NZXT Noctis Gaming Case 450 Review
Up Close: Exterior Front, Rear and Base
The front of the case, like the roof makes use of a mix of mesh and stealthed in panels. Unlike the Phantom series though there's no door hiding 5.25" drives to ruin the lines. Again NZXT have used stand offs to create the optical illusion of flush fitting panels where in fact, there's significant room for air to flow behind them.
Round the back it's a pretty standard ATX affair with a few notable points of interest, the first of these being an almost un-noticeable button in the top left hand corner. This button controls the case lighting, toggling between illumination of the rear I/O, internal logo illumination, and underskirt lighting. It's also able to control the intensity of the lighting to a small degree. For a full demonstration of the various lighting effects take a look at the video. The 450 also comes with a 140mm fan mounted in the rear position with mounts also included for a 120mm unit. All the mounts are slotted giving you the ability to better place the fan to suit your requirements.
Seven contrasting vented PCI slot covers sit beside a pair of grommeted external water cooling tubing holes. Seriously! External water cooling with this case!!! What is more useful is that the PSU is fitted by removing a bracket and sliding it into its mount once fitted to the bracket.
As NZXT have finally forgone the urge to encourage us to fans in the base of our cases, the base of the case is thankfully devoid of any mesh ventilation, aside that is from the filtered area for the PSU. The case is supported on four good size rubber topped feet which serve to raise it a good 15mm from the desk and thus allow a good spread of the blue glow which emanates from the LEDs running in the side channels along the base.