Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Corsair has released three new cases for the holiday season. In this trio, we have a "builder grade" offering, one that steps up the game a fair bit, and yet another that takes Corsair chassis design to a whole new level. As we bring forth these new cases, we are starting with the most affordable solution and working our way up from there. While this chassis we are about to show you may not be your first choice of the three new designs, it surely is the most affordable of them, and is handily one of the most builder-friendly designs we have seen for the money.
Even though this chassis is affordable, this does not mean that Corsair has just slapped their name on a basic black box, quite the contrary in fact. Just at a glance, we see many options like a side panel with a window, a plethora of cooling options, and even with a minimalistic design afoot, there is a dedicated cable routing area, hidden storage, and even a PSU cover. In this instance, you do not have to break the bank to obtain a chassis with much of the latest and greatest found in the case market today.
This chassis is yet another addition to the Carbide Series, and Corsair is calling this case the Carbide 270R. This case is not a flamboyant Carbide like the 500R, the AIR 540 or 740, nor does it share any of the aggressive stylings of the SPEC cases either. At the same time, we can see why it resides in the Carbide Series, and the 270R is no slouch. What you are about to see from this mid-tower chassis is plenty of features, aesthetics which are clean and minimalistic, yet attractive enough to satisfy much of their customer base. For what you get in the Carbide 270R, it is hard to argue with the low pricing that comes along with it, and could make the Carbide 270R wildly popular, even with those used to higher-end cases.
In our chats before the release of this chassis, we were sent information about it, such as the features we just covered, pricing information, and were supplied this chart covering the specifications of the 270R. In this chart, we are first given the 460mm deep, 210mm wide, and the 509mm height dimensions. There is no mention of weight, but we did see 17 pounds on the shipping label, so taking a rough guess, the 270R is close to 13 pounds without packaging included. We then move into the bay configuration, where we find there are no drive bays in the front of the 270R, but there are two trays hidden behind the motherboard tray for 2.5" drives. At the same time we are offered two trays for 3.5" drives closer to the front of the chassis, yet still kept out of sight.
We then move right into the cooling. In the windowed version of the 270R, you get a pair of fans, yet with the solid side panel version you get only one 120mm fan at the rear. In the windowed version, a second fan is shipped inside of the chassis, and it is also a 120mm fan, but it is also red LED lit when powered. As to the water cooling support, this does not deviate in either chassis option. There is room for a 360mm or 280mm radiator in the front, but the back can only support a single 120mm radiator. The top of the chassis is shown to only house a 240mm radiator option, but here the chassis is also drilled to house 140mm fans as well as 120mm fans.
The rest of the chart covers a few good points as well. We see the mention of seven expansion slots found at the back of the case. We also see that the front I/O includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a power and reset button, headphone, and microphone 3.5mm jacks, but no mention of the backlit power button or the HDD LED light found in the mix. For those who plan to air cool their CPU, the 270R has 170mm of room for those. The PSU has a groove it has to slide through, thus limiting its length to 220mm, and depending on the cooling used at the front of the 270R, there is 370mm of room for those.
As this review is being read, the NDA has lifted. We are not sure if Newegg or Amazon took early shipments to have the Carbide 270R in either flavor ready to go upon release. What we do know is that even if you do end up having to wait a little bit for the stock to become available, the prices found at the bottom of the chart are impressive. If you plan to opt into the 270R with a solid left side panel, you will only need to come up with $59 to obtain it. If you like to look at your hardware, you can opt for the 270R with a tinted window on the left side of the chassis, and on top of that, you also get a red LED fan, which requires only a slight hike in pricing to $69.
While we usually like to reserve our bang for the buck comments until later, just on paper, this Carbide 270R is worthy of every dime - but wait until you see it.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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