Corsair Carbide Series 400C Review

Written by Antony Leather

January 7, 2016 | 13:29

Tags: #best-pc-case #best-watercooling-case #gaming-case

Companies: #corsair #corsair-gaming

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The interior is wonderfully spacious and you're immediately greeted by the massive air vents and accompanying fan mounts, but Corsair limits radiator compatibility to 120mm models - up to a triple 120mm (360mm) in the front and double 120mm (240mm) in the roof. We see no reason why a 140mm model can't fit in the front seeing as there's enough space for two 140mm fans and plenty of room above them too.

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The benefit of using a small radiator, especially a 240mm model here, though is that it can rest above the PSU cover and hard disk mount underneath, meaning that you can use a full height radiator with single row of fans and still have over 280mm of clearance for graphics cards - more than enough for most Nvidia GTX 980 Tis although you'll need to watch it if you go for anything high end from AMD. Of course, this provides plenty of room for all-in-one liquid coolers too while the PSU cover is the perfect place for a pump and reservoir.

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All of the fan mounts are adjustable, which can prove very handy when fitting radiators, while you're also able to align the rear fan with your CPU's air cooler if you're using one, for a boost in cooling. Two fans are included as standard - one 140mm model at the front and a 120mm fan exhausting at the rear.

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To get at the front fan mounts to install radiators or extra fans, you'll need to pop off the front fascia. This is fairly stiff, but just needs six prongs to be detached inside then it released, revealing the third dust filter which covers the entire front section.

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There's ample cable routeing holes too and of course, the PSU cover does a great job of hiding most of your cabling as well as providing the perfect place for stashing cables without needing to worry about airflow - great for building a system quickly. The cover was also a little flimsy and could be tricky to install, but took less than 5 minutes to remove, fit our PSU and re-fit again.

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Storage-wise, there's a removable drive mount catering for two 3.5in or 2.5in drives, while SSDs get their own array of three tool-free (why do some manufacturers still insist on using screws here!), spring-loaded mounts behind the motherboard tray. These felt a tad cheap and one did have a habit of trying to spring-out our SSD even with the clip closed, but apart from this few people will be left wanting.
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