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Corsair Carbide 400Q Case Review

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Corsair Carbide 400Q Detailed Features

Looks like Corsair tried to think of everything when they designed this case. No 5.25″ bays, no HDD cages to block airflow, sound dampening everywhere, and even some aesthetic touches.

Corsair-Carbide-400Q-Case What's in the Box

The Corsair Carbide 400Q comes with the owner’s manual, zip ties, fan screws, mobo screws, HDD/SSD screws and 1 additional motherboard standoff.

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The inside of the Corsair Carbide Quiet 400Q reveals ZERO cages obstructing air flow, with exception to the hidden one on the bottom in front of the PSU. The Carbide 400Q comes equipped with a Corsair AF120L 120mm fan in the rear, and a Corsair AF140L 140mm fan in the front, giving you plenty of positive pressure airflow right out of the shipping box. The inside also features rubber grommets and front panel connections for dual USB 3.0, power, reset, HDD LED, power LED, as well as front port audio.

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Taking a cue from Phanteks, Corsair opted for an aesthetically pleasing, but not all that functional in a case with no window, PSU/HDD cover in the bottom of the case. The covers are easily removed via thumbscrews on the back of the case. It’s worth noting that you have to remove the PSU cover to install the PSU.

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Remember that rectangular cutout in the sound dampening on the left side panel? Well as you can see above, that cutout is to make clearance for the 3 x 2.5″ HDD/SSD tool-less hard drive bays. The left side of the case features about 18mm of clearance (5/8″) for easy cable management, as well as access to the dual 3.5″ drive bays.

Corsair-Carbide-400Q-Case-Closeup-of-SSD-Cages

A closeup of the triple SSD drive bays reveals that they are truly tool-less, featuring spring loaded insertion as well as a simple plastic clip to hold them firmly in place. Unfortunately, if you wanted to remove a single drive bay mount, for whatever reason, you would have to remove all 3, as the drive bays are all 1 unit. Not a big deal to most, but I’m sure someone would find a use for the extra space.

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The dual 3.5″ hard drive bay utilizes a tool free design as well, except if you want to install 2.5″ HDD/SSDs, then you’ll need to attach it via 4 screw holes located at the bottom of the drive tray.

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With the front panel removed, you’ll see the flexible triple fan dust filter, This dust filter utilizes a single clip at the top, and magnets to keep it attached all the way down to the two anchor points on the bottom. This allows you to easily access and clean your dust filters without any tools what-so-ever, resulting in no more excuses for having a dusty PC. You’ll also notice that the fan mounts/holes are offset from center on the case, this allows clearance for up to a 360mm radiator in the front!

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With the front dust filter removed, you’ll gain access to the adjustable front 140mm fan. There’s room for up to a 360mm radiator and/or 3 120mm fans or 2 140mm fans. With the clearance between the front panel and the actual case, you should be able to set up a push/pull configuration on the front of this case, without the dust filter of course. I don’t believe, however, that you would get very good airflow in a push/pull setup this way, as you intakes are on the sides of the front panel.


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