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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  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Agreed! I love the can for size comparison too. It makes me laugh a little when I see it.
  • jardows2 - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    I would have been better with a Dr Pepper can!
  • Holliday75 - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    I'd prefer to see a beer can and some surly language in the view. In vino veritas.
  • just4U - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Hey E,

    You guys getting a review sample of Carbide Series 88R mATX?

    In my opinion the 350D is probably the best matx case on the market.. it's climbed in price (at least here in canada) since launch but still very popular... and my go to case. The 88R looks very similar to it.. kinda curious to see what Anantech thinks of it.
  • lehtv - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    "If it could have been a little lower it would be more competitive in a crowded market."
    This is not the correct way to use the second conditional. The conditional clause needs to be past tense: "If it had been...". It is sad to see a basic mistake like this in the concluding paragraph which pretty much everyone will read.a
  • lehtv - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Oh, and it's either "had been" -> "would have been", or "was" -> "would be".
  • Murloc - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - link

    what about "Had it been a little lower, it would be more competitive in a crowded market"?

    I'm no native speaker but this sounds less convoluted to me than if "If it had been".
  • SpetsnazAntiVIP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

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  • zeeBomb - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Best cases that are reasonably cheap?
  • Magda Merz - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - link

    Thoughtful writing . I learned a lot from the insight . Does anyone know if my company could possibly find a sample IRS 5329 example to edit ?

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