The Carbide 270R from Corsair is full of win. This chassis is affordable to anyone who wants to build a system. The aesthetics may be mundane, but there is something to be said about clean simplicity in chassis design too. The lack of noise coming from the case is great, but considering only two fans are cooling the inside at this time, we shouldn't hear much. The side panel option to have a window is excellent and shows off all of the gear inside of it well. We also like that we got a PSU cover in this design, as well as hidden storage. Of course, none of that matters if you opt for the solid side panel version, but it will make maintenance on these builds very easy.
There are only a select few downsides to this design that we have found. We did make mention that there was not an intake filter, at least in the traditional sense. There are thin screens that are located on the sides of the bezel, but if you live in a dusty environment, this will make the sides of the bezels dirty rather than allowing it to pass that tight mesh and get caught in front of the fans, hidden from view.
The second issue is the fact that they covered the front of the PSU cover. We understand it is done to contain wiring, and with water cooling in the front, it can keep wires out of the fans, but it makes it tough on modular PSU owners. While you can plug them in before installing the PSU, adding cables later for more gear as your build grows can be complicated by this.
The last thing that may be a miss in this design is the location of the front I/O panel. As many set the chassis on a desk, if it is off to the right to be able to gaze into the side panel window, reaching said I/O panel can get to be a pain. This also means that connections would need to be made blindly to the USB 3.0 and HD audio ports and jacks.
With such an affordable price point, and the idea being to solve all of the concerns of the market sticking within that budget, we do feel that Corsair did a great job with the Carbide 270R. It is packed with features found in high-end cases, it is sturdy enough to safely house your gear, yet at the same time offers plenty of room inside as well as behind the motherboard tray to keep the build looking clean to view through the optional side window. Being aesthetically simplistic allows this chassis to go in any environment and not stand out, and the 270R is something many will appreciate.
As tested in this review, you too can have all of this for just $69. Keep in mind, you can opt out of the side panel window and the red LED fan in the front, and obtain the base version of the Carbide 270R for just $59. The Corsair Carbide Series 270R is not only a chassis which is simple to work in and get terrific results, making it builder friendly, but it is also wallet friendly, and to most, that is the biggest factor when choosing a chassis to build in.
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)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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The Bottom Line: With only a couple of small issues, Corsair's Carbide 270R is a whole bunch of case for the money invested! It has all of the latest in chassis design, its simplistic styling does not offend anyone, and it is a case which will grow as your needs increase.
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