After introducing a trio of premium cases over the course of the past couple of years—Obsidian Series 800D, Graphite Series 600T, and Obsidian Series 650D—Corsair has now set its sights on lower price points. Enter the company's Carbide Series 400R and 500R, which will become available next month for only $99 and $139, respectively.
Both enclosures feature easy side-panel access, tool-free drive bays, support for 240-mm dual radiators, and cable management systems similar to that of Corsair's pricier offerings. Geoff, who's on the scene at Computex, tells me the side panels "bulge" outward to leave more room for stray cables. Other perks include native 2.5" drive support (for SSDs) and USB 3.0 connectivity.
On top of the aforementioned features, the $99 Carbide Series 400R (pictured above) has plentiful cooling potential thanks to, in Corsair's words, "three fans, with a total of four 120mm fan mounts and six 120mm/140mm mounts." The enclosure supports graphics cards as long as 12.4" (which I believe covers even behemoths like the GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990, at least with their reference coolers).
The $139 500R, meanwhile, features removable hard-drive cages, a "multi-channel fan controller," and a 200-mm fan on its mesh-clad left panel. Because the hard-drive cage adjacent to the top expansion slots can be removed, the 500R also supports graphics card lengths of up to 17.8".
$139 isn't a huge step down from the Graphite Series 600T, which is currently available for $159.99 (or $149.99 after a mail-in rebate). $99 is new territory for sure, though, and it could make the 400R a worthy contender for some of our lower-priced system guide builds. Check out the image gallery below for more shots of the 400R.
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