Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Corsair has been keeping us so busy with all of the latest and greatest they have to offer, that we had to put some of their products on the back burner until we could catch up with our to-do list.
This review is one of those instances, where a few months back we had been shipped a chassis but were not able to get to it at that time. While you may have already seen this chassis out in the wild by now, we still wanted to give it a fair shake, and deliver our opinion on this very uniquely styled chassis.
Up until recently, the Carbide Series of cases from Corsair were all linear designs with cubist forms of design, which were more about business and less about play. However, in recent months, Corsair brought out the "SPEC" designation to the series, where angles, lighting, and aggressive designs have not only come out to play, but in all of the newer cases that have been made available, there has to be one of them in this lineup that anyone will find pleasing. While advancements have been made, even to the chassis we are about to name, we will be bringing forth one of three color options in a chassis that has since been made with RGB lighting as well.
We are speaking of the Carbide Series Spec-Omega Mid-tower Chassis which has quite a bit going for it. Angles, bright colors, plenty of ventilation, and a feature set on the inside that is rich, but does not come with a PSU cover. However, we do feel that there is enough in this chassis to overcome the loss of the PSU cover, and is a chassis we think you should have a long hard look at if you are in the market for a new mid-tower chassis.
The chart provided by Corsair has much of what you need to know about the chassis in it. It starts with defining the maximums for the chassis, where the GPU can be 370mm long, the PSU can be 200mm long, and the CPU cooler can be 170mm in height. We then move to the back of the chassis and the seven expansion slots, then to the inside, where three 3.5" drives can be installed, and also a set of trays specific to 2.5" drives as well.
The left side includes a tempered glass panel, and while Corsair Link does not support the Spec-Omega, it is backed by a two-year warranty. On the right side, we can see that the chassis is made of steel, and weighs 7.65 kilograms, but you have to look on the box to see that the chassis is 495mm from front to back, 233mm wide, and stands 516mm tall. The last thing we need to mention is that this chassis is mostly black, but you do have the option for red highlights, white highlights, or black on black.
Cooling the front of the chassis is a single 120mm fan, but there is room for up to three 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans, with room for a radiator as well. The top of the chassis can hold a couple of 120mm or 140mm fans, but it is not tall enough to fully support a radiator there. The back of the chassis is actively cooled with a single 120mm fan, and it too can support a single 120mm radiator. If you plan to use a Corsair AIO to cool the CPU inside of this chassis, Corsair provides a list of all of the compatible coolers that will fit inside of the front of the chassis, as well as a couple that can be hung at the back.
One look at the product page, and we instantly see that Corsair is asking $99.99 for the Spec-Omega, no matter which of the three color options you choose. At Amazon, we see only the black on black option, and the price there is $99.99 as well. When we look at Newegg, the pricing wanders depending on which version you want. The black and red versions is $99.99, the white version is $89.99, and we can also see the RGB versions listed, which tend to hover in the range of $140 to $150 for a pair of RGB fans as well as an RGB light bar on the front of the chassis as bonuses. For the remainder of this review, we will be sticking to the MSRP as a reference, as we see just how well the Spec-Omega from Corsair holds up against other mid-tower cases at this price.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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