Excerpt: Ever since Corsair entered the computer chassis market with the Obsidian 800D, it has been generally pretty succesful. In addition to the Obsidian series, Corsair also introduced the Graphite, Vengeance and of course the popular Carbide series. We were fans particularly of the Carbide 500R, 400R and 300R. Corsair has now released a new model in that series, the Carbide 200R which is aimed at the entry-level segment.
Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review: Corsair For the Masses
29 June 2012
Conclusion: I've normally been pretty skeptical about Corsair's cases in terms of their thermal performance. Assembly has almost always been a breeze, and cable organization has seldom been an issue, but when crunch time came around they tended to linger in the middle of the pack. By definition, that's not terrible but it's not great either. On the more expensive cases it becomes a problem, especially if they're competing with air cooling juggernauts like the SilverStone FT02.
Excerpt: We at TechwareLabs have always been a big fan of the Sleeper: a Car or Computer case that seems stock but under the hood hides some serious muscle. So when we laid our hands on the Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-Tower Chassis we excited to put it through the labs.
Conclusion: In short Corsair has done it again. No matter what the product category and no matter what the price tag, they just seem to know how to make a great product. The Carbide 300R sells at $90 and manages to pack a lot of features to that price tag. Many other cases in this price bracket often lack in some area, but the 300R simply doesn't seem to have any major problems.
Pros: Cable routing, Plenty of optional cooling, Dust filters, Black frame
Excerpt: We’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen recently from Corsair, and we were glad that the company saw fit to send us a couple more mid-tower cases to pore over and test: the Corsair Carbide 300R compact gaming chassis and the Obsidian 550D quiet case. The two are dissimilar from one another in terms of design and purpose, but we’ve rolled them into a single review here for efficiency and your reading pleasure.
Pros: Great ventilation, Reasonable price, Good layout/design
Summary: Corsair has targeted with their Carbide chassis series a brand new range of end users. Those that still prefer a decent quality build, but at an affordable price/performance ratio. We already saw the 400 and 500R versions on the test bench. Today we introduce Corsair's latest offering the 300R. Still a Midi Tower case with adequate cooling. But the main focus is the price tag. Corsair wants to position this 300R versus all the budget cases out there.
Excerpt: Corsair’s first case offering was the Obsidian 800D back in 2009. This case changed the case market in a good way, but was an expensive offering as have been all of the top of the line Obsidian series cases released since. Over the years, Corsair has released the Graphite and Carbide series cases that are aimed at different audiences.
Summary: The Corsair Carbide 300R is certainly an interesting chassis. While its bigger brethren like the 400R or 500R offer a bit more value for your money, it becomes quite apparent that the 300R lacks the firepower in terms of features to really take on the likes of the Midgard II for example. Not having USB 2.0 support or more drive bays to hold 2.5 or 3.5" units puts a real dampener on things.
Pros: Well constructed chassis, Simple but good design, 2x USB 3.0, 240 and 280 mm radiator support, 2x fans included, Functional hard drive trays, Good screw-less locks for optical drive bays, Dust filter in front and bottom of the chassis, Possibility to install fans in the side to cool GPUs, Easy to remove drive bay covers
Cons: Other cases offer more for the same money, No USB 2.0 support (no I/O, no adapter), Only four hard drive bays, No dust filter or noise protection in the top of the chassis, No grommets on mainboard tray for clean looks, Rear construction limits the size of CPU coolers that may be used, Lack of functional features like hot-swap bay or fan controller