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Corsair Carbide Spec-04 Tempered Glass Review

Rating: 8.0.

Corsair's Carbide series is renowned for its variety, with cases to match many a system build. At the budget end, one of its more attractive products is the Spec-04; a reassuring reminder that for around £60 both engaging design and a side-panel window are attainable.

Corsair has spotted an opportunity for the Spec-04 though, choosing to augment it to fit a current trend. As the name suggests, the Carbide Spec-04 Tempered Glass switches out the perspex. In its place is a full glass side panel offering an unimpaired internal view. 

A single change might not seem a big deal for a budget case. Actually it can make a huge difference, especially when appearance can put users off cases which otherwise have ample options and features. In this review we re-visit the benefits and sticking points of the Spec-04, to find if a tempered glass side can lift a largely dependable chassis.



  • Type: Midi Tower Case
  • Motherboard Support: ATX (up to 272mm), Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Colour: Black with red front panel detail
  • Case Material: Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
  • Power Supply Orientation: Bottom
  • Internal 3.5″ Bays: 3
  • Internal 2.5″ Bays: 2
  • Expansion Slots: 7
  • Front Ports: 1 x USB3.0, 1 x USB2.0, Audio x 2
  • Fans included: 1x 120mm w/ Red LEDs
  • Fan mounts – 2 x 120mm/140mm, 3x 120mm
  • Front radiator compatibility: 1 x 120/140/240mm
  • Read radiator compatibility: 1 x 120mm
  • 140mm radiator mounts:  140mm front
  • Clearance: VGA – 370mm, CPU Cooler – 150mm, PSU – 225mm
  • Dimensions: 433mm H x 196mm W x 484mm D

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