|Corsair Carbide 400R Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 14 September 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
Both side panels are secured with captive thumbscrews, a nice touch. I've seen some cases that use thumbscrews on one side and screws on the other, presumably to save a nickel or so in production costs.
Take a moment to examine this, because this is where this case excels: note the fully painted interior, the four large, grommeted cable routing holes, the pre-installed motherboard standoffs, the six hard drive bays, and the overall spaciousness of the interior. 3.5" hard drives snap into the plastic drive sleds without any screws; all card slot covers use thumbscrews, and the 5.25" devices automatically lock into place when you slide them in. Also look at the CPU cooler mounting hole in the motherboard...I think this is the largest one I've ever seen!
There's a mounting area for a 120/140mm fan directly in front of the power supply, but even the tidiest case will probably have enough cables in this area to significantly obstruct any airflow from a fan there. The hard drive cage is not removable.
Behind the motherboard tray, I found several plastic packets containing screws and motherboard standoffs, which you can see on the lower corners of the image below. How they escaped from a taped-shut accessories box is a mystery! Notice the square cutout at the upper right of the motherboard tray: this is for your EPS 12V power cable. It's amazing how many cases with bottom-mount power supplies omit this. One thing I'd like to see more of is tie-down points. While there are a few near the grommeted cable pass-through holes, there are none under the main motherboard area.
Looking at the back of the case, we see the power supply area, eight card slots, four hose pass-throughs, the I/O back panel area, and the included 120mm exhaust fan.
Let's take a closer look at some of the interior features of this case in the next section.