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Date Published

Jan. 17, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.449 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.596 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This is Moissan, named after the discoverer of silicon carbide, Ferdinand Frederic Henri Moissan. I use it primarily for gaming, but with Electrical Engineering being my major, it will eventually be used for 3D modelling and any other programs I might require.

You may or may not remember a similar rig by the name of Ttammy, which was essentially the same machine, save for the case and a few fans. Yesterday, I transplanted parts from Ttammy into Moissan. Don't worry, I will be donating Ttammy's chassis to my friend who needs me to help him build a computer.

Some exposition as to why I bought the case: My 21st birthday was a couple of days ago, so I thought I might as well get something for myself. When I found out that Corsair released the Carbide Series 88R, I knew that that was what I wanted.

Make no mistake, I'm a typical broke college kid, and this case was purchased with birthday money. I originally bought all of the expensive parts when I had a decent paying job and was attending community college. Now I'm at a full-on university, and school is my primary focus (although I do hold a part-time job at the apartment complex I live in). Anyway, not trying to throw a pity party, so let's go over some of the parts.

Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower I only have three issues with the 88R:

  1. The lack of in-case fan headers.

The ASUS Z97M-PLUS only has three fan headers, with two of them meant for the CPU cooler, so the only way I can power more than one chassis fan is to have the case power the fans, or get a fan hub. The 88R doesn't come with fan headers, so I had to go with the latter option. Luckily, the Thermaltake Core V21 had the same exact problem, so I purchased the Thermaltake Commander FX 10-port fan hub whenever I built Ttammy. Unfortunately, there is no controlling how fast the fans are running, so they are running at max speed constantly. On the other hand, I really don't care because the fans aren't that loud.

Note: I realize I could have used a fan header splitter, but I'd rather not try and power 7 fans from a single header. Not to mention that it would look bad / impede airflow.

  1. Cable management.

This issue is one that I totally expected, given the fact that it's a mATX case, so it's not so much an issue for me as it is something I'd like to make note of in the event someone is looking to build with this case. The RM850 comes with fairly long cables, so managing them was a bit of a challenge. I could have taken some time and cut down the cables to shorter lengths, but I'm a special kind of lazy, so I took almost a whole hour contemplating how to fit as much of the cables behind the side panel. It all worked out in the end, so I'm not going to whine about it.

  1. Air filtering.

Again, this is something that I expected when I bought this case, so not really a personal issue. This case's front panel has three mesh filters (one on the bottom, left, and right sides). The mesh is not very fine, so I can definitely see some dust making its way into my case. Fortunately, the airflow in this case is great, so I don't expect so see much dust settling down.

The pros for this case are that it has a nice tinted window, great airflow (when the cables are properly managed), and has full tower aesthetics that are properly miniaturized to the mATX form factor. In my opinion, it fits perfectly into the Carbide Series.

Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" SSD

I purchased this SSD soon after it was released, and with the firmware updates from Samsung, it's still a solid SSD.

Corsair H105

This is a great little cooler, and since I've got it in push-pull as an intake, it really keeps my CPU temperatures down. Nice and quiet (at least, with aftermarket fans). Not much else to say about it.

Thermaltake Riing and Luna fans

Thermaltake's Riing series is by far my favorite when it comes to being aesthetically pleasing and functional (the static pressure is pretty great).

The Luna series is good as well, bringing decent CFM to the table without being as loud as a jet engine.

Both fan series' are not the quietest on the market (Noctua, be quiet!, and Cougar are the quietest, if I'm not mistaken), but they certainly aren't the loudest.

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

You probably noticed that the price for Windows 10 Pro is definitely not the normal price. That's because I originally had Windows 7 Home Edition, and since I signed up to test Windows 10 before it was officially released, Microsoft upgraded me to Pro. Pretty great deal if you ask me. Aside from the spyware that's in the OS, I really like how it looks and functions. Speaking of the Windows 10 spyware, I use the program Destroy Windows Spying. I could do the registry edits and whatnot myself, but DWS does all of it for me with the click of a button (again, I'm lazy).

Well, that's about all I have to say about this rig. Sorry for the wall of text, I really didn't mean for it to go on for this long. I really enjoyed building in the 88R, and I hope that it is as pleasing to look at for you as it is for me.


2016 Edit: No, I do not plan to upgrade to a 1080/1070 (or whatever comes after)

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Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

+1 for the banana for scale

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! I didn't even upload it to imgur, weirdly enough.

Ninjadudewhat 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Wow. You should.

jimmyruffo 4 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Hey very nice banana +1 How do you like the case and the Riing fans, I have both on my build, also were do you keep the Riing fan hub?

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I like the Riing fans, but they're better off as intake/radiator fans. I'm actually going to switch the top two Riing fans with the Luna fans on the radiator.

I have the fan hub behind the back panel next to the SSD mounts.

The only thing I don't like about the Riing fans is because they're fairly noisey (albeit, they're running at full blast).

I'm probably going to go back to using my Thermaltake Core V21 from my previous build instead of this case. The cable management is kind of ****, and the air filters (if you can even call them "filters") are not good at keeping dust out. I'll admit that this case looks good, but overall, it's not very good when it comes to performance.

Sorry for the wall of text, just thought that I should dot all of the i's and cross all the t's.


jimmyruffo 4 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks, it's nice to know other peoples opinions about this stuff.

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Not sure why, but the numbered list formatting set all the numbers to "1." I'm assuming it's because they're not directly one after the other.

Edit: I feel that I should note that the banana in the second to last picture isn't rotten, it's discolored because it's frozen.

sirnicko1 3 points 39 months ago

I do like the banana for scale. Really puts thing into perspective :D I also am not a fan of the 88R, when I did a build at work in it, it was really hard to cable manage. That could have been a mix of me and the PSU having not so flexible cables

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Dude, I am right there with you on the cable management. My PSU has got some fairly long and flat cables, so it's definitely not meant for such a small case.

Anyway, thanks for liking the banana!

sirnicko1 2 points 39 months ago

No problem. But I lied a little bit, I do like the style and what you can do with it for the price but the whole cable management has put me off it. If it had more tie down points and a little more room for the cables it would be much better

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

And I now just found out that my camera was in 6MP mode, not 16MP... If it is generally agreed upon that I should take higher-quality shots of my PC, then I'll totally do it. For now, I'll just wait to see if the potato-quality is okay.

Edit: I put some higher-quality shots in the mix, but I really don't have the patience right now to move my rig into my living room to retake the floor shots. Hopefully you can forgive me for this.

jimmyroy 1 point 31 months ago

I'm currently planning a build with this case but you have confused me with the cooler set up since I'm planning to use the same one, so three questions... Why the extra fans inside the front panel? Is there no room for the hard drive cage? and any heads up with the bulid? Other than that I love it

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the interest, and will help you very shortly, but I would like to point out that I no longer use this case. Here is my current build (on PCPP at least): https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fL6XsY

Aaaaaaaaanyway, on to your questions.

  1. I have the extra fans in the front so that I could have a push-pull setup, ensuring maximum static pressure (which is important for liquid cooling systems)
  2. If I remember correctly (because I went back to my original case very shortly after this build), there was no extra space for the hard drive in the front if you have the extra fans.
  3. What do you mean by "heads up"? Like an update? If that's the case, then yeah. I actually just swapped out the liquid cooler on my CPU for an air cooler. Similar (if not the same) thermal performance, and I like the aesthetic better.

Well, I hope that I answered your questions effectively. If you have any more, feel free to ask away!

Cheers, CRS

P.S. - I will soon be posting an update with my actual current build. Stick around the Completed Builds section, and you'll probably see it.

jimmyroy 2 points 31 months ago

Sorry about the translation their heads up is just asking for tips, Australian lingo... I want to put a 3.5" hard drive in but now my cooler choice is making me think about that.. Hard drive or extra fans????

Thanks heaps for answering all my questions

CRS10114 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

If I remember correctly, the back area has two 2.5" slots, so perhaps you could get an SSD or 2.5" HDD and still have the extra fans?

That being said, you can definitely get away with only two fans on a radiator. I would recommend looking into static pressure fans (like the Riing series). I would also recommend setting the fans in a "push" configuration (fans are on the innermost side of the radiator). If you do that, then make sure to get some short versions of the screws and some washers to put on the outermost side of the radiator in order to mount it to the case. Doing this should allow you to have the best of both worlds, a liquid cooled CPU and a hard drive in the front.

Just a note here, most fans are 25mm thick, so take that into consideration for the future.

I am always happy to help. Again, if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.