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Pros: Surprisingly light yet very sturdy. easy access to HDs. Bottom mounted PSU, front USB 3.0 ports. Room for multiple fans. Lots of screws and zip ties.
Cons: HD case is solid but HD trays are a bit flimsy. No 3.5 front bay.
Overall Review: I am very happy with the case. I highly recommend it. Although I wish there was a 3.5 front bay so I could mount my card readers.
Pros: Painted black inside
6 140 mm fan mounts
Came with BLACK screws!!
USB 3.0 in the front
Cable management holes
Nice tool less hard drive holder
Huge cut out for the back of the CPU socket
Cons: Terrible method used to put on the side panels. Sliding the side panel on and getting all of hooks/clips to line with only two hands is nearly impossible especially with all of your cables managed in the back. The hinge design used by antec by far is the most practical design yet.
Needs more cable tie down points on the back.
The mounts for the fans on the clear side panel need to be about 1 inch longer to prevent clearance issues with tall CPU heatsinks.
Overall Review: Also a con is that it doe not come with any rubber grommets in the cable management holes that their other higher end cases come with.
If you go to corsairs website you can buy their rubber grommets for the Obsidian series 700/800D and they will fit in thisd case. It really makes it look a lot better with them.
Pros: This case is very durable while still retaining a sense of finesse in comparison to the competition. This isn't your standard cheap case. Corsair put a lot of thought into the design of this product.
This case is highly expandable while cutting down on the overall girth through its efficient use of space. There's enough clearance around all edges for even the largest of motherboards. It also features a center grommet to help align your motherboard. It's little things like these that makes the difference!
The cable management is excellent and provides numerous options for tucking away unsightly cables. The front panel USB 3.0 just adds to the fit and finish of this excellent product.
Cons: There are only two minor issues I have with this product, but they are so minor that they don't really take away from the pros of the product.
First, the case requires drive connectors to face the back instead of the front. Servicing a drive, will require removing both side panels. This is minor inconvenience since changing a drive is infrequent. Besides, the panels use thumb screws which doesn't require breaking out the screw driver.
Second, the product has documentation, but is incomplete. It's merely a blowup diagram of the case. I went through a trial and error process to install a 2.5" drive in one of the caddies, which could have been prevented with some better documentation. It was simple, but not quite as intuitive as you would expect.
Overall Review: INSTALLING A 2.5" DRIVE
Although the drive caddies can support 2.5" drives, I have had difficulty getting them installed. The drives must mount on the top right of the caddy where the four holes appear at the bottom. You must line them up with the drive holes, but unfortunately the caddy pin on the top right prevents this. I couldn't find any clues for solving this problem in either the documentation or online.
The solution is surprisingly simple, but counter-intuitive. Use the tip of a small screwdriver push out the pin from the rubber grommet from the outside in. The pin should pop out. It's really easy to lose small parts like this. To save it for later, simply snap the thicker end into a free hole on the caddy's opposite side. It will be a little lose, but it won't fall out.
Pros: Several things jump out with this case. First of all, it has a simple yet elegant design that avoids the Japanese teen arcade look. It's truly designed for those seeking a sleek and discrete look. Secondly, almost every facet of the interior layout and structure of the case is well thought out. One can find space wherever one expects to find it despite the reasonable overall size. Finally, everything in and around the 300r is black and this includes the power, reset, and LED headers as well as the cables that connect the included fans. The overall design is a textbook example of how a case can be extremely well finished yet fall into a budget price segment.
The size of the 300r is absolutely perfect in that it is big enough for a reasonably spacious interior, yet small enough to not be a hulking, monolithic, armor clad beast worthy of it's own time zone. I grew very tired of working with my old HAF X for this very reason.
Cons: The alignment and placement of the rear 120mm exhaust fan could be bumped back to being flush with the rear exterior of the case. Being recessed at a depth even with the I/O plate causes very cramped quarters when working with a push/pull air cooler (in my case a Megahalems). The only other quip I have is that the area directly behind the top front intake fan needs to be cleared of obstructions in the form of hard drive mounts that don't factor into the 4-bay design. This would allow much better airflow from the low RPM fans that are included.
Overall Review: All in all, this is a fine case at a very affordable price. Corsair has done well in almost every area of design on the 300r. Despite being one of the most affordable cases I have worked with, this one is the best by a wide margin. I would highly recommend the 300r to any system builder looking for a case with an adult look, solid build quality, and a very reasonable price point.
Pros: Included fans are quiet, move a lot of air, and have long enough cords.
Parts are sturdy.
White LEDs in all black case are stylish.
Buttons and indicator lights mounted high.
No unnecessary 3.5 external bays, lights, or windows.
Everything is black, including all screws.
Cable routing is easy due to space behind backplate and access holes that have rounded edges.
3 of 4 air filters are removable.
6 of 7 fan mounts are for 120 or 140mm.
Attached case wires are quality.
Power supply (not included) is held firmly in place even before mounting screws.
Power supply can be mounted 2 different ways.
Expansion slot covers are not knockouts, so they can be put back in.
Expansion slot covers have typical insertion tab, but also back retention clips which helps prevent them falling into case and damaging motherboard when you undo its screw
Cons: Cutout in backplate is WAY too large. It should not encroach motherboard mounting points and shouldn't extend beyond a mATX board's dimensions.
Cable routing pass through holes are for ATX; mATX wires will be more exposed.
Has holes for a couple extra standoffs that my mATX board needed, but were not included.
Side and top panels have holes in them.
No blank included for unused front fan mount.
1 of 4 air filters not detachable (from faschia, which is detachable from the case).
Optical drive clamps do not close again with drive inserted (though drives are still well secured).
Faschia is insertion only; It is steadfast, but could wear out over time as opposed to using screws to secure it.
Overall Review: I'm way more pleased with this than I thought I was going to be. I've dealt with cheap cases before and my old case was a tank. Other reviews led me to believe this was going to be flimsy, but the case is solid.
The included screws and such are in a box in a hard drive caddy. Don't freak out when yours arrives and you think the bag only has your instructions.
Expansion slot thumbscrews come very tight. This is likely for anti-vibration purposes. Just know the first time you take one out, you will need a screwdriver.
Even though I wasn't messing with front fan, I took faschia off. Once everything was built, I had a hard time putting it back on. The bay my blu-ray was sitting in made it a tight fit. Could be the drive. Could be I should've inserted drive with faschia on.
I now have Corsair case, power supply (AX650), memory (old DDR2, soon to be DDR3 1600), and SSD (Force 3). I really enjoy Corsair's quality and style.
Pros: Wow, this case is AWESOME. Lots of space, good cable management for the price, 2 included and mounted fans, spacious side panel window. Two USB 3.0 frontside ports. Plentiful number of screws for fans (two different types), zip-ties, and mounting screws. Screwless ODD and HDD bays, SSD's will require some screwing, but not really an issue. The HDD bays are easily converted into SSD bays by popping out the "screwless screws" for the HDD and then screwing in an SSD.
It only works with ATX and micro-ATX configurations, so it comes with a single motherboard mount and the rest are raised up for the mounting screws to go in (saves time). This saves the time of having to install those things.
Cons: None, this case is awesome. Installing my hardware was completely easy.
Overall Review: I'm pretty well sold on Corsair cases. I've tried other brands, and the Corsair Carbide series seems to be pretty much everything you'd want in a case. I look forward to working with Corsair Carbide cases in the future. Hopefully with some e-sata ports next time.
Pros: -This case gives you a TON of options. It has great cable routing, many hard drive bays, three optical drive bays, built-in USB 3.0... and all for the low price of 79.95. If you want a case that has everything for a budget-sized build: look no further.
-Fits a hyper 212+ just as it should, has great room for larger discrete cards, has 6 fan-mount points (all of which are both 140mm and 120mm compatible)
-Paired with two Gelid Wing14s in the front, this thing is extremely quiet. (Non-LED)
-Aesthetics: Black interior and rear, for that "watcher on the wall" look. Rubber pads on the bottom to prevent any rattling if you have a particularly violent hard drive. Comes with all the screws you will ever need, plus a few zipties.
-For those looking at the asrock extreme4 z77, this works perfectly. The board is known for having awkward SATA port location, but because the drives are mounted near the bottom it makes it easily accessible. (Also highly recommend the board)
Cons: Power button is very bright. Not noticeable during the day, but at night it could very well wake the dead. Simple fix: disable it in the bios. Haven't had any problems other than that, it comes with everything it says.
Overall Review: I also own an Antec 300 (maybe I have a thing for cases with '300' in the name?) and it is nowhere near as good as this one, for just $10 less.
Overall, I'd give this a 6/5 if I could, I was really surprised how well this turned out.
Pros: This case is beautiful looking, very nice design that sits between a monolith and an overdone plastic molded case. Definitely looks great.
USB 3.0 on the front is nice, lots of room for airflow, PSU fit perfectly, main cable routing holes are spacious, drive bays don't feel too flimsy and snap right into a 3.5" drive, side panels are sturdy, but flexible.
Cons: The two biggest problems I had with this case were that the HD Audio cable was far too short and the hole for the 8 pin CPU connector is poorly positioned.
If you stretch the HD Audio header in a straight line from the front ports to where an HD Audio hook up is normally located on a motherboard you have maybe 2 inches of slack. This makes it incredibly difficult to run through any of the holes in the motherboard tray to keep any sort of tidy case. Had to take the cord off it's zip tie and ended up with the cable draped over the motherboard about 2 inches from the bottom. Not pretty and definitely should be at least 2 inches longer.
The 8-pin CPU hole was also small, cramped, and awkardly angled. Part of the problem was that I had a PSU with short stiff cables, but the rear fan, top of the case, and angle of the cable hole didn't help.
Overall Review: Great case. I feel like if it were just a smidge larger it would be fanastic as long as they increase the length of the HD Audio header cable, which was the same length as the USB 3.0 header.
Computer isn't too loud, sit's nice and quiet.
One small quirk of the motherboard tray, that may have been my own error in inserting the motherboard or poor placement of standoffs, but it seemed like none of the stand off screw locations all ever quite lined up, so some screws aren't going straight downard, but not a big deal.