Corsair 300R Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅02-03-12
Conclusion

Corsair’s computer case lineup has a strong following. The new Carbide series has so far been very successful and the inclusion of 300R further strengthens this. Those who want something compact but of great quality and at an attractive price-tag should look no further.

Aesthetically, 300R carries design ideas from both the Obsidian and Carbide Series. Those who have seen the 650D will see similarities between it and the 300R’s front panel. Those who are looking for something fresh, sleek and professional will favour this case well. In terms of build quality, inside and out the 300R doesn’t disappoint. 300R is compact yet it still accommodates big CPU coolers and long graphics cards. The quality of material used and paintjob are very good, the side panels fit snug without needing unnecessary strength and there is no flexing here either.

Even small things like the cables that root from the front panel – these are black and help towards making the inside look tidy upon completing a system install. It would have been nice to see cable management grommets on the cut-outs around the motherboard tray but I appreciate Corsair are trying to keep the costs down with the 300R and in some areas, such as this, there is no other option.



Cooling is good even though only 2 fans are used. The front intake fan has been positioned to direct airflow into the path of the graphics card, meaning those temperatures are sure to drop where you need them to the most.

Priced at just £57inc. VAT the 300R is a great value for money offering. At this price-point and feature-set the 300R rivals some strong contenders in this sector. 300R gives BitFenix Shinobi and Cooler Master’s HAF 912 Plus/Enforcer a good run for their money.

If you are on the hunt for a compact mid-tower chassis with more of a minimalist look, a decent feature-set and are on a budget then look no further – Corsair’s 300R fits the bill perfectly!

Pros
+ Sleek, professional aesthetics
+ Compact yet accommodates high-end kit
+ Great build quality
+ All cables from front panel are black
+ Can install up to 7 cooling fans
+ Very good value for money

Cons
+ No rubber mounts for PSU





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