Hands On: Hyte’s Y40 Is a Pretty, Affordable PC Show Case
Hait’s Glass Happy Y60 case It’s been a surprise hit with those who like to show off pretty PC components, even if we’ve beaten it to the fact that it’s clearly not good when it comes to temperature. it’s finished. Earlier this year, Hyte introduced his Y40 model, which is more affordable. It ditched one of the glass panels (still has one on the front and one on the side) for a smaller footprint and a more affordable $150 price tag.
Hyte sent me a flashy red model (also available in black or white) and after building a system with the Y40 I was very impressed. There’s a shocking amount of detail here, but some seem to care more about form than function. Airflow and temperature concerns remain, given that the sides are a single sheet of glass.
Despite its compact size compared to the Y60 (the Y40 is about 2 inches narrower than the Y60 and about 1 inch shorter), the RTX 4090 fits into the case just fine. Included PCIe 4.0 riser cable – Considering the price of the case, this is a nice feature to include. PCIe 4.0 riser cables typically retail for around $40 or more on their own. But if you’re adding serious high-end hardware, you’ll definitely need more than the two 120mm fans that ship with the case. It also does not include RGB lighting. This is somewhat strange considering that this case is all about showing off the component.
Hyte Y40 specs
|type||ATX Mid Tower|
|motherboard support||mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||17.28 x 9.4 x 18.58 inches|
|GPU max length||14 inch|
|CPU cooler height||7.2 inch|
|internal bay||1x 3.5 inch or 2x 2.5 inch|
|expansion slot||4 plus 6 half height|
|Front I/O||2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 1x mic/headphone jack|
|other||PCIe 4.0 x16 riser cable|
|rear fan||1 x 120mm|
|bottom fan||1 x 120mm|
Hyte Y50 motherboard and GPU support
Like the Y60, Hyte’s Y40 supports ATX and smaller motherboards, with room for even the largest large GPUs. The case supports 4-slot thick cards, and the cards must be at least 16 inches long before the edge of the card starts hitting the glass on the front of the case.
I mounted a colorful RTX 4090 Vulcan OC to the bottom of the case (via a pre-installed riser cable). It was easier to fit the card here than the exact angle required to put the same GPU into Fractal North. case.
Hyte Y40 panel, storage and expansion
The pop-off top and rear side panels are lined in black plastic, with dust filters built into the bold pattern and including some Hyte branding. It’s both charming and a bit weird, given what you’re seeing. You’ll also need to remove these panels to clean the dust filters. The dust filters on the bottom of the case (there are two) are removable, but they are made of flexible plastic and have to be pushed into metal channels that are part of the case, making them difficult to remove and reinstall. is not. bottom of the chassis. At least there are plenty of dust filters here.
Storage will be an issue for some. Indeed, M.2 slots are becoming more and more abundant. If you still want to use SATA drives, there is a removable mounting plate behind the motherboard that allows you to install two 2.5″ drives or one 3.5″ drive. Technically, that’s all the case supports. This seems a bit odd given there’s apparently space under the vented PSU shroud that runs along the bottom of the case. However, since this is the main intake area and also right under where the graphics card sits, we found that the drives here further impeded the airflow. This case isn’t built for a ton of storage – unless all that storage is attached directly to the motherboard via M.2 connectors. I would like at least two more.
Despite its complexity, other expansion options are less restrictive. Apart from four vertically mounted expansion slots for GPUs, there are seven horizontal slots on the back of the case. However, installing a PCIe 4.0 riser cable like a card takes up one. These are all half-height slots because the vertically mounted GPU is in front of the slot.
Admittedly, many (or especially many game-focused builders) only use expansion slots for graphics cards. And if you want to connect other things, like a Wi-Fi 6E card or something that adds a USB port, there are plenty of half-height options. Beyond GPUs, know that any expansion card you install must be low profile.
The front ports are pretty standard, at least. There’s a pair of USB 3.0 Type-A ports (with a power button with a clicky LED ring on the side), a headphone/mic combo jack, and a USB-C port.
let’s talk about fans
Glass front, glass side cases have less than ideal cooling performance. So if airflow is your priority, you should consider something else on our best PC cases list. Anyone looking to install mid-range hardware should be more or less fine with the pair of 120 mm fans that Hyte ships with this case – at least as long as it heats up. please don’t Air intake from the bottom of the case is blocked.
But anyone looking to install a high-end graphics card or one of the best CPUs for gaming should definitely install more fans here. His 120 mm fan at the bottom might not be able to supply enough cool air to the powerful heat-producing components. Also, there are no lights on either the intake or exhaust fans. In fact, the case has no lighting at all, so you’ll have to bring your own.
Also, if you’re building with a case like this specifically designed to make your graphics card and other components stand out, you’ll probably want to add lighting. Do so via an RGB fan, as it adds a glamorous lighting effect.
Added Thermaltake’s Magnetic SWAFAN EX12 RGB
The motherboard I used to test the Hyte case didn’t have RGB and the GPU didn’t have much either, so I installed 3 of Thermaltake’s premium (expensive at $110-130 per pack of 3) SWAFAN EX12 RGB fans I was.
Interesting and surprisingly easy to install as they are magnets and are connected to each other via pins rather than fan cables. So attaching three of these fans to the top of the Hyte Y40 is as easy as snapping the three together like magnetic Lego. Only one fan cable had to be routed behind the motherboard and routed back to the nearest convenient fan header. My one gripe with him was the magnetically attached cable connectors, which tended to snap in the slightly wrong alignment. This made me have to fiddle with the fan a bit when it wouldn’t turn on the first time after installing it. Cable tweaks brought everything to life.
These fans also come with two sets of blades that can be swapped out to change the airflow direction without flipping the fan. This is a useful feature in some cases, even if you have a good idea of which way the fan should be oriented when you install it. watch.
I installed three fans on top of this case for purely aesthetic reasons. But if he were to add a fan to the Y40 to improve airflow, he would prefer to have a bigger, better fan on the bottom for intake. Those fans don’t have to be RGB, though, as they’re hidden under his PSU shroud.
Thermaltake’s SWAFAN EX12 RGB fan is attractive and unique, but quite expensive. In fact, at its current price of $128 on Amazon ($20 cheaper elsewhere), a 3-pack costs about the same as $149 for a Hyte case.
If you like the look of the Y60 but find it a bit too bulky and expensive, the Y40 is the one for you. Considering the PCIe 4.0 riser cable is included, it offers most of the visual wow factor for just $150. But if he eschewed the Y60 because of the airflow restrictions involved in encasing powerful components in glass, he wouldn’t change his mind on the Y40. Even if there’s enough cooling here that mainstream gamers don’t have to worry about. Their system will overheat.
If you plan to install high-end components in your Y40, I recommend adding a suitable non-RGB 140 mm fan (probably Noctua’s NF-P14s, $17) at the bottom of the case to get the best possible air intake. It is recommended. Consider adding an RGB fan (and/or radiator) on top to help with exhaust. This will illuminate the interior and emphasize the vertical GPU.
A pair of 120 or 240 mm fans (or radiators) can also be installed on the front side of the motherboard. The case supports a total of 7 fans, but I would prefer more than one fan supported at the bottom for intake, given that the airflow would otherwise be restricted. It almost looks like there’s room for two spinners, and the case, designed around two glass panels and no air intakes on the front, is sure to use all the cool air it can get.
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