- Packaging and Specifications
- External Impressions Part 1
- External Impressions Part 2
- Internal Impressions Part 1
- Internal Impressions Part 2
- Installation Experience and Conclusion
With the exception that you can mount a 200mm fan on the left side panel and eject the top panel on the 500R, the difference is bit cosmetic. The protruding side panel stands out in 400R due to the paint job and also rather than having a flat top panel, there’s a space inside the plastic mold on the 400R and the protruding mesh design for top panel fans (mesh cannot be ejected as on the 500R). 500R looks as if you can mount a water-cooling radiator on top with ease within the top panel (provide the radiator is thin enough to fit in) whereas for 400R, you either mount it from within- or just keep it up on the top. If you’re going to going to use something like H50, both are not bad, although the rear I/O rubber grommets is a lot better off being placed above/below the rear fan, in case you want to mount those radiators from the outside. If you want to go for a full-fledged water cooling, you might want to look somewhere else. Moving on with the 400R…
There are 4x 5.25″ bays with Power button with Power LED backlit (white), an HDD activity light below it, followed by 2X USB 3.0 ports, the audio ports, the firewire ports, the Reset and the Fan LED off/on button. To be honest, I would have like to see 2-4 USB 2.0 headers, seeing how boards come with around 2-4 USB 2.0 headers on the motherboard itself. Not a lot of people use Firewire.
The part of the top panel has a matte black finish with a rough feel to it- and a space deep enough to put your hand inside. At this point of writing I assumed maybe it’s a handle but after opening the case and taking a look, it’s more like a space to store stuff (read internal impressions to know more). There’s no removable top panel mesh but rather a protruding 2x 120mm fan mesh (no filters unfortunately)- with rubber grommets for the fans.