on having a 5.25" drive just yet.
  18. AnilD

    AnilD TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Not really... I always check on Newegg for customer reviews before I buy and what I could find were many 4/5 and 5/5 rated cases from NZXT. I'm sure if this case was of evident poor quality TechSpot would have suggested so as well.

    Also, for the commenter above, I believe this is not a "Designed by Razer" chassis. This is the original one from NZXT without all the green stuff plastered on it.
  19. Sorry Steve, and I don't mean to troll or hide behind an anonymous guest post or anything but, for all the talk about temp performance, space and cable management, etc... was there nothing to say about the average noise of the casing? Or did I miss that part? I thought it was intended to be a "silent" chassis but I didn't see any comments on that.
  20. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,175   +944

    Looks like a great case.
  21. Railman

    Railman TS Enthusiast Posts: 685   +97

    I don't have any problem with people not wanting to have an optical drive with their PC but I do hate it when they insist optical drives are redundant. It is as annoying as those folks who believe PC are no longer relevant due to tablets!

    I have a large collection of CDs and DVDs and I want the option of playing them on my PC. I know you can stream a load of content today but it is seldom of the same high quality. There is two very good reasons for having 5.25" bays on a PC. 5.25" DVD drives are very cheap to purchase. They cost a fraction of an external drive and you don't lose desk space.
  22. Tom Roberts

    Tom Roberts TS Rookie

    I use optical drives - EVERYDAY - Do they have a mod for that "empty" 5.25" space? Maybe a 'door' panel that can be swapped out & left if you don't use? Something to suggest maybe - Side mounted doors?
  23. Tom Roberts

    Tom Roberts TS Rookie

    If the ports on top are not being used - why not supply "plastic plugs" for the ports and they can be retained when port is in use & re-inserted when not in use - both of my comments would be fairly inexpensive "fixes" although the first one ("5.25" bay doors) would have to be an option at the design stage or manufacture stage - trying to cut through finished work (after market change) "NEVER" retains a professional "look". I have done mods to cases (including one of those dreadful acrylic cases - NEVER AGAIN) & almost all my modifications were to add extra 3.5 bays - furnace ducting metal hanging roll - that material (big hole little hole) is the perfect size to 'hang' extra drives & still leave room between for cooling.
  24. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 1,600   +616

    I am genuinely interested, what do you use optical drives for everyday?
  25. To remedy the problem of dirt collecting in the ports just keep mini flash drives plugged in them, that is what I currently do. I have 4 USB ports on top of my pc and I got 4x 16GB mini flash drives to keep the ports occupied. Easy to pop em out and switch it when you need to use one.

    If you really need an optical drive you can simply buy an external one and set it on top of the PC and use a USB 3.0 port on the back. That problem is easily solved. The other problem I see is no sd card reader for all the photographers out there and for people that use cards with their phones. This is also remedied with an external drive that you could set up the same way as an optical and plug into a usb 3.0 port on rear.

    I think the 11 hard drive set up they used on here was retarded. I would much rather have better cooling with 6 hdd's than worse cooling with 11. Hell I'd remove some drive cages as I would never install more than 2x 6TB HDD's, 12TB of storage is plenty for me and I'd use the SSD trays for the OS and application installations.

    So to improve the cooling even more I would remove some drive cages completely for even more unrestricted flow. I would replace the front fans with noctua fans that can push a higher cfm at the same noise level because they are the best and install 3 more noctua fans on the top blowing more cool air directly toward the cpu cooler and indirectly the gpu. And I would change the rear fan to a 140mm black industrial noctua fan that can move double the air of standard noctuas since it is the only exhaust fan vs 6 intakes all that positive pressure needs to go somewhere. I wish they would of tested this set up but I bet by doing this this case drastically lowers its temps and competes with the best while still keeping its extremely quiet sound profile

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