Corsair Carbide SPEC 01 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅08-04-14

The front and back of SPEC 01

The entire front section of SPEC 01 uses a plastic fascia which has a series of strips in the middle, helping to provide ventilation for the single 120mm LED cooling fan which is positioned as an intake just behind the fascia. At the front 2x 120mm or 2x 140mm cooling fans can be installed. At the top there are 2x 5.25” drive bay covers and the front panel connectivity has been placed at very top of this frontage.

Around the back there is an opening at the bottom for mounting a PSU and then above this there are a total of seven PC expansion slot covers, each having ventilation. In the upper region there some perforated mesh and mounting holes for adding in an optional 120mm cooling fan – by default we do not have one included.

Functionality for front panel

Located at the top of SPEC 01 are various ports and buttons. These include the following (left to right):

• Power button
• 1x USB 2.0 port
• Headphone/Microphone jacks
• 1x USB 3.0 port
• Reset button

While there may not be a great deal of options to choose from, the basics are covered and it’s good to see we have at least one USB 3.0 port and that it uses an internal motherboard header to interface.

Mounting options for dual 120mm cooling fans

Taking our attention to the top of SPEC 01 we can see there a large steel panel which has a perforated mesh region. This mesh can accommodate 2x 120mm cooling fans – by default these fans aren’t included.

So we’re beginning to see that this case can house numerous options if the cooling requires improving.

The underneath of SPEC 01

Flipping SPEC 01 over and onto its side we can see the underside has four plastic feet. Usually we find cases are equipped with rubber padding instead, but this is absent and therefore the case may be more susceptible to slipping compared to a rubber footed enclosure. The underside features a removable dust filter in the region where the PSU fan resides – this can be removed while the case is stood upright but can be tricky to perform since the clearance underneath is limited.

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