The Corsair Carbide Series 400C looks very similar to the 600C, except of course it is smaller and the window is on the left side since this case is not a reverse-ATX case like the 600C. The case has official dimensions of 425mm x 215mm x 464mm so it is one of the smaller mid tower’s we’ve seen lately. The case is all black and this is the only color Corsair is offering currently.
The 400C has large rubberized feet, making it a bit taller than is strictly necessary. That does give ample room for the air filter on the power supply. And speaking of the power supply, it's hidden behind a shroud — a nice feature that we're seeing on more cases these days. Corsair's version is actually two pieces, giving you extra clearance for fans at the front of the case if necessary. Removing the front piece of the shroud gives you access to the drive cage, which features removable brackets. Corsair hides three 2.5-inch bays behind the motherboard tray, which also features several cable ties.
It's a smart-looking box and the front fascia is topped with a thin layer of steel, giving the case a more solid feel than its immediate rival. Matte-black paintwork also provides a tidy finish, but the appeal of the 400C is, of course, the quick-release side panel equipped with a near full-size window.
Dust filters are plentiful, too. A good-sized magnetic filter covers the top fan mounts, a tall removable filter sits behind the front panel and a pull-out filter lines the bottom of the PSU bay. Of the three, the front filter is the most awkward in that it can't be accessed without removing the front fascia, a process which entails removing both side panels and pressing a series of tricky release clips.
Moving up to the top of the case you will find all of your buttons and connections. From left to right you have a small reset button, headphone and microphone connections, two USB 3.0 ports, and a larger power button.
Moving back there is a large ventilated section that is covered by a magnetic filter that you can easily lift off and clean. The top of the case supports two 140 mm or two 120 mm fans. Corsair also says that the top of the case will support a 240 mm radiator, but based on the motherboard mounting locations you might run into overhang issues.
There’s more plastic inside the case. It comes in the form of two overlapping (and somewhat flimsy-feeling) shrouds, one that protects and hides the power supply and a second one that covers the removable 3.5-inch drive cage. When both are in place, it gives the case a chambered look, hiding a lot of cables.
The top section houses the motherboard tray and several cable cutouts; the three cutouts to the right of the motherboard zone are lined with rubber. If you’re installing a Mini-ITX motherboard like we did, or even a MicroATX motherboard, you might find that the rubber-lined cutouts are too far away to be of any use—it really just depends on the length of your cables and if you want to stretch them over the main section that far.
- Cool, Clear, and Compact.
- Easy to build, hard to beat
- Hinged and latched full side panel window
- Clean, modern lines with an all steel exterior
- Direct Airflow Path
- Compact design, full size capabilities
- Liquid cooling capable
- Two included AF series fans
- PSU and 3.5” Bay Cover
- Easy to clean
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