On top of that, the design is timeless, with large metal mesh in the front and top along with a sturdy, edgy form. Corsair has kept things simple in the front, with the most noticeable element being the metal mesh below the drive bays as it is intruded, while the drive bay covers are almost seamlessly embedded in the case. Turning the chassis over, the rear hints at the all black interior as well. The design of the rear is a bit different than traditional chassis, but we will get to that in a second. You will find two openings for fans on the main side of the Carbide R which may hold either or mm units. The other panel is completely solid with no vents or other holes.

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Corsair lists its dimensions as The top of the chassis sports a large pop-out dust filter and a tray at the front for holding odds and ends whether it be loose change, USB thumb drives, or errant screws. Tabs at the back hook the filter in place, but being properly secured at only spot in front makes it rather loose fitting. The side panels pull out front to back and are held on with captive thumbscrews. Also visible are thumbscrews that help secure the bottom drive cage inside, and a large gap under the front bezel which acts as an additional intake vent and a handhold for pulling off the panel.

The side panels are only 0. Bars at the top and bottom both help with fit and reinforcement while the pushed out portion in the center adds stability and provides extra clearance on both sides of the case. The drive cages however are on the thin side, not that well secured, and the fit could use some work as well. The front panel can be simply pulled off, opening up access to the front fans and 5. The front fan grill is fairly open but the mesh filter behind it is much more restrictive.

The 5. The interior offers few surprises as it conforms to the conventional layout for a modern tower case. The only notable aspect of the internal construction is the areas around the cable routing holes being pushed inward to give a little more room on the back side.

The drive cages are ventilated at the sides so even unused drive slots allow a decent amount of air to pass through as long as the individual trays are removed. The upper drive cage is secured to the edge of the motherboard tray with one screw while two more latch onto the bottom cage, but nothing tightens it against the optical drive bays. The drive trays support both 2. Along the large routing holes are several points for securing cabling.

There is just 9 mm of room directly behind the motherboard, while the area around it offers 23 mm of clearance. The portion of the side panel that juts out also affords an additional 14 mm of space. There ample clearance for all components and plenty of space is provided for the side fan and the wires behind the motherboard tray thanks to the bulge-out design of the side panels.

The drive mounts have rubber grommets that protrude inward, keeping the drive from physically contacting the sides of the tray.

The fan controller has three headers with nonstandard 3-pin connectors in order to facilitate the toggling function for the lighting on the LED fans. The third pin is not used for RPM reporting and instead delivers power to light them. Our build fit comfortably in the R but it should be noted that the 5.

If your board has the PCI-E 16x slot in the very top slot position,this might be an issue. For our testing, the top drive cage is removed regardless to facilitate better airflow.

Our The top edge actually sits directly below the tapered edge of the portion of the side panel that sticks outward so there is more clearance toward the center of the heatsink.. Cabling at the back. In a dark room the white LEDs provide a dazzling display.


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