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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Corsair Carbide 400R Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Corsair Carbide 400R Case Review

Manufacturer: Corsair
Product Name: Carbide 400R
Model Number: CC9011011-WW
Price As Tested: $99.99 at Newegg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article was provided by Corsair.

It's easy to build a great computer case if it's going to retail for $250 or more. Actually, I take that back: judging by some of the cases I've seen, maybe it's not that easy! While a high retail price is no guarantee of quality or usability, it's certainly more of a challenge to come out with a really great case at the $100 price level... but that's not going to stop Corsair from trying. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Corsair Carbide 400R computer case.

Corsair's first case was the amazing Obsidian 800D, quickly followed by the windowless 700D, which we reviewed here. These cases have a number of innovative features but are also very expensive, which limits their appeal. The Carbide series of cases is Corsair's least expensive case lineup, coming in below the Graphite and Obsidian series.

But this is a very crowded market segment, with dozens of models available from companies like Antec, Lancool, NZXT, and others. The $100-and-under market represents by far the largest segment of the case market, and Corsair's got their work cut out for them if they expect to make an impact here.

According to Corsair: Corsair Carbide Series mid-tower PC cases have the high-end features you need, and nothing you don't. Designed to be the foundation of awesome yet approachable gaming PCs, they combine the latest technology and ergonomic innovations with lots of room to build and expand, and amazing cooling potential.


CC9011011-WW Specifications

Material Steel structure with molded ABD accents
Color Black with full black interior
Dimensions 20.5" x 8.1" x 19.8"
Form factor Mid tower
Slots 8

6 120/140mm mounts, 4 120mm mounts.
3 120mm fans included.

3.5" bays 6 (also supports 2.5" devices)
5.25" bays 4
Front I/O (x2) USB 3.0, (x1) IEEE1394, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC, Power, Reset, Lighting toggle switch
Motherboard size ATX, mATX
Max. Graphics Card Length 316mm

Let's take a look at this new Corsair case in the next section.



# RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer CaseRobert17 2011-09-15 10:12
Nice work David. This case looks like a good choice for any choosey builder.

Concerning the fan screw issue, let me know the thread pitch and I'll round you up some nuts and washers; in lieu of having the proper guages, contact me, send me a sample if available, and I'll fix you up.
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# RE: RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer CaseDavid Ramsey 2011-09-15 14:24
Thanks for the offer, Robert, but as I noted, having nuts wouldn't do any good since the screws aren't quite long enough once you take the thickness of the rubber grommets use in the fan mounting holes into account. The pull-through rubber fasteners I'm using work fine.
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# fan screwsjames 2011-10-28 19:57
ran into the same problem, i used the standoff nuts and the long screws that came with the case. the standoff nuts worked fine for attaching the top fans using the long fan screws provided with the case.
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# RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer CaseMACK 2011-09-20 19:53
Nice review, and looks like a pretty good case!
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# RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer Casezac 2011-09-26 19:04
I just bought this case and it's being shipped to me.. silly question, are the sweet white lights included in the system anywhere.. i noticed this is one of the few cases on your page that is illuminated on the display that you post..

just wondering..

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# RE: RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer CaseDavid Ramsey 2011-09-26 19:39
Zac, yes, the white LED-lit fans are included with the case. This is mentioned in the review, albeit not prominently.
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# good valueRealNeil 2011-09-30 04:26
"This case's beauty is internal, and it's not something you'll when it's sitting on a desk"

This sentence may be missing a word.
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This case is a good deal as I see it. It looks to have a whole lot of functionality and that's where I think that it's beauty lies. I'm going to buy one of these and build my next system with it. Thanks for your review.
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# RE: good valueDavid Ramsey 2011-09-30 08:19
Your transcription is missing a word, but in the article, it's "not something you'll notice when it's sitting on a desk."

At least that's what I see now, and I haven't edited anything...
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# RE: RE: good valueOlin Coles 2011-09-30 08:21
That's because I fixed it.
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# thanksRealNeil 2011-09-30 10:21
I wasn't trying to be a critic, but I thought that you would like to correct it.
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# RE: thanksDavid Ramsey 2011-09-30 10:27
Criticism is appreciated, and we (well, Olin) did correct it.
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# Just a little high?lwatcdr 2011-09-30 06:48
The problems with the fan mounting should have dropped it a bit more. It seems to be a good case but I do agree that the looks are kind of iffy. It lacks the flash of a lot of gaming cases and at the same time is a bit lumpy compared to some of the really clean cases. That and the lack of Filters on a lot of the fans makes me less than thrilled with this case.
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# RE: Just a little high?David Ramsey 2011-09-30 08:22
I did go back and forth on the fan problem...perhaps Corsair simply included the wrong screws with this case? I did dock them for it slightly, but it's so easy to fix with standard pull-through rubber fan mounts I didn't give it too much weight.

I go back and forth on the utility of filters on computer cases: they catch some dust, as I see on the cases I use that have them, but most cases are hardly hermetically sealed, and a lot of dust gets in anyway. Also, I made allowances for the $100 price point. In the end the design and utility of the case won me over.
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# Sort of funnyMergatroid 2011-10-29 15:54
The way some people will admonish a manufacturer for using filters that obstruct the air flow, and others will admonish them for not including filters.

The simple fact is that this is a $100 case and you get what you pay for. Want more filters? Buy a more expensive case, or purchase some after market filters (there are tons of them out there).

As for fan mounting, did anyone try the fan screws that come with fans? Are the heads too small or something? Couldn't use a washer?
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# RE: Sort of funnyDavid Ramsey 2011-10-29 17:38
I did try the screws that came with the fans, and explained in detail why they didn't work in the review...
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# washersMergatroid 2011-10-29 17:58
That's why I mentioned the washers.
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# RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer CaseH 2011-09-30 11:52
Why not a front ESATA port instead of firewire? I've found it very handy having one with an external hard drive that has an ESATA connection. I can see the rationale with the front 3.0 USB but alot of people still have 2.0 USB drives.
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# Great case for ~ $100Mergatroid 2011-09-30 19:59
I have the 600T and it's awesome. This case seems to have most of the same features minus one or two. This is a great value that can be used for a fairly high end system.

For the reviewer, you could still clean up the cabling a bit more.
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# RE: Corsair Carbide 400R Computer CaseLaxerFL 2013-05-08 15:56
I own this case and I can say it is THE BEST case I have ever owned, price excluded. I had an original CM Cosmos that cost me $250 and the 400R Carbide blows it away! Corsair must have addressed the fan screw issue because the screws I received with my case worked perfectly through the side panel.
This case will hold any hardware you throw at it and keep it all cool at a very quite level. You simply can't beat this case at $100. Even if it cost $150, it would still be the best case out there!
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