The Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-DELTA RGB case coming in at $89.99CAD is it worth a look?
The CORSAIR Carbide SPEC-DELTA RGB has style. It’s like that fashion-conscious girl you went to high school with. The one with the spandex and leg warmers, complete with the Molly Ringwald hair cut. Unlike the Molly Ringwald look-alike, however, the CORSAIR Carbide SPEC-DELTA RGB won’t laugh in your face if you ask it to prom…
I recently completed a build in the Corsair Carbide Series Spec-Delta RGB, and I have to say, Corsair has it together when it comes to the interior of a case. It’s very well laid out with cut-outs everywhere you would want them with sliding drive cage, dust filters, tactile feel to the power and reset button, to name a few of the features. The Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB case packs a lot into a small footprint. I enjoyed working with and getting to know the layout of this case during my review.
RGB And Tempered Glass Goodness
The Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB case features 3 RGB fans and one blacked-out rear exhaust fan. These fans appear to be a new skew from Corsair, although, at the time of writing this, I could not find a part number for them. It has a tempered glass side panel, so right of it checks a couple of key boxes in today’s case market.
Whether you’re a fan of RGB fans or not, they are showing up more and more pre-installed. I am pretty neutral on the subject, although I would lean towards a focus on build quality overlooks. The Corsair Carbide series Spec-Delta RGB does well at balancing both form and function. One of the reasons I chose this case over others at this price point was the fact that I have had good experiences with Corsairs fans. Since this case will potentially be sitting next to me every day as I work, I wanted something that would be on the quiet side.
Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB Key Features
The contemporary angular design and Direct Airflow Path layout ensure massive airflow to keep your system cool. Light up your system with three RGB LED fans, each boasting six customizable LEDs.
The front panel’s dark, angular accents become transparent when backlit, providing a unique window into your system. A frameless tempered glass side panel window shows off your PC at its best. A full-length PSU cover hides your PSU and cables out of sight, making creating immaculate builds easier than ever. Four included 120mm cooling fans (3x front, 1x rear) provide incredible airflow to cool your system, with room for up to a 360mm radiator at the front, 240mm radiator at the top, and 120mm radiator at the rear.
Connect the three RGB fans to Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, or MSI Mystic Light motherboards to customize and control RGB fan lighting. Two combo 3.5/2.5in trays in a removable cage, a 2.5in tray, and a 2.5in mount provide a wealth of storage options.
The Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB case dimensions are 440mm x 210mm x 450mm. The maximum GPU length that will fit is 330mm. The power supply maximum length is 180mm and a maximum CPU cooler height of 160mm. The case has 7 expansion slots and x2 3.5in drive bays along with x2 2.5in drive bays. The case is made of steel, tempered glass with the front panel being molded smokey clear plastic. For radiator compatibility, it will fit 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm radiators.
The Spec-Delta is compatible with Mini ITX, Micro ATX, and ATX motherboards.
Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB: Cooling
The Spec-Delta RGB comes with 4, 120mm fans pre-installed with 3 of them being RGB fans at the front and 1 blacked out case fan in the rear of the case. Radiator support is ample in the Spec-Delta RGB. The front of the case supports up to a 360mm radiator. At the top of the case, there is room for up to a 240mm radiator and the rear of the case can support up to a 120mm radiator.
The Corsair Spec Delta RGB dust filters protect the case from dust, much like our quick wit and sarcasm protects us and our heart from the cruel, cruel world.
Dust shouldn’t be an issue for the Spec-Delta as it comes with a magnetic dust filter for the top of the case, a removable dust filter for the Power supply, and the openings at the front of the case are mesh.
Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB: Front I/O
The front I/O is simple, modern, and very clean looking. There is 2 USB 3.0 ports, Power, and reset buttons. It also has a combined headphone and mic jack, which is super handy. I hope all cases start coming with this option as its much more convenient than having separate ports.
This case has stylish looks with 4 included fans (three are RGB). It has a tinted tempered glass side panel and an excellent interior layout, which makes it easy to build in. Features dust filters for the PSU and a filter for the top and front (top dust filter is magnetic). The power and reset buttons have a nice tactile feel to them. This case has plenty of room for water cooling and a Power supply shroud. Cable management is decent in this case as well. The back panel has captive thumbscrews, which are very handy; I like seeing those on PC cases.
A pleasant surprise I found while reviewing the Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB case that wasn’t listed anywhere on the product page was that it included a 3 way RGB splitter for the 3 front RGB fans.
The case is quiet even with the 4 included fans and the 2 top fans I installed along with the 240mm liquid AIO. Check out my Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI review for a complete list of my test system.
It keeps temperatures under control, although quite a bit of the front is plastic, it allows for enough air to come in to keep everything cool. With all the testing I did, I never saw CPU temps over 61c at full load, and idle temps were around 33c with room temp being 21c. I also did a stress test with the front panel removed, and CPU temperatures only dropped 2-3 degrees. During gaming temps generally hover in the low 50’s.
Monitoring Software: HWMonitor
The list of bad is pretty small at this price point it’s hard to find much to complain about. It’s smaller than I had envisioned when ordering it, and I was a bit concerned when I took it out of the box. Thankfully the layout was such that I forgot how small it was. The front of the case is plastic, so hopefully, it doesn’t scratch too easily. I looked while writing this, and I couldn’t see any scratches or smudges.
I was also concerned about how much airflow the intake fans would be able to generate. As I stated earlier, however, the temps were held under control. While reviewing the Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB we put it through some heavy torture. Even under full load for an extended period of time temps never rose above 61 degrees. Removing the top dust filter did drop temps a few degrees. So that is an option if you know you are going to be sitting down for a long gaming session.
Final thoughts on the Corsair Carbide Spec-Delta RGB
If your someone who needs maximum airflow and nothing else will do, then this product may not be for you. I think though for the average gamer who is looking to do a bit of overclocking, or for that work station that doubles as a gaming station, it will more than fill your needs. I rather like the balance between looks, silence, and function. At the $89.99cad asking price, it’s a great deal that is worth a look.