Well, after not being satisfied with the performance of my old CMStorm Enforcer case, (Loud as hell with only 2 fans) I decided I needed a change in scenery. a few days later the Noctis 450 from NZXT launches and already am seeing amazing reviews. so I told myself "why not? It looks downright aggressive and is built on the award winning NZXT H440 chassis" so swapping all my parts I boot it up. It's almost dead silent despite not being optimized for silence AND having 5 fans in it. and in my opinion looks SO much cleaner than the Enforcer case. I use this computer primarily for gaming as well as image rendering. the core i7-4790K smoke checks my old FX-8350 in everything I did and every benchmark I use. and the GTX 780 crushes all my games in 1080p and I dont plan to upgrade to 4K any time soon.
Also I am not actually not running Windows 8.1 but rather the Windows 10 Insider Preview but its not listed here
Only a few minor annoyances during the build, and that revolves only around the PSU shroud. I found it a little tricky to feed the cables from my PSU into the holes I wanted them to go into. as well as the HD Audio, USB 2 and front IO connectors
Overall this thing was a huge pleasure to build in! would definitely recommend to friends and any one who is reading this.
Pros: Looks amazing! Same internals as the H440 Lots of cable management options Massive amounts of support for liquid cooling radiators Deceptively quiet Very easy to work in Rear IO and PCI bracket illumination
Cons: Only some holes have rubber grommets
No RGB LEDs
Case finish looks great but feels cheap
Side panel window very easy to scratch
(Edit: after looking around I realize I am the first to post a build here with the Noctis 450 case)
Runs cool on water, great OC stability. and really fast
quiet for the most part, keeps my CPU nice n cool. but Corsair Link will not work in Windows 10, and I can hear the pump when it ramps up
What can I say really? its ROG what more needs explained
I REALLY wanted to give this case 5 stars, I REALLY did, but alas as with almost all cases there are some drawbacks
My initial thoughts on it was "oh man this is a gorgeous case." and it was. but after spending some time with it I realize some things could use improvement. This case is built with the same internals as the H440 which was fantastic. and I felt right at home installing parts into it. It had all the features I wanted and a few I didnt expect but was a welcome surprise. it included rear I/O LEDs which made connecting and tinkering in the dark a breeze, its only the second case I ever saw that comes with that built in, normally its a mod.
Side panels. PCI slot brackets PSU bracket, Hard drive cages, are all held together with thumb screws. Which I think was great but those screws come pretty torqued out of the box so unless you got insane gripping power, you're gonna need a screw driver to loosen them.
as with the H440, the motherboard standoffs come pre-installed for ATX motherboards, which was right up my alley and my motherboard itself almost took up all the space. While making it little tricky to place my motherboard it also filled my case up nicely, leaving just enough room for my USB 2, HD Audio, and front I/O connectors
The NXZT logo and LED strip on the bottom of the case are a very nice touch to the matte black finish of the case, but...for $140 I would have liked to have seen RGB LEDs instead of red, something Phanteks pulled off well with their Enthoo Luxe, which NZXT is competing against with this case.
Cooling for this case is phenomenal. Comes pre-installed with 3 120 mm fans in the front and a 140 mm fan in the back. and can add another 3 120 mm fans or 2 140 mm fans on top. It has support for radiators on top, rear and front. the top even has enough clearance for radiators configured for push/pull while not eating up space in front of your motherboard. So good job, NZXT for that.
The finish of this case, while looking fantastic, felt cheap and in my personal opinion is the biggest issue with the case. I found out the hard way that it is very easy to scratch.
Lastly the only other gripe I have with it, is I wish all the cutouts came with rubber grommets