PCs need cases, of course, unless you’re building an open-air rarity, and there were a slew of zany ones revealed in January.
Corsair’s new Carbide cases may be the most pedestrian of the bunch, but you don’t want to overlook this trio, which scratches the itches of all sorts of PC builders. The $80 Spec-Alpha (pictured above) features an aggressive gamer-centric design, while the more neutral Corsair Carbide Quiet 400Q and Carbide Clear 400C are almost identical $100 black boxes. The former features sound-dampening materials inside and the later includes a swing-out clear case window to show off your beloved components.
All three rock Corsair’s “Direct Airflow Path,” which is a fancy marketing term for saying the standard 5.25-inch optical drive bay doesn’t come in these cases, allowing free airflow from the fans at the front of the case all the way to the fans at the back of the case, right over your hot-hot-hot hardware.