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Pros: Saw someone having an issue with Corsair AX series PSUs fitting properly. I used a Corsair AX1200i psu with no problems.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It’s big, I mean huge. It can hold more drives than you could possible use. It can fit any length graphics card(s) and still have room left. It can hold up to ATX-XL boards; my EXT-ATX looks small in it.
Really easy to build with this case; bigger cases make for easier builds in my opinion, and this thing is huge.
It’s metal. I love metal cases. This is mostly aluminum / steel and some plastic. I think metal looks better. It’s stronger, it’s tougher, and I believe the metal helps with thermal dissipation a little. This thing will last a lifetime. I won’t ever have to buy another case.
It has a great CPU cutout for upgrading your CPU cooler without having to remove your motherboard. I’ve seen others, but this one I would actually feel comfortable using.
Good cooling fan support. Good water cooling support. I can confirm that the top case can fit a corsair H-110 280mm radiator and fans provided you mount it with the case sandwiched between the radiator and fans (fans outside the case, radiator inside) The top fan cover accommodates the fans outside the case without problem. I love that the bottom rails elevate the case off of the floor for better ventilation.
The doors are on hinges and easily remove. If you are like me and frequently are inside your case updating/upgrading/adding things to your computer, this just makes things easier. I really am not a fan of the “insert door tabs into case slot and slide forward” thing. I always seem to have a bulk of cables on one side that tends to flex the door or worse I can’t get it to close at all. If there is stress on the doors the tabs bend. The tabs get bent through other mechanisms and don’t work well. I also don’t like constantly using screws to secure the doors, then having to unscrew them again. With this case, the doors are on hinges and you just shut them until it latches. To open, just press down on the lever and they are open. Super easy and quick, no tools required and no busted knuckles.
Build quality is excellent overall. I really think it’s quite attractive. Nice touches like the power supply mounting from the outside. I was able to set cable routing with the power supply slid out of the case slightly and it made making those connections much easier with the PSU out of the way. Disk drive fans on a hinged case with the wires routed at the hinge for a nice clean connection. It has easy-peasy cable routing. It’s really nice. I have 5 drives and two large graphics cards and it’s nice and clean. There is plenty of room to route on the other side of the motherboard. Doors have plenty of clearance, so even if you muck it up a bit the door closes no problem.
Built in fan and led controller if you are in to that kind of thing. Lots of leads from the fan controller for extra fans, lots of led leads (overkill really). Leads are generally well labeled.
Cons: Nothing huge, but a few little things would make this really great case even better.
Documentation is really poor. If I was someone doing my first build I would probably be on the phone a lot with support. I’ve had this complaint with all cooler master cases (3 total). I mean seriously, a couple of hours for someone to type up a more thorough manual would cost almost nothing.
The map for mounting the motherboard screws for the Extended ATX motherboard is wrong. Small issue, but if you follow the map (stamped to the inside of the case where the motherboard goes) you screw in 3 more mounting screws than you actually need and it forms an extra column of screws.
They have the motherboard mounts too high (my opinion) in the case. If they would lower it just an inch it would allow a radiator and fans to be mounted at the top inside the case. As it is now, it overlaps the motherboard and it won’t fit, even if you made it fit, it is blocking ATX power, and CPU fan connections. Fortunately you can run fans on top of the case and radiator inside (case sandwiched between), but there isn’t room for a push-me pull-you set up with two sets of fans. The case is big enough that there is plenty of room to lower the motherboard mounts if they chose. For me, this was the biggest issue with the case, and it’s not a huge one, and certainly not one that would prevent me from recommending this case.
The case is big, so cable length can become an issue. I had a serious challenge getting enough length out of the 8 pin ATX power cable from the PSU (very bottom of the case) to the motherboard header (very top of the case). I also was sweating other cable length issues, but I had no other problems.
It’s heavy. It’s heavy empty. It’s really heavy once you finish your build. Not an issue for me, but if you were someone who went to a lot of LAN parties, you would want to invest in a nice furniture dolly, or mount some heavy duty casters, and maybe get a body-builder friend, or a forklift to help you move it. Seriously, you don’t want to have to move this thing if you don’t have to. Like other choices, it’s a tradeoff. You want a big, well-made metal case with room for umpteen drives, four GPUs, a huge power supply and lots of water cooling? Then it’s going to be heavy.
There are holes in the door for mounting up to two 120mm fans. It would have been much nicer if they had been threaded to accommodate fan screws. As it is, they are just holes. In fact, why didn’t the case come with them already installed like the drive bay underneath? Already wired in the same slick way they set up the drive fans, with a quick-disconnect at the hinge area? Oh well.
The hot swap bays are tight, and it’s difficult to remove them. Plugging in an SSD would be a challenge; they are set up for full size HDD. It’s still a nice feature, but it would have been slick if it was made just a little bit better.
The internal drive bays have tool-less mounts that are ok. I wouldn’t call them cheap as
Other Thoughts: , but considering the price of the case and the build quality of the rest of the case, they don’t quite measure up. Also in my case they applied the “cooler master” sticker on one of the lock buttons upside down.
When you open the front drive bay slide cover to get to your external drives it blocks the front case fan.
You might think from the length of my cons that I don’t like this case. Nothing could be further from the truth; I’m just giving full disclosure. I love this case; in fact it’s the best case I’ve ever had. It’s almost perfect. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who would ask.
Display Name: Anthony W.
Date Joined: 09/17/07
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