A review of the Corsair Carbide Series 100R
case; is it right for your next computer build?
When I received the go ahead and funding from Higher Headquarters (aka
my Wife) to proceed with this: Custom
Computer Build I had on my list a new tower computer case,
however with all the other parts costing more than I anticipated I had to lower
my expectations and features. What I found was this case::
||471mm x 200mm x 430mm
|Case Expansion Slots
|Case Drive Bays
||5.25in - 2ea Combo 3.5in/2.5in - 4ea
|Case Form Factor
|Motherboard Form Factor
||ATX (not included)
Question: Is this a good case?
Answer: Yes for the price.
Question: Did you have any problems with the case?
Answer? Yes, two -
1.Over all the case is a good case however space inside for add on devices is
limited, understandably because this is a mid sized tower not a full tower. The
liquid coolant radiator will only fit in one mounting point, that is at the rear
upper point beside the motherboard ports, the other mounting points are not
useable with this
cooing unit, however Corsair does offer a liquid coolant CPU
2. The front panel usb / sound ports were non functional when connected to
the motherboard, a quick call and an RMA resolved part of the problem. The USB 3
ports now work, there is sound from the headset jack however it has a lot of
static. I would open a new
RMA but have decided because the USB ports work not to bother with the front
For the price I would think this case is a fair trade for the older
Antec full tower I gave up. Why go with the new ? Because the Antec tower
is over 20 years old, the case innovative at the time I bought it (actually two
of them) and has had many motherboards, drives, ect. in and out of it there is
no provision for liquid cooling with out cutting up the case.
With five fans running constantly (the processor and
video card create a lot
of heat under stress) the case "vibrates", the hum is very annoying when not
using a headset to drown it out. Such as while I am sitting here writing for
this web site or my blog. To cut down on the noise I have put some rubber strips
between the case covers and the case chase, this does dampen some of the
vibrations. Why do the case covers and other parts vibrate? Thin sheet metal,
the old Antec case was heavier steel, if I left the screws out of a cover it
would vibrate also; however with the screws in place it didn't.
Something else I had to do to the case is to mount the fans with a small
piece of rubber for each screw to keep the fans from causing vibrations also,
when the computer was started it sounded like a jet engine with all the
In conclusion I give this
Corsair Carbide Series 100R case
a 8 out of 10, why an 8?
Because the sheet metal it is made of is too thin. The thin sheet metal
vibrates when a fan is mounted to/on it. Having worked on Aircraft for a long
period of time I know that excessive vibrations will cause the metal to crack.
The manufacture could have put the sheet metal thickness in it's specifications
however how many people would know that 7 to 8mm sheet metal is very thin? The
support from Corsair was above normal tech support
these days, I give them a 10 out of 10, not only was the support person
knowledgeable they were courteous and friendly. I received my replacement part
if five days which is not too bad.
Would I recommend this
Corsair Carbide Series 100R case?
Yes with these things in mid:
You are not putting a powerful motherboard and cpu in the case that needs
liquid cooling. You are not using a video card that has a powerful 120Watt
Graphics Processor. And you do not need more than three fans, that would be one
for the CPU, one for the Power Supply, and the circulation fan that comes with the case.