So you've got everything in place for your new gaming cum video editing build with multiple GPUs coupled with a liquid cooling setup and a bunch of storage drives. Sounds cool till the time you don't run into a budget crisis especially when you can't ignore vital components like a high wattage 80+ gold power supply unit. Now all you can do is to cut the cost of your cabinet and keep the performance level intact, but which one to choose? Don't worry Corsair has come to your rescue and has launched the very compact and competitive Corsair Carbide 100R mid tower cabinet!
The Carbide 100R is the bottom line cabinet from the house of Corsair and is aimed at mainly gamers, enthusiasts and even a home PC build so that covers pretty much everything. It comes in two variants the Carbide 100R and the Carbide 100R Silent edition.
Today I'm reviewing the Corsair Carbide 100R basic edition & hope to make your shopping list a tad bit narrower. So before we move on lets take a look at the specifications:
- The Packing
- Inside and Out the Carbide 100R
- Testing: Load tests and Noise Levels
- To Buy or not to buy?
The Styrofoam is thin, but this case is not heavy so there is plenty of shock value to this packaging. The case is actually really lightweight so this amount of foam is plenty for the Corsair Carbide 100R. Its small but very compacted Styrofoam that is really tough to break.
Inside and Out the Carbide 100R
Inside: Just perfectOn the inside the Carbide 100R is black coated and has ample of space with a rear 120mm exhaust fan pre-installed along with mounting space for two 120mm fans or a 240mm radiator liquid cooling setup. In the front just behind the fascia plate we have the options for two 120mm or two 140mm fan mounts. For storage Corsair has given two cages for 5.24' optical drives and a cage for installing four 2.3'/3.5' storage drives.
On removing the rear panel we see that the wire management options are good enough and can support a decent build inside. The removable motherboard back plate is present to ease the user in changing cooling kit brackets as per the need without pulling out the whole motherboard out. For proper wire management its adviceable that you use ribbon cables as you have around an inch of clearance from the back-plate and thanks to the convex shape you can squeeze in another quarter inch or so of clearance for routing and bundling your wires.
The Graphics Card clearance is virtually infinite as you can fit any graphics card available in the market today but the second GPU has a limit of about 280mm or 11 inches which means that big graphic cards like the Sapphire R9 270X Toxic or the Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 gaming edition will not fit inside for a dual CrossfireX or SLI configuration.
Its worth mentioning that if you use air coolers for your CPU then you'll have around 150mm of clearance which can be stretched upto 155mm thanks to the convex side panel.
- Ample of space for a decent configuration.
- Looks elegant and clean with good customization options.
- Can support powerful cards in SLI/CrossFireX configuration.
- The CPU power cable routing hole is a bit misplaced.
- No clearance for you to remove a fan connector or RAM modules once a radiator is placed on the top mounts.
On the top the 100R comes with two openings for mounting a 240mm radiator or two 120mm fans. The side panel is transparent and rigid by the use of plexiglass. It gives a premium finish and gives a peek inside of your system as well.
The rear has seven expansion slots with one 120mm pre-installed exhaust fan and provision for a bottom mounted PSU.
- Looks premium with a decent design like the Obsidian series
- Tough side transparent panel
- Illuminated reset and power button
- Rubberized screw to hold the side panel
- No front dust filter
Testing: Load tests and Noise Levels
AMD FX 8350 3.5 Ghz Octa Core
MSI GTX 970 4G
Antec VP500PC 500W PSU
Pardon me for the poor photograph as I don't have good lighting inside my room. I also installed an additional 140mm intake fan in the front along with the pre-installed 120mm exhaust on the back.
I tested the Carbide 100R for temperature and noise levels by keeping the setup at stock frequency running Prime95 64 bit for half and hour and then doing the same on an over clocked AMD FX 8350 at 4.7 Ghz.
To Buy or not to buy?Overall we are impressed with what the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition has to offer. We are very happy to see that Corsair are catering for gaming enthusiasts of all budgets within their range of cases.
The exterior design of the Carbide 100R Silent Edition is very understated and should appeal to a wide audience, including those outside the gaming market. In fact those looking to build a PC for the home and office environment are likely to also consider the Carbide 100R. As we have come to expect from Corsair the build quality is quite impressive, despite the low price point of the case.
Perhaps the weakest aspect of the Carbide 100R is the amount of space to work with. While there is room for a full-size ATX inside, space around it is rather restrictive. But that is something that I can live with and won't be bothered about much.
In my tests the 100R passed with flying colors and that is all one wants, performance for buck.
I give it a well deserved 9/10