Corsair Carbide 300R review -
Final words and conclusion
Final words and conclusion
The corsair Carbide 300R series is an interesting product and is a chassis that's really first 'mainstream' and not so much entry-level. The overall build quality is certainly decent enough and the features offered will give the average PC aficionado plenty to work with.
Quite honestly, the USA price bothers me a little though. Currently the 300R is listed at 90 USD and that's just nine bucks cheaper then the 400R. Placed in perspective though, the 300R is a chassis that comes with everything you need. It certainly has sufficient enough cooling, the largest graphics cards will fit, ATX and Micro ATX motherboards fit perfectly as well.
Then the all black design is cool, the aesthetics are kept simple (which I like, but that's personal). Added benefits are of course the two USB 3.0 ports, the mainboard cutout on the motherboard tray and the overall tool free design. So for However for 89 bucks you do get a serious chassis alright.
The work space inside is great with easy access to pretty much anything and with 7 expansions lots there is plenty room for two or even three graphics cards.
The all black interior cool looks, the CPU back plate cutout for easy installation/replacement of CPU-coolers and overall features that belong in the enthusiast segment. There are plenty of grommet holes for cable routing but a missed opportunity are the rubber inlays for them.
A big plus is the amount of room behind the motherboard for extensive cable management, and then there are the dual 120mm fan mounts throughout the case.
Overall we think the Carbide 300R is a decent chassis, we do feel it's priced a bit steep in the USA at 89 USD. The EURO prices however seem to be a good chunk better. A quick check here in the Netherlands shows that the 300R can be found for 65 EUR already, and that I feel is a price I'd be comfortable with.
So concluding then, the overall well thought through design, the decent quality and a sufficient enough feature set definitely make this chassis interesting. As such we can recommend the Carbide 300R as a decent value chassis. The competition at this feature level is stiff though and there are many cases out there offering something similar for roughly the same price. But the 300R is definitely something worth recommending and at 65 EUR we feel it's priced fair.
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