The SilentiumPC brand is no stranger when it comes to PC cases. We already tested the predecessor of the Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB last year and were not more than satisfied. Now the Polish manufacturer has followed suit and created a larger version. The case series has grown by a whole 44 mm in height and 66 mm in depth. We’ll see to what extent the rating will grow as well.
There are also three different models of the VT4. While we have the complete package for testing with the EVO TG ARGB, there are also the VT4 TG and VT4V TG variants. All three differ in the number of fans already installed and of course an installed ARGB controller. The prices also differ accordingly. The EVO TG ARGB is also available in white, which is SilentiumPC’s response to the growing demand for this color.
As mentioned at the beginning, we took on the complete package and were able to put the Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB case through its paces – or rather, its airflow and inner workings.
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||485 x 210 x 440 mm|
|Material (case)||Plastic, metal|
|Material (window)||Toughened glass|
|Colors||Black or white|
|I/O panel||2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x each audio in and out, reset, power button|
|Drive bays||2 x HDD 3.5″ (next to power supply)
3 x SSD 2.5″ (back from mainboard)
|Expansion slots||7 x horizontal|
|Mainboard form factor||ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Ventilation||Front: 3 x 120 mm / 2 x 140 mm
Lid: 2 x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm
Rear: 1 x 120 mm
Above power supply: 2 x 120 mm
|Radiators||Front: max. 1 x 360 mm.
Lid: max. 1 x 240 mm
AiO water cooling possible
|Max. CPU cooler height||159 mm|
|Max. Graphics card length||345 mm|
|Max. Net part length||180 mm|
|Space for cable management||20 – 23 mm|
|Extras||ARGB controller, 4 120 mm ARGB fans, PC speakers|
|Price||€ 105.55 *|
Package contents: a case with a lot of useful accessories
Cardboard box and accessories are at first glance the usual. At second glance, they are, too. Besides the case, lots of screws and cable ties emerge from the black as well as cardboard-colored cardboard box. Four covers for the expansion slots are also included. All of this is in a plastic bag attached to the back of the motherboard side.
The case makes a good impression right away when you unpack it, which is mainly due to the metal and plastic materials. You don’t notice much that it is quite a cheap specimen for 70 Euros, despite the numerous extras that the VT4V EVO TG ARGB comes with. Of course, we also took a look at what they are and whether they are any good. The part about that comes further down.
Up to this point, we are satisfied with what we found in the box. Let’s get down to business!
Looks: A (rounded) thing
The first thing that stands out are the rounded corners on the front of the case. Sharp corners, as found much more often elsewhere, are unnecessary here. We already know the roundings from the predecessors, but SilentiumPC has once again swung the orbital sander for the VT4 series.
On the left side, the case has a tempered glass panel, which is fixed with four screws. Simple magnetic solutions were probably omitted here for cost reasons. After all, the company founded in Warsaw in 2007 is known for high-quality workmanship and well-equipped cases, not for special extras that often go into the money. In our eyes, this is also completely okay, since the workmanship is actually first-class. The surface of the screen intersects quite precisely with the frame – also something you don’t necessarily always find in the price segment.
On the motherboard side, the case is also covered by a smooth panel that is finished in the same matte black as the rest of the case.
The front features a mesh grille that bends to the rounded corners. This already ensured a good airflow in the predecessor. We are curious to see if it has stayed that way.
The plastic feet on the new Ventum have now been visually integrated into the shape of the case. This gives the whole thing an even more compact and uniform look. Also mounted under the tower is a rectangular dust filter. A larger counterpart is located on the lid. Both hold in place thanks to a magnetic frame.
However, the lower dust filter has become smaller compared to the previous model and no longer spans the entire bottom. But that’s exactly what we were so excited about with this one. However, the new model does not score any major negative points because of this. The existing dust filter system is still good enough.
An I/O panel with power and reset button, audio in and out, as well as two USB 3.2 ports has been installed for power on/off and connections.
In general, the Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB makes a very plain impression, which makes the inner workings all the more prominent. So if you’re into RGB and snappy hardware, you’ll not only have enough room for it, but you’ll also be able to install it in a respectable manner. Despite the price and the lush features, little has been saved on the material thickness.
For modding beginners or someone who simply needs a good case for little money, the SilentiumPC Ventum VT4 is just right. Plus, you finally have the choice of which variant you need. The cheapest version, the Ventum VTV TG, is already available from 50 euros.
Airflow: cool enough it gets
Due to the mesh grille and the total of four pre-installed ARGB fans – three in the front, one in the back – the installed hardware gets proper cooling. In our tests, an optimal airflow was created. Accordingly, the measured temperatures in the SilentiumPC Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB were all in a decent range.
Measurements were taken using an Intel i9-10850k on an Asus ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming with 16 GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 3200 RAM*. The processor is cooled by an Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240 mm or a SilentiumPC Grandis 3 EVO ARGB. A MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Ventus GP OC* serves as the graphics card and power comes from a Seasonic Focus Gold 450W with an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. To sum it up, it would get quite warm in there if the airflow of the Polish case wasn’t right.
For the test, we heated up the processor for 15 minutes with Prime95, while the graphics card was loaded with FurMark. Afterwards, the temperatures were read out.
|CPU (Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240): 50% PWM
Case fan: 50% PWM
|CPU: 68 °C
GPU: 75 °C
|CPU (Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240): 100% PWM
Case fan: 100% PWM
|CPU: 62 °C
GPU: 72 °C
|CPU (SilentiumPC Grandis 3 EVO ARGB): 50% PWM
Case fan: 50% PWM
|CPU: 70 °C
GPU: 77 °C
|CPU (SilentiumPC Grandis 3 EVO ARGB): 100% PWM
Case fan: 100% PWM
|CPU: 63 °C
GPU: 73 °C
Again, we award a good score and are quite pleased with the airflow of the Ventum VT4V. You can see especially due to the small temperature differences between 50 and 100% fan speed that the airflow in the case is very good.
Even at 50% fan power, the fans are still clearly audible, but due to the good airflow, they can still spin slower without significantly degrading the cooling performance.
Interior: What’s built in and what else will fit?
The four pre-installed fans spark enthusiasm in us. Three are installed in the front and one in the back. All of them are individually addressable and provide the Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB with a lot of color.
The addressability is provided by a self-made ARGB-LED controller. Using a splitter, a total of 5 ARGB devices as well as 5 fans can be connected to it. More is not pre-installed, but is also quite sufficient for the price. Apart from that, a case does not need more, you build the rest yourself.
The manufacturer SilentiumPC states that a total of three SSD disks can be mounted in the Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB on the back of the partition and two 3.5-inch disks at the bottom next to the PSU. In addition, a total of four more fans can be installed: a radiator up to 280 mm on top and two fans of 120 mm each or a corresponding radiator on the bottom.
However, we had to find out that the compatibility is limited at the top, so the very popular Arctic Liquid Freezer II does not fit due to its thickness – the maximum thickness for radiator and fan here is 53 mm according to SilentiumPC. So you definitely have to pay attention to this when buying. However, the installation was also not possible at the front, since a metallic bar was in the way. This prevented us from installing the radiator inside the case. Alternatively, there is the possibility to mount the radiator behind the front cover with the pre-mounted fans. However, there is only about 25 mm available for the radiator here.
In order to still be able to test the temperatures in the case with Arctic’s liquid cooling, we simply drilled suitable mounting holes in the lid.
In addition, a graphics card with a maximum length of 345 mm still fits in. For testing, we put in an RTX 2070 Super, as mentioned, which is just 257 mm long. But in contrast to the aforementioned issue with the ceiling radiator, we can confirm after measuring that 345 mm will definitely fit in and there is nothing in the way.
Unfortunately, we have to deduct one or two points from this part. One should expect that the hardware can be easily and quickly installed in a case – even in budget models like the one from SilentiumPC. If something stands in the way of that, it’s already an indictment for a case.
With this sentence, we have probably already heralded the conclusion. The incomprehensible limitations of the interior is already a decent point of criticism – because there is enough space. This is countered by good workmanship, very good airflow and the pre-installed features consisting of four fans and an ARGB and fan controller.
Compared to its predecessor from last year, SilentiumPC has pimped the Ventum VT4V EVO TG ARGB a bit. The case has gotten bigger and three more drive slots have been added – a shortcoming of this was rated to the manufacturer’s disadvantage in our review of the Ventum VT2.
If equal the case costs 70 euros, one may expect that radiators can be installed without homemade restrictions. Unfortunately, this was not the case, which is why we can only award the Silver Award – so no improvement on the previous test.