01 Apr, 2014   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews . Corsair Carbide Series 100R Case

The Carbide series for which Corsair pursues the entry-level and mainstream market, and as we all know that means a low cost product often resulting in stripped away features, style and functionality, but the Carbide Series 100R Mid Tower case has the versatility serious PC builders need with the clean, modern exterior design. tool-free access to the interior, a flush-mounted window for admiring your components, and a range of cooling options are all available to the home builder at a spectacular value with this latest addition to the Corsair family.

Features

Now let’s have a look on what features does 100R have for us.

Simple, elegant, and sharp

It’s the performance PC platform in stealth mode. With a mesh-free front panel, flush-mounted side panel window and clean lines, the 100R is both professional enough for the office and customizable enough for any home PC build.

Storage, simplified

The simplicity begins with tool-free 3.5” and 5.25” drive installation, and all four hard drive trays provide solid-state drive support so you can mix and match to fit your needs. On the outside, dual USB 3.0 front panel ports give you quick and easy access to the latest high-speed portable hard drives and flash drives.

Creative cooling

Five internal fan mounts let you customize your cooling to match your build. We’ll get you started with one included 120mm fan. The case is designed to draw airflow directly to the GPU to help ensure that you and your graphics card will both keep your cool during intense gaming sessions.

The features that builders want

Whether you’re building one system or a dozen, you want the attention to detail that makes it easy. You’ll appreciate things like cable routing channels for easy cable organization and better-looking builds, and the side panels are attached with thumbscrews so you can get in and out without hunting for a screwdriver.

  • USB 3.0 Compatible: Dual USB 3.0 front panel ports offer the best in connectivity
  • SSD Support: All four hard drive trays provide solid-state drive support
  • Direct Airflow to Top GPU: Direct airflow gives your GPU added cooling for intense gaming sessions
  • Up To Five Fan Mounts Plus One Included 120mm Fan: A 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide added expandability
  • Tool-free 3.5” and 5.25” Drive Installation: Builds are made easier with tool-free drive installation
  • Thumbscrew Side Panels: No tools are needed to easily access the inside of your case
  • Flush-Mounted Side Panel Window: The side panel window showcases the powerful components inside
  • Cable Routing Channels and Holes: Builds are further simplified and aesthetics improved with easy cable organization
  • Modern Internal Layout: The modernized interior makes building your dream PC easier while improving overall performance

Specifications

  • Warranty - Two years
  • Weight - 4.8kg
  • Case Form Factor - Mid-Tower
  • Dimensions - 471mm x 200mm x 430mm
  • Case Motherboard Support - Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
  • Maximum GPU Length - Top Slots: 414mm , Lower Slots: 275mm
  • Maximum CPU Cooler Height - 150mm
  • Maximum PSU Length - 230mm
  • Case Expansion Slots - 7
  • Case Drive Bays - (x2) 5.25in, (x4) Combo 3.5in/2.5in
  • Case Material - Steel
  • Case Power Supply - ATX (not included)
  • External Connections - (x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone Port , (x1) Microphone Port
  • Fan Mount Locations - Front: (x2) 120/140mm , Top: (x2) 120mm , Rear: (x1) 120mm

Packaging

Standard plain brown packaging with product image and few paragraph describing features outside.

Inside, two large Styrofoam blocks protecting case from top and bottom. Case is covered with plastic bag.

Guide and accessories for the 100R in separate white box

Accessories include

  • 4 zip ties
  • One extra stand-off
  • 4 pan head SSD screws
  • 4 long fan screws
  • 16 standard fan screws
  • 16 SSD screws
  • 16 motherboard screws

Close look

Windowed Side panel

Inside look

Removing front panel

Back side

Lot of cable tying points

Large opening for CPU Cooler back plate mounting

Back panel is having very little space (just 8mm). Cant routing too many extra cables from PSU.

Components Installation

100R won’t support E-ATX form factor board (30.5cm x 26.4cm), but if Corsair have changed their design little like instead if doing curve at ATX power supply and SATA cables holes they might have left it straight would have added support to E-ATX form factor board.

ATX form factor board fits perfect.

Although top side is having 2 x 120mm fans grill, supporting 240mm AIO cooler was real pain. But in the end I managed to fit H100i cooler a perfect fit. Very little space left to access CPU power connector, CPU fan connector and if in any case you have to remove a RAM module, than first have to remove the cooler.

Installing CPU cooler back plate was easy.

On the motherboard tray there is a cutout for 8-pin CPU power cable pass through, it’s very tight fit and actually hiding under the motherboard far away from the CPU power connector. One has to pass the CPU power cable through before the motherboard installation .

Finally installation done. Case looks good.

Pros

  • Simple design with nice features
  • ATX motherboards supported
  • 240mm Water cooling supported (H100 and H100i)
  • Easy Installation
  • Full side panel Window
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Only one 120mm Fan included.
  • Difficult access to 8-pin CPU power cable pass through cutout.

Corsair Carbide Series mid-tower PC cases have the high-end features you need. Designed to be the foundation of awesome yet approachable gaming PCs, they combine the latest technology and ergonomic innovations with lots of room to build and expand, and amazing cooling potential.

As per build quality I don’t have anything to complain about for a 4K cabinet, especially if you are getting lot of great feature and hardware support.

If you are looking for a value case loaded with feature and style, Corsair Carbide Series 100R case is for you.

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