Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Usually, when Corsair offers up their chassis lineup, when the case is in the same series, and comes with a lesser number in the name, we tend to find much of the original design. That, however, is not what we find here. We are speaking of the Carbide Clear 600C we recently reviewed, which was an inverted ATX chassis design, but is a full-tower chassis. As we see its brethren here today, we expected the shrink to a mid-tower, but outside of the aesthetics of these two cases, the internal layout has been flipped on its head.
Using many of the same components for the inside of the chassis is an affordable way to start this build off. There is still the same motherboard tray used, we get the dual section PSU cover again, and hidden drive bays - almost all of the same features of the 600C. Of course, being a mid-tower this time, we give up optical bays, and have a couple of fewer expansion slots, but that is about it. While we completely expected the Carbide 600C to have come with a regular interior layout, for those of you who liked the look but not the internals, Corsair has a solution to that too.
The Carbide Clear 400C from Corsair offers a simple looking exterior with minimalistic designs. Even though this chassis is slightly smaller, it hardly loses in its feature set and is a chassis that just at first glance will make you want to keep reading. However, it is our duty to cover every detail, feature, and working aspect of these designs. So while we do our job, enjoy the ride that Corsair is taking us on, as we bring you their Carbide Clear 600C mid-tower chassis.
In the chart provided by Corsair, we start off with the two-year warranty coverage that this 8.2kg mid-tower chassis is covered by. This steel and ABS plastic chassis stands 464mm tall, it is 425mm deep, and is 215mm wide, but nothing is said about the exterior from here. The 400C offers a solid front panel with nothing more than a logo at the bottom. The top of the chassis is almost entirely mesh due to the huge magnetic dust cover, and the left side of this chassis has an enormous window, and the entire panel is hinged at the back for easy access. The chassis is also rounded at the top and bottom of the front bezel, so from the profile view, the 400C is just not the average square box sitting on your desk.
We do find that the 400C offers room for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even E-ATX motherboards. It offers enough room for video cards that are 370mm long, CPU coolers that are 170mm tall, and power supplies up to 200mm in length. There are seven expansion slots in the back this time, and when it comes to storage, you have two options. There is a removable cage that will house a pair of 3.5" drives. However, behind the motherboard tray, there is a rack with three trays capable of containing one 2.5" drive in each of them. We also see mention of the pair of USB 3.0 ports, and HD Audio jacks that come in the front I/O panel, before they move onto the cooling.
The 400C is built to allow three 120mm fans in the front of the case or two 140mm fans and comes with a single 140mm fan installed here. The top of the chassis can house a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, but none are shipped in this location. The rear of the chassis will take on only a 120mm fan, and this exhaust location is shipped with a fan in place. If you have water cooling in mind, you can put in a 360mm into the front of the chassis, a 240mm radiator in the top, and a single 120mm radiator in the rear. We can only assume that there is room for the 140mm solutions as well because we see them listed in the compatibility list of Corsair liquid coolers that finish out the chart. We also added another chart found on the site, which may have a bit more information, but covers all of the same points.
Availability is quite high right now, and we had no issues finding many locations to take our money. We checked with Corsair first, as they have their MSRP listed on the product page, where we found it to be listed there for $99.99. So off to Amazon we went next. Here we found the Carbide 400C to require $114.98, listed with Corsair as the seller. We then looked at Newegg to see what they had going on and discovered that they are on point. Not only can you get the 400C for $99.99, but there is no mention of free shipping with that listing. For the way we perceive this chassis, we will be basing it off the $100 price point, and for the money, Corsair does offer quite the chassis with their Carbide 400C mid-tower.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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