CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

At CES 2016 the company Corsair introduced new cases – CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C and 400Q, extending the range of Carbide. These models as 600C / 600Q, have simple appearance. In their design you can not see the bright inserts or unusual shapes. Only black color and abundance of straight lines. As is the case with the above 600C and 600Q, 400C and 400Q models are similar to each other differences. 400C (Clear) – version with a transparent side panel, allows you to admire its configuration and easily demonstrate its beauty and decoration of the other. 400Q (Quiet) – this version, as opposed to CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C, has a higher insulating capabilities. Side panels “quiet” model covered with sound-absorbing material and have in place a filter on top of the cover with magnetic fasteners, seals the same sound-absorbing material. These two models are smaller than their “older” brothers, so they definitely will appeal to fans of the compact and concise-looking configurations.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C: SPECIFICATIONS

  • Supported motherboard formats: E-ATX (30,5 x 26,9 cm), ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX;
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 425 x 215 x 464 mm;
  • Maximum video length: 370 mm;
  • Maximum CPU cooler height: 170 mm;
  • Maximum power supply Length: 190 mm;
  • Number of Expansion Slots: 7;
  • The compartments 3.5 “: 2;
  • The compartments 2.5 “: 3;
  • The number of fans in the kit: 1 x 120 mm, 1 x 140 mm;
  • Features Cooling System:
  • Front: 120 mm x 3 or 2 x 140 mm, compatibility with radiators 360/280/240/120 mm;
  • Above: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140 mm, compatible with radiators 240/120 mm;
  • Rear: 1 x 120 mm, compatibility with radiators 120 mm;
  • Dust filter: front, top, bottom (for power supply).

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C: PACKAGE CONTENTS

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

Comes Carbide 400C in the usual corps of the company Corsair box. On the packaging you will find a detailed description of the technical characteristics, as well as a separate description of some of the design details in several languages, including Russian.

Inside the box body is fixed by means of two foam inserts.

Included with the case you will find a package with documents and a small box with a set of fasteners.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C: EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN

As mentioned earlier, CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C and 400Q have a simple appearance. Black will always be in fashion, like the clean lines, so in this regard the housing data definitely win. Unfortunately, for the sake of size and compatibility with liquid cooling radiators, it was decided to abandon the bays 5.25 “devices. Embedded computer fan control at CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C / 400Q models there, and due to the lack of 5.25” bays doustanovit own control panel will not work. In case of loud noise from the cooling system is still hope for the possibilities of motherboard or use a step-down voltage adapters for fans.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

Right panel, as opposed to the left, is made entirely of metal. The manufacturer took care of the “rasteryasha” forever losing the small details: the thumbscrews which are used to fix this wall, after loosening remain fixed in the holes on the panel.

The front panel, by the way, is also made of metal. On it, in the lower right corner, modestly company logo is placed.

For a free flow of air to the front fans were provided long and fairly broad (~ 2 cm) gap, for which there is a dust filter with fine mesh, hold on magnets.

Controls (start and reset button), the LED activity drives, USB 3.0 connector and 3.5 mm at the top are arranged in a single row. By establishing this body under the table, you will not only deprive themselves of the opportunity to contemplate all the beauty of your configuration, but also run the risk of limiting access to these connectors. Power button, by the way, is illuminated by white LED.

All perforated area of the upper part of the body closes fine mesh dust filter with a magnetic fastening. As mentioned above, you can set top 2 x 140 mm or 120 x 2 mm fan. It is also easily possible to place LSS 120/240 mm radiator. Radiator 280 mm standard thickness fit there, but you will not be able to fix it for his fans blowing as it does not have enough free space – will interfere with elements of the mat. board and processor power cable. Again, for the sake of the overall compactness, the distance between the motherboard and the upper part of the body reduced to the maximum.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

Left side panel is made in a door. A large part of it is made of transparent acrylic glass.

It opens the panel and removed very easily. Easy opening provides convenient large plastic handle. Mounted on the door with the help of quick-loops, which allows, if necessary, it quickly dismantled.

Also installed on the door of a kind of magnetic coils.

Behind our gaze presents a standard for Mid-Tower enclosure layout.

Bottom mounted PSU for quick dust filter. The attentive reader will notice rubberized inserts – dampers, located on-site power supply, which are responsible for damping vibrations generated by the power supply fan. A total of 4 there.

Stability of the housing is provided by 4 feet tall plastic with rubberized base.

We now turn to the internal device CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C. Behind semilopastnoy installed 120 mm fan. The rotational speed of the fan blades is about 950 rev / min. it does not differ silence. For maximum noise produced by them even noticeable at a distance of one and a half meters, and it is in a closed housing.

7 expansion slots are covered with removable caps which are fixed thumbscrews.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

Place to install the power supply unit and a basket for two 3.5 “drives are hidden from view behind a removable two-part plastic housing. The housing is made a hole to facilitate withdrawal of the power cables in the main compartment.

The distance between the front part of the body and the plastic housing / basket 3.5 “drives is ~ 55 mm. This is sufficient to deploy a radiator LSS thickness of 27 mm (as in the majority of non-performing liquid cooling systems) and fan.

Front odinnadtsatilopastnoy installed 140 mm fan. As in the case of the fan mounted behind, this model does not differ silence at maximum rotation speed of the blades, which note is 1000 rev / min. Here you can see the bundle of wires from the controls and connectors on the top.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C is quite possible to build a high-performance gaming configuration. If you for some reason do not want to install the LSS, it features a 170 mm for installation of air-cooled heat sink for the CPU. The housing can accommodate graphics cards up to 370 mm. But if you decide to install the LSS in the front, the distance is, of course, be reduced by the amount of the total thickness of the heat sink and fan. But the remaining space will be enough to install even giants such as the Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X (length is 305 mm), and thus remains a gap in a few centimeters between them.

Also, once again we note a very limited space between the seat for the motherboard and the upper part of the body. Place where 280 mm radiator LSS together with fans do not work – only 120/240 mm model.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

Now look at what is usually hidden from the eye, that is, look beyond the pallet. The first thing worth noting – a large cut-out, which simplifies installation bekpleyta for CPU cooling systems. Across the square pallet scattered enough stamped “ears” for the ties that help the most carefully arrange the wire. All holes for output cables are covered with rubberized stubs.

Under the cut is removable basket for 2.5 “drives with screwless mounting the add method. To set the drive enough to bend the tab located on top, and insert the SSD / HDD into the tray until it clicks. Thanks to the springs located on the bottom tray, removing the drive from the Recycle Bin is a one action – enough to bend and lock the drive itself “jump” into your hands Fixing drives to the basket quite tight, not loose anything.

Below is a removable basket for two 3.5 “drives. Quick release mount also similar to used in other cases Corsair. In addition to 3.5” disk drives, you can fix it and 2.5 “devices, but only by means of screws. To the right of the basket cutout to display the wires from the power supply.

ASSEMBLY SYSTEM TEST STAND

Test configuration:

  • Processor: Intel i7-3930K (Socket LGA2011), 4 GHz, the voltage is fixed at 1,215 V;
  • Video Card: Sapphire R9 290X Vapor-X 4 GB;
  • board: ASUS P9X79 Pro;
  • Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum, 4 x 8 GB, 1866 MHz;
  • Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 240 GB + Seagate ST1000DM003;
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX760i;
  • Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD;
  • CPU Cooling System: Corsair H110 (2x Noctua NF-A14 FLX).

Let’s talk about the configuration of assembly features in the Corsair Carbide 400C.

Originally recommended to remove plastic covers and install the power supply, then immediately return them to the place. The next step – setting LSS. If you install a similar LSS 280 mm radiator, that is, will have to place it in the front, then keep in mind the following: setting a maximum LSS shifting the radiator down – basket with 3.5 “hard drives will be blown by the heated air, which, of course, have a negative impact on the temperature set it drives. If you install the heat sink, the most moving it up, the basket does not ventilated, which again will affect the temperature of storage. We have chosen to offset the radiator up as blowing ~ 55-60 ° C will air .. have a greater negative effect in the case of CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C the most appropriate option to install LSS – top or rear Accordingly, it should focus on the 120/240 mm radiators;

Why plastic enclosures need to return to the place immediately after the installation of the power supply? If this is not done, then set the right side of the casing may not be able to – would interfere with the radiator, front mounted (as it happened in our case);

If you do not plan to use more than 2 drives for the basket tray for 2.5 “devices is better to remove – there will be more free space for the cables, which will distribute them more accurately;

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST

To connect the SATA cable to the drive, located below the base for 3.5 “devices that do not fit the cable with L-shaped connector, only direct;

Radiator 360 mm at the front can be set, but the wires from the buttons and connectors located on top, have a little pin, be careful;

Small cut-out located directly above the PSU and a mat. Dress appropriately for outputting cables due to the pallet in the main compartment, full-size ATX board is blocked almost completely, which would complicate the conclusion of thick cables. For example, HD Audio cable used to connect the 3.5mm audio jacks located on the case top, then install the mat. prolazit board there already with difficulty. Slightly thicker cable or with a large-sized connector there is unlikely to get through. Therefore, it also should think in advance;

If you choose to install the 240mm radiator from above, please make sure that the motherboard heatsinks and radiators memory will not interfere with the installation of fans.

Of the major errors that can be tolerated in the assembly in CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C / 400Q – it’s probably all or most of them accurately. Otherwise, everything was easy. Designated for laying cables for pan enough stamped fasteners for cables a lot. As a result, we got a pretty neat assembly, which is not ashamed to show your friends.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C: TESTING

Test body we as follows: hold the load on the main elements of the PC, the stability of which depends on the temperature and quite simply traced software – CPU, VGA card and HDD.

In terms of CPU cooling all, of course, is excellent as the radiator is cooled by air that comes from the outside. But the graphics card heats up considerably as she gets already heated air. That is why we recommend the use of life support systems with a radiator of 240 mm and set it on the back or on top.

The hard disk that does not receive airflow also significantly warm – the temperature reaches 40 ° C, which, of course, is not good. Again, we repeat – the use of super-cooler tower or LSS, installed above or behind, in the case of 400Q / CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C in priority. Releasing the front panel of the radiator and putting to good fan 2-3 situation with components cooled completely changed for the better.

In short, we do not recommend to install in the housing 280/360 mm radiators, as was done in this case. Only 120/240 mm, and only the top / rear. Front mount only fans. Then all components will get enough air from the outside and not too hot. In this case, do not be afraid to set and two video cards. Unfortunately, we were not able to check the body cooling system with a life-support system or an air cooler, but rest assured that the results will be completely different. If you follow our advice, the temperature of the video card and HDD will be significantly lower.

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C: CONCLUSION

Corsair Carbide 400C – a great compact body suitable for building it powerful modern configurations. We believe that strict view of the device will be in great demand. In addition to the appearance of the body has a number of positive qualities, which can induce the choice of the cup in favor of this model. Properly arranging the cooling system in this case, you get a small stylish box in which you can safely place your hot CPU, working in conjunction with two high-performance graphics cards. And all this beauty you can watch through a large window. From frequent cleaning inside the case you save dust filters installed on all the places where dust can get inside. Of the negative features worth noting the absence of regular computer fan control, as well as space for its control panel, which is not at all. In addition, some people may not like the small number of seats for 3.5 “drives – there are only 2. As usual, the issue price without significance in Russia we could not find the body in the retail and 400Q model costs around 7,500 rubles (. . Moscow) Hardly 400C is cheaper But it is expensive or not -. up to you, dear friends.

Pros CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C:

  • Attractive design;
  • With proper organization of the cooling system, you get a perfectly ventilated housing;
  • Compact size;
  • Transparent door;
  • Dust filter.

Minuses CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C:

  • The lack of computer fan control.

Source: corsair

CORSAIR CARBIDE 400C REVIEW AND TEST was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt