At first, we were not so sure about the 275R, and it is because we have seen many very similar to it. However, Corsair has done a lot of things right with this chassis. We like the aesthetics of a solid front panel, all one color cases, which do their best not to impede on the view inside. Corsair offers the large area inside we all expect, they delivered on a PSU cover and grommets to keep everything clean and tidy, and is a chassis that does not short anyone on places to tie wires to.
There is plenty of room behind the motherboard tray for wires and 2.5" drives without panel fitment issues, and it comes with easy to access and remove dust filters in the front of the chassis and under the PSU. While not the fanciest of cases to ever leave Corsair, the Carbide 275R is precisely what the market is gravitating to the most.
With the good, there does come a little bit of bad news too. We are of the camp that if you are offerACing a vertical GPU mounting location, said chassis should come with all of the parts needed to make that happen, namely a PCIe riser of some form. Corsair does not offer one inside of the box, and it is likely you will have to go to eBay or some other location to find something affordable. The other thing we noticed, is that with all that noise coming from this chassis, the amount of airflow is not all that great.
It will keep you from frying components inside of it, but with the limitations of the intake behind thin slits and a dust filter, those who like to push boundaries will want to ponder changing the cooling. The last bit is partially our fault, but we do wish the screws holding the glass in, were better. By removing the glass once for images, replacing it for later images, removing it to pull out the hardware when we were done, by the time we went to box it up we noticed a screw was stripped. Pay special attention to this when it comes to the door panel because it is something that could happen easy enough to you too.
We do not feel that the MSRP is out of line. At a $79.99 MSRP set for the chassis we just looked at, there is quite a bit of bang for the buck here. The 275R hits all of the boxes as to what is hot in today's market, and they have done it with elegance, a clear view of the interior, and with an aesthetic which fits into any environment. The Carbide 275R Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis is a great starting point, as it is a case that can grow as your needs increase, offers some modularity to accommodate those who want to use bigger PSU's, and in the end, the build looks fantastic. If it were our money and were in the market for a mid-tower chassis, the 275R falls in our top ten right now, maybe even our top five.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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The Bottom Line: Affordable, stylish, open, and delivered with a terrific view, the Carbide 275R hits what users are looking for right on the mark! Corsair may have been a little late releasing it, but to some, the wait was surely worth it.
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