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Corsair 400R Carbide Series Case Review

Corsair 400R Carbide Series Case Review

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Case Review

Corsair 400R Carbide Series – Installation and Performance

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Installation of a system in the 400R is a quick and easy process thanks to a very spacious main chamber, as shown above there is more than enough room for an ATX motherboard and extended length graphics cards are also supported with ease (up to 316mm). After placing our motherboard into the system and screwing it down we add the PSU which simply slots into place with wiring holes nearby so that we can route our cables behind the tray.

Hard drive installation was tool free and we then chose to add in a Corsair liquid cooler, in this case the H70 and there was easily enough room for this larger cooler in the exhaust location. Our GTX 590 GPU clipped into place with ease thanks to the thumbscrews and wiring was a breeze, both in the main chamber where we were left with a tidy build and behind the motherboard tray where there is plenty of room to hide the cables. That said our Corsair TX750M is a semi-modular PSU so wiring was kept to a minimum anyway.

So lets take a look at the performance…

AMD FX 8150 8-Core CPU
ECS A990FXM-A Black Series Motherboard
GeForce GTX 590
2x2GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-1866
1x1TB Hitachi 7200RPM HD
Corsair H70 CPU Cooler
Corsair TX750M PSU

Case temperatures were measured using AIDA64, Realtemp GT and GPUz after 10 minutes of the case sitting with no activity and 10 minutes of each load test. Load was applied to the system using Prime95 and Furmark. Ambient room temperature during testing was 30°C.

(NOTE: The object of this test is not to compare the results with alternative products as there are too many factors which can impact thermal performance.)



Results


One of the key aspects of the 400R is offering as much futureproofing and flexibility as possible so we decided to install some of the latest components in this system Those included the hot running AMD FX CPU and a top of the range NVIDIA GPU (two in fact as it’s a dual GPU card). With these components in place the 400R provided plenty of airflow to keep our readings low at idle. Moving to load the system was assisted by the H70 which kept the CPU below 55°C at all times. Temperatures elsewhere in the system barely moved despite the hot running GTX 590 increasing to 81°C (a driver imposed limit).

Here are the noise levels recorded from the case with our stock fans running at 100%, the video was recorded at a distance of 1.5ft.

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Stuart Davidson

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