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Review: Corsair 4000D Airflow

by Parm Mann on 15 September 2020, 14:01

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Test Methodology

Comparison Chassis

Chassis Form Factor HEXUS Review Reviewed Price Product Page
be quiet! Pure Base 500 Mid-tower September 2019 £85
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX Mid-tower April 2020 £90
Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L Mid-tower July 2019 £50
Corsair 110R Mid-tower October 2019 £55
Corsair 4000D Airflow Mid-tower September 2020 £80
Deepcool CL500 Mid-tower August 2020 £80
Deepcool Gamer Storm Macube 310P Mid-tower January 2020 £70
Fractal Design Define 7 Mid-tower February 2020 £145
Fractal Design Define 7 Compact Mid-tower June 2020 £107
Fractal Design Vector RS Mid-tower September 2019 £180
NZXT H510 Elite Mid-tower November 2019 £150
Thermaltake V250 TG ARGB Mid-tower May 2020 £70

HEXUS Chassis Test Bench

Hardware Components HEXUS Review Product Page
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 1800X March 2017
CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S24 May 2017
Motherboard MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium -
Memory G.Skill Flare X 16GB DDR4 May 2017
Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro+ Limited Edition April 2017
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 (750W) May 2015
Storage Device Corsair 240GB Force Series MP500 M.2 SSD -
Monitor iiyama ProLite X4071UHSU-B1 January 2016
Operating System Windows 10 -


Our test platform is based around an all-AMD combination of Ryzen 7 1800X and Radeon RX 580. AMD's eight-core, 16-thread processor is stock clocked and installed beneath a Fractal Design Celsius S24 liquid cooler.

The CPU is joined by 16GB of G.Skill Flare X DDR4 memory operating at 2,400MHz, while the Radeon RX 580 GPU is provided by Sapphire in Nitro+ Limited Edition guise. Power for the entire system comes courtesy of a 750W be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 supply. Do note that we attempted to run multiple memory kits at higher speeds, but were unable to maintain stability on this particular X370 platform, hence the 3,200MHz G.Skill kit operating at 800MHz less than advertised.

To find out how well the comparison chassis can cool the AMD-flavoured build, we log CPU temperature while encoding a large 4K video clip using the popular HandBrake software utility. This task puts heavy load on all available CPU cores and we extend the stress test by queueing multiple passes. In order to provide a stabilised reading we then calculate an average temperature from the last few minutes of encoding.

To get an idea of graphics-card cooling performance, we log GPU temperature while looping the F1 2017 benchmark at a 4K resolution with ultra quality settings. Last but not least, we also measure chassis noise by using a PCE-318 noise meter to take readings both when idle and while gaming. The meter is positioned 35cm from the front of the chassis in a direct line of sight 30cm from the ground.

All chassis are tested only with the standard manufacturer-supplied fans (any/all of which are set to a low-noise curve in the MSI BIOS or low-speed using a fan controller if present), and to take into account the fluctuating ambient temperature, our graphs depict both actual and delta temperature - the latter is the actual CPU/GPU temperature minus the ambient.