The dearth of microATX mid-towers out there makes for a sore spot when we compile our System Guides, so any new case in that form factor makes us take notice. Corsair's Carbide Series 88R looks promising. This case blends a no-nonsense exterior with plenty of room inside for all but the most extreme microATX systems.
Behind the front panel, builders can install two 120-mm fans or a 240-mm radiator. The top panel can hold two more 120-mm fans on mounts set far away from the motherboard, though radiators can't fit up top. Corsair includes a single 120-mm fan at the rear of the case. This spinner can be swapped out for a 120-mm radiator, too. The one limitation might be for tower-style CPU air coolers. The 88R can't take more than a 150-mm-tall heatsink.
Two 3.5" drives can slide into the 88R's drive cage on tool-free mounts. Corsair's engineers also built in two 2.5" drive mounts behind the case's right panel, as well, though these smaller storage devices will still need to be secured with screws. A group of cable-routing holes in front of the motherboard could make clean builds easier.
Best of all, the Carbide Series 88R carries a price proportional to its size. This case will cost $50 when it hits store shelves.
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