HYTE Y40 : Glass case with GPU Mounting
The HYTE Y40 computer chassis has a smooth, harmonic design with precisely beveled edges and 2-piece panoramic glass that showcases your unique PC build. The all-new Y40 is designed to wow and priced to thrill while defining new industry standards for ATX cases everywhere. Y40 supports 4 full slots (95mm) and accounts for additional airflow space between the GPU and glass side panel.
Behind the HYTE brand is a subsidiary of the system integrator iBUYPOWER, which normally offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality, pre-configured PC systems. Via the HYTE brand, the manufacturer is now also trying to make a name for itself on the highly competitive market for PC components as well as accessories.
This has already worked well with the HYTE Revolt 3 and Y60 cases, which we have already tested. At CES 2023, the manufacturer has now introduced the HYTE Y40, which we will take a closer look at in this review.
The HYTE Y40 is the smaller brother of the Y60, which caused a stir with its angled glass. With the Y40, HYTE does without such a curvature and relies on two conventional panes in the front and the side.
In return, however, the midi tower is supposed to offer plenty of space for air and water cooling systems, have a high-quality build, and provide an interesting look thanks to a combination of straight and odd-shaped guides.
However, it’s worth noting that the Y40 comes with a riser card (PCIe 4.0 x16) ex-factory, which allows the GPU to be mounted vertically. This is important because this midi tower does not allow vertical GPU mounting. But let’s start with the technical details.
- Model : HYTE Y40 black
- Case Type : ATX
- Dimensions : 240 mm (W) x 472 mm (H) x 439 mm (D)
- Weight : 9.6 kg
- Material : Steel, plastic, tempered glass
- Color : Black
- Front connectors : 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x HD audio combo port
- Drive bays: 1x 3.5″/ 2x 2.5″
- Expansion slots: 6x horizontal (low profile), 4x vertical (riser card, PCIe 4.0 x16)
- Form Factors: ATX, mATX, ITX
- Ventilation: Tail: 1x 120 mm
- Lid: 3x 120 mm
- Side: 2x 120 /140 mm
- Bottom: 1x 120/ 140 mm
- Radiators: Tail: 1x 120 mm
- Lid: 1x 240/ 360 mm
- Side: 1x 240/ 280 mm
- Max. CPU cooler height: 183 mm
- Max. Graphics card length: 422 mm
- Max. Net part length: 224 mm
- Cable management space: circa 27 mm
- Price: € 179.90
- Features: Dust filter, Cable management, 2x pre-installed 120mm fans, Tempered Glass (front, side), Riser Card (PCIe 4.0 x16) included in accessories, Graphics card mounting vertical only
HYTE Y40 Full Review
As we know it from HYTE, the case is also packed in a cardboard box, but in which, in favor of the price and to protect the environment, colored printing was omitted. Instead, the manufacturer sticks a yellow sticker on the packaging, which indicates the manufacturer and case name as well as the color variant.
Otherwise, technical drawings as well as all relevant technical data and the most important key features are found on the box. Inside the packaging, HYTE relies on two blocks of hard styrofoam, a protective film, and protective stickers on both glass panels.
HYTE has hidden the accessories in a brown cardboard box below the power supply cover. In addition to all the screws needed to mount the components, this also contains assembly instructions with pictures and text, as well as a splitter for the combined headphone and microphone connection. A very high-quality riser card (PCI 4.0 x16) is also part of the scope of delivery and was pre-installed by HYTE and protected from damage by soft foam. Lastly, two pre-installed 120mm fans are also included.
The exterior of the HYTE Y40 is dominated by a lot of glass and panels with large, linear vents. Thus, the front is made of tempered glass, which has been slightly darkened and framed at the top and bottom by the steel frame of the body. If necessary, the front panel can also be removed by removing several screws. However, there is no need for this. HYTE also places the I/O panel in the lower front. There are one USB 3.1 Type-C and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HD audio combo port and power button, which is illuminated in white.
The lid is made of steel, which has been reinforced on the inside with an additional layer of plastic and equipped with an integrated dust filter frame. The large ventilation strips should allow the warm air from the inside to be removed without any problems. The lid plate is attached via push pins and can thus be removed without tools.
Below the lid plate we meet the body and various mounting points for three 120 mm or one 360 mm radiator. Since the latter would cover the upper connectors of the motherboard, HYTE also provides the Y40 with an opening through which the motherboard connectors can be reached.
The left side of the case is made of slightly darkened Tempered Glass and is attached via push pins. To remove it, you simply have to pull a bit harder in the back area of the panel and can take it off that way. The right side panel of the Y40 is made of conventional steel and has a large fan grille, which is protected by a non-modular dust filter. For a nice visual effect, the lid’s elongated vents continue on the right side panel, changing direction at a 90-degree angle and ending at the rear of the midi tower. HYTE has also glued a panel of plastic on the inside of the panel, into which the manufacturer’s logo has been pressed.
Unlike the Y60, HYTE relies on a typical interior layout for the Y40. This is divided into a large chamber for the main components as well as a separated power supply chamber in the lower area. The mainboard tray has been designed flat and has three large openings for routing the power supply cables. To the right of the mainboard tray, HYTE equips the Y40 with a mounting frame for two 120 or 140 mm fans or corresponding radiators.
As we were used to from the previous HYTE cases, the Y40 also knows how to convince in terms of build quality as well as haptics. We could not find any paint defects, sharp edges or other material flaws in the entire case. The general material impression and the feel of the modular components are also very good. If we were to find fault with anything, it would be the choice of material for the power supply cover. Given the estimated price, a steel cover would have been quite desirable.
HYTE Y40 conclusion
HYTE has managed to develop an interesting and visually appealing midi tower with its third case as well. By using two glass panels, the Y40 allows deep insights and can certainly attract all eyes with installed RGB components. In addition, the combination of straight and odd lines of the other case elements make for a refreshing appearance.
However, the vertical GPU mounting and the included PCIe 4.0 riser card, which can convince with an excellent build quality, are particularly noteworthy. The overall package is rounded off by a solid build quality, a very good amount of space and two pre-installed case fans.
However, their design offers first room for criticism. Due to the light gray fan blades, they may not really blend in well visually in any system. Copies with black rotors would have been much more neutral and fitting here. Furthermore, it was noticeable that the right side panel was slightly pushed outwards by the power supply cables behind it due to the push pins and rattled when touched.