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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    • NTMBK
    • 3 years ago

    If only there was a version with optical bays, without the bulbous protusion on the front…

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    It’s the 100R with some ugly plastic crap on the front and the top bays removed because the ugly plastic crap would otherwise block them.

    Still, can’t really complain; Some people like this hideous aesthetic and it’s at least cheap.

      • LostCat
      • 3 years ago

      I’m all about a lack of those bays since I haven’t used them in many builds. Prefer silenced cases tho.

        • MOSFET
        • 3 years ago

        Have cases gotten skinnier with the removal of 5.25″ bays? Genuine question – I wish they would. Also, more mATX and smaller options.

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          Nope, because graphics cards are quite frequently in violation of the ATX expansion slot width (and by width I mean the width in the ATX tower configuration, even though we call that the card height).

          Even if you made the case narrow and limited your options to cards that don’t exceed the slot width, you’re still going to run into trouble with most tower coolers. Almost all the 120mm towers wouldn’t fit, and you’d even find some 92mm towers that give you clearance issues, because so many heatsinks are tall to avoid interference with memory slots and VRM heatsinks around the socket.

          I agree with you, I’d like to see more compact towers but you can blame the cooler and graphics board vendors for making oversized stuff so popular.

    • Amien
    • 3 years ago

    They’ve managed to ruin perfectly good Carbide 100R s.

    • eofpi
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Pack rats will appreciate the accommodations for three 3.5" drives and a pair of 2.5" disks.[/quote<] True pack rats have their mass storage in an ancient beige full tower stuffed full of disks.

      • hansmuff
      • 3 years ago

      How do you know about the Antec 1030SX in my basement??

        • eofpi
        • 3 years ago

        I’ve got an Antec SX1240 in my basement, as my fileserver.

    • atari030
    • 3 years ago

    The model in [s<]black[/s<] grey barely camouflages the hideous front end design. The others do not fare as well.

      • Redocbew
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, the black and grey isn’t so bad. The others, not so much.

      The raised channel for routing cables in the back panel is a good idea though.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Ow my eyes.

      • HERETIC
      • 3 years ago

      It’s not only painful to look at-it’s not practical-
      some of us require/need bays for hot-swap and optical……………..

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