Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition Review
Up Close: Exterior
With simple clean lines giving way to bulged side panels, the Carbide 100R doesn't look dissimilar to a good many other low noise cases on the market. Not that there's anything wrong with this. By definition, low noise cases tend to be low visual footprint cases and so aren't going to be full of vents and windows in a "look at me" kind of way.
If the internals aren't to cook it's essential that some air does get in. To this end Corsair have cut in some slits along the lower two thirds of the front panel on either side. At the top of the front panel there's a pair of USB3.0s, a set of Audio jacks sockets and a power/reset switch. Below these we find the blanks covering a pair of 5.25" drive bays.
Round the back it's all pretty much standard ATX. Up in the top right hand corner though there is a small 3 position fan speed control switch. Not a bad addition for a £50 case.
The case sits on 4 plastic feet which are clipped rather than screwed into the base of the case. We'd like to have seen them have rubber pads on them though. On the plus side the PSU vent does come with a pull out filter.
The interior surface of the side panels are covered in a self adhesive dense weave sound absorption material. On the sample we had for review it didn't appear to have been stuck down that well in the factory. A bit of a press into place from us saw it firmly anchored. Maybe we ought to read the instructions and see if we're meant to complete the final press placement of the material