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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case Review

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case Introduction:

I am always excited to see a new case from Corsair show up at my door. Just when you think you have seen it all, just when you think there can't be anything new in case designs, a case shows up that surprises you. It can't be easy making a case stand out from all the rest. Modern manufacturing methods have shortened the concept-to-shelf time, but it can still be a gamble to come up with a winning design that has the right aesthetics and feature set - all for the right price.

Over the years, many case manufacturers have wowed us with amazing cases, and the list continues to grow. Corsair has certainly been a leader in case architecture and the SPEC-OMEGA RGB offers a new "slant" on case design - see, I said slant because it has all the funky angles on the exterior - too early for a pun? Okay, so anyway the SPEC-OMEGA RGB might just one to add to that list of amazing cases.


Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case:

The SPEC-OMEGA comes in two flavors - the standard SPEC-OMEGA and the SPEC-OMEGA RGB case, which is the one I have today. The standard SPEC-OMEGA comes in black, white, and red, while the RGB version only comes in black and white. It looks rather subdued when the power is off, but as you will see later (and in the video review) the case really comes to life when it is powered up. The asymmetrical style sets the case apart from the usual rectangular flat panels often seen in case designs. 



The rear of the case is fairly standard with seven expansion slots and the PSU located at the bottom. The included rear 120mm RGB fan has a slotted mount so it can be adjusted up or down as necessary. The front I/O panel has the power button at the top followed by two USB 3.0 ports below. Next are the headphone and mic jacks, and finally the hard drive activity light and the reset button. I like to see the reset button far away from the rest of the I/O since I somehow have the ability to accidentally hit the reset button.



With the side glass removed, the interior of the case is revealed showing the lower PSU and hard drive shroud, as well as the included front and rear 120mm RGB fans. After all of the panels are stripped away, the base chassis is exposed. There is room at the top for up to a 240mm radiator, and up to a 360mm radiator in front. The motherboard tray can accommodate a Mini-ITX, a MicroATX, or a standard ATX motherboard.



The mesh top section has room for up to a 240mm radiator if you are going the liquid cooling route. However, if you only need some additional airflow, there are also slots for the installation of 120mm and 140mm fans.



I like to strip a case down to the basics when I do a system build. It is sometimes overkill, but it really frees up space for access during cable routing. At the bottom, next to the power supply, there is room for two 3.5" hard drives and behind the motherboard, there are three spots for solid-state drives.



Once you get the system fired up, the light show begins. The real fun starts after you download the iCUE software, which allows you to control every aspect of the light show.



The 120mm RGB fans are just amazing. Remember when a fan moved air and that was it? Pictures can't do the lighting effect justice. You really need to see it in person.



The iCUE software really opens to door to what can be done with the lighting effects, and you need to watch the review video below to see what I mean. After you get it installed, it doesn't take long until you can see the true power of the iCUE software.


When case lighting first came out many years ago, you were limited to a single color, and your control was limited to off or on. That was about it. Later, you could change colors, but you were still limited to a single color at a time. Now you can control every aspect of the light show with unlimited color selections. RGB control has been out for a little while now, and the list of hardware with RGB integration is mind-bending. Too much RGB? Still want more? That is up to you!




Now it's time to take a look at the case in more detail, so click below for a video review of the Corsair SPEC-OMEGA RGB. Then come back and check out more information on the Specifications, Features, and Testing page.

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  1. Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case: Specifications & Testing
  3. Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA RGB Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Gaming Case: Conclusion
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