Corsair Carbide 400C Case Review
Back in December we reviewed the Corsair Carbide 600C, which took a stab at innovation with its inverted design. While that choice was divisive, many of you praised the exterior looks of the case and wondered about a version with a standard layout. Now we have the Carbide 400C, which looks to answer that call.
At $99, the 400C fits in well with Corsair's existing catalogue of cases. It's smaller and thinner than its 600C sibling, thanks in part to the omission of 5.25-inch bays and one less PCI slot. Yet it fits in with the lineup through the consistent design, with a solid metal front panel featuring a small Corsair logo in the bottom corner and a large acrylic side panel that can be removed.
That side panel is fairly resistant to scratches and opens up with the handle at the front of the case. On our 600C sample the panel opened with ease, but with the 400C the hinges were much stiffer. Some cases use tempered glass for this application, but the acrylic on the 400C is what we expect at this price point.
The front panel is spaced out from the case to allow unrestricted air intake, and the front of the case can support triple 120mm or dual 140mm fans with a single 140mm fan included. The I/O includes a power button, dual USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks, a hard disk LED and a reset switch. The top of the case is fully covered with a magnetic air filter that is coarse enough to allow proper exhaust but will prevent dust from settling through the top. It also features offset 120mm or 140mm mounts, although there isnít much height clearance for radiators.
The 400C has large rubberized feet, making it a bit taller than is strictly necessary. That does give ample room for the air filter on the power supply. And speaking of the power supply, it's hidden behind a shroud ó a nice feature that we're seeing on more cases these days. Corsair's version is actually two pieces, giving you extra clearance for fans at the front of the case if necessary. Removing the front piece of the shroud gives you access to the drive cage, which features removable brackets. Corsair hides three 2.5-inch bays behind the motherboard tray, which also features several cable ties.
Our reviewer built an mATX system in the 400C, which highlighted some of the choices Corsair made in targeting this case at the ATX market. The rubber grommets ended up a little distant from the motherboard, although standard ATX boards are wider and thus would be closer to the cable routing. The GPU cable cutout on the power supply shroud is a little further back than it could be, resulting in curved cables and not a totally clean exit. Other than that, though, routing cables in this case is a dream.
The 400C is a worthy addition to the Corsair family, adding some of the internal improvements of the 600C while maintaining a standard layout and coming in at a smaller size. It makes sense for less demanding builds while still offering the flexibility of water cooling. The only question is the price. At $99, the 400C has the same featureset as other cases that are $10 or $20 cheaper. However, the dual-shroud design and acrylic side panel combined with the excellent exterior make the 400C stand out as worthy of the Hardware Canucks Dam Good Award.
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