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Corsair Carbide 400C Conclusion:

The Corsair Carbide 400C is an amazing little case. Not many cases this size can handle an array of motherboards from a Mini-ITX up to an E-ATX, all while supporting liquid cooling with room for a 120mm radiator at the rear, a 240mm radiator at the top, and a 360mm radiator in the front. Extra long GPUs? Multiple GPUs? Not a problem for the 400C. And it does it without breaking a sweat. It feels like a much larger case. And I honestly don't miss the optical drive bays. Your system can have two hard drives and three SSDs, or all five drives can be SSDs.

As with everything I have seen from Corsair, the fit and finish are again top-notch. I really like the hinged side door and the large side window allows you to really show off your hardware. I also like the side door handle and the way it firmly latches shut. Corsair also put some effort into the dust filter designs. They are easy to remove and easy to clean. Another interesting feature is the power supply cover that also covers the hard drive cage. The 600C uses the same effective method to conceal the power supply and hard drives that were located at the top of the case. And this cover goes a long way toward keeping cables, wiring, and hard drives out of view, which makes a clean build much easier to accomplish.

Corsair's Direct Airflow technology removes the typical hard drive cages and optical drive obstructions from the front of the case, which frees up the airflow path and keeps your computer cool. The included front 140mm intake fan has a clear shot at moving air past the internal components. There is room for a second 140mm fan or you can use three 120mm fans. In a small case, good airflow can be critical and the thermal testing proved that the airflow through the 400C was just fine.

The 400C is certainly a satisfying case. Just right for that powerhouse system build that needs to fit in a tight spot. The 400C can even fit on top of a computer desk without overwhelming it. As for pricing, the MSRP for the 400C is $99.99, and I think this is just right for such a versatile case. Check out the Corsair Carbide 400C. Like I said at the begining - big things come in small packages.

 

Pros:

  • Stylish, compact design
  • Large, clear side window / hinged door
  • Great air flow
  • Support for up to a 360mm front and 240mm top radiator
  • Full steel exterior panels
  • Great cable management and space
  • Tool-less drive bays
  • Support for long GPUs (up to 370mm)
  • Easy filter cleaning

 

Cons:

  • None - well, there are no optical drive bays, but I'll let that one sneak by...


 

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  1. Corsair Carbide 400C Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Corsair Carbide 400C Closer Look: Working Components
  3. Corsair Carbide 400C Specifications & Features
  4. Corsair Carbide 400C Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Corsair Carbide 400C Conclusion
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