Corsair Carbide SPEC 01 & 03 Review

The Build

Corsair Carbide SPEC 01 Review

The Build

As usual inserting the PSU and feeding everything round the back leaves you with a bit of a cold sweat wondering whether everything will fit in.  The cable tie points and plentiful cable management holes should make it doable even if there is only 15mm of room to work in. 

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There not a great deal of space in here but there's plenty enough the hammiest of hocks to work in.  With the holes for cable management on smaller motherboards covered up, the row of management holes for the ATX board are perfectly placed.  Although it's unlikely you're going to be buying this case and sticking a 1000W PSU in it we've shown it just so as you can see there's plenty of room for it's 170mm length, even if it does partly cover up the PSU cable hole.  The Spec-01 is in fact able to accept PSUs up to 200mm long.

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Cable tidying isn't up to it's usual high standard, in part due to the relative inflexibility of the flat cables.  There's also only a small trough at the top and bottom of the case so you'll have to plan carefully where you're going to hide all those unwanted or unused lengths.

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With everything in and wired up we were really quite surprised at how easy the Spec-01 was to build into, although with the PSU management hole being the only real way in and out at the base of the case it did get rather busy down there.

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Most Recent Comments

11-04-2014, 09:01:30

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...080603234l.png

What! A Corsair case for £37. Surely this is too good to be true.


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11-04-2014, 09:52:53

barnsley
Well done Corsair,nice to finally get a new standard set for budget cases. Now everyone else, please follow. To be totally honest though, there really isn't much competition. The NZXT source 210 is only the real competitor for it and thats much more basic looking.

-edit- Also the Silverstone RL04B is another competitor. Slightly better cable management but no window

11-04-2014, 09:54:14

RobCrezz
Wow, they are really nice cases for the money.

11-04-2014, 10:46:53

RickPlaysWarr
Hi

This is perfect for one thing I have been tagged for in my family. Everyone comes to me to say "can you build me a pc, not much money;" Its really awesome case and I can see using it with mATX sized MB a lot for the family builds.

--Rick--

11-04-2014, 11:35:14

Watsyerproblem
Nice review and video .

It is good to see such a great case at such a low price point.

11-05-2014, 11:59:15

kinghaq
Will corsair carbide spec 01 be able to fit the cooler master 212x..??

11-05-2014, 12:18:57

Wraithguard
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Originally Posted by kinghaq View Post
Will corsair carbide spec 01 be able to fit the cooler master 212x..??
Given the dimension of the 212 Evo 120 x 80 x 159 mm (4.7 x 3.1 x 6.3 in) I'm going to say NO. The review says any cooler 153mm will fit just fine though.

EDIT: What happened to the Spec-2?? I've not seen anything about it since the leaked images months ago...

11-05-2014, 15:34:06

paulstung
No idea they have the 01, and 03 on pre order most everywhere, but not the 02, very odd

02-06-2014, 06:13:03

Chris_Sparrow
Cooler master 412s,the only way to fit this beasty in this case, is the one on the photo
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