NZXT Noctis 450 Review
NZXT Noctis 450 Review
Published: 28th April 2015 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
When NZXT placed the H440 at the door of TTL towers we though we were blessed by the gods themselves, the case was minimal, simple, quiet and a joy to build in, making it one of the few cases to score 10/10 on the site and become the first cases to receive TTL's While Gold Award.
Now NZXT are trying it again with the Noctis 450, a case which shares a lot of the H440's internals but is designed to look more like a successor to the NZXT Phantom Series of cases. The primary differences between the H440 and the the Noctis 450 are that this case has been designed to be more performance focused instead of silenced focused like NZXT's H-series cases.
NZXT say that their new "floating panel design" for the Noctis 450 allows the case to have 10x the ventilation surface of the H440, allowing all of it's fans to have much less restricted airflow which should allow to your components run cooler, though this may have an impact on the case's acoustic performance.
Having a lot on common with the H440, the internal layout is fantastic, with plenty of room for cable management and NZXT's power supply shroud cable management is a dream, allowing users to create a PC which is beautiful both inside and out.
The case come with a build in fan hub, which can support up to 8 fans. Users can additionally connect the fan hub to you motherboard, allowing them to control the speeds of your case's fans using NZXT's CAM software. The case comes with 4 fans at stock, a single NZXT FN V2 140mm fan in the rear and 3 NZXT FN V2 120mm fans in the front.
In total this case can support up to 8 hard drives, 2 2.5" hard drives ontop of the PSU Shroud, a perfect location to show off your SSDs, 5 3.5" drive mounts in the front of the case which are directly cooled by the case's 3 front 120mm fans and a single 3.5" mount on the bottom of the (under the PSU shroud, which is pretty much the only spot you can mount a 3.5" drive in this case when you use a 360mm radiator in the front.
For Full details on the cases water cooling ability I advise you watch Tom's video below, but from what I have seen it is exactly the same as the H440, supporting up to a 280mm radiator at the top and up to a 360mm radiator at the front of the case, making this one of the more water cooling friendly cases out there.
One big change compared to the H440 in terms of water cooling is the ability to use fans on the top of the case with a thicker radiator, allowing even 60mm radiators to be fitted to the case with pull fans (depending on memory height) or a 30mm rad with push pull fans, whereas the H440 could only use 30mm rads in either a push or a pull configuration (but not both).
This has just been a quick article we threw together to hold our video review (we have only had the case 24 hours but you will be getting an indepth written review in the next few days if you are interested in purchasing the N450 when it hits the stores. You can discuss your thoughts on the NZXT Noctis in the OC3D Forum thread.