NZXT's Noctis mid-tower might be a Cylon

— 6:00 AM on April 29, 2015

NZXT's latest mid-tower combines familiar and distinctive design elements. It's called the Noctis 450, and it looks like the love child of the company's H440 and Phantom enclosures. See for yourself:

Source: NZXT

On the outside, the Noctis' angular lines and chiseled face are clearly influenced by Phantom DNA. The design looks especially sinister in black, but it's considerably less threatening in the alternate white motif, which employs soothing blue LEDs. My inner teenager loves the ground-effect lighting, while my stealthy ninja side appreciates the convenient off switch in the front panel.

Although the case has the usual mix of front-panel connectors, there's no external optical bay. Instead, the bezel is backed by a trio of 120-mm fans. Those spinners blow air toward a single 140-mm exhaust at the rear. There's also room in the top panel for three 120-mm fans or two 140-mm units—with or without radiators attached.

The internal scaffolding seems identical to the H440's, just with the addition of an eight-port PWM fan hub. Storage is spread across six 2.5"/3.5" combo trays and two dedicated SSD mounts. There's room for long graphics cards and tall CPU coolers, plus the usual widgets for cable management and socket backplate access.

NZXT is already taking orders for $139.99, with an estimated ship date of May 1. Newegg has the case listed, too, but with a May 31 release date.

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