Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Carbide Series 400R is an attractive case to look at. With a mix of black on the inside and a dark grey metallic paint applied with a textured finish to the outside (both the steel and plastic components), is something I haven't seen done like this before. The front Bezel is made of ABS plastic and offers room for up to four 5.25" devices with plenty of room left over for the Front I/O panel and the stacked pair of 120mm fans gulping air into the chassis through a steel mesh panel. The plastic continues over the top and terminates in a large handle to help move the 400R around. The sides of the 400R are very reminiscent of the CM HAF 922 with the large bump outs to allow room for fans on the left and hidden wires on the right. In the rear of the chassis you will see a bottom mounted power supply with eight expansion slots and four holes with grommets in them for water cooling tubes along their side. There is the third installed fan here, a 120mm exhaust fan for the 400R.
Speaking of the fans, here is where it gets a little interesting. The 400R comes with three total fans installed. Two 120mm fans with white LEDs are used as the intake in the front with a plain black 120mm in the rear as the exhaust. Now here is the thing. Corsair made room in this case for up to ten fans of various sizes. The door panel pair, the rear, the floor and the top two fans can all be 140mm if you want to change them. That covers six of the ten possible fans in the 400R. The other four fans can be hung in 120mm pairs both on the front of the hard drive rack and the inside of them, making for a bit of push/pull cooling on the hard drives and supplying the expansion cards with a bit more force than the single pair is capable of. This is all for the 400R specifically; the 500R gets a 200mm fan installed in the door, where in the 400R this is not an option.
All this explanation and I haven't even gotten to what the interior of the case has to offer. The interior receives a black coat of paint on everything. The motherboard tray offers compatibility for both Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards with five wire management holes, four of which have those nice Corsair grommets we all like, and the fifth is a cut out for the 8-pin EPS cable and fan wires if needed. The risers come pre-installed and the cabling containing the USB 3.0, firewire, power, reset and all that jazz is not only all black, but sort of pre-wired in the top of the chassis. Both the four 5.25" bays and the six 3.5"/2.5" bays are all tool-less to make things easier for the build. Underneath the chassis you will find four large rubber feet supporting the chassis surrounding the long dust filter that covers the power supply and additional (optional) fan intakes.
I mentioned the MSRP of the Carbide Series 400R was supposed to be sub-100 dollar pricing, and looking at Google shopping I am pleased to say that is true in some places. Out of the fifty-three hits for sales of this chassis only four of them are sticking to the MSRP with or without shipping. The others work their way on up to near $150, and I know you don't want to pay that much. Venturing to the place I spend all of my extra money with, Newegg.com is listing for $99.99 shipped. As if that wasn't enough, if you are really thrifty, there is also a $10 mail-in-rebate taking the price below $90! With it widely available I don't see an issue getting one, but be warned, there are many places stabbing your wallet pretty hard out there!