Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA Review 2

Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA has an MSRP of US$99.
  • Distinctive design
  • Great attention to detail
  • Good mix of materials
  • Interesting surface feel of the plastic
  • Great support for liquid cooling
  • Excellent cable-management possibilities
  • Completely tool-less hard drive assembly
  • Plenty of space for large GPUs
  • Two fans included
  • Removable 3.5" HDD cage for thick radiators
  • Front panel detaches completely, including the LED element
  • Dust filter on PSU bay
  • Available in 3 colors
  • No hex tool to remove window included with review sample
  • No dust filter for opening in ceiling
  • PSU bay pretty compact - only a PSU of up to 190 mm will fit without removing the HDD cage
  • 2.5" drive bays allow for some play with thin SSDs
  • No shroud means you see the PSU/HDDs
  • RGB lighting would have been nice
The Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA is a great example of how the case industry works. On one hand, it comes with the same steel frame we have seen on the 400Q, which we certainly loved, but due to its exterior look, it is a completely different beast and, thus, geared towards a very different user group. The SPEC-OMEGA takes aim at those gamers out there who want a cool-looking US$100 chassis. To offset the cost of the more expensive glass material and LED elements, Corsair has removed the plastic shroud and included simpler fans instead.

Overall, that is perfectly fine, but a shroud for the PSU and hard drives would have actually been pretty useful. Due to the design, Corsair also does not need to worry about a dust filter in the front; however, having something in the ceiling would have certainly been beneficial. That said, neither of those are deal breakers. Due to the design, the only thing you need to watch out for is the inability to install a large PSU without removing the hard-drive cage. Luckily, most power supplies these days are compact enough.

On the plus side, the case looks and feels amazing. Corsair has done an excellent job with the design and choosing the materials and finish of the Carbide SPEC-OMEGA. On top of that, the LED lighting included in front looks sweet. In a perfect world, this lighting element would have been equipped with RGB LEDs since the chassis is geared towards the perfect target audience for it, but I can understand why Corsair chose a lighting element with a static color that fits.

The Carbide SPEC-OMEGA ultimately leaves a great impression, being a beautiful case with a solid construction and simple but functional interior.
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