Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

The line of chassis Carbide Series Corsair continues to grow with new and interesting models. Not so long ago we tested a case Corsair Carbide 600C is a relatively compact Full Tower with a mirror arrangement of components. This time we got his younger brother called Corsair Carbide 400C, which became noticeably smaller in width and in height is primarily due to the complete rejection of the five-inch compartments.

The internal design of the housing is formed in a regular, non-mirrored version. Only you can meet three species of this model is the white case with a window on the left side, black body with the same design and another black, but with additional sound insulation on the top and side panels. This is additionally protected by a case, by analogy with the six model is in the title of the letter ” Q ” — Corsair Carbide 400Q. Unfortunately, the white option of the case with additional insulation yet was not presented. This may be a reason to release another model to the already very wide range.

The case design is quite concise, the most flashy element, of course, is a transparent left side wall is designed to demonstrate powerful carefully connected and, preferably, the highlighted components. Otherwise, everything is very calm and minimalistic. The outer side of the front decorative panels are also made of steel, which gives the body a more complete and finished appearance.

Corsair Carbide 400C comes in a box of ordinary cardboard on the outside where you can find a schematic of the model and its main characteristics. For ease of carrying at the sides there are symmetrical cutouts. The package is quite modest, in addition to the corps and elements of the cooling system it only includes Assembly instructions, mounting screw kit and disposable ties.

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

The statement was executed in the manner of books A5, where all stages of Assembly/disassembly shown in the schematic, but understandable illustrations. The section with the signatures on the Russian language is also present. There are instructions in one sad mistake, it refers to the indication by removing the front decorative panel — if you follow the instructions and just try to “tear off” the panel from the chassis using only brute force, in the best case nothing happens and at worst you will break part of the plastic latches (here it all depends on the number of the very brute force).

Corsair Carbide 400C: Layout

Linked case is not usual, but not unique — similar solutions can be found in other models of Corsair and other manufacturers. The substrate for a motherboard is in a familiar place, Corsair Carbide 400C, and 600C larger support the installation of circuit Board sizes up to E-ATX, inclusive.

The power supply is at the bottom of the hull. A separate volume it is, but there are composite plastic casing, which is primarily intended to hide the excess wire. To exert any significant influence on the temperature and noise characteristics of the model he can’t. If desired, it is possible to completely dismantle and install the PSU fan up.

Classic compartments for five – and three-inch devices in this case do not exist. This allows you to easily install two or even three graphics accelerator length up to 370 mm each.

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

To install the drives the manufacturer offers to use the reverse side of the substrate Board and a small niche near the power supply — that’s a total of 5 seats, and only 2 of them you can install a full-sized 3.5″ disks. In most cases this will be enough, but in the case of more than 40 liters, I would like to see more “rich” storage subsystem.

Corsair Carbide 400C: Design

The front panel is made of two-layer: base made of thick plastic, on top of which is embedded a sheet of thin steel, and, it is steel and not aluminum alloy. This combination should provide the best sound insulation, and also more successfully resist vibrations than just steel sheet.

Case dimensions 464×215×425 mm (h×W×d, including protruding elements). Body weight without packaging and PSU is 7 kg, which is relatively low — impact use of acrylic and steel wall thickness of not more than 0.7 mm. the rigidity of the structure cannot be called insufficient, the elements do not distort during Assembly/disassembly of resonances and rattles in the process, is also observed.

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

Plastic leg housing with a height of 33 mm and fitted with rubber inserts large area, increasing their shock-absorbing ability.

Controls and external connectors are located one near the front of the top cover, the front panel. List in order, left to right: reset button, HDD activity led connectors for headphones and microphone, two USB 3.0 ports and a large square power button.

USB ports spaced from each other by 1 cm, therefore, potential problems with simultaneous connection of very large devices can occur, but in most cases no problems with it will not arise. Buttons power and reset are low and triggered with a loud click. The Power indicator LED built into the power button and the HDD LED diode covered by a small square diffuser. The color of both diodes — white, luminous intensity is not very high, the eyes does not beat.

The rest of the upper wall is occupied by the area of the perforation with three places under case fans, covered by a single dust filter. On the front and the right side wall any notable items, the back wall is plentifully perforated, in order to provide better passage of air exhausted by the front fans.

The left wall is a transparent door that closes with a latch and opens on hinges like any other real door. Of steel only made two steel plates at the top and bottom of the door, which, in fact, end with steel hinges. Door opens approximately 220 degrees, but to work with the body without removing it is still quite uncomfortable. The benefit hinges on top not clamped, open the door, you just need to pull up, and it is easily removable from the hinges.

Locking the door in closed condition is assisted by two small but powerful magnet, performing the role of closer — even if you push the door not very strong, it will still close until the end and fall into place smoothly, without distortions.

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

Corsair Carbide 400C: Cooling system

Corsair Carbide 400C comprises a total of install 6 case fans, 2 of which are in the scope of supply. On the inner side of the chassis behind the front panel you can set 3 fan size 120 mm or two 140 mm. In option out of the box it has 1 fan Corsair Air Series AF140L 140 mm in size, working on blowing.

2 fan size 120 or 140 mm can be installed on the upper wall of the chassis. The last seat in the back, there is only a 120-mm fan, which is already installed Corsair Fan AF120L working, respectively, on blowing. Both fans are connected to motherboard 3-contactame connectors are fixed through simple screws and not backlit.

It is worth noting that the manufacturer has provided the ability to install a large number of radiators of liquid cooling systems size of 120 mm (on any seat) to 360 mm (only on the front wall), however if they use the maximum length supported video cards becomes a few inches shorter.

Thought the manufacturer and on the protection of accessories from dust, providing Corsair Carbide 400C three dust filters. The top panel is a beautiful mesh of white plastic, fixed to the magnetic frame. It looks good and harmonious, but it lets most of the dust due to too large diameter holes. Installation and removal of the element takes only a few seconds.

The area of the perforation of the bottom wall in the area of the power supply fan is protected from dust much higher quality dust filter made of fine-meshed nylon net attached to a plastic frame. The filter is rolled to its rightful place on the rails, so to put the case on its side for removal and installation is not required.

The most controversial in terms of ease of maintenance dust filter located on the front wall under the decorative panel. For its maintenance it is necessary to completely remove this panel, which is attached to the chassis with six plastic latches. Their design does not involve withdrawal due to the usual movement to “pull harder”. The only option is to open the left door, remove the right wall and in pairs to bend the clips, which is very long and uncomfortable. The filter itself is made of quality — fine nylon mesh in a plastic frame with spring-loaded latch at the top.

When choosing a CPU cooler for installation in Corsair Carbide 400C is almost no limit — the case involves the installation of coolers with a height up to 170 mm inclusive.

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case

Corsair Carbide 400C: Assembly of the system unit

The left wall, as we have said, represents the door to take it off to Unscrew any screws is not required. The right side wall is fixed with two screws with knurled head, rolling of U-shape, method of fastening sliding plug.

All the struts for mounting the motherboard provided by the manufacturer at the factory. The substrate under the system Board is made permanent, in its upper part is a very large cutout, its size is only slightly inferior motherboard format Mini-ITX. Of course, this allows with high probability to say that to install a new CPU cooler won’t have to disassemble the fee, however, and the strength of the substrate becomes considerably lower.

For 3.5″ drives, has a small basket for 2 seats at the bottom of the case near the power supply. Access to it opens after removal of the right side of the wall. The mounting system is screwless, the drive has enough “pull” on the plastic slide with rubber seals and have to cart on rails. Fixed disk is almost no backlash in the horizontal plane, not vertical wobble — free running is about 3-4 mm, and further secure the drive with screws is not possible.

These plastic skids can be used for mounting of 2.5″ drives, but in this case they have to be screwed down to the bottom of the wall. 3 drive in notebook format can be set on the reverse side of the substrate of the motherboard. An improvised basket made of plastic, however, in each of the compartments is quite powerful metal spring. The disk is not effortlessly pressed into the compartment and fixed in the down position with a plastic latch. It is necessary only to release the latch, the disk is just “shoots” for about half its length — effectively made the decision, besides with a good fit. Note that according to some owners of plastic clips holding the disc in the compartment, quickly weakened and may no longer cope with their responsibilities.

In this case, the disk will remain half-stuck out of the compartment that does not hinder his work and even luftet it won’t start, but still unpleasant. On our test instance of the problem were able to reproduce after about 20 extractions of the drive, after which the latch is really weak and the disc began to “shoot” from the compartment a few seconds after you close the latch.

To install the power supply unit you need to dismantle the composite plastic cover by unscrewing 2 thumbscrew and 1 prying off the latch on the back. The PSU just starts into the housing and fastened with 4 screws to the back wall. For damping vibration coming from the fan of the PSU on the bottom wall has a small rubber shock absorbers.

Each plug add-in cards mounted in a separate thumbscrew. Accordingly, no system of screwless fixing of boards of the extension in this case is not used. The maximum length of the Board in each of the seven slots is 370 mm.

Ports USB 3.0 front panel connected to the monolithic 20-pin connector. Audio connectors are also connected monolithic plug-HDA no backward compatibility with AC’97. The set of wires to connect the buttons and indicators are the traditional loose.

System hidden cabling in Corsair Carbide 400C is present, however, the place under it is not as much so in the same 600C. Power cables can be withdrawn from the back side of the substrate via one of the three holes with rubber gasket in the upper wall of such a large and convenient openings not, the case should have been a little higher.

Also little space and between the substrate and the system Board right-side wall. Most likely the problems can arise when connecting two or more drives in 2.5″ of vertical compartment, if you power the drives from one power connector in the middle of the “pigtails” after connection forms a considerable size of the seal, resulting in problems can occur with the installation of the side wall or with a broken connector on the HDD/SSD.

The noise level measurement is carried out in accordance with our method using a sound level meter the Octave 110A-EKO in a soundproof room with the typical noise level of 20 dBA. During the measurements all electrical appliances in the room are turned off.

For voltage regulation of the fan power used standalone managed Converter.

The performance of cooling varies within wide limits depending on the voltage of the fans. Subjectively, this parameter allows to evaluate the noise level, which is in the range from 25 to 40.5 dBA at the removed front panel and power supply voltage 5 to 12 V.

In the assembled housing the noise level of the cooling system varies from 22.5 to 35 dBA at the location of the microphone in the near field. In the model range of the voltage control 7-11 In noise varies from low (27 dBA) to medium (33 dBA) level concerning typical values for premises in the daytime.

At a greater distance of the body from the user and placed, for example, on the floor under the table the noise can be characterized as minimally noticeable when the fans are at minimum speed and at maximum is as low to the dwelling in the daytime.

To reduce noise from the system unit this model is a better place on the floor under some kind of natural barrier, such as under the table, as this will allow you to achieve remarkable noise reduction in the area of the user’s head.

The attenuation of the noise source inside the enclosure, when measured from the front panel is at a medium level solutions with complete walls. Perhaps if the side door was sealed, the figure would have been better.

The quality of the fans is subjective and no major complaints: sounds neurodynamical of origin, they are minimal and do not pay much attention to themselves, that is, no knocking, whistling and other annoying sounds on this example were not observed.

Two fans, of course, possible to connect to most motherboards, but given the possible expansion of the Park of Electromechanical devices of this type, as well as to improve the convenience of the body would not be too much to complete in this case at least the simplest fan controller, for example, through the passive switch.

Corsair Carbide 400C: Price

Cost Corsair Carbide 400C is about $100, and the prices of the models with a transparent door and additional insulation are not different, which is nice — everyone will be able to choose a more suitable option for themselves without superfluous overpayments.

This case differs from the Carbide 600C primarily by the absence of two compartments under a five-inch device, but all other parameters practically anything he is not inferior, and is thus almost 1.5 times cheaper, which is a little strange.

Corsair Carbide 400C: Conslusion

Corsair Carbide 400C and 400Q can be considered a worthy continuation of the line. Perhaps they are not so much stand out against the competition, but this does not prevent them to become a worthy basis for building a powerful gaming computer, workstation, entry-level or just a PC for General use.

For office use can be recommended only to the model with the index Q, since the option of door does not provide sufficient security to lock her down will fail, and normally to seal, most likely, too. Although in General a solution with a hinged door we liked, it is not often found on the market. Nice, this model, unlike 600C, no problems no creaking or twisting.

The inability to set the PC optical wire or any other device of similar dimensions in 2016, almost no one is upset, what can be said about only two seats for a full size hard drives — of course, most potential buyers will be enough, but still strange trend to increase the number of compartments 2,5″ and the gradual cuts in the bays 3.5″ definitely alarming, because laptop HDD are still expensive, slower and considerably smaller than their desktop counterparts, and a variant with the installation of a large number of the SSD also seems to us very exotic and almost not used in practice.

Equipment cooling system of the case left a good impression, although the system of dismantling the front panel to clean removable dust filter definitely needs to be changed, the user only had to pull the panel, as it is written in the instructions not to remove both side panels and painful to bend the stubborn latch.

Also, this case can be recommended to fans of liquid cooling, because the similar size of the case, providing for the installation of the radiator with a length of 360 mm, on the market are not so much.

Source: corsair

Corsair Carbide 400C Review and test case was last modified: November 11th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby