Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅05-05-17
Conclusion

Computer cases at the lower-end of the range are always intriguing to analyse because it’s a tough challenge for manufacturers to apply a low-price tag while still retaining an acceptable level of quality/features.

Corsair’s new Carbide Series SPEC-04 breaks away from the rest of the SPEC lineup to offer something with modern and futuristic styling. The external aspects of SPEC-04 are comparable to the SPEC-ALPHA but inside, the design is reminiscent of the SPEC-01 with minor refinements.

SPEC-04 can accommodate a wealth of hardware including large CPU coolers, big graphics cards and some closed loop water cooling systems - the latter is restricted to front mounted 280/240 or 140mm options.


Our only criticisms with this case stem from the tight space behind the motherboard tray for cable management and the inclusion of just one cooling fan – but for the asking price, there does have to be certain reductions. While there is only a single fan, there is the option to increase this to five for those wanting to improve the airflow within the chassis.

The SPEC-04 is priced at just £50 GBP and $50 USD, making it an excellent value for money case. This new Carbide addition is ideal for enthusiasts who are constrained to a tight budget but need all of the essentials.

SPEC-04 is a superb starter case for anyone looking to pursue a custom build. This case includes some great features and style making it also ideal for enthusiasts who need to keep those costs down!



Pros
+ Modern styling
+ Reasonable build quality
+ Flexible storage options
+ Can house high-end kit
+ Lightweight – just 4KG
+ Great value for money

Cons
- Top is exposed to dirt/dust
- Features just one fan
- Cable management can be tough

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