Corsair 4000X RGB is a new generation gaming case. Corsair 4000X RGB Review is here. Corsair 4000X RGB Features
A few weeks ago, with the Corsair 4000D Airflow and the Corsair 4000X RGB, two new series were established, covering many requirement profiles. We had already presented the aforementioned 4000D in detail, now it follows from the factory with 4000X RGB fans connected to iCUE. We were curious about the performance of the case, as the front has a closed glass element.
The new 4000 series from Corsair has been established on the market for a few weeks and at the same time offers a wide range of application options. Either the focus is on airflow (as with the 4000D Airflow) or on an optical perspective, as with our 4000X RGB presented here. So the buyer is given a choice ex-works – at least not a bad one. The Corsair 4000X, or 4000D in general, targets an area that seems to be highly competitive right now. With the be quiet! Pure Base DX, the Lancool 2 Mesh, or the Fractal Design Meshify C can quickly be named a few counterparts.
The Corsair 4000X RGB in white was initially shown with an RRP of 119 euros, now available for just under 100 euros, and is now back in the price range of the mentioned RRP. Why that now costs “so much more” than, for example, the 4000D (Airflow) is quickly explained. Corsair also installs a tempered glass element on the front and equips the housing with three 120mm SP RGB Elite fans, which can logically also be controlled using Corsair iCUE.
Regardless of the equipment, color, and pre-assembled fan, the obvious “trend” is gratifying that you no longer necessarily need a huge block as housing to be able to accommodate and cool a high-performance system in the housing. This is also how the approach with the 4000D Airflow should be considered. The 4000D (without Airflow suffix) has a closed front and focuses more on puristic design. The Corsair 4000X RGB, on the other hand, has dedicated itself entirely to lighting and supposedly has to accept compromises in terms of cooling performance. We have, of course, dissected this fact in detail below on the test bench.
A little something to get away front: The Corsair 4000D Airflow we have had a few weeks ago in the test, and there are already extensively discussed in some detail. In the course of the article, we have repeatedly used and added to their content.
The external design of the 4000X RGB is explained quite quickly. This is not quite as subtle as the 4000D, but its construction is both stylish and functional due to the color scheme. Let’s start with the front because this is where the biggest difference to other versions of this series of cases is revealed. A tempered glass element is installed that is very easy to remove. If you want the front to be completely closed, even without looking through it, you can also buy the classic Corsair 4000D. The side panel is not tinted compared to the 4000D. Also, this is of high quality and provided with a frame so that any slots in the chassis cannot be made out.
Fortunately, the IO-Panel features the latest technology in a USB 3.0 Type-A and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. The correspondingly compact connector for the mainboard is, of course, also available. If you value it here, you should check whether the corresponding remote station is also available on the mainboard, namely not on our MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi … Small color details that offer no added value are also worth mentioning, but illustrate the consistency with which you currently own your own Products developed. Among other things, on the USB connector, the dust cover, or the knurled screws on the back, there are small yellow accents everywhere. The mentioned grid is simple and is held using magnetic strips. The same can also be found at quiet Pure Base 500 or DX and some fractal design cases. The little yellow tip also has the function of being able to touch it and lift the grille.
Nothing spectacular can be found on the bottom. The four feet, which do not have a great dampening function, are firmly screwed to the chassis. In between, there is a small dust protection grille that is responsible for the power supply unit, provided that it is mounted in such a way that it should draw in “fresh air” from below. Speaking of the power supply unit, a separate frame for the previous assembly preparation is also the case with being quiet! Does not exist here. The electricity supplier has to be pushed in from the side, but we’ll get to that in the next few pages.
Overall, the Corsair 4000X RGB also makes a very high-quality, noble, and also adult impression. I mean that as it is written, even if the alignment is clearly aimed at a lot of light and optics – but luckily, you can also set subtle colors in iCUE and avoid the fair.
The differences at the front become evident in a direct comparison between the 4000X RGB and the 4000D Airflow. Incidentally, both cases can also be purchased with the opposite color. So the 4000X RGB in black, and the 4000D (Airflow) in white. On the next page, we only come to consider the interior.
Let’s come to the interior, which was basically designed in the same straight line as the exterior suggests – and that is by no means to be rated negatively. On the contrary, there is more than enough space to install even the largest components. The CPU cooler has a total height of 170mm, and the graphics card length should also fit a new GeForce RTX 3090 (313mm) into the 4000D since a maximum of 360mm space is available. The power supply length is a little more limited, and components must not exceed 180mm. It is also gratifying that even E-ATX mainboards can be accommodated. So nothing stands in the way of a high-performance system in this supposedly compact housing.
There are a good number of fan slots. In total, up to six 120mm fans can be installed. 140mm versions can also be accommodated in the front and top. The same interplay then logically takes place with the radiators or all-in-one solutions. If you look at the back, the first thing you notice is the large tray opening, under which the two 2.5 inch holding frames are located. The corresponding drives are screwed onto it and then attached to the chassis frame. Then there is a novelty that Corsair has fully christened “RadipRoute” cable management; well, other manufacturers (e.g., NZXT) have had such plastic guides for several years is laudable that such a solution is now also available in the new Corsair-Models made it. Also, you can now attach your cable harnesses with Velco strips and ensure a tidy backside. Incidentally, additional items are also included in the scope of delivery.
A small “problem,” if you want to call it that, arises due to the fans’ doubled number of cables. Because unlike the “classic” 4000 models, the 4000X RGB has an iCUE Lightning Node Core built-in, with which the lighting and the known fan settings can be varied. There are significantly more cables to be stowed on the back to get to the point, but with a little skill, they can also be laid well. The pictures of our setup should give a good guide.
Let’s stay briefly with cable management; this can be implemented sensibly, as there are sufficient openings on the primary and secondary sides. For example, the large vertical slot enables the ATX line to be laid easily. But the small cable feeds can also be laid very easily through one of the many openings. Overall, the case can have an excellent concept that shows no weaknesses in this regard. Only the lower area around the power supply is very narrow, and you should remove the pre-installed HDD slot if possible so that there is more than enough space for the connection cables.
Said HDD slot also has the great feature of 4000X RGB that it cannot be easily removed. As should be known, the knurled screws are often screwed on with torque in the factories, so you have to use a screwdriver at home to be able to loosen them at all during the initial assembly. But it gets stupid if you can’t get there and first have to loosen the screws with water pump pliers or similar. That is pretty much the only point that we can chalk on in the area of the interior.
The front is pleasantly easy to use and can be easily removed, for example, to screw on the hardware or simply to clean the dust protection filter. The front, which primarily consists of hardened glass, is attached to four holding points and can be easily removed. The same also applies to the dust grille described or located behind it.
It is also nice to see that the fans’ front openings have been matched exactly to this, but only for the 120mm versions. As already mentioned, 140mm versions can also be built-in but then pull past the frame and possibly generate additional noises. The same can then possibly also be reproduced for radiator-fan constellations …
As fans, three models arrive at the customer’s premises pre-assembled. The new Corsair SP RGB Elite fans are installed in the latest revision and call for 16 euros per piece when purchased individually. If you put that about the housing, you get an excellent offer here – you shouldn’t forget the iCUE Lightning Node Core in this list. Corsair itself specifies an air throughput of 88.3 m³ / h with a speed of 1400 revolutions per minute and a volume of 26 dB (A) under full load.
If you look at the fully assembled result, you will notice the colorful customer of the housing, which at the same time can also be stylish (individualization of the colors) and at the same time is based on the design of the chassis itself. At least that’s how I feel about the 4000X RGB. In the black version, the whole thing should probably be really subtle. The assembly itself went without any real problems. But first, some color examples below, thanks to the pre-installed fans.
Unfortunately, the MSI RX 5700 XT is already sagging badly, but this can be seen as a graphics card’s peculiarity. Otherwise, you can’t say much about the housing and the fully assembled system, except that everything could be installed very clean, structured, and uncompromising. But let’s take another look at the back.
There is also 25mm space available on the back, so the cable bundle can sometimes be a bit thicker, which you want to fix, which is in our case and due to the increased number of cables. All in all, everything can be accommodated without any problems. Overall, the built-in test system was straightforward to install. Thanks to the new guide system, the cable harnesses can be easily laid and then fixed again, which gives the whole thing even more structure. As already written one page before, the user never feels that there is not enough opening here or there to lay a strand.
The 2.5-inch drives can be mounted on one of the two brackets on the back of the chassis, for example, or in the HDD cage in the PSU tunnel. Here I had already criticized the fact that the knurled screws were too tight on the page before, which can be seen as a real (if perhaps) small drawback. In the case of the setup shown, the said HDD cage was moved one position to the side to get more space for the power supply cables. In between, it is already building up. It would help if you also had connected all the cables before the final assembly of the power supplier. Otherwise, it will work out in a nasty fiddling.
Water cooling compatibility – the same across all models
If you want to build in water cooling and don’t necessarily rely on a complex custom loop, you can also easily build a 360 radiator in the front. However, the prerequisite for this is that the HDD frame in the PSU tunnel has not been moved forward. Also, the heat exchanger’s thickness must not exceed 30mm, then that was it with the compatibility.