|Corsair Carbide 400R Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 14 September 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
The top of the case shows a mounting area for two 120mm or 140mm fans, or a 2x120/140mm radiator. Corsair says their own H100 water cooler will fit just fine, but also says that third-party radiators should be no more than 15mm thick. I couldn't find any radiators that thin, so you may be limited to the H100. Of course you could mount the radiator outside the case and run the hoses through the ports on the back. There's a slot in front of the radiator area that's easy to use as a handle, although I'm not sure if it's sturdy enough to hoist a fully loaded system.
The Carbide 400R has a simple front panel. Starting from the lower left and moving clockwise: the white drive activity LED, the power switch, two USB 3.0 ports, the microphone port, the headphone port, an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port, the fan light toggle, and the reset switch. The 400R's front 120mm intake fans have white LEDs, but you can turn these off with the LED toggle switch.
At the front of the case we see the four 5.25" bays and the two white LED-lit 120mm fans. One feature missing is the ability to mount a 3.5" bay device. You could physically mount one with a third-party adapter, but there's no front panel cutout for it.
The front bezel snaps off easily, and there are no wires connecting it to the rest of the chassis. A coarsely perforated plastic sheet acts as a filter for the two fans. It's not easily removable, so you'll want to clean it by blowing it out with compressed air.
At the bottom of the case we see four plastic feet with rubber inserts, and the air intake area for the power supply and an optional bottom fan. A removable fine fabric filter slides out for easy cleaning.
Now let's take a look at the inside of this case.