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It may seem like a no-brainer to the end-user, but designing a PC chassis is no easy feat. It's the reason why that out of the thousands of cases that have hit the market and the hundred or more that I've looked at personally, only a small handful manage to get most everything "right."
Razer understands these challenges which is why they've launched a PC case design licensing program for third-party case manufacturers. Instead of building PC cases on their own, Razer will lend their design experts to established chassis builders.
As outlined in a press release on the matter, each case is subject to a rigorous vetting process by Razer's design and engineering teams prior to approval. Every design feature of a licensed case will be directed by Razer in collaboration with the selected partner.
Razer selected NZXT as the launch partner for the design initiative and together, they've built the H440 - Designed by Razer. The chassis supports up to regular ATX motherboards with seven expansion slots, eight internal drive bays, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, watercooling support and multiple dust filters.
Interestingly enough, Razer has eliminated the front 5.25-inch drive bays - a move that I completely agree with as optical drives are going the way of the floppy drive in this digital age.
NZXT will manufacture and distribute the chassis through its retail channels starting next month priced at $149.99.
Interested case manufacturers can click here for more information on the licensing program.