Excerpt: Including features normally associated with expensive chassis on sub-£150 cases is Corsair's goal with the Carbide series. The newly launched Corsair Carbide 400R is the little brother of the more expensive Corsair Carbide 500R, released at the same time.
Excerpt: A well-designed PC cabinet does help in ensuring that the insides of your CPU are safe from dust, well ventilated and are functioning well. Corsair have been long runners in their PC cabinet series and now they’ve come up with their new Carbide 400R Mid-Tower Case. It’s a little on the expensive side, but is it worth the bucks? Read on to find out.
Conclusion: A wiring chamber behind the motherboard tray allows plenty of space to hide spare wires and an appropriate number of holes in the main tray allow us to route all of our cables easily and tidily. We also liked the thought Corsair put into the case, applying rubber washers on fan locations which we may populate in the future and going with USB 3.0 when most budget cases stop at 2.0.
Summary: The Corsair Carbide 400R performed well in terms of ease of assembly, thanks to the tool-less mounting options, and was able to keep temperatures within optimal thermal levels.
The Carbide 400R is the most economical chassis from Corsair’s line but it is every bit as impressive as its premium priced siblings. For a steel chassis, the Carbide 400R is surprisingly light in weight and svelte-looking externally but spacious and roomy internally.
Pros: Tool-less drive bay installations, Excellent cable management options, 8 PCI Expansion slots, 20-pin USB 3.0 front panel header, Front panel Firewire port, Support for aftermarket CPU heatsinks taller than 165mm, Top carry handle/peripheral storage area, Support for 240mm dual-fan water-cooling radiator on top, Removable power supply dust-filter, Dual front white-LED fans (with LED on/off switch), Support for very long graphic cards such as the AMD Radeon HD6990, Perf...
Cons: Lack of dust filter/cover on the left side panel and on top optional fan mounting areas
While the Corsair Carbide 400R is one of the cheapest cases put out by Corsair, it’s certainly a high quality one. Then again, I wouldn’t really think of this case as a budget case, but rather an upgraded budget case, with a
$99.99 price tag
. There are a lot of features equipped into this case, which make for an ease of installation, nice looking case, and a plentitude of airflow.
Summary: The Corsair Carbide 400R gets a gold star for being the easiest case I've had the pleasure of working with thus far. The cable management is truly top notch, and ample interior room is available to accommodate most hardware configurations. The overall quality of the case, combined with flourishes like the pre-installed motherboard posts, make this enclosure a system builder's dream.
The 400R earns another gold star for its excellent thermal properties.
Conclusion: The Carbide series is yet another product area for Corsair to conquer, the price of the 400R sits at the 100 dollar mark, and also in Finland you can get the case for roughly hundred euros. Looking at the specifications and feature Corsair hasn't really needed to cut out too many things that have made the Obsidian series so excellent. You still get largely tool-free installation, good cable management and good build quality.
Pros: Value for money, USB3/USB2-adapter, Plenty of optional cooling
Cons: Dust filter removable through the back, No dust filter on the front, Lots of open fan holes with no filters
Conclusion: Although we strive for objectivity here at Benchmark Reviews, please remember that each author perceives these points differently, and our conclusions and recommendations will necessarily differ from others. Also, prices can fluctuate and designs change after publication, so that the product we review might not have the same price and specifications of a product that's available later.
Pros: Fully painted interior, Fully tool-less design, Excellent cable management, Native SuperSpeed USB support, with adapter cable for older motherboards, Eight card slots, Excellent value for price
Cons: Supplied fan mounting screws are useless, No mounting for 3.5" bay devices, Top radiator mount really only for Corsair's H100 cooler
Excerpt: Corsair now brings forth the latest series of cases with the newly released Carbide Series to follow the Graphite and Obsidian series cases before this. Looking to Corsair to get a little background information on this new series, I gathered a couple of things that stood out to me. In their videos of the new Carbide cases from Computex 2011, George made two points very clear.