Corsair 400R Boxshot

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower PC Chassis Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. External Impressions Part 1
  4. External Impressions Part 2
  5. Internal Impressions Part 1
  6. Internal Impressions Part 2
  7. Installation Experience and Conclusion

With the exception of useless fan screws, damage on the I/O sections and few nitpicks, I had fun putting the system together on the 400R no questions asked. When I said I had fun, I spent less than 30 minutes to put this system together and I enjoyed every minute I spent with this case. It’s hard to put in words, but it’s to say that its hassle-less.

I wish the rubber grommet next to the power supply was larger like how Storm Trooper has. This will routing experience a whole lot better. Do note that I don’t have a GPU but I kept 2x 6+2 PCIe power connector just above the Asus Xonar DX (with a floppy power connector on it) to give you some a good idea of the rig. The front panel audio headers are long enough even if your motherboard has those headers towards the left of the PCI slot- or in sound cards. They’re long enough to be re-routed through that hole above the PSU and route it between the motherboard and the card, should you want to do so. If you think it needs a cable tie to hold down the EPS/ATX connector running through the motherboard plate, that’s where the other clamp comes useful. You don’t need to worry that being an obstacle for closing the side panels, and besides that’s the plus point of having protruding side panel design.

Once you install the motherboard, there’s about 4 cm. of space between the top panel and the motherboard from within. If you have those box coolers and motherboards with the sockets installed in a way those coolers will “stick out”, there’s some breathing space- or if you want to install fans on the top. The USB 3.0-to-USB 2.0 header will be a saviour for a lot of people. The space towards the right of the motherboard is adequate to install SATA cabled and headers without squeezing your head inside and hoping it goes inside. As said there’s a spare PCiE slot so you can install a fan controller for a USB 2.0 PCI slot should you wish to do so without letting it come in the way of the motherboard’s PCI slots. You’ll need to be little bit “tact” when you’re installing one of the motherboard secure screws, just above the heatsink. If you have a large box heatsink and depending on the layout of the board, this could be a bit tricky. If you have a shorter screwdriver handle, issue resolved. It could use a hole on the case where you slide it in and then install the screw. Again, this is not a con, not even close to half-way. Bitfenix and Corsair make great fans that you can rely on to be near silent-ish in full speed for a long run. Coolermaster uses their usual fans (they have 120mm, 140mm and 200mm variant of the same model) which makes more noise than usual when you run at full power for a longer period).   Before I forget:

I was not able to install 3 screws for the power supply. All the more reason to check the I/O section (and if Corsair is correcting those fan screw issue on the 400R while they’re at it I wish they give a thicker Styrofoam protection). Oh! missing rivet! yikes. But the motherboard plate doesn’t seem to be out of place or “loose”. Still, I feel very bad for this case getting such treatment from the shipment companies.

Other than the front 2x 120mm fans, the power button and the Activity light, there’s no “LED Bling” on it. I am fond of white lights more than blue and red lights because they spread around the fans very nicely and yet they’re not irritatingly bright. If you find it annoying, you can always turn it off.

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I would really like to see atleast 2 USB 2.0 ports more on the front. I would have liked to see fan filters for the top and side panel. I would have like thicker Styrofoam and/or strong I/O panel. Fan screws provided with the case are useless. Or else I wouldn’t have any reason to give it 5 stars. But since I loved the case overall and its nicely priced+ 2 years of warranty support, this is the first case that I reviewed so far that I love!!! 500R should be labelled as “400R Special edition” because that’s what it is: its a premium version of 400R. Its like having 3 versions of the car: but the difference between the base model and the slightly expensive model is alternate paint on the dashboard, a music player with USB ports and maybe better upholstery for more price.

The only reason why anyone would pick up a 500R (mostly and in my opinion) is that they’re tired of seeing the same chassis colour and wouldn’t mind extra features for a premium that’s not really worth over 400R. I don’t have that much faith over white panels because I suspect the colour might be affected in the future due to humidity and back then it used to cost more what it is now and since almost everything is on 400R it doesn’t make sense to pick a 500R. The case design overall is run-of-the-mill and the build quality that is reflected by the damage is ridiculous and represents the worse case scenario when the packaging can take a hard hit. It’s nothing special, especially if you have been staring at CM 690 type cases for a very VERY long time. But it’s getting the job done and it’s doing it nicely. It’s fun to work with this case. There’s not much B.S. happening inside so even if you plan to spend bit more money on the case or a bit less, this case will be in your list or will be recommended by a lot of people. For that it’s worth, this case is a very good case to consider with some nit-picks to bear in mind. Do note that it has 4cms space between the top panel and motherboard from within, so I wouldn’t recommend installing a Watercooling unit thick radiator from inside. Corsair, please make me a happy guy by making I/O section stronger.

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  1. excellent review sir. 400r is still the best case unfortunately the price has increased significantly since then

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