Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Chassis Review
PC Chassis come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and with just about anything you may need. Much of it depends on what you want out of the case and what you want to spend on a case. Features should be price dependent, but quality shouldn't be. Today Legit Reviews has the opportunity to look at a new case from Corsair, the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition. The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is a very budget friendly case retailing for only $59.99
! The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is also available in a little less silent version for around only $49.99
The two chassis have a couple of differences, the most obvious is the windowed side panel, the Carbide 100R Silent Edition lacks the window. Without the window, the Silent Edition can take advantage of sound dampening material on the panel, helping to make it silent. Another difference is the top of the Carbide 100R has been cutout for a pair of exhaust fans, the 100R Silent Edition doesn't have any cutouts and also has the sound dampening material.
The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition comes packed inside a very durable box to protect it during it's travels. The first side of the packaging has some of the marketing text about the Silent Edition case, as well as the usual product name and branding.
The back of the product packaging for the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition goes into the details about it in six different languages. It shows off the outside dimensions of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition as well. The 100R Silent Edition measures 471mm x 200mm x 430mm. For those of us that don't use the metric system that's 18.54" x 7.87" x 16.93", it's a pretty decent size for a mid tower chassis.
|Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Mid-Tower Specifications
||471mm x 200mm x 430mm
||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX
|Maximum GPU Length
||Top Slots: 414mm
Lower Slots: 275mm
|Maximum CPU Cooler Height
|Maximum PSU Length
(x4) Combo 3.5in/2.5in
||ATX (not included)
||(x2) USB 3.0
(x1) Headphone Port
(x1) Microphone Port
|Fan Mount Locations
||Front: (x2) 120/140mm
Top: (x2) 120mm
Rear: (x1) 120mm
Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Chassis Exterior
The Corsair Carbide 100R has the style and elegance of the previous generations in the Corsair Carbide series of PC chassis. The overall look is pretty simple, but it maintains a certain style that I like. I've personally become a fan of cases that aren't overly flashy (though there are some really slick ones out there these days), at least for my personal systems, which the Corsair Carbide 100R fits the bill perfectly for.
The side panel on the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is solid (which makes cable management a breeze) so . Though this particular sample has a slight malformation along the top edge of the panel. The finish on the entire Carbide 100R chassis is a mat black that looks pretty slick.
The back panel of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is pretty much the norm for a standard PC Chassis. The power supply on the Corsair Carbide 100R can be mounted either way depending on the configuration you're going for. The Carbide 100R has the typical seven expansion slots that can be found on a standard ATX motherboard. There is also a fan speed selector up in the corner. The fan speed selector has three different choices that will keep the noise down depending on your needs. If you're trolling the web, you can lower the speeds for some silent surfing, but if you're gaming you can increase the fan speeds to keep the system cool during the long night of gaming!
The opposite side of the chassis is the same style as the first side, though it's lacking the dent on the top edge. One aspect that I noticed about both side panels, they are identical. This means even if one of the panels has a slight dent, you can switch the panels to show the other one.
The front of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition includes a pair of 5.25" drive bays. Along the bottom edge of the Carbide 100R Silent Edition is the Corsair badge which is only ever on a quality product.
Along the top edge of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition there is a pair of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio jacks for head phones and microphone, as well as the power and reset buttons.
Unlike the Corsair Carbide 100r, The 100R Silent edition features a solid top without the fans. The lack of fans space up top cuts down on the noise that can escape from the chassis.
The bottom of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent edition has a dust filter for the power supply. The 100R has four plastic feet on the bottom, I would have liked to seen some rubber feet here instead.
Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Interior
The outside of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent edition is nice to look at, but the magic happens on the inside. That's where the quality of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition will be tested. Taking the first look at the inside above, it certainly looks promising. Overall it looks like there should be plenty of room for the build later on.
The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is equipped with two 120mm fans, the first as can be seen above is set up as an exhaust fan. The second is up front and is working on bringing in some fresh cool air. The Corsair Carbide 100R will support a variety of motherboard form factors. The smallest is a mini-ITX, but it will also support a m-ATX as well as an ATX motherboard. Corsair has removed a section of the tray behind the CPU (which is pretty common) to make it easier to access the CPU cooler back plate. This makes it considerably easier to change the CPU cooler without having to remove the motherboard.
The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition as well as the base model each feature a pair of 5.25" drive bays. I may be one of the few, but I still like to include a burner of some sort into my builds for the rare occasion that I use one. If it isn't in your build plans for an optical drive, you can always use one of the bays for a card reader or an additional fan controller.
The Carbide 100R chassis will support up to four hard drives or SSD's. It's not the most I've ever seen in a case, but it should be enough for most people. Personally I rarely run more than two drives, one boot SSD and one larger Storage Drive.
Depending on the design of the power supply that is being installed into the system, it may end up orientated the wrong direction. Corsair has designed the Carbide 100R Silent Edition so that the power supply can be flipped over to match what the system needs. Below the power supply, there is plenty of room to breathe thanks to all of the hexagon cutouts.
The sound proofing that is being used on the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is seen above covering the top and the side panel behind the motherboard tray. While it's not being shown, it does cover the other side panel as well.
Spinning the Corsair Carbide 100R around to look at the back of the motherboard tray it looks like there is plenty of places to route the power supply cables. Next to each of the cable cutouts, is a smaller cutout with a bar running across to attach a zip tie to that will secure the wiring in place.
Between the motherboard tray and the edge of the Carbide 100R there is only 3/8", the side panel is formed so that it will give you an additional 1/4" for a total of 5/8" to run all of your wiring behind the tray.
There is certainly no shortage of wires for the front panel or the fan speed selector switch! There is more than enough wiring to run those cables anywhere you'll need to.
That's all there is for the inside, now let's move on to the build on the next page!
Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition System Installation
The first step to installing the system into the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is to pop in a motherboard. I opted for an ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi which is a full ATX motherboard which is the largest form factor that the 100R Silent Edition will support. Despite the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition retailing for only $59.99
the troubles found with low-cost cases weren't an issue. Many times using a low-cost case it's possible to run into misalignment issues. I was happy to be able to pop the I/O shield into place and find that it and the ASUS Z97-Pro motherboard fit and lined up perfectly.
The alignment of the LGA1150 socket and the cutout in the don't quite line up as well as I would like to see.
It's still easy to get to the holes for the CPU cooler on the motherboard, just not a straight shot.
The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition uses the same drive tray for either SSD's or hard drives. This does limit the Carbide 100R to four drives, but should be plenty of space for most users.
Once the ASUS motherboard, SSD, and hard drive are installed, it's time to start wiring the system up. I installed a Corsair CX430M modular power supply as it should be enough to power this system. In the picture above I started routing the 8 pin CPU power to the back of the motherboard and back into the front up top. The top bundle of wires is zip tied together and has the fan speed selector wiring, exhaust fan, and the CPU power all tied together.
The wires behind the motherboard tray of the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition don't need to be quite as clean as the front, but I do prefer to keep them tied together, makes it a little easier to close the system up. Above most of the system is already wired up, still need to run the SATA cables for the SSD, and hard drive, as well as the cables for the optical drive.
The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition has plenty of space for todays graphics cards. To install a graphics card or three in to the Carbide 100R Silent Edition the panel over the expansion slots needs to be removed. That is as simple as popping out a couple of Phillips head screws and then the card(s) can be installed as usual.
Running a single graphics card there is plenty of room for any card on the market. The ASUS Direct CUII measures 10.5 inches long, and there is another five inches between it and the intake fan. Aside from the wires for the ASUS Direct CUII, everything is wired up and ready to run. The top bundle is only tucked up over the heat sink, unfortunately there isn't any way to really secure them up there to well.
Once everything is setup and ready to go, I was able to clean up the back of the chassis a little bit more. Using a handful of zip-ties all of the cables were able to be either bundled together, or secured in place. The only cables that aren't secured are the HDD and SSD cables. I left those with slack in them so that the trays can be removed and changed without having to take the back panel off.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
When I first started this article, I mentioned that features should be what you pay for, not quality. The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition fits that bill. While there are certainly more expensive cases out there, the 100R Silent Edition matches them in quality, which is great news for those of us that need to work within a budget. The Carbide 100R Silent Edition retails for only $59.99
, giving us a quality case at a budget friendly price!
While Corsair didn't skimp on the quality of the build with the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition, they did have to trim some corners to keep the price down. None of it is really anything to worry about though, it's simple things like no grommets on the wiring cutouts and a little bit lighter gauge steel than some more expensive cases. Though the Carbide 100R still has a pretty solid feel to it. I'm sure it's no small feat trying to keep the quality and features up, all while maintaining a $59.99
The only issue that I ran into with the Carbide 100R Silent Edition is the dent in the first side panel. While that is a little bit of an issues, there are a couple of options. First you could likely contact Corsair and they would take care of you. The Carbide 100R Silent Edition is covered by a two year warranty which covers issues with materials and manufacturing defects. The other option, at least in this particular case is to swaps side panels if only one side will be visible.
Looking at the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition as a $59.99
chassis, Corsair absolutely hit the nail on the head with the Carbide 100R Silent Edition. Truth being told, I've seen more expensive cases with less to offer, and considerably less quality in some of them!
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition is a great quality case that isn't going to break the bank. If you're in the market for a quiet case the Carbide 100R Silent Edition should be at the top of your list.