How Conceptual Design Influenced the Noctis 450

November 17, 2015 | By Kevin Shih | PCDIY

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Conceptual design plays an important role in NZXT’s commitment to creating new exterior forms, interior layouts, and driving innovation into all its products.

Before the Hush, the Source, and the Phantom series, NZXT tested many designs while ensuring every detail in both functionality and form received the highest level of attention. NZXT strives to stay true to its DNA by consistently delivering products that users grow to love. This means experimenting with conceptual ideas in hope of breakthroughs and ultimately, create a product that evolves the PC market and engages users into building a system themselves.

In the beginning, NZXT’s designs are nothing but a blank canvas. The inception comes from the minds of designers who tirelessly test their ideas until something close to its final form begins to take shape. Inspiration is drawn from all aspects of product direction and inputs are made from previous experiments. Changes in system requirements, user preferences, and technological trends are all important factors that guide the designer toward the finished layout.

However, even as a product’s composition begins to take shape, it isn’t set in stone if development is to carry on to the next phase.

Just days before the tooling stage of the H440, the original concept was scrapped and the project was brought back to the drawing board. However, this decision allowed NZXT to try designs never attempted, thus leading to the removal of the optical bays altogether and to the introduction of the power supply shroud. While controversial at the time among the PC community, this is now gaining acceptance and appreciation among PC users as it significantly optimizes space management and chassis designs – making the H440 chassis one of the most award-winning designs.

The latest addition to the concept lineup is the Noctis 450. With a bold and daring look like no other, the inspiration gains its origins from the Phantom Series and is adapted from conceptual streamlined artwork and the radical designs of sports cars. With this concept, the floating interlocking ventilation panels are brought in as a way to keep systems cool while giving it a futuristic and streamlined feel.

But this innovation was not easy.

Being able to create the final layered panels posed many challenges throughout the design process because the panels were required to be rigid and maintain structural integrity. The finished product targets one of the main concerns users experienced with the H440 chassis and the design improved system cooling with ten times more ventilation surface area for increased airflow. Additionally, new features such as the PWM fan hub allows chassis fans to run optimally when needed and remain quiet when idling. To add to the overall aesthetics of the case, the underglow LEDs were introduced into the equation which was a piece implemented in the H440 Designed by Razer edition.

NZXT is proud to bring bold back and the Noctis 450 stands as one of NZXT’s most daring, stunning, and futuristic cases yet. For product details, please visit the Noctis 450 page.

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