Case Build & Finished Product
Many of our frequent readers know we prefer front bezels such as this one. Even with the guts of the 270R filled to the brim with whatever you feel necessary to fit in there, the aesthetics here do not change. Also, in this digital age of downloads, we like that there are no removable bay covers in this design as well.
The Corsair Carbide 270R took on our test system and offered nothing out of the ordinary when it came to assembly. The AIO could have gone in the front or the back; we just happened to choose the top. The motherboard lines up well, but the video card is sagging quite a bit. We would have liked grommets too, but even without them, the build is still clean and tidy.
The dust shield snapped right into the designated area, and the video card does align level across the expansion slots. We also found no issues when it came to mounting the PSU, but we do recommend attaching modular cables before its installation since the front of the PSU cover is blocked off from access.
For our basic wiring needs, we found plenty of room at the back to hide the 8-pin cable, and the 24-pin cable did not conflict with the side panel either. As for the rest of the wiring, it hides well under the PSU cover, and with all the options to pass them through, we were not left wanting when it came to routing or managing the wires.
Almost ready for power, the Carbide 270R has a clean and simple look to it, but that large side panel offers an unimpeded view of the interior. We also like that the front I/O panel is hidden from view, but this can cause issues to the user depending on the placement of the case in your office setting.
Powering up the Carbide 270R illuminates the power button with the glow of blue LED light. While we did miss the HDD activity LED in the five times we attempted to catch the flicker from the SSD, we saw it also glows blue, but were unable to get the timing down to see it here.
Once powered, the 270R comes to life with a slight hum at 28dB of noise, and if you are at the correct angle, you can catch the red LED glowing through the mesh on the front bezel. This fan is too far forward to see unless the room is dark to get some of its glow, but we will admit, this sure looks good regardless.
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- Page 3 [Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Carbide 270R]
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