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.
Summary: The Corsair Carbide 400R is priced at Rs. 5,399 (MRP). It’s a little on the expensive side, but it’s a good value for money cabinet. It’s cheaper than the Cooler Master 912, which we reviewed earlier and finds itself well placed among the Cooler Master Gladiator 600 and the older CM 690 II advanced, which lacks a USB 3.0 port. However, on its own the Carbide 400R does a pretty good job of lifting the looks of an otherwise overlooked part of your personal computer.
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.
Summary: Corsair already has gained an excellent reputation for their cases in a considerably short time frame. With all of their cases occupying the higher end segments, the Carbide 400R is coming down below the magical (yes I said it) 100 USD barrier. While you may expect that such a case could have lost most of its appeal and functionality on the way to this milestone when compared to the previous Corsair enclosures, I am happy to report that this is not the case.
Pros: Excellent engineering quality, Excellent paint job, Great price/performance, Great external looks, Very well thought out internals, New and unique locking mechanism for ODDs, Excellent cable management possibilities, Plenty of space for water cooling, Spacious interior, USB 3.0 connectivity, Internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 cable, Extruded side panels for even more space and flexibility, Eight mainboard expansion slots, Fan LED switch, All black cables
Cons: Openings on top and side will allow noise to escape the system, Dust can easily enter the system, Round and edgy design combination may not be for everyone