Nov 1, Share Tweet Submit While some people like the un-assuming or smaller cases, with the Corsair Carbide Series R Compact R ATX case, Corsair threw that notion to the wind making this case big and making it handle almost any type component you could want to add to your PC very easily. The Corsair Carbide Series R is a case that causes no fuss or hassle to build in! Unlike the Cougar QBX, and the Phantek Evolv Shift , which was more of a smaller form factor at the cost of the PC components, meaning either having to buy specific parts i. Some of the downsides to this case are hard drive cage is located far away from any direct airflow, the front case fan being above it but the hard drive cage covered by a plastic shroud. No airflow to the hard drives means that the hard drives do get extremely hot compared to normal hard drives. Another downside is the size moving this case around with any type of complete PC in it is hard, to say the least with no way to move it besides pure muscle as there are no wheels or real places to put your hands to easily carry this monster of a case.
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Not saying the R is not visually appealing…quite the opposite. As of now the case comes in only black which is the color inside and out. The case obviously fits into the mid-tower category and that can be backed by its overall size.
The case stands The entire front looks like one solid piece but it is not at the upper half consist of three optical drive bays the bay covers must be removed from the inside.
Air is not cycled into the case directly from the front but from areas aligning the sides of the case. And a large rectangle-shaped power switch and smaller reset button. As of now there are no windows on the R. Companies like Corsair like to offer an upgrade model to add the window or offer an optional side panel through their online store. No word if that is the case with the R. The top of the case is well vented and has placement locations for dual fans measuring mm or mm.
One could opt to throw in one of the many all-in-one water-cooling kits Corsair offers. Corsair makes sure that vibration is eliminated from the equation as rubber grommets are provided. The R places the PSU on the bottom of the case like so many nowadays.
A removable and washable filter is used to help keep the PSU free of dust. The rear of the R carries the typical layout for a mid-tower. But we love how Corsair used vented slot covers for the expansion slots.
Closer look at the interior Removing the thumbscrews to relieve the case of its side panel you can get a good glance of the interior of the R.
Corsair did a good job of keeping the case clean and well organized. The interior is all-black. In the motherboard tray is a very large cutout for the CPU cooler and three large oval openings for routing cases to the rear of the tray. For storage there are four bays for 3. The 2. With the cage installed the cage supports cards as long as mm and without it the length grows to mm.
Each of the drives including optical devices is secured using plastic mechanisms. The optical bays have these brackets pre-installed and the ones for the smaller drives have to be mated to the drive first and then sled into place. Upfront is a single mm cooling fan with the option to add a second mm if user so desire. To help protect your precious components there is a dust filter mounted upfront as well. But in order to access the fan mounted here or to even clean the filter the front fascia needs to be removed.
Looking at the top of the case from the inside you can see how easy it would be to install one of their AIO coolers. Even in a cost effective case Corsair aligned all the expansion slots with thumbscrews and not the simple screws we often see in many cheaper cases. Bottom panel of the R. There are many cases in this price range to choose from and most of the time it comes down to features, looks, ease to build or simply company rep. The R is very simple and down-to-earth. Visually speaking.
The subtle looks can be liked by many and can fit the needs of more than just one type of PC user. Need a gaming rig? You can achieve it with the R. Need a new system for the office? You can build it with the R. Get a R. But the R is a full-featured case as it comes with all the essentials needed to assembly a nice system. Rubber grommets for fans, even ones not included. Every space for fans to create a mini tornado inside the box it seems.
Everything is tool-less except the installation of the motherboard. Installing of any drive-type is a breeze and only takes a second. The list continues with dual USB 3. We can go on and on about what we like about the Carbide R but we figured we would stop it here and make you read the body of the article and not just the conclusion to find out what the case has to offer. We are praising this little case for all the things it has to offer but there are some minor things we saw that would improve the case as well.
For one we felt there was very little room in the top of the case if you elect to install a rad thicker or wider than the ones Corsair use on their own AIO kits.
So, if you want to use a type there is little room between the top of the case and the motherboard. Same thing applies if the rad is thick. We would like to thank Corsair for sending over the Carbide R for us to take a look at. We are awarding it the two awards here today.
Corsair Carbide 200R Mid-Tower
Ever since I saw the D and pretty much every case since in the Obsidian, Graphite, Vengeance, or the Carbide series of cases, I have really liked what Corsair delivers in the chassis market. The concept behind this latest chassis had two major things that Corsair wanted to incorporate. First off was a size limitation. While this chassis is a mid-tower by size specifications, it is very stout and compact. This does remove a bit of the free space in some mid-tower offerings, but the chassis has plenty of room for all the mandatory components. The second thing Corsair wanted to offer in this chassis was the simplest user experience as possible during the build. To accomplish this, there are built in clips, a new 2.
Corsair Carbide 200R Case Review: How Low Can You Go
Did you find this review helpful? Yes Thanks for the valuable feedback you provided! I did have a plastic threaded spacer to use to replace it. However, considering the price of the case, the quality control should have been better. Overall Review: The case is nicely laid out and for a computer case it looks good. It comes with four thumb screws to remove the side panels so that is a nice feature.
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