Author: Greg Baden
The Corsair Carbide 400R is one of Corsair’s newer cases. It is one of three cases currently in the Carbide Series of cases, if you count the white and black versions of the upgraded 500R. The 400R is one of Corsairs cheapest cases to date. Now this isn’t really saying much since they just got into the business of case manufacturing, but nonetheless they’re looking to keep the price around $100 for this case. It features support for 10 fans and includes three 120mm, two of which have a front LED which can be turned on/off with the click of a button.
The front of the case has a mesh covering which takes up most of the panel. Towards the top of the front are your quick access ports, which include two USB 3.0, audio/mic jacks, and Firewire port. Also you have your power/reset buttons, white HDD activity LED, and the LED switch for the front two white LED 120mm fans.
There are four external 5.25” drive bays available for this case. The two 120mm fan cutouts can be seen through the mesh, helping to give more direct airflow inside the case.
On the top of the case you have a lip which extends over the case. This is composed of thick plastic and doesn’t include much design. Moving further back on the case are your two 120/140mm fan slots, which can also be used for a top mounted radiator.
The extension on the top of the case is actually used for a handle. Some cases have handles similar to this, but none seem to be sturdy enough to securely hold the cases weight, but from first glance, this case looks like it will support a good bit of weight. The right side panel isn’t flat, but rather beveled outward to help for cable management behind the motherboard tray.
The left side panel has is also beveled out just like the right panel, but the left has a honeycomb mesh for two 120/140mm fans.
The rear of the case is similar to that of any other case, with a few exceptions. The rear 120mm (included) can be expanded to a 140mm fan, there are four watercooling holes, and there is an extra expansion slot, for a total of 8 slots.
What’s also nice about this case is that not only are the two side panels secured by two thumbscrews, but the thumbscrews also stay on the side panel once you unscrew them, that way you don’t have to go looking for them later on.
The bottom of the case has two large honeycomb cutouts for airflow out of your PSU and a bottom mounted fan. A removable filter helps keep the dust down from the fans.