NZXT Noctis Gaming Case 450 Review
Up Close: Round the back
It's not very often that we dedicate a whole page to the reverse side of a case, but then it's not very often that we have a case that has much going on to talk about back here. First up, with a good 20mm or so there's more than enough room for even the most ham fisted amongst us to make a decent job of cable management, and even if you're the sort who just stuffs it in and wedges the door on, you're not going to find any embarrassing bulges appearing where two fat cables cross. With no access at all at the front, the reverse side of the case is also where it's at when you come to mount your storage. With a total of six well spaced drawers and each doubling up as either a 2.5" or 3.5" there's plenty of room. The drawers themselves are held in with thumb bolts and benefit from rubber isolation mounts. Although it takes a bit of time, all of these drawers can be easily removed giving either greater airflow into the front as well as the option to place up to 280mm or 360mm rads in the front.
As well as having ample cable routing space the 450 also has more cable tie points that we can ever remember seeing. In a move we really like NZXT have also placed some down in the bottom trough, recognising that this is a popular place to route and hide cables. We likey, we likey a lot!
The larger of the two small PCBs mounted in the rear offers PWM control of any case fans wired into the hub. The hub has eight headers in total, with four of these already pre wired into the cases four fans. A power take off from this leads up to the smaller PCB which controls the lighting effects discussed earlier and demonstrated in the video.