Page 4 – Installation and Conclusion
The computer building process was extremely enjoyable with the Corsair 4000D. It was easy to work with since everything was laid out in a pretty standard manner. I first installed the power supply into the PSU chamber. The power supply used in this computer was the FSP Hydro PTM 750W, which has a 135mm fan. Thanks to the grille, it is possible to have enough airflow for the PSU. When I installed the PSU, I found that the drive cage was a little bit too close to the power supply, which left little room for connecting the cables. I felt it was easier to just remove the storage cage first before plugging wires into the PSU. A Reeven Justice RC-1204 CPU cooler was mounted on my Gigabyte GA-H170-D3HP motherboard. The position of the motherboard tray opening of the 4000D matches perfectly for the CPU position, therefore my heatsink can be installed without any trouble.
After connecting all the wires needed for the installation, I put the storage cage back into the PSU chamber. I did not have any hard drives to install, since I just had one M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, the Western Digital Black SN750 NVMe SSD 500GB on the motherboard. I put the storage cage back in simply because I did not want to lose it. The rest of the installing process was really smooth. Since there is already a 120mm fan installed behind the front dust filter, it is only a matter of plugging the connector in to get it to work. The big opening beside the motherboard tray was very handy. As you can see from the above picture, the thick motherboard power cable can be fitted into the opening in my case. There is still plenty of room for other cables.
After everything has been installed properly, it is time to press the power switch. As you can see from the above photo, the only thing that lights up is the power switch. After the power is on, the 4000D keeps a minimalist look. I am the kind of person who really cares about the noise level of my computer. In this build, I had three fans running in the case. As it turned out, my computer was really quiet thanks in part to the thick tempered glass panel. On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is totally silent and 10 is a jet taking off, I would rate my system at 2.0/10 regarding noise emissions during normal operation. Please note the fan speed control on the motherboard can further bring down the noise level by reducing the RPM of the fans when the computer is not under a high load.
As I have mentioned in the beginning of the review, a good computer case should always have some attractive new features for its time. Well, I am not expecting to see any groundbreaking new technologies on an affordable case. Nonetheless, the year 2021 is already around the corner. Things such as USB Type-C port is not too much to ask for. In this regard, the Corsair 4000D did not let us down. The USB Type-C port is nicely located on the top panel along with a USB 3.1 Type-A. Although it is like a standard to just have two USB ports on the front I/O section, I would like to see two Type-A connectors here. This is not a deal breaker kind of thing by any means; it may just be my personal preference. The overall build quality of this case is fantastic. Specifically, all the gaps are small and even. I have no doubt about the durability of the whole product. Meanwhile, all the dust filters in this case are of high quality. I also like the integrated rubber tab at the top for easy dust filter removal. In terms of cable routing experience, thanks to the 230mm overall width and the 25mm of cable space at the back, the cable management area is pretty roomy. The only other things I would like to see improved on is include 4-pin PWM rather than 3-pin fans and a Y-split cable for the front 3.5mm combined audio jack. As for the price, it is listed at $80 USD at its official website, but can be found for as low as $70 on other online retailers at press time. I think the price is fair for what you get. The design, material, and build quality for this product are of a high standard, not to mention it has nice little features like the dust filter lip to keep you happy.
Corsair provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Networks Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks, but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.5/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
The Corsair 4000D is a minimalist ATX computer case with a nice tempered glass side panel and nice little details that can make owning it all the better.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion