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Pros: Shhh.... Do you hear that? Exactly...
So I'll go ahead and hurry up past the subjective part of this review. It's down right Sexy, *Warning, Your Girlfriend/Wife/Partner/etc. Will Get Jealous and you may develop lower back problems due to the large amount of time you will be spending on the couch *
Coming from an original Phantom, and before that a old Thermaltake, it's night and day in terms of how quiet the H440 is in comparison. I was extremely impressed that even though I have a reference design GTX 780 (Blower Fan), and it's right next to a an even bigger window, even my GPU wasn't as loud as it was in my phantom...to me that is actually really impressive.
I'm not 100% sure, but it seems that even the few parts of this case that are plastic (Foundation of the front and top panels) are made of a sound dampening plastic material. I'ts a little hard for me to explain, but it feels very solid, while at the same time it has a texture like that of felt or suede. What ever material they are using, it definitely makes a difference.
I also have a H100i in the top which some cases are not very forgiving when using in conjunction with Dominator Platinums, but luckily there is plenty of room. It looks like there is just enough room to fit an H105, but nothing thicker than that at the top. The front on the other hand has a ridiculous amount of room since there aren't any 5.25 bays.
The sound-dampening material appears to be comprised of about 1/4in (6.35mm) of neoprene foam. It's located in the top and front panels, full back panel, and the solid portion of the side panel. It also seems to be of good quality as well, it definitely performs.
The overall construction is very well made, MUCH better (apologies for sounding like a broken record) than the Original Phantom. My old case didn't seal all the way and left gaps at the side/top/front panels, the metal was a bit flimsy and the plastic felt very cheap, even though it was also really tough. The H440 however is designed and manufactured with a much higher standard and scrutiny.
The LED's in the back work well and are a big help, the lit "NZXT" logo on the side is back-lit from the LED's that shine light indirectly through the logo so it's not a bright beam of light, but a rather a 'nice' subtle glow.
The USB and 3.5mm connections on the top are solid and tight, with no wiggle nor locking and the
The H440 has only been out for 2 days, but I feel that this case is a solid winner and should definitely be a consideration regardless of whether you plan to water-cool or air-cool.
Cons: Besides having tons of things I love about this case, there are a few things I think that have fallen short.
The ventilation is a bit restrictive, both in the front and top of the case. This could have been helped by making both panels slightly thicker and allowing the vents to go all-the-way around each panel. Do to the slight restriction on airflow, some of that warmer exhaust will be circulated back into the case if you use something like an AIO liquid cooling solution in which one of the three fan slots is open and if using a 120/240mm Rad/Fan the other 20mm of extra width going along the length of the case that allows the installation of 140/280mm rad/fans up top will be easy places for the air to travel back into the case.
HOWEVER!, you can help out a little with No 'Custom' Modding. The mesh covering the vents are held on by 'Phillips' screws and can be removed from both panels without any hassle, and put back on just as easily if desired.
The backside of the motherboard tray only has about 1/2in (12.7mm) of usable space after considering the 1/4in (6.35mm) sound dampening foam. This isn't too big of a deal since you have almost the entire bottom of the case/shroud to hide cables, but cables like the 20+4 Motherboard connectors can get pretty thick, especially when needing to cross other cables.
No Fan Control. This isn't really a con Per se, but for those that have to have one, it only has a Hub.
Other Thoughts: I completely understand why they went without the 5.25 bays, they're slowing becoming obsolete as we move ever faster towards flash storage. However, it would have been amazing to see a small space set for a 'Slot-Load' ODD. I plan on modding one in, but it would have been epic if it had been implemented into the case stock.
Again, the Ventilation Mesh can be removed with a Phillips screw driver.
This review is from: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System
Pros: It's not just that it's loud, alot of setups are loud. What this 2.1 system has going for it is that the audio is Clean, Crisp, and Clear WHILE being extremely loud. I don't want to listen to noise, I want to listen to music, footsteps/explosions in games, and every moment of a movie. I want to do this with a good frequency response, crisp highs, and a ton of bass...and the SP2500 has met those needs.
Even the local 'Mail-Man' was so impressed, he wanted to take a look at what was rocking and picked up a set himself. The speakers literally sell themselves.
TBH, sound is subjective, what sounds good to you may not sound good to someone else. With that being said, I would still definitely recommend the SP2500 for anyone who either wants, too much bass, crisp highs, broad mids, small satellite size, or all of the above. Of course if you just want QUALITY Bass, not just the ability to turn it up, you get that too.
I can get down to 34Hz of realistic bass, meaning I can still hear it when listening to music. It will go lower, but only to say that it can, it's not usable in any form what-so-ever.
Speakers are "Bi-Amplified". This means that the tweeters, and the drivers in the satellites are on different amps. The quality difference it brings is very noticeable and greatly appreciated. (of course the sub is supplied it's own power separately as well)
Everything is well constructed and built to last, I plan on enjoying these for many years. Nothing rattles, or creeks, even when using the little 'desk-stands' that come with it to angle it upwards your ears.
The satellites cable length is good (6ft/1.8m) for putting on a desk. Some people complain about the cable length for their application, but there IS a Solution. The connectors used for the satellites are standard ATX 4-pin (CPU) connectors, and even the "Control Pod" uses a standard VGA/DSUB connection. So all you need to do is get a couple of extension cables of desired length and you're good to go! Pfft...cable problems...What cable problems?
The Control Pod works well. You get great control and easy access to your audio. There is a 3.5mm Headphone jack and a 3.5mm AUX connector on the 'CP'. So you can use your 2.1 to listen to your iPod/etc. without the need to turn on your PC.
All I can really say is that I'm completely satisfied and love my new setup. If you're in the market, you can't go wrong, the next step-up from these would be Home-Theater. (Yes I'd recommend the SP2500 for your TV as well, if you don't want 5.1, can't afford a huge setup, or don't have the space)
Cons: Proprietary Controls. I love the control pod, its fantastic, but manual volume control on the main unit/sub would've been a nice backup option. Not a big deal though.
Other Thoughts: Packaging was well thought out. I'm always concerned when ordering something like this or a case regardless of the seller/shipper/manufacturer. I know that things will get tossed about and accidents happen as well, but once I opened the package I knew everything was fine without the need to plug them in or inspect for defects. Corsair wanted them to get to your door in the same condition they left their factory in regardless of the obstacle. For that I'm very grateful, peace-of-mind is a wonderful gift.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's easier to list the few Cons rather than write a book about the Pros, but put simply-
Extremely Stable (Fantastic OC'er)
Very Solid build quality, like putting steel rods in my mobo.
Sexy...sexy.....ram. Sorry ladies, but you're gonna have to get in line.
Light Bar is very subtle. Just enough to let you know how much BadA-ness is in your dark rig without causing any distraction. (too dim for my personal taste)
Cons: Tall.... I talking 'Yao Ming' Tall. Be absolutely sure, if you're plan on using for example, a H100i etc. that you have the clearance. I knew my NZXT Phantom (original) would not allow me to keep my top 2x 200mm fans while using the H100i because the Ram sticks out too far, not a huge deal, but may find another case soon because of it. (those 200mm move a ton of air and are so, soooo quiet.
Other Thoughts: Keep an eye out for the prices, they are fluctuating quite a bit do to recent events around the world. In March of 2013, I payed far less ('Newegg' prefers that prices be left out), but I wouldn't hold my breath. Don't quote me, but I don't think prices will be dropping anytime soon.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Andrew H.
Date Joined: 11/22/07
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