Corsair delivered the Carbide 300R to me and at first I was thinking this is just another budget friendly case that has something missing that was the easy way for a manufacturer to save a few dollars. In reality the 300R offers everything you need, it just removed some of the things that typically sit in the box until you get a new case, or worse yet, you have to find somewhere to store them and then remember where you put them later.
Corsair did away with all of that mess and offers up a case with plenty of room to still have RAID and an extra pair of storage drives, offering room for up to three 5.25" devices and the top has been "lifted" to accept Corsair's own Hydro series coolers in the roof. To top it off, the Carbide 300R is stylish, yet not over the top where they would close off some of their market.
As the chassis ships from Corsair, it is dead silent. There are only two 120mm fan supplied, but they do offer sufficient air flow to keep my temperature in the average range for a mid-tower chassis. That isn't to say that it couldn't be improved, but here again Corsair has you covered. You can add a total of five optional fans. In the left side panel and in the top you have options to buy either 120mm or 140mm fans to fill these spaces, while the front offers room for only an additional 120mm fan. So if the temperatures out of the box are a bit too high for your comfort zone, there is always room for improvement, if while updating things in this chassis require the need for additional air flow. Even sitting her trying to pick on the chassis for even the smallest of details, there just isn't anything I can come up with to knock the 300R down a peg.
So now it comes down to why I think you should buy the Carbide Series 300R over anything else in the under $100 pricing of mid-tower cases. It looks good from the outside, offers some options to allow you to customize the air flow and delivers everything you essentially need for a rig built today without all of the fluff that other cases use to draw a bit more money. As I see it, there isn't a need for water cooling or wire management grommets in this case. If you do water cool you aren't staring at the back of the chassis and with no window in the left side of the chassis, does it really matter if you have mud flaps for the wiring?
These are the things that make me think that the round about $80 to $90 asking price, depending on where you buy it from, the Corsair Carbide Series 300R offers everything you need and nothing you don't at a really good price point.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Case]
- Page 5 [Inside the Corsair Carbide White 300R Mid-Tower Case]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]