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Corsair 2000D Airflow Review – Mini-ITX and SFX

Rating: 8.0.

The new Corsair 2000D Airflow is an unusual Mini-ITX case. It has a compact footprint of 200mm x 271mm but stands 458mm high, which gives it a volume of 24 litres. The explanation is that this ITX case can accommodate a 360mm AIO cooler and a full length graphics card, which is an unexpected combination of features.

Watch our video on YouTube at 2160p HERE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlYUlHZgdUI&feature=youtu.be

Time stamps:
00:00 Start
01:40 Small and tall – a close look
03:07 The 2000D Models
03:37 The RGB ‘slim’ fans
04:00 The front I/O
04:11 The inside layout
04:37 Picking the hardware for the install
07:45 Storage support
08:57 Power Supply / GPU / CPU
14:31 Noise / Power / Temps / Airflow
16:43 Closing Thoughts

Main features

  • A Fitting Choice. House today’s highest-end PC hardware in a space-saving design ideal for small-form-factor builds, with abundant airflow thanks to removable mesh panels and premium Corsair build quality, in a case that’s small in size and big on cooling performance.
  • Compact Frame. Mini-ITX form-factor with just 24.4 litres of volume takes up a tiny amount of space on or under your desktop, with dimensions of 271mm x 200mm x 450mm.
  • High-Airflow Removable Panels. Removable steel mesh front, side, and roof panels deliver plentiful ventilation from nearly all sides of your system for maximum cooling potential.
  • Triple-Slot GPU Support. Comfortably install a three-slot graphics card up to 320mm in length, for a high-end, high-performance system taking up minimal space.
  • Extreme ITX Cooling. A cooling-optimized interior fits up to an incredible 8x 120mm or 2x 140mm fans, along with multiple radiators including a 360mm on the side and 240mm in the back (dependent on GPU size).
  • Three Included Corsair Fans (RGB variant only). 3x Corsair AF120 RGB Slim fans
  • Smart RGB Lighting Out-of-the-Box (RGB variant only). Fully control and synchronize the RGB lighting for up to six fans with the included iCUE Lighting Node Core and Corsair iCUE software.
  • Modern Front Panel I/O. Put your connections within easy reach, including a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and a combination audio/microphone jack.
  • All The Storage You Need. Fits up to 3x SSDs for expansive storage capacity.
  • Included Low-Profile AC Power Cable and PWM Splitter. Easily connect your power cable to your PSU and gain full PWM control with these included connectors.

Specification:
Motherboard support: Mini-ITX.
Power supply support: SFX-L, SFX.
Expansion slots: 3
Included fans: (3x AF120 RGB Slim Included with RGB variant)
Fan mounts: 3x 120mm/2x 140mm front, 2x 120mm rear, 3x 120mm side.
Radiator mounts: 360mm side, 240mm rear.
Clearances: PSU Length 130mm, CPU Cooler Height 90mm, GPU Length 365mm
5.25-inch optical drive mounts: None.
Internal drive mounts: 3x 2.5-inch (2 brackets included)
Front I/O: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x 3.5mm Headset Jack.
Dimensions: 458mm H x 271mm D x 200mm W.

Testing
To put this case through its cooling paces we will be using a test system consisting of an AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU, Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB graphics and an SSD. This system allows us to produce a substantial amount of heat and effectively test the Corsair 2000D Airflow‘s cooling capabilities.

Test System:
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Elite LCD
Motherboard: Gigabyte B650I Aorus Elite
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR5-5200
Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB
Power supply: Corsair SF600 600W Gold
SSD: 500GB Sabrent Rocket 4.0 M.2 NVMe
OS: Windows 11 Pro

Thermal Performance

During our testing we loaded the Corsair 2000D AIrflow with 400W of combined CPU and GPU load and it performed well for a relatively small PC case. We are confident that gamers will be satisfied with the combination of thermals and low noise levels.

Closing Thoughts

Our video for the Corsair 2000D Airflow shows that you can indeed fit a large graphics card and a 360mm AIO cooler inside a Mini-ITX chassis, but really that's a confusing way to look at things. It makes much more sense to think of the 2000D as a 24 litre case with a small footprint. From there it follows that you need a Mini-ITX motherboard and if you're trying to save space then SFX power is the way to go. Once you have all that clear in your mind you can get busy building your new gaming PC.

We can be sure the Corsair 2000D Airflow will be used for gaming PCs as the combination of a large liquid cooler and full-sized graphics card is a natural fit, and that means we are talking about enthusiast PC builders. This is a good thing as you need to take care during your build to avoid sticking cables into fans or possibly kinking the tubes of your AIO cooler. Take your time and it will be fine but if you rush you will find it is rather tight for space inside the Corsair 2000D Airflow.

You will be able to buy the Corsair 2000D Airflow for £109.99 inc VAT. The RGB version will cost £149.99 inc VAT

AF120 RGB Slim fans retail at £24.99 for a single pack and £59.99 for a twin packs.

Pros:

  • Small footprint is great for your desk
  • Plenty of room for the largest graphics card
  • Good airflow

Cons:

  • Your choice of motherboards is limited to Mini-ITX
  • Internal cable clutter requires care during the build
  • Rear panel I/O faces downwards and is awkward to reach
  • Only SFX/SFX-L power supplies can be used

KitGuru says: The Corsair 2000D Airflow is an unusal Mini-ITX case that will look good on your gaming desk.

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Rating: 8.0.

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