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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

  • ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Carbide Series


ATX Mid Tower
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Side Panel Window


Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Cooling System

120mm Fans
140mm Fans

Physical Spec

17.5" x 7.3" x 17.3"


Tons of fan mounts:
Front -2 x 140/120mm (2 x 120mm White LED included)
Top -2 x 120mm
Rear -120mm (included)
Bottom -120mm

2 x USB 3.0 front ports with internal connector

Large side panel window

Cable routing and CPU cooler backplate motherboard cutouts

Seven PCIe slots with room for long graphics cards up to 426mm long

Install up to three 3.5" and two 2.5" drives simultaneously - tool free.

Dust filters for front and PSU intake.


ATX Mid Tower
Carbide Series

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • nicole w.
  • 7/19/2014 9:10:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CASE FOR MONEY

Pros: Great case 120mm fans fit great came with no issues fit all my components and a GTX 760 with plenty of space, a bit tight on the top if you have connectors i have 1 power slot on the top of my motherboard but i fit the 2 120mm fans fine.

Cons: NONE other than a bit tight on the top fans but do able.

Other Thoughts: definitely worth the money.

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  • Caden K.
  • 7/17/2014 5:35:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

Pros: Such high airflow! :O it surprised me how good the airflow is in this case. And its very solidly built which i love it makes it feel like it isn't cheap. I bought this case mostly for the cable management, my old rosewill case just didn't have any and in this one you can do anything with because its so good! :D The fans are fairly quiet, i keep them running at 80% and their pretty quet :) not the best but u shouldnt need to upgrade them and they're really good fans too, a lot of airflow. At 100% fan power i get them to 1500-1800 rpm, that's actually really good :) Anyway, i highly recommend this case for all the benefits you get out of it for such a low price.

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: I took the ssd slot holders out giving more space for air to move through the case and having my hdd below it in that cage making it look really nice and open on the inside :) and that side window is amazing i love it, my msi dragon on my motherboard really tops it off to look at xD

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  • Frank S.
  • 7/13/2014 9:39:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSolid build with quiet airflow

Pros: This is a solid low-end case with lots of great build touches. Feet on the bottom are molded solid. Bottom fan option. All USB 3.0. Filter on bottom. Window on side is perfect size and elevated an inch.

Cons: Long red power light may not suit everyone's taste. Very few cons other than not the prettiest case ever made.

Other Thoughts: Running an AMD 8350 in this case an it is exhausting hot air out the top to keep it around 60C when gaming.

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  • William P.
  • 7/5/2014 1:22:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot blown away, but..

Pros: It's all a matter of opinion, but I think this case has great aesthetics especially when you factor in the price. Plenty of ventilation and great dust filters although they are non-magnetic. Supports a wide variety of motherboard sizes and makes for an EXTREMELY tidy build. Not to mention it DOES come with two gorgeous white LED intake fans that seem to be pretty quiet.

Cons: This case was actually the 1st thing I ever had to RMA from newegg. Which I don't believe is their fault, but when I received it the side panel window was cracked in half and the metal around the sides was dented in pretty severely. Newegg did make it very easy to return despite the fact I've never done it before,

Other Thoughts: Fantastic case for the money, great looks and ready to take on whatever you decide to throw in it. Despite the huge bulge on the right side panel, there really isn't a TON of room for cable management and there aren't ANY tie down points whatsoever.

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  • Anthony W.
  • 7/3/2014 10:08:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mid-Tower

Pros: It’s a really nice case for the price point. I used it for a simple build, air cooling, nothing fancy and it went together very quickly with no issues. Case works as advertised. I find the case attractive. My setup is very quiet; in fact if it wasn’t for the led fan, I wouldn’t know it was on. Overall a very well thought out and built case for my application.

Cons: None for my application.

Other Thoughts: I saw that someone had issues with aftermarket CPU cooler clearance. I used a Cooler Master hyper 212 EVO, which in my opinion is pretty big, without any issues.

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  • Shawn L.
  • 7/2/2014 10:19:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Plenty of room behind motherboard for cable management with sides the protrude out
-Bottom mount PSU
-All black case with black cables and black hardware
-USB 3.0 on front
-Plenty of fan mounting locations
-2 nice 2.5" HDD mounting locations
-Comes with 3 total fans (2 LED fans in front and 1 back panel fan)

Cons: -Side Panel screws do not fit well and striped out and I had to replace with larger screws.

Other Thoughts: Very nice budget gaming case with all the features of much more expensive cases.

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  • Christian M.
  • 5/28/2014 12:47:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome Cons, mostly Pros

Pros: Cool looking case, extra room for hiding cables in side panels - but watch out for contact on the motherboard as you could cause a short. The 3 built in fans are reasonably quiet. Bottom mounted PSU is a win.

Cons: Would be nice if there was an external toggle for the front fan LEDs. The situation of the ssd/hdd bays makes large GPU placement difficult and crossfire or SLI configuration impossible with the length of many GPUs these days. Plastic snapped with minimal force on hdd mount. Not a deal breaker, but reliance on plastic for mounting screams "you get what you pay for"

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  • Joshua M.
  • 5/10/2014 6:33:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING budget case

Pros: WOW... ok where to start:

Very sleek design, especially the full panel window.

All the cable cut-outs you could ever hope for. I have never been able to do such a clean build in a case this cheap before.

Dust filtering on front, top, and bottom of the case.

2 White LED fans in the front of the case look very nice, and the case is very quiet. 3 included fans at this price point is incredible.

Comes with the motherboard riser screws already put in, saving installation time.

Plenty of cooling options for additional fans

Tool-less assembly is probably the easiest I've ever used, and I've used a LOT of tool-less cases. Optical drives and hard drives just slide right in and out without any convoluted mechanisms.

SSD mounts included - no need for 3.5" to 2.5" adapters.

Plenty of room around the back for your cable management.

Room for large power supplies and very long graphics cards.

Build quality is quite good for the price. The case is a bit light, but it's sturdy enough. Don't expect it to match the build quality of high end cases 3 times its price, and you'll be fine.

Cons: The dust filtering mesh will work, but I wish they had used a bit finer/smaller mesh for even better dust filtering.

Because the case is just the perfect size for an ATX board and power supply, the motherboard sits more or less right at the top of the case, and the case obstructs the top line of motherboard screws slightly (you have to use your screwdriver at a slight angle). This didn't have a negative effect on my build, but I could see it being problematic for installation depending on your motherboard and CPU cooler. Would have been nice if the case were about 1/2 inch taller.

Case isn't quite wide enough to handle some of the larger CPU heatsinks out there - CHECK YOUR CPU COOLER DIMENSIONS before putting it in the case. The side window bulge is NOT directly over the CPU and doesn't add to your clearance.

Other Thoughts: I cannot believe how excellent this case is at its price point. I have never used a case under $100 that has the feature set and ease of hardware installation that this case has.

If you want a good case with a lot of features, have a limited budget, and don't need to fit a very large CPU heatsink (Hyper 212 Evo / NH-D14 / etc), and the aggressive styling on the front of the case doesn't turn you off, then this is the BEST case in the sub-$100 market as far as I'm concerned.

Very highly recommended.

The build I put in this was:
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
AMD FX-6100
Seasonic G series SSR-550RM
Cooler Master Hyper T4
Nvidia 750 ti
1TB Seagate Barracuda
DVD drive

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  • Trevor S.
  • 5/9/2014 9:38:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent compact case

Pros: This case is fantastic. It looks great, offers plenty of cable management especially given it's size, and allows for very good airflow. Allows for plenty of space if you have a large graphics card or power supply.

Cons: Very tight if you intend to use fans on the top of the case.

Other Thoughts: Looks even better in person, the glow out the front is unique and basically awesome. Can't beat the price.

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  • Brandyn G.
  • 4/29/2014 11:36:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: It fits everything in it and it allows for me to upgrade in the near future, I love this case.

Cons: None

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