This is What Airflow Feels Like : Corsair 3000D RGB Airflow Cabinet Review
Reviewed by Rounak Roy
Corsair Introduced a new product to their lineup of Airflow cases, "The Corsair 3000D". Corsair's 3000D Airflow PC case has a striking appearance, with a front panel covered with triangular holes, and delivers on what it promises: sufficient, well, airflow to keep your PC components cool under duress. It's not the most feature-packed ATX mid-tower we've seen for under $100, but it's a steal at $94.99 with a tempered-glass side panel. However, its low price and high build quality make it worth considering if you're looking for a stylish-on-a-budget PC case while saving up for the goods inside.
DESIGN & OVERVIEW
The tag "Airflow" is not a mere marketing gimmick. Corsair included a perforated triangular front panel to allow for additional internal ventilation. The top is perforated too and covered by a big magnetic dust screen, while the rear of the case is perforated from top to bottom. Overall, this creates a low-resistance channel for air to flow right through the case. Three 120mm Corsair RGB fans are pre-installed in front to help things along. The fans use the standard 3 pin non-proprietary RGB so they can be connected to any current lineup of ARGB controllers. There isn't as much airflow between the two sides of the chassis. There are no openings for air to pass through on either side, the right panel is a single solid sheet of steel, while the left panel is made of tempered glass. But because there is a lot of airflow elsewhere and the design is front-to-back, this shouldn't significantly affect cooling.
The triangular holes continue on the interior of the case. Similar to other contemporary chassis, the 3000D Airflow is divided into two primary sections. The motherboard is located in the upper compartment, while the power supply and storage devices are located in the lower compartment, which is walled off behind a shroud. The metal sheet that divides these two sections, in contrast to most competing cases, is covered in the same triangular perforations as the case's front. This should assist in maintaining a somewhat cool power supply. The supply is segregated in the majority of these case designs and is left to manage its own airflow through the bottom panel.
The loadout of ports is one of the locations where a budget case will reveal its potential. The Corsair 3000D Airflow's front I/O panel, which is really located above the case, is plentiful. By today's standards, this panel is relatively simple, with only two USB 3.0 Type-A ports. In addition, the standard reset and power buttons are included, along with a headphone/microphone combination connector.
It is a largely enjoyable experience to build a system within the 3000D Airflow enclosure. Easily removing and reattaching the side panels of the chassis is a slight issue that I discovered mainly because of the sharp edges of the screw and the tight threads. Ideally, after your build is complete, you won't need to do it too often. There isn't much to get in the way of the motherboard's installation, so it fits in there very easily. Cables can go from the right side of the case (behind the motherboard tray) to the left side of the case through a ridge at the front of the case. However, this ridge is placed far enough forward so that installing the motherboard shouldn't be impeded. Not to mention, the case supports motherboard from ITX to E-ATX.
Corsair provides space for four storage devices in total. A drive cage at the bottom of the case may accommodate two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives, and there are two 2.5-inch drive mounts on the concealed side of the motherboard mounting tray. Along with the motherboard mounting tray, you also receive a fan controller. This controller box is equipped with two Corsair fans that are hooked into it. Ample cable tie hooking spots were also installed by Corsair, which aids in maintaining wires' neatness and organization. It's easy to run cables to devices on both sides of the board because this is positioned right next to the cable cutout in the tray.
Overall, Corsair's 3000D Airflow is a good budget-to-midrange case with a few minor drawbacks. It will be quite a simple task to build a system inside with few obstacles. Even though the case has the same design as Corsair's previous cases, it still looks good when all of the parts and RGB lights are installed. (The three front-panel RGB fans that are provided are pretty good). Not to mention, the case is fairly priced. The above points make the case a solid contender for a TR Gold badge with a 8.5/10 rating.
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