Corsair Carbide Spec-04 is an affordable take on case basics

Corsair's One compact gaming PC is pretty amazing, but not everyone needs something so small or has the coin to afford it. Corsair is expanding its line of Carbide gaming PC enclosures with the Carbide Spec-04, a budget-oriented mid-tower with an asymmetrical front panel designed for plenty of airflow. Motherboards up to ATX size will fit inside, and buyers will be able to ogle the interior through a large window in the side panel.

The Carbide Spec-04 is constructed from old-school SECC steel. Corsair didn't specifically state the composition of the large tinted window, so we'll assume that it's made from acrylic or a similar plastic material. The case sits high on four chunky-looking feet, so gamers in carpeted rooms can feel comfortable with their precious gaming PCs sitting on the floor. All of the case's front I/O is mounted to the side of the angular plastic front panel.

The case has room for up to five 120-mm system fans. The two locations in the front can also fit 140-mm spinners. Corsair ships the Spec 04 with an included 120-mm fan in the front panel. Liquid cooling support is limited to a 120- or 140-mm radiators in the front and a 120-mm unit on the rear panel. The Spec 04's external dimensions are 19.3" x 7.9" x 17" (49 cm x 20 cm x 43 cm) and weighs 9.3 lbs (or 4.2 kg).

Given the rather pedestrian water-cooling support, the 5.9" (15 cm) maximum CPU cooler height is welcome. Builders can cram graphics cards up to 14.5" (37 cm) long into the Spec-04, along with ATX power supplies up to 8.9" (22.6 cm) long. Pack rats will appreciate the accommodations for three 3.5" drives and a pair of 2.5" disks. Those last few greybeard optical media aficionados might be disappointed by the lack of any external drive bays, though. 

Corsair says the Carbide Spec-04 is available now for $50, though it's currently showing as out of stock in the company's web store. Buyers can choose from three color schemes: black and grey, black and red, or black and yellow. Corsair backs the Spec-04 with a two-year warranty.

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