No, not Snow White!
Launched as a stand-alone brand in 2021 by iBuyPower, HYTE hasn’t been in the PC case business for long, but the company already has three chassis under its belt. It all started with a splash with the ITX Revolt 3 tower case. Then, there was the Y60, and now we have the smaller Y40. Several color options were available with the HYTE Y40, but there was no option to choose all white… until now. There is not much difference between the Y40 models except for the color coating, today, we are reviewing the HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition along with the rest of the Y40 cases.
The chassis is very easy to use, especially if you are using small parts. An ATX motherboard will fit just fine, as well as larger cards, although the 360mm radiators will be too tight for the higher end. Heat is a problem with the HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition, like some of the best PCs with low cooling, and it will be something that HYTE should work on for the second version.
The price is very high, even with the integrated PCIe cable for direct GPU upgrade. But if you don’t mind the higher curves and higher temperatures than competitive cases like the NZXT H5 Flow RGB, you’ll have a chance to create an amazing PC with the HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition.
About this comment: HYTE sent me a sample for the purpose of this review and had no input into its content.
HYTE Y40 Snow Edition White coat7 / 10
HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition is a good PC for internal ATX systems. It’s easy to build the machine and the design is amazing, but we are concerned about the lack of internal cable management and space on the top.
- All pure wonder
- Supports up to one 360mm radiator
- Two curved side mirrors
- Rear I/O cable management
- Internal cable management
- Solid spacing for a top mounted radiator
- Not the best or quietest PC
$150 on Amazon $150 on Newegg $150 on HYTE
Prices and availability
The HYTE Y40 has an MSRP of $150, and this White Edition will set you back that same amount. HYTE has a consistent pricing system for all Y40 models, and there are no differences, making the choice based on your personal preferences.
Limited version of HYTE Y60
The HYTE Y60 was a huge success for the company, so it made sense to see more chassis following the same language, and we have the HYTE Y40. First, like the Y60, there is a lot of glass. Both the front and left sides have full glass, showing everything inside. This will create an interface with several RGB parameters and fans.
The front panel has a white metal bottom and I/O and a full sheet of glass on top. It’s the same deal on the left side. The top and right panels are empty, aside from the ventilation. The back of the Y40 is a typical ATX chassis case with PCI slots, cutouts for the rear I/O of the motherboard, and a PSU bracket. It looks the part even before you install the parts. All panels can be quickly removed without a screwdriver, facilitating the construction process.
The HYTE Y40, surprisingly, supports graphics cards up to 422mm in length. This allows you to install even an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 inside a small ATX case. HYTE also includes a PCI riser and cable that can be used to mount the GPU vertically. Interestingly, when you remove the panels, you will notice the HYTE brand almost everywhere. There are many dust filters, which are great for keeping out unwanted particles.
The pre-installed PCI riser is also a nice touch to allow direct GPU placement.
In terms of fans and radiator support, it is possible to install up to seven 120mm fans and a 360mm radiator on top. There is only room for 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch drives, meaning that owners of the HYTE Y40 will rely on storage of the M.2 format to be able to cope. The horizontal PCI slots are half as long, which should be installed when installing additional storage or network cards.
One of the fans is located under the PSU shroud in front of the case. Because of the way everything is installed, it can be difficult to run cables, especially when working with non-modular power supplies.
PC design is a job
Like NZXT, HYTE makes countless touches that make building a PC inside a familiar case a joy. That’s how it is (pun intended) here with the Y40 Snow White Edition, but there were times when I was surprised. The lack of cable management behind the motherboard tray was a surprise to the system. I understand that this is a very cheap chassis at $150, but having holes to attach the cable to keep everything tidy is not enough.
Removing all the panels is easy, installing the motherboard is easy too and the included manual walks you through the steps to build your PC.
This can be difficult for those who don’t have the skills to build PCs and manage cables to know how to run everything. However, removing all of the panels was easy, installing the motherboard was straightforward, and the included manual helped walk through the rest of the steps. Being able to fit a 360mm radiator inside the Y40 Snow White Edition is a feat in itself, even if its performance is compromised by the low air intake.
The heat is unbearable inside the HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition. Testing the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and the Intel Core i9-13900K, our NZXT Kraken 360mm radiator-touting AIO struggled to keep pace. Three 120mm fans are used for feeding (one under the hood and two on the side), while four are used for exhausting hot air. There seems to be no need to have a fan placed under the cloth. It is partially covered by the cloth, with small holes that allow air to pass through. I would either open up more of this space to allow it to work properly or cut some covers to hide the PSU itself.
Using two fans on the side panel would work well with the 240mm AIO radiator installation, as the 320mm mounting on the top can be difficult to install. Our Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR5 RAM seemed to be too long and confusing for the AIO fan installation. I was able to install the heatsink, but I’m squeezing hard, and the fan and the hot RAM module touch. Even with the Intel Core i5-13600K, you’ll hear the fans cranking up hard to keep them from melting, and I managed to get a very quiet curve without being too aggressive.
HYTE Y40 vs. Y60: What is the difference?
More space inside a smaller chassis, go read it!
There are few differences between HYTE Y40 and HYTE Y60 PC. The first is the measurements. The Y40 measures 439x239x472mm versus the Y60’s 456x285x462 mm. Then, there’s GPU support, which is improved with the new Y40, supporting 4-slot graphics cards compared to 3-slot with the Y60. Having more space between the GPU itself and the side glass helps reduce the heat of the card by providing more breathing space.
The HYTE Y60 will allow for better heating with additional features and a larger interior space. It’s also easy to work with when it comes to installing hardware and routing cables behind the motherboard. The choice of HYTE Y40 vs. The Y60 comes down to choosing the size of the chassis and the type of hardware you’ll be installing.
HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition: Should you buy it?
You should buy HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition if:
- You want a white dress that looks good
- You are building with an ATX motherboard
- You want to display good RGB
- You don’t care about CPU speed
You should not buy HYTE Y40 Snow White Edition if:
- You are on a budget
- You have a bigger bond
- Your PC will start to heat up
I am a fan of the HYTE brand, so the HYTE Y40 left me a little disappointed. Its dimensions are large, making it compact enough to create small, low-energy particles. But by supporting ATX motherboards up to a 360mm radiator, HYTE is opening up space for Intel Core i9-13900K or AMD Ryzen 9 7950X.
This is where things get worse as temperatures are difficult to control with a mid-platform processor, let alone an industry standard chip. I found the Core i9-13900K to be hotter than other PCs, and that’s just the way it is. It feels very restricted inside the HYTE Y40.
If HYTE could address our complaints and give it another go, this chassis would be a winner.
Negative pressure occurs when fans blow out hotter air than cool air can draw in, forcing the PC to suck in cooler air through gaps and other parts. If the case was a little bigger and supported more fans, that would help. Cable management is missing, either. There isn’t a single input, which isn’t great, but HYTE went so far as to work on the cables behind the I/O.
The Y40 Snow White Edition looks amazing, though. If you’re a fan of this chassis design and don’t mind lowering the CPU speed a bit to match the low thermal performance, the Y40 is a good choice with more glass displays. The pre-installed PCI riser is also a nice touch to allow direct GPU placement. If HYTE could address our complaints and give it another go, this chassis would be a winner.
HYTE Y40 Snow Edition Stylish and compact7 / 10
The HYTE Y40 is the company’s third launch and is a smaller ATX version of the impressive Y60. With a limited amount of space to work with, this case is versatile and can fit large GPUs and motherboards, but there are a few complaints we’d like to see addressed with a second version. This is the Snow White Edition which has a beautiful white look.
$150 on Amazon $150 on Newegg $150 on HYTE