While the 600C stands on its own merit with its untraditional internal orientation, the Carbide Clear 400C is more mainstream, and will appeal to more users, we think. That being said, this Corsair chassis has an undeniable appeal as well. We like the side vented front bezel, as it allows for a much cleaner aesthetic appeal, but also directs the fan noise away from the user. We like the rounded top and bottom as well, but what sells this cases' looks is the enormous side window. The other thing that springs to mind right away is that even while being a mid-tower solution, you can still house an Extended-ATX motherboard inside, and utilize all of the motherboard tray offered to you.
The cooling shipped in this chassis is somewhat limited, and with the gear we used, we cannot say we got the best cooling results with it. Of course, Corsair knows that the likelihood of both, or any of these fans for that matter, won't likely stay in the 400C very long. With the massive appeal of AIOs, and now that more of the beastly video cards come with water cooling built-in, we are sure many will take advantage of the water cooling potential that the 400C brings to the table. With room for a 360/280mm radiator in the front, room for a 240/280mm radiator in the top, and also leaving room for a single 120mm in the back, all of that open space that is seen in our build could easily be used for a pump, reservoir, and some fancy tubing. All of which, again, will be displayed to admire your work, through the side panel window.
The reality is, when we get to the end, that even though a lot of users will dismiss this chassis for a lack of optical bays, all we can say is get with the times. Its build quality, attention to detail, customizable interior, and the amount of room to hold a ton of gear makes this Carbide Clear 400C chassis stand out in the crowd. The main bonus to a chassis like this, though, is that it also sticks to our magic number. We always say that a well-appointed mid-tower chassis should not cost more than $100, and we are finding that this chassis fits that bill as well. So for a minimal investment, you get a sleek, solidly designed chassis, which while it looks empty, still affords all of the gear necessary to build quite the system inside. Hopefully, you opt for the window as well, as to us, it is what makes this chassis when looking at all of your money, sitting inside of the Carbide Clear 400C mid-tower chassis from Corsair.
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)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: The Carbide Clear 400C from Corsair is affordable, sleek to look at, and offers a ton of room inside of its mid-tower frame. With the pricing that comes with this chassis, and an enormous window to view your hardware, this will be a hot selling chassis for sure.
PRICING: You can find the Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Mid-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $112 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Mid-Tower Chassis retails for £80 at Amazon UK.
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