Corsair 4000D Airflow And iCUE 4000X RGB Case Review

Corsair is here with a new case series called the 4000 series. These cases contain many innovations that will benefit users who are considering building systems in the near future.

Corsair announced 3 new models under its 4000 series; 4000D, 4000D Airflow and iCUE 4000X RGB. Although the 4000 series is basically based on a common case pattern, these are Mid Tower cases that are distinguished by some important nuances. In this video, we will examine the 4000D Airflow and iCUE 4000X RGB from these three cases. The 4000D model is almost the same as the 4000D Airflow, the only difference is the mesh in the Airflow model.

You are a G / Ç panel

I want to start with one of the common points of the series, the front entry-exit panel. The power and reset keys here are no different from the current Corsair iCUE cases we have recently reviewed. Again, there is a combo 3.5 mm audio jack that we are used to seeing. USB ports are new. We see that 2 USB 3.0 type A sockets are replaced by one USB 3.0 type A and one USB 3.1 type C socket.

Another point that caught our attention was that the type A socket was yellow. According to the standard among manufacturers, the yellow USB sockets are the sockets that can provide energy in sleep mode. However, Corsair used the yellow color only as a cosmetic. In other words, this type A socket is not different from the previous USB 3.0 ports in terms of technology.

RapidRoute Cable Management

The gap between the back of the motherboard and the back cover is important to neatly route the thick power cables of the graphics card, motherboard and processor. In the Corsair 4000 series, this gap made 25 mm and placed a plastic duct in which you can put the cables. This channel is 3 cm wide and 30 cm high. Attached to this channel comes 3 clip-and-hook cable ties. There are 3 more of these cable ties for the accessory box inside the hard disk cage. With these, you can make a neat and neat cable management.

In addition, the upper part is inclined towards the front of the case in order to easily carry the cables coming from the input and output slots in front of the case through this channel. When we look inside the case, we again see that efforts have been made in cable management. Instead of conventional rubber cable passageways, a single longitudinal cable hole is placed here, with the entrance covered. Under this veiled entrance, we see the Corsair text.

New side cover design

In this series, we see that the designs of the side doors with darkened tempered glass have also been changed. Steel sheets are attached to both sides of the glasses and the part of the cover that passes to the frame during assembly is these steel sheets. I welcomed this change because you no longer have to touch the glass to open the cover and leave marks on the glass with the oil from your fingers. In addition, the covers are more protected against risks such as scratching, breaking and cracking. You do not need to separate the screws from the cover while opening the covers, you can open the covers by loosening a little to stay on the cover.

New Corsair Airguide fans

With the 4000 series cases, we encounter a fan model that we saw for the first time from Corsair: Air Guide. These fans are equipped with RGB in the 4000 Airflow model and RGB illuminated version in the iCUE 4000X model. An interesting detail is that the model without RGB is 3-pin and DC, while RGB models are controlled by 4-pin and PWM.

As you can see from the name, the humor of these fans is that they can move the air away in a directional way by preventing the formation of vortices. For this, behind the fan frame is a design that we haven’t seen in previous Corsair fans. As far as we understand, Corsair does not sell these fans separately, but of course that could change in the future.

In the Airflow model, there are two unlit Airguide fans, one in front of the case and one at the back of the case. In the RGB model, there are 3 Airguide RGB fans and all of them are attached to the front of the case.

Fan and Radiator support

The 4000D Airflow comes with 2 Airflow fans without lighting, and the iCUE 4000X RGB comes with 3 RGB Airflow fans. The 4000D Airflow does not have a Corsair Node RGB controller, as its fans are without RGB. On the iCUE 4000X, we can see this RGB controller behind the case. This is not a controller you can use to adjust the fan speed. You can only adjust the lighting and it can support up to 6 fans.

For this reason, if you care about in-case RGB lighting and you plan to buy more RGB fans in the future and fill all your fan slots with RGB fans, you can buy the iCUE 4000X and make the fans and controller cheaper.

The 360-degree radiator support that we are used to seeing in Corsair Midtower cases is now also available in 4000 series cases. Providing this support is also beneficial for Corsair commercially, as the brand has ready-made liquid cooling kits with 360 radiators.

You can install ready-made liquid cooling kits with 280 and 240 radiators on the top of the case. However, RAM height is the limiting factor here. If you have low profile memory modules such as the Corsair LPX, you will not have any problems with 280 radiators. However, high-cooling RGB memory requires you to install a 240-inch radiator.

As for the fans, the 4000 series can buy 6 120mm and 4 140mm fans. If you prefer a 120 fan, 3 of them are attached to the front, 2 to the top and one to the back. When you choose the 140, you can install 2 fans at the front and 2 fans at the back.

Since the mounting holes of the exhaust fan are made long, you can change the height of the fan you will install here.

Front panel design and air flow

A removable front panel design is used on each member of the 4000 series. Connected to the case at 4 points, this panel can be easily removed when you pull it. In the Airflow model, we see that the front panel is made with a grill pattern to provide extra air flow. The iCUE 4000X RGB model has darkened tempered glass.

In the RGB model, air intake is only possible from the sides. For this reason, we can say that the air circulation inside the case will be a little better in the Airflow model. The important thing here is to leave space for the fans to breathe and not to lean the front panel against the fans, we see that the Corsair also provides this. There is 2.5 cm of space between the front panel and the fans.

Dust filters

When it comes to dust filters, we don’t see anything other than the typical Corsair case design. So there has not been much change in this area. When we remove the front panel, we see the removable plastic-framed dust filter in front of the fans.

There is a magnetic dust filter that fits into the hollow point on the case. In the Corsair 4000 series, a tiny yellow rubber piece with Corsair inscription is installed so that you can easily take and wash this dust filter. Finally, there is a sliding power supply dust filter under the case.

Supported motherboard form factors

What I like about motherboard support is that these cases are compatible with E-Atx motherboards known as Extended ATX. As you know, Extended ATX is slightly larger than normal ATX motherboards.

More and more motherboard manufacturers are releasing their high-end models in E-ATX form factors. Although we can install an E-ATX motherboard in some cases that officially support ATX motherboards, they either do not look aesthetically pleasing or limit other functions of the case because they are too large. In this sense, I welcome the fact that Corsair offers E-ATX support as a nice development.

In-case design

Coming into the case, first I want to talk about the power supply and the hard drive cage concealer. This part is fixed, cannot be removed. It has a large grille surface on top, so you can plug in your power supply with both the fan facing up and down.

There are two large cable passages in the conceal. You can easily pass cables such as HD audio and USB headers that you will attach to the motherboard. This is the main factor that determines the thickness of the radiator you will install in front of the concealing case. There is a space of 6.5 cm here, considering that the fans are 2.5 cm standard, you can install 4 cm thick radiators.

When we look under this concealer, we see that there are 4 anti-vibration foams at the point where we will seat the power supply. If you remove the hard drive cage, the maximum power supply length you can install here will be 180mm.

Next to it is a removable hard disk cage. You can insert two 3.5-inch disks here. Inside the cardboard in one of the slots, there are screws, velcro and plastic cable clamps to be used for assembly.

There are 2 brackets on the back of the case that you can install a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD. It is possible to display them by putting them on the power supply concealer if you want.

When we look at the top inside the case, there are 3 cable passage channels. We see that enough width is provided here for you to run the processor power cables and fan cables.

The maximum air cooler height that can be used is 170 mm, and the maximum graphics card length is 360 mm. These values ​​show that the case is compatible with high-end tower processor air coolers and graphics cards such as the RTX 3080.

Another striking point in Corsair’s 4000 series is the support of vertical graphics cards. We see that there are two vertical PCI-Express slots behind the case. You can display your graphics cards vertically here with the vertical PCI-Express mounting bracket that you can insert into the screw holes on the power supply concealer.

Results evaluation

As a result, the 4000D Airflow and iCUE 4000X models and Corsair cases have gone through some updates, keeping the features that make them attractive. These updates are of the kind that make it easier for users when collecting the system. For example, better cable management, better interior airflow. In addition, offering new generation fans with these new cases is a good strategy in terms of user benefit.


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