Corsair Carbide 400R review -
So, right then, let's start off with the review. As always we begin with packaging. It's a simple yet informative thing to show as when you purchase a chassis, honestly you do not want any defects and scratches on it. The 400R is packaged in cardboard.
Once you take the unit out of the cardboard box you'll notice two layers of foam protecting the unit, which on its end is covered in a plastic bag. Packaging was done carefully and the chances of damage and risk thanks to that are minimal.
So there she is, looks like a run of the mill chassis very much. The design is kept simple, not at all screaming with lights and logos. In fact it's a silent black design that is easy on the eyes. Less is better, and that works out well here.
I guess you have to like the rounded curved, taste differs of course. The chassis is made out of a steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate, much like the 800D. As you can see at the front side, it supports (x4) 5.25", (x6) 3.5"/2.5" Drive Caddies tool-free drive bays.
When we flip around the unit we can see the side panel and back a little better. Again, simple but stylish. The panel can be removed with two thumbscrews.
The mechanism works well. The size of the chassis by the way is 20.5 x 8.1 x 19.8. The 400R actually has ten fan mounting points for plenty of cooling. Three 120mm fans two in the front, and one in the rear are included.
The backside itself reveals a thing or two as well. Next to the top left rear IO we spot a 120mm fan. All three fans in this chassis can be PWM fan controlled, but no fan controller is included though. Next to the 8 card slots we see no less then four grommet holes, these could be used for some sort of external liquid cooling or alternatively you can lead out USB 3.0 front panel cables that need to be connected to the rear IO.
Corsair made changes and you can use the standard internal USB 3.0 connector as designed and form factored by Intel on the motherboard as well. So both options will work.
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