corsair 4000d tempered glass top

Introduction

On the test bench today, we have a brand new case design by CORSAIR. The 4000D Tempered Glass (CC-9011198-WW) case is part of a new case line up from CORSAIR. There are three cases in this new line up that include two other cases. The iCUE 4000X RGB Tempered Glass (CC-9011204-WW) and the 4000D AIRFLOW Tempered Glass (CC-9011200-WW) . We will be reviewing the 4000D Tempered Glass ( CC-9011198-WW) case. This case has a solid front panel and two CORSAIR AirGuide fans instead of the CORSAIR AirGuide RGB fans the iCUE 4000X RGB comes with. All three case designs come in black or white.

corsair 4000 series case line-up

Unboxing

After unboxing the case and pulling it out I immediately noticed it was not very light. This usually means the case is going to be robust and study. Most of the weight was due to the tempered glass panel on the side which looks nice. It is darker than most side panel windows, but the entire panel IS the tempered glass.

The case itself is a stout 230mm wide.  This led me to believe the case may have some decent cable management features. Coming in at $79.99 on Amazon I feel like this is an excellent deal for what you are getting.

Taking It Apart

First off, the side panel is made of tempered glass as mentioned before. Full panel, all glass. You also get two CORSAIR 120mm AirGuide fans preinstalled in the front and rear of the case.  The front panel is designed to cover the front but allow air to flow around the edges. This implies the case should be near silent operation while in use. Behind the front panel, which easily snaps off, are locations for 3x 120mm fans or 2x 140mm fans in the front. Plenty of space for radiators from a custom loop or AIO cooling solutions up to 360mm.

On the top of the case is a magnetized filter mat that sits on the top behind the control panel. The control panel has your usual power switch and reset switch. The power switch has a built in LED letting you know the system is on, but it does not have an HDD activity LED. It has a 3.5mm audio/microphone jack and two USB ports. The USB ports consist of one USB 3.0 Type-A port and one USB 3.1 Type-C Port. I feel they had room for a second Type A port since most of your peripheral devices are still USB Type A and not the new USB Type-C. Personally I do not mind; I hardly ever have anything to plug into those ports anymore except my phone when I need to charge it or transfer pictures. Being a Pixel 3 XL user, I can easily use my stock cable to plug my phone into the PC. That is the only thing I own with a USB Type-C cable though. I would much rather more USB Type-A ports on the front.

We Opened the case up and saw that the inside is slightly different than most cases. Instead of unscrewing the side panel on the rear and then sliding the panel back before pulling it the side panels snap into place. You have to slightly tug on the rear part as if it’s a door you are opening to get the panel off. Inside we notice the case has two main compartments at the top and bottom. The top compartment is for the motherboard and the bottom compartment is separated by a wall for your PSU and HDD/SDD mounts. The top part of the case is open with mounting locations for 2x 120mm fans or 2x 140mm fans.

The motherboard tray has a wide opening where the CPU sits for easy rear access while the board is installed. This came in handy as I had to replace the CPU cooler after the board was installed. I did not have to remove the motherboard to install the new CPU cooler backplate. There is also a raised metal panel that sits in front of the tray to shield the view of your cables. Behind the motherboard tray is around 25mm of cable storing space as well as two 2.5” SSD mounts behind the tray.

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  1. I just put together a build with a Rosewill Cullinan V500, and thought – **** this looks familiar.

    The two cases are nearly identical. Apart from the Corsair logo on the front I would swear I was looking at a review of the case I just put together. Some slight differences in the front ports and it has all glass sides, but that is about it.

    My biggest question was – why is there tons of empty space up next to the motherboard, but everything down in the PSU compartment is cramped to all heck and back. The case I had only had 2 3.5” HDD bays, crammed in with the PSU, but there was all that empty space up above.

    Great review – I can totally relate to this one. Assuming the manufacture is more or less the same as the Rosewill (and I have no reason to doubt it is), Leroy nailed this review spot on.

    Im only shocked that there isn’t a higher Corsair markup. It’s fairly reasonably priced

  2. My biggest question was – why is there tons of empty space up next to the motherboard, but everything down in the PSU compartment is cramped to all heck and back. The case I had only had 2 3.5” HDD bays, crammed in with the PSU, but there was all that empty space up above.

    I found myself in a similar situation where I wanted to build myself a TrueNAS tower unit, and a lot of the newer cases only came with 2 3.5" bays, sometimes 4 but that was it. My guess is with the transition to SSDs and NVMe drives, spinners are low on the pecking order as far as space consumption is concerned..

  3. Great review @LeRoy_Blanchard

    Loved the in depth description of the interior and the review made me seriously consider the case for a quiet cool solution!!!!

    I was surprised when I seen you were doing the interior temp test. I didn’t see that coming!!!!!!!!

    Good job brother!!!!! (y) (y) (y)

    Dang, and just seen this:

    https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/corsair-4000d-pc-chassis-review,1.html

    Frigging Guru3D just released a review on the same case.

    Was hoping we were exclusive for today and a couple of more days. LOL

  4. I just put together a build with a Rosewill Cullinan V500, and thought – **** this looks familiar.

    They really do look very similar.

    I found myself in a similar situation where I wanted to build myself a TrueNAS tower unit, and a lot of the newer cases only came with 2 3.5" bays, sometimes 4 but that was it. My guess is with the transition to SSDs and NVMe drives, spinners are low on the pecking order as far as space consumption is concerned..

    I use a Fractal Design Refine R5 for my NAS setup. Its got placements for 8x 3.5" drives and all of mine are fully filled. I even bought, have to look for it later if interested, a 5.25" to 3.5" hdd adapter setup to turn the two 5.25" bays into 3.5" slots. I believe it added 3 more.

  5. hdd adapter setup to turn the two 5.25" bays into 3.5" slots.

    One of my HAF’s came with one. I’ve also ordered adapters that fit 2 x SSD’s into a 5.25" bay. Pretty helpful if you’re not worried about temps. Cable management can be a little tricky though.

  6. Good first review Leroy! (y) At $80 this is a very attractive case. :cool:

    I’d suggest fixing the barrel distortion in the photos for the next review (either in post or using longer focal length). I’m nitpicking, I know, but it was really distracting to me.

  7. Thanks for the review. I have been considering the Airflow version of this case for an upcoming build for a friend+client, so this review helps me a ton.

    I feel the same way about USB ports on a case. I don’t mind the Type-C port being there, but not at the expense of Type-A ports. I don’t own any pure Type-C cables myself. I have several cables that are Type-C on one end and Type-A on the other. Also I know this is an $80 case, but surely that doesn’t mean we have to have only 2 USB ports instead of 4.

    I tend to prefer when midtower cases without 5.25" drive bays allow you to put 3x 140mm fans in the front.

    Another ****ing case without an HDD activity light. Nice cable management features though. Wish there was some decent room at the top of the case for a radiator with fans without motherboard overlap. I take it the metal shroud separating the PSU/HDD compartment from the rest of the case is non-removable? I’ve worked with some cases where it is removable, and that can be pretty handy at times. Otherwise, seems to be a pretty dang good case for the price.

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