NZXT Noctis 450 Case Review
NZXT’s Noctis 450 is an exciting new chassis and one we’ve all been waiting for since CES 2015. It utilizes the award winning frame found on the H440 but with exterior panel modifications for extra airflow and a unique armoured look. Color variations at launch are limited to stealth matte black with red LED accents and glossy white with blue lighting.
We are a bit surprised at the release price of $139, which represents a $20 premium over the original H440. This also puts it into direct competition against the excellent Phanteks Enthoo Luxe.
One of the most predominant design features of the exterior are the floating panels. NZXT has managed to create a good balance between the armoured plate look and mesh underneath to camouflage the ventilation ports.
The airflow inside the N450 hasn’t changed from what was offered on the H440 with three 120mm fans included at the front with an alternative of two 140mm fans and single 140mm exhaust at the back. These provide decent default cooling out of the box.
The top accommodates triple 120mm fans or dual 140mm with their respective radiator sizes. Given the additional height of the top panel, two rear fan slots can be installed above the frame for push-pull setups.
The red LED lighting is nothing new, we’ve actually seen this roll out on the H440 Razer Edition but with green accents. The two underglow strips are soft and vibrant and compliment the illuminated NZXT text right above on the PSU shroud. However if you are not after the black/red scheme, tough luck. An RGB implementation would have been a welcome addition to diversify build customization.
One of the interior elements NZXT should have included are rubber grommets on all the cable cutouts around the motherboard. Cable management inside the N450 is executed well to the most part and we would consider this a novice-friendly chassis. The noise dampening foam has been removed from the back side panel, allowing users to close the panel without applying body weight to squish everything together.
We love all the tool-less brackets with integrated thumbscrews and an ample of space in front of the power supply giving users an option to forget about managing those cables. They are out of sight, out of mind.
An included PWM fan hub with 8 ports is a must for a chassis without 5.25” drive bays. NZXT has been a driving force behind the fan hub ever since the Phantom 820 and it can now be seamlessly connected to your motherboard for temperature-dictated speeds.
The Noctis 450 is in many ways a refresh of the H440 and perhaps a necessary one at that. NZXT is spreading its angular and aggressive design roots with additional depth on the panels for added airflow potential. We think it should have been priced alongside the H440 but those in love with the structure may see value in the extra premium.
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