Corsair 4000D Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 – Physical Look – Inside

After removing the side panel, you can see the internal design of the Corsair 4000D. To be consistent with the exterior, the interior of the case is also painted matte black. The paint is sprayed evenly inside the chassis. At bottom of the case, there is a power supply chamber with ventilation holes on top. Not only is it designed to shelter the power supply, the chamber is also the place for you to put up to two 3.5" HDDs. The air for the power supply chamber can come into the case through the dust filter protected ventilation holes at the front of the case directly. If your 4000D is fully loaded with fans, graphics cards, and long radiators, fresh air can be pumped by the fans of up to 360mm radiators into the chassis through the air intakes at the front panel, hit the graphics card, and be expelled out through the exhaust grille at the top panel. If the user only plans to use a small radiator or just a CPU heatsink with the top ventilation grille covered, the hot air can be expelled out through the rear exhaust grille on the back panel.

As a mid-tower, the Corsair 4000D can support ATX-sized motherboards and, of course, smaller boards such as micro ATX and mini ITX. All motherboard risers were screwed on to the tray from the factory. Users do not need to install the required risers according to the size of motherboard that will be used. After bolting the motherboard into position, the heatsink or water cooler block can then be easily installed and removed thanks to the big rectangular opening on the tray. From the above photo, you can see there is a 120mm fan from the factory on the case’s rear exhaust opening. This is a 3-pin voltage-controlled fan. A 4-pin PWM fan is preferred. If the user wants to use a closed loop water cooler system, it requires an extra step to install the radiator directly onto the chassis, which means removing the preinstalled fan. The expansion slot covers of this chassis feature stamped holes to allow better ventilation, but I would prefer for it to be a solid piece for better dust prevention, since I really doubt it makes a significant difference to just have several small holes here.

From the above photo, it can be seen the case has another 3-pin 120mm fan mounted from the factory. For cooling performance, this case can provide a decent cooling solution out of the box. If you do not have very high requirement for cooling, there is no need to spend any more on buying fans, since it comes with not one, but two fans. If you really want some fancy cooling solution, three RGB fans are good to use behind the front panel. The ventilation gaps at the front panel will allow some light to be emitted out. To keep the computer components clean, the steel front panel can also be easily removed such that the user can get access to the front dust filter for cleaning. The case can fit graphics cards up to 360mm in length with the front fan mounted. For those long and heavy graphics cards, there is no GPU holder for additional support, but you can always mount it vertically in this case.

Upon removing the right side panel, you will see the other side of the lower chamber and the motherboard tray. Two 3.5" HDD trays are located to the left side of the power supply area for easy installing and removing of the hard drives. For the 2.5" drives, you can mount them on the removable trays at the back of the motherboard tray. Regarding cable management, Corsair did a fairly good job here. Between the motherboard tray and the right side panel, the room for cable routing is about 25mm, which is more than sufficient for most cables. According to the above picture, three Velcro straps with Corsair logos are nicely included, which are helpful for better cable management. By the way, there are two long openings to route cables. Even though there are no rubber grommets on the openings, the metal is not sharp at all. There is no need to worry about the safety of the cables or your fingers during installation. The cable management should also be hidden by the metal lip created by this opening.

Generally speaking, the interior design of the Corsair 4000D is very good. All of the components you need for building a computer can be nicely accommodated and kept cool. The paint job quality of the interior is also good. More importantly, there are tons of room to route cables, and there are big openings to allow easy connections between the PSU and the motherboard.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion