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Corsair Carbide Series 400R Review



To test the Corsair Carbide Series 400R, temperatures will be recorded for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and the overall system during both idle and load phases. Load will be simulated by running HD Tune and small FFTs in Prime95 for one hour, while recording maximum temperatures using RealTemp. The GPU load temperature will be determined using the maximum value as recorded by Catalyst Control Center after five loops of 3DMark06’s Canyon Flight test. For idle temperature readings, I will allow each setup to remain idle for one hour and record the minimum value achieved during this period. Each case will be tested as is from the factory. The fan configuration for this Corsair case is left in its default state, which comprises of two front 120 mm intakes and one 120 mm rear exhaust. I will not be using any fan throttling for these tests.

Testing Setup:

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From these tests, we can see that the Corsair Carbide Series 400R gravitated towards its older brothers but came out relatively warmer than the bunch. The CPU temperature was the highest value of all of the ones we tested – though tied with the NZXT H2 Classic – but is the only comparison case that does not come with a top exhaust fan. I'm sure with that addition, the CPU temperature would be much more satisfactory. The hard drive temperature was recorded as a low one at 29°C loaded – I'm sure this was nudged down by the two 120 mm fans and low-restriction cages.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Setup
  6. Conclusion
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