Corsair is a company that does not need much of an introduction - they are one of the world’s most reputable manufacturers of PC components and peripherals, with a vast range of products for all wallets and tastes. One market section that Corsair is highly active in is that of PC cases, with the company frequently releasing new designs and currently marketing dozens of products.


Today we are having a look at one of Corsair's most recent releases, the Carbide 400Q. The Carbide 400Q is not formally designed to replace or compete with any of the company’s previous models, but it feels as if it the spiritual successor of the Carbide 330R. The midi-tower case is designed as a financially reasonable solution for users that want an refined yet simple and quiet system. We are having a close look at the features, quality, performance, shortcomings and value of the Carbide 400Q in this review.


Corsair Carbide 400Q
Motherboard Size EATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External -
Internal 2 × 3.5" (internal drive cage)
3 × 2.5" (Rear of motherboard tray)
Cooling Front 3 × 120 mm or 2 x 140 mm (1 × 140 mm included)
Rear 1 × 120 mm (included)
Top 2 × 120 mm or 2 × 140 mm (none included)
Bottom -
Radiator Support Front Up to 360 mm or 280 mm
Rear Up to 120 mm
Top Up to 240 mm
Side -
Bottom -
I/O Port 2× USB 3.0, 0× USB 2.0, 1× Headphone, 1× Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 170 mm
PSU 190 mm
GPU 370 mm
Dimensions 464 mm × 215 mm × 425 mm
18.27 in × 8.46 in × 16.73 in
Prominent Features · Silenced panels for quiet operation
· Easy to build, hard to beat
· Clean, modern lines with an all steel exterior
· Direct Airflow Path
· Compact design, full size capabilities
· Liquid cooling capable
· Two included AF series fans
· PSU and 3.5” Bay Cover
· Easy to clean
Price $99 (MSRP)

Packaging & Bundle

Corsair supplies the Carbide 400Q in a sturdy brown cardboard box. The monochromic artwork is simple and based on a schematic of the case itself, with a short description of the case printed in several languages. Although it is not much to gaze upon, the sturdy box and thick Styrofoam slabs provide more than good protection during shipping.

Corsair barely supplies more than just the basics alongside with the Carbide 400Q. The bundled items are just a user’s manual, black mounting screws and a few short cable ties. 

The Exterior of the Corsair Carbide 400Q
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  • vanilla_gorilla - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    " It is the balance between them that matters and we feel that Corsair did a fine job balancing their design to the best possible extend."

    Extend? You mean extent? Even that seems poorly worded. Editors asleep over there?
  • vanilla_gorilla - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    " It is next to impossible to bent or twist the chassis, even if a lot of force is applied. "

    You mean bend?
  • retrospooty - Sunday, May 1, 2016 - link

    Seriously, the world doesn't need another grammar Nazi. This is the internet not an official textbook
  • random2 - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - link

    This is a journalistic article, by a paid contributor or editor, available for the world to view and is at least a semi permanent record so there is a certain level of professionalism expected. Proofing these articles before posting is not difficult or even that time consuming. Not proofing is just asking to be entered in a race to the bottom...speaking from a journalistic point of view.
  • economymatthew - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    A pretty b itchy response to a free product review
  • jardows2 - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Apparently you haven't been reading the comments section of AnandTech articles for long. Always someone quick to point out typos and grammatical errors!
  • Samus - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Ignore the trolls. Odds are this site is older than they are.
  • Valantar - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - link

    Age is a poor differentiator when it comes to whether or not to ignore trolls. Fully grown trolls are just as undeserving of our attention as those still in their larval stages.

    More to the point: sure, pointing out typos and other error in a long article can be helpful (there's a reason why proof reading used to be a profession!), but as with everyone else on the internet, we could do with an extra dose of humility and politeness.
  • random2 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    Younger trolls care not about grammar.
  • boozed - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Occasionally the pedantic nonsense is necessary, such as when an error stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the meaning of words.

    Pointing out typos is tedious however. How hard can it be to implement a "send correction" form? Plenty of sites have them and it gives people somewhere to put their pedantic nonsense without drowning out the main comments.

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