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Pros: -Just 1" shorter, also both narrow and shallow footprint than almost all other Full ATX cases
-Just about $60 retail
-black cladding on case doors keeps it more quiet than without
-Well-designed on the inside and out for ease of installation
-Modern case features, like fan control, silent fans, and drive sleds, usually found on much more expensive cases
-Easily removal front bezel, no wires attached once removed
-Room for at least one more 140mm intake fan on front
-Lightweight to carry, won't break your back
Cons: -Case doors have too much flex
-Drive rails are vibration prone, esp if using 7200 rpm (there's a decent workaround with spare rubber Fractal grommets)
-Other reviewers said 5 total fan mounts, while I only found 3.
-Cable management on right side of motherboard is challenging with braided/round cables.
-Would have been nice to have a mount to repurpose the extra PCI slots into an extra 120mm exhaust fan
Overall Review: The troubling case of the too-tall PC
Corsair 100R Case
So, I had this problem. My new Fractal Design Define R6 case was just 1” too tall to fit underneath my 17.5” tall stereo table shelf. In fact, I had done my OCD-style homework on everything my new Ryzen 7 PC would need for the optimum silent powerhouse gaming, editing, streaming, and completely light-free (the polar opposite of a tricked out RGB lighting rig) HTPC experience. A frantic search on Google, that giant A-zon site, Newegg and just about every clickbait review site revealed just how few ATX cases could fit down there, be completely silent, have no windows, power or HDD lights, or anything whatsoever on the front panel but pure black. If I am going to watch a movie, I want nothing to detract from the experience. I also did not want to spend (another) $200+ on a case that was designed to
Having just origami’d my son a similar ITX form factor PC build, based on the Define Node 304 case (that’s another story, for another review), I was ready for a regular B450 ATX motherboard with a regular 3 fan 1070Ti graphics card, and with a regular number of hard drives. For me, “regular” is probably two more of everything you usually buy which normally has just one. What can I say, I like redundancy?! And I also like silence…That’s where the Corsair 100R Silent really came through.
For a 16.93” high case, it surely packs a value punch way above its weight. While installing my MSI Gaming Pro Carbon B450 ATX motherboard, everything went inside without a hitch, hard drives and SSD, and the usual ribbon and braided tube cables were easy to work with. I even went in later and moved the two fan cables to the included fan controller switch, which supports up to three standard 4 pin connectors. I also added a spare 140mm intake fan to the front, just to make sure my two Toshiba 7200 HD drives got some needed wind in that part of the case. However, there is no easy way to mount a second exhaust fan and the top case surface does not appear to support any top-mounted fans.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the plastic drive rails are tool-less and screw-less, but they could use four rubber grommets per rail to dampen vibration, if you are still using big HD drives, like I do. Getting the right side door to slide on is made more difficult because of the flex in the doors, even if you can get some of the fat cables to squeeze in a little more. I don’t really care because I don’t plan to need access to that area often, just something I think takes three hands (or two really LARGE ones) to do.
Verdict: Great small ATX case, for not a lot of bux. Kudos to the Corsair Silent Edition 100R for being the best of everything that Fractal D cases are not!
Pros: -Excellent looks
-Lots of easily accessible filters
-Lots of nice touches in general
-All around pleasant to work inside
Cons: -Be sure you have modern components
Overall Review: Overall, I really like this case. It's got a really elegant look. It's also not quite as small as some reviewers seem to indicate- I'm using a full size ATX board and a full length (but not gigantic) video card, and there's plenty of room to work. All interior edges are nicely rolled, the steel is well adonized, and the layout is sensible. There's some little touches that really made things nicer- the standoffs are already installed, but one of them is just a kind of peg. That really wasn't what I wanted, but several other standoffs were included in the bag of parts, so that was trivial to replace. There's extras of every kind of screw that you might need, including the sometimes difficult to find case fan screws. The power supply opening has two sets of holes, so you can mount the power supply right side up or upside down, as you prefer (I've got mine "upside down" (fan up) because it's on a really dusty floor).
The expansion slot cover system seemed a little odd to me, but functional. There's a plate on the back that covers the top of your expansion cards that you remove, then the expansion card tabs actually stick out behind the case, where you screw them into the block, then the panel goes back on top. I'm really not sure why they opted for this kind of a design, but it works fine.
My biggest frustrations stemmed from the fact that I'm not using terribly modern hardware. The drive cage is mounted sideways (I guess people constantly swap hard drives?), which I suppose is fine, although the connectors face towards the "wrong" side of the case, so you'd have to take both panels off. My problem is that this kind of configuration requires right-angle plugs on both your SATA and power cables, of else they're far too long. My power supply doesn't have angled plugs, and I don't seem to have any kind of an adapter. Luckily I still had a 5.25" adapter kit so I stuck the hard drive in one of the drive bays, but that's kind of dumb. The drive cage is technically removable, by the way- it's held in by about a dozen screws. I ended up taking mine out so I had a place to put the giant wad of cables that you get with a non-modular power supply. That was frustrating as well, because the case assembler stripped the heck out of a couple screws, so I had to cut them off with a Dremel.
Also, the front USB 3 ports have a different motherboard plug than USB 2, and that was a surprise to me. If you don't have a 19 pin USB 3 header on your board (it's giant and blue), you'll need to pick up an adapter so you can attach the ports to the header on your motherboard. Newegg sells them for like $4, just make sure you get one if you need it.
The fan control is kind of a cute feature, I guess, but I opted not to use it. The switch and associated cables come out with two screws, and the included fans are standard 3-wire case fans. I just plugged them into the headers on my motherboard. There really isn't much space for cable routing, so plan ahead!
Pros: Sleek, modern look.
1x 5.25" bay (if you need one)
Grommet hole on PSU shroud for PCIE
Pre-installed ATX standoffs (I'm lazy)
Fits alot of fans for a small (ATX) case
No sharp edges, despite low price point
Cons: No 'standoff peg' to make MOBO mounting easier.
Cable management is TIGHT
Not the best airflow (but not the worst either)
Only a single 120mm fan included
No room for custom water loop, but why would you do that in a budget case anyway?
Overall Review: Especially for a budget case, this baby is high quality. Tempered glass side panel looks really nice compared to the acrylic windows of other budget cases. If you want/need a 5.25" bay, this is one of the nicest looking cases you're going to find. This is a smaaaaaall ATX case. I dont think ive seen another case (especially one that looks this nice) be this small. ATX MOBO barely fits, and i like it! If you want a modern looking case that still has an ODD, there arent many options out there. The nicest looking cases with ODDs, in my opinion, are this one, the fractal define 7 & the fractal define R6. The Define series is great, but theyre also huuuuuge by comparison. Not to mention, they arent very budget friendly if your cash is tight. This one is unquestionably the nicest one in its price range. Theres no real room for any liquid cooling other than an AIO, but once again, its a budget case. If want a simple, clean, modern looking case with an ODD, this is definitely one to look at. Especially if your budget is tight. Also, personal opinion: mount a 140mm facing upward on the top fan mount. It takes care of the 'poor thermals' people complain about. Unless youre a serious overclocker, which would make me ask why youre looking at a small form factor case with no room for a custom liquid loop anyway.
Pros: The case is good looking, clean lines with good airflow for lower end or older PCs that need a new case. Its not a high end Corsair case so have realistic expectations. Comes with built in mesh dust filters on the front panel intakes and a easy to remove dust filter for the power supply. The expansion card slot covers are not the cheap breakout style and can be put back if you take out the wrong one.
Cons: With a tower air cooler installed plugging in the rear fan and CPU 8 pin power can be difficult. With a Ryzen stock cooler, intel stock cooler or possibly a low profile aftermarket air cooler it shouldn't be an issue plugging in any power connections. The cable management under the right side panel is tight due to minimal room but its possible even with a non modular power supply. The hard drive trays seems a bit cheap but they get the job done. No top dust filter with a very open mesh top vent. Includes only one rear exhaust fan, I dropped in a 120mm fan I had in my parts box as a front intake.
Overall Review: If you buy this case with realistic expectations its a good case, if you're expecting a high end Corsair case for $50 you'll be disappointed. For $50 or less its a reasonable case for a lower end PC build or upgrading and older PC to a new case.
Pros: simple, thoughtful design with no obvious problems
Cons: material is so thin that it deforms easily and both of my cases were damaged on arrival
Overall Review: I have used the 200R cases for a while and thought I would "downgrade" to the 100R for some of my basic office users. I was not prepared for the case material to be so thin... both cases arrived damaged, and not just cosmetically. The back panel where the monitor, speakers, USB etc are located was so deformed I could not get the motherboard connector plate installed. Also, the top of the cases were dented inward. These cases were well packed and the boxes showed no sign of major trauma. I think the material is just so thin, that it's hard for them to stand up to the rigors of modern shipping.
Pros: The Deepcool Gammaxx 400 fits this case.
Cons: 1) The power supply air intake sucks in dust from the floor. That's the problem with a low mounted power supply.
2) The fans it comes with are not PWM, just a hi/med/low switch. I replace them with PWM fans. There is not much room (depth) for the front fan, so a standard size fan will not fit. You have to use a 15mm fan, which are more expensive and harder to find. A "ID-COOLING #12015" fits. 120mm dia, 15mm deep.
3) There is no place to mount a fan that will blow on the upper disk tray. And the tray bottom is solid, it does not have ventilation holes. Best to drill some holes in it before you install the MB & disks.
Overall Review: This case works fine, but I wish it were a little longer.
Good news---the Deepcool Gammaxx 400 fits this case.
Pros: - Looks great in a business setting. clean lines.
- 2 120mm fans, yet it's quite
- room for big video cards
- power supply on the bottom. keeps center of gravity low, room for big p/s. I have 1000watt'er.
- standoffs installed for ATX motherboard.
- feet are attached solidly. (not glued on as some really cheap cases)
Cons: - hdds are a little tricky to install, as the cables connect in the back, but, it looks nice from the front
- there is some kind of fan speed switch in the back. useless and in the way.
- no fan directly on hdds. you could add a 120mm slim fan without much problem. (my seagate hdds are running 6 degrees C over ambient.
Overall Review: recommend.
Pros: It a BOX to hold my parts
Cons: Very cramped for space. Horrible power button. Some weird flush rocker panel styled reset/power switch, with HDD-LED on the reset side and power-on on the power side. The first one failed on me. The second one seems fine. I've had 4 of these style.
Overall Review: I crammed a high end system in the case (X99, 5920k, 32GB RAM, and GTX 1080) that I added more fans. Two intake and one exhaust. It managed to keep everything cool. overall I gave it 5-stars as I knew what I was getting into and it served its purpose well, with the exception of 1 power switch breaking. I can't take away a star for one faulty switch.