Corsair Carbide Series 300R Gaming Case ReviewFri, Mar 23, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Corsair Carbide Series 300R
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. The Graphite series cases are usually the sleeker eye pleasing designs, while the Carbide series has been designed for function first with appearance being secondary. This means Corsair can keep costs down due to not using exotic metals or tons of design elements. Most gamers and PC enthusiasts want a solid case design at the right price, so the Corsair Carbide series should be of interest to many. The entry level Corsair Carbide PC case is the 300R and it can be purchased for a mere $79.99 shipped. The Corsair 300R might be inexpensive, but it is still packed full of features and is an attractive little compact chassis.
We have previously looked at the 500R and 400R cases from the Carbide Series. We now get a look at the 300R. The 300R is the smallest and least expensive case in the Corsair Carbide series. Coming in at just 17.7 inches tall, it is 3 inches shorter than the 500R and 2 inches shorter than the 400R. If you are looking for a smaller ATX case with a matte black exterior and interior, then the Corsair 300R might be it!
Despite this case’s small size, the 300R has room for 4 hard drives, three 5.25 devices, and up to seven 120mm fans. There is room for graphics cards up to 450mm (17.7 inches) long for the main video card and 11.5 inches for secondary cards. Even at 11.5 inches that is more than enough room for the new 10 inch long GeForce GTX680. Out of the box the 300R comes with one front mounted 140mm intake fan, and one rear mounted 120mm exhaust fan. The hard drive cage supports up to four 2.5” or 3.5” drives. The 300R also supports either ATX or mATX motherboards.
Corsair Carbide 300R Features:
- Compatibility: ATX and Micro ATX motherboards
- Drive Bays:
- Three 5.25” drive bays
- Four 3.5” hard drive bays with 2.5” compatibility
- Two USB 3.0 connectors
- headphone and microphone connector
- Power and reset switches
- Two 120mm/140mm top fan mount locations
- Two side panel 120/140mm fan mount locations
- Two front panel 120/140mm fan mount locations
- Includes one front-mounted 140mm fan and one rear 120mm fan