Corsair, renowned for its Obsidian series of PC chassis, has announced three additions to its more affordable Carbide range.
Called SPEC, the new additions, simply named SPEC-01, SPEC-02, and SPEC-03, “have been designed with PC gamers in mind,” according to Corsair. Marked by their distinctive aggressive looks, air cooling-optimized design, expandability, and modern features such as USB 3.0 ports, integral SSD mounts, and a focused approach to cable management, the SPEC range of chassis “offers everything gamers need from a case and nothing they don’t.”
Every chassis in the SPEC range of Carbide cases supports mini-ITX, mATX, and ATX motherboards. They all also have the following features in common: Tool-free hard drive bays; direct airflow path to the GPU; a pair of 5.25″ optical drive bays; at least three 3.5″ drive bays (the SPEC-01 can host up to four); two 2.5″ drive bays (the SPEC-01 can host up to four of these devices, but only if the user doesn’t use the drive bays for 3.5″ drives); seven PCI expansion slots; a 120mm rear exhaust fan; a windowed left side panel; an all-black interior; and dust filters for the air intakes. All three SPEC chassis also boast similar design philosophies as far as fan options are concerned. All three host a pair of fans at the front intake position (2 x 120mm for the SPEC-01, 2 x 140mm for both the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03) and a pair of fans on the chassis’ roofs (2 x 120mm for the SPEC-01, 2 x 140mm/2 x 120mm for the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03).
The three chassis diverge in just a few details. As already hinted at, the SPEC-01 is a little limited in terms of storage capacity. Where the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03 both support three 3.5″ HDDs and two 2.5″ SSDs/HDDs, the SPEC-01 supports only up to a maximum of four of either type of storage device. Another difference is in the type of fans the chassis can support. The entry-level SPEC-01 supports only 120mm fans, while the other two SPEC chassis can accommodate both 120mm and 140mm fans. The SPEC-02 and SPEC-03 both have bottom fan mounts as well, where the SPEC-01 does not. Finally, the SPEC-01 differs in terms of physical dimensions (467mm x 200mm x 413mm) compared to the other two SPEC chassis (445mm x 185mm x 440mm).
The SPEC-01 and SPEC-03 look quite similar to each other with their bigger grille pattern, while the SPEC-02 has a finer grille design. Otherwise, the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03 are basically identical to each other.
Corsair has priced the SPEC-01 at a very accessible $49.99, while both the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03 have an MSRP of $59.99. All three will be available in April 2014, and all will be covered by a limited 2-year warranty and Corsair’s customer service and technical support.