Corsair Carbide 400Q Review
Corsair Carbide 400Q Review
Not long ago we did a review of Corsair Carbide Clear 600C and today we already have another Corsair case here named Carbide 400Q. It’s smaller when it comes to dimensions, but still quite capable to house even 360mm radiator in front and at least three graphics crads. This time it’s not inverse ATX layout as the 600Q (600C) and the PSU is mounted at the bottom hidden behind removable cover. So let’s have a quick look.
From outside the Carbide 400Q looks pretty similar to 600Q. There Carbide 400 Series has again two options in offer. One is windowed named Carbide 400C, which includes full side panel window with hinge and one-touch latch mechanism for easy access. The top panel on the 400C is a mesh dust filter that’s magnetically attached. The second one is called Quiet 400Q and is focused at quiet operation. It includes sound dampening material on front, sides, and top panel. On the 400Q, the top panel is magnetic solid color-matched piece with sound damping foam.
There is no space on top for adding radiators bigger than 240mm with maximal thickness of 30mm, otherwise your fans will interfere with RAM modules or even mainboard itself. For demonstration purposes we have added Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm which is 30mm thick.
Although, you will be able to install 360mm radiator with 30mm thickness without a need of removing HDD cages or the PSU chamber cover. There is 50mm space between front panel and the right edge of PSU plastic cover. So mounting of Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360mm should be no problem.
Top panel is magnetic and so removable. The I/O panel is on top as well. Here we have 2x USB3.0, headphone, Mic, Reset and Power button. The front panel has to be removed to get access to magnetic dust filter. Also here is the sound damping material on the inner side of the front panel. To keep the final price under $100 tag there is only one 140mm fan in front and one 120mm at the back.
PSU is mounted on four anti-vibration rubber stands and air intake is protected with removable dust filter accessible from back.
HDD cages are hidden under the PSU cover and are accessible from back. There’s space only for two HDD drives as most users today are going to use SSD anyway and HDD only as a data storage.
More important is the SSD cage which can hold 3 SSDs hidden behind mainboard tray. As there is more and more demand for using SSD in system, Corsair made right decision to reduce HDD space and to focus at SSD. mounting of SSDs doesn’t need any tools. Holes for cable are protected with rubber grommets and there is quite big cutout behind mainboard tray as well.
The PSU cover keeps most cables hidden behind and so you get nice clean look without cable mess. There cover consist of two parts actually. One is covering the HDD cages and the other PSU. Power cables for graphics cards can be routed through a opening on top side of the cover.
To remove the cover you have to undo two thumb screws. Set of extra screws as well as instructions booklet is included as well.
Corsair Carbide 400Q specifications:
Dimensions (L x W x H): 425 x 215 x 464mm
Maximum GPU Length: 370mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 170mm
Maximum PSU Length: 190mm
Expansion Slots: 7
5.25″ Drive bays: 0
3.5″ Hard Drive Bays: 2
2.5″ Drive Bays: 3
Fans included: (x1) 140mm, (x1) 120mm
Form Factor: ATX
- Cooling Layout:
- Front: (x3) 120mm or (x2) 140mm (1 x 140mm included)
- Top: (x2) 120/140mm
- Rear: (x1) 120mm (included)
- Radiator Compatibility:
- 360mm: Front only
- 280mm: Front only
- 240mm: Front or Top
- 120mm: Front, Top, or Rear
- Motherboard: EATX (12″ x 10.6″), ATX, MicroATX, Mini ITX
Corsair Carbide 400Q is a nice case. With all you need for mid tower range cases. With the price between ca. €90 – €99 this case offers very nice price/performance ratio. With other words, you get nice ATX case where you can mount 240mm or 360mm radiator or even both for more demanding gaming setups. The system can be kept very clean as all drives are hidden and the PSU cover gives it even better look.
Build quality is at high level, no sharp edges, robber grommets and overall case design is well thought. The chassis is stable and side panels are easy to remove. Users looking for compact mid tower can grab this baby without any doubt. The corsair Carbide 400Q is getting our Golden Recommendation. Good job Corsair!
All drives hidden
PSU / HDD cover
Package styrofoam could be thicker