Corsair Carbide 270R Review
So what do we make of the Corsair 270R? Well let's be upfront about this. We like it. We really like it. Truth be known we're finding it hard to find things we don't like about it, which if you're familiar with these conclusions usually means it's going to be a short one.
From the top then, it's a Mid tower case able to take ATX as well as M-ATX and M-ITX. It'll handle GPUs up to 370mm long, CPU tower coolers up to 170mm high, and PSUs up to 225mm long, so no hardware worries there then. The front of the case is kept free from the clutter of HDDs and SSDs, with a pair of mounts for each hidden behind the motherboard tray, so not only are they out of the way, but so are their cables. Cable management is well sorted with a good 19mm of space and ample cable tie points on offer. Out of the box the case comes with a clear bodied, 120mm red LED fan in the front, and a standard 120mm black fan in the rear. Up front there's room for up to up to 3x120mm fans or 2x140mm fans, with the roof having space for a pair of either 120mm or 140mm. Where this case excells though is in the amount of water cooling options it offers. Up front you can place a 360 or 280 raniator, and with 140mm of room to play with fat rads in push pull are the order of the day. Things are a little tighter in the roof, although it is possible to get a 240mm rad up there with a set of fans. Those of you opting for this placement will want to utilise low profile RAM though as the offset does bring the cooling very close to the motherboard. Provided everything is low enough, it is possible to overlap the motherboard slightly although you will have to demount your rad if you need to access your RAM, but hey, who does that unless something is very broken or they're doing a major overhaul in which case the cooling's probably getting serviced at the same time (or at least it should be). Now, Corsair don't lay claim to the case being able to take a 360mm rad in the roof, but one will actually fit, so if you're handy with the old modding wand and fancy a challenge then this case offers you opportinity to stick a 360 in the roof, and perhaps a fat 240 or 280 in the front.
Right about here is usually where we bang on about all the bits we don't like or where we think the manufacturer has missed an opportunity, but you know what, there's really nothing major. If we were to be hyper picky we'd say that it would have been nice to have rubber grommets on the cable management holes, or we could mention that one of the feet wasn't screwed on properly when the case arrived, but that really is all the dirt we have on the 270R and believe you me, that's not a lot. How can we criticise a case that offers all that the 270R does, at the price it does it for, talking of price, by all means have a look about, but we think you'll find as we did, that for the money it's hard to beat. So we guess that just about wraps it up for the 270R. We're impressed, very impressed. this case is most definitely OC3D Approved