Corsair is a household name in nearly every corner of the component, peripheral space and PC space, offering cooling and power options such as: H170i Elite 420mm AIO and CX750M power supplyeven as monitor, mouse or rat,Furthermore Laptop. Of course, the company is also a workhorse in his PC case arena, and the latest of his SFF chassis, the Corsair 2000D Airflow, offers some interesting features for this small footprint case.
The 2000D Airflow is a tall and slim SFF computer case with mesh panels on all sides for maximum airflow, as well as 360mm AIO support which is rare in SFF style cases. We’ll also take a quick look at his SF850L PSU, which the company included with the case for testing purposes.
|case||Corsair 2000D airflow|
|Manufacturer’s suggested retail price||$139.99|
|Installation size||271 (length) x 200 (width) x 458 mm (height)|
|cooling layout||Front: 3x 120mm*, 2x 140mm (only RGB version with 3x AF120 RGB SLIM)|
|*Depending on the width of the graphics card, an AF slim fan may be required for front mounting.|
|Side: 3x 120mm or 360mm AIO|
|Rear: 2x 120mm or 240mm AIO|
|depository||2.5″ SSD x 2 (3 if you purchased a second mount)|
|clearance||Power supply unit length: 130mm|
|CPU cooler height: 90mm|
|GPU Length: 365mm|
|Front I/O||2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 1x 3.5mm headset jack, PWR button, reset button|
|color option||black white|
Features of Corsair’s 2000D Airflow
• SFX PSU support
As is often the case with compact cases, the 2000D Airflow doesn’t support full-size PSUs, so an SFX PSU is required to use this case. The power supply is mounted on the included bracket and can be removed from the case for easy installation.
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• Thin AC power cable
Due to the unique position of the 2000D Airflow’s power supply (mounted vertically at the top of the case), the Corsair includes a low profile AC power cable adapter and Velcro ties along the cable path. This gives it an unobstructed and uncluttered look, but it would look nicer if the case was designed to allow cables to be routed inside the chassis.
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• Holds up to three 2.5″ storage drives
To accommodate ample storage, Corsair’s 2000D airflow supports up to three 2.5-inch storage drives. However, only two drives are available out of the box. There are two places you can install the drive. The top of the case has a hole for one SSD and comes with a 2.5 inch mount that attaches to the top of the PSU bracket. The PSU mount supports two of these brackets, but only one comes with it. So if you want to install 3 drives, if you want to use 3x 2.5″ drives, you need to purchase them separately. I will return to this subject later.
• 3-slot GPU support
GPUs up to 3 slots thick (and 14.37 inches long) are supported, so unless you choose to, most of today’s best GPUs should fit here, including Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and AMD’s 7900XTX. is. the largest of those models Available.
• All-over mesh for excellent breathability
Each side panel included with the 2000D Airflow features a mesh design that allows for maximum airflow. Each panel is also removable, making it easy to access the interior and replace components.
• 360mm AIO support
While many cases designed for Mini-ITX motherboards are limited to supporting 240mm AIO or air cooling, Corsair’s 2000D Airflow supports a full size 360mm AIO (up to 400mm length) for maximum cooling capacity Realize
• Bottom I/O connections
The motherboard and GPU IO connections are accessed through the bottom of the base, accessible by removing the bottom cover. They are routed through a single exit, allowing neat cable management. Note, however, that this obviously makes plugging and unplugging cables less convenient than the typical layout.
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• Front I/O panel
The front panel of the case contains power and reset buttons, a 3.5mm jack that supports audio and microphone, two USB 3.2 Type-A connections, and one USB 3.2 Type-C connection.
Features of the SF850L Power Supply
Corsair has included one of their latest PSUs, the SF850L, for use in testing the 2000D Airflow.
This power supply features the SFX-L form factor and is fully modular. It is ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5.0 compliant and supports the latest 12VHPWR standard for GPUs such as Nvidia’s RTX 4090. The SF850L is designed for extreme operation, supporting 100% power output even in hot environments with an ambient temperature of 40C (104F).
The SF850L is designed with low noise levels in mind. The cooling fan will not work unless the power consumption exceeds 340W. The noise level is also rated at a virtually silent 20dBA, even at a 500W load.
Suggestions for improvement
Corsair’s 2000D Airflow is a great case with a unique form factor, but there are a few things I wish it was different. In particular, he has two changes that seem to make this case even more appealing.
1. Added full size PSU support
There’s certainly room for a full size PSU on top of Corsair’s 2000D Airflow, but I don’t understand why the company didn’t include a PSU mounting support.
2. Hard to get a 3rd SSD mount
The 2000D Airflow supports two 2.5 inch SSDs out of the box. To mount a third SSD (without resorting to double-sided tape or other dubious stuff), you’ll need to get an extra mounting bracket. However, it is not yet possible to order online from Corsair. You should file a customer support ticket instead. Alternatively you can: Order Generic Items Under $10 Hope it fits your case, but no guarantees.
3. Need to support more SSDs
Most users won’t need more than two 2.5″ SSDs and will be happy with the default configuration, but this case could easily support four or more out of the box. Mounting holes for additional SSDs can easily be added on the top opposite where the current top SSD mount is located.
Cooling configuration overview
In this case, we tested Noctua’s NH-D9L aircooler to find out the best air cooling configuration for Corsair’s 2000D Airflow. For testing, I used an Intel i9-13900K with Gigabyte’s B660i Aorus Pro DDR4 motherboard and Intel’s ARC A770 LE 16GB GPU.
Normally you would point an air cooler at the back of the case, but when you do that with Corsair’s 2000D Airflow, all the hot air hits the GPU, causing it to heat up. Even with a fan mounted on the front of the case, this is not ideal. Forcing air into the bottom of the case will avoid burning the GPU, but it will make the CPU hotter.
Pushing the air up will increase the CPU temperature and keep the GPU from heating up, but the most effective air cooling configuration is to orient the cooler so that the fans exhaust out the front of the case. For best performance you should install 2 he or he 3 case fans in the front to pull the air out of the case and exhaust it forward. If you refuse to install a case fan, you’ll lose some performance, especially with weak air coolers designed for low TDP.
The most ideal configuration for this case would be to use liquid cooling with fans pushing air through radiators directly outside the case. This configuration provides maximum performance and eliminates the need for case fans. With mesh on all sides of the case, the AIO and GPU fans are sufficient to provide airflow across the motherboard, reducing overall system noise levels.
Corsair’s 2000D Airflow is a unique SFF case that supports full-sized 3-slot GPUs such as Nvidia’s RTX 4090. It also supports side mounting for full size 360mm AIO liquid coolers. The combination of these two factors makes this one of the few SFF style cases that can cool the most heat demanding consumer CPUs and GPUs.
The tall, square form factor allows it to fit in a variety of environments. What I especially like is that if you use liquid cooling for your CPU, you don’t need an extra case fan. This makes the system have a very low noise level, making it attractive to those who prefer quiet operation.
Corsair’s 2000D Airflow is available now for $139.99 in the configuration we tested. An RGB version that includes three 120mm front fans and an RGB hub is available for $199.99.
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