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Corsair 400R Carbide Series Case Review

Corsair 400R Carbide Series Case Review

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Case Review

Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the 400R the case comes across as one which should really cost much, much more. The chassis is solid, the paintwork well applied and the components used all of a high quality. The case is also incredibly simple to work with thanks to a very spacious design. Plenty of room in the main chamber means we can fit in an ATX motherboard and extended length graphics card without any interference from the drive bays and even when we added the thick H70 radiator and two fans there were no problems.

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.

Performance of the stock configuration was also impressive with the two front intake fans operating with low noise and drawing in plenty of air. When we then moved the exhaust fan to the top and installed our Corsair cooler the performance was excellent, keeping one of the hottest CPUs around at a very reasonable temperature.

There is of course the option to increase the number of fans by installing more in the top, side and base locations which further cements the 400R’s flexibility, as does the ability to support SSDs on each of the drive brackets.

So that brings us to value and as we noted above this feels like a case which should be in a higher price bracket. Other than the lack of a hot-swap drive bay and support for e-ATX boards it has pretty much everything more expensive cases offer and the build quality stacks up well against them too.

Summary
Quite how Corsair has managed to manufacture and sell this case for under £80/$100 is beyond us. The budget case to own, without doubt.

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SCAN – £77.39
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Corsair – $99.99

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Stuart Davidson

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