Corsair today announced two cases. About the Crystal Series 570x you could read earlier in the day, but we can not remember Corsair Carbide 270R. This model positions Corsair, at least looking at functionality and pricing, opposite the popular S340 NZXT Source. We tested the mid-range ATX enclosure using our standard test to see how the newcomer Corsair itself maintains – of course compared with another 33 other castes which more or less fall into the same price range.
The popularity of housing without external 5.25 “or 3.5” expansion areas just seems to take, at least if we look at the offerings from manufacturers and the stories told about sales of such models. The optical drive has been pronounced dead appropriate times, but if it were up to the cabinet manufacturers, he had been buried. Although such a device at times may still prove useful, apparently more and more people that conclusive a USB version. Front-panel extensions fan controllers and card readers do not seem to be a reason to stop the rise of this type of cabinets. Earlier this year, Corsair was already with the Carbide 400C which has a completely “closed” front panel, now introduces Corsair Carbide 270R, at a lower price point.
Corsair Carbide 270R has a suggested retail price of 67.90 euros for the version with window and 64.90 euros for the version without a look on the inside. Perhaps it is a little lower when he later actually on the shelves. At time of writing, we do not see him for less than 95 euros in price comparison, but that price is clearly not based on disclosures made by Corsair itself.
We have a lot of cases tested in the mid-range segment. For this comparison, we achieved somewhat arbitrary all the cabinets from the database that cost between 55 and 100 euros – Corsair Carbide 270R thus moves somewhere in that field. It is seen that Corsair Carbide 270R in size does not jump out of the band.
Corsair has nice sleek Corsair Carbide 270R. A typical of the brand is the front panel with the curved top and bottom, we are used to a little more straight lines of the brand. On the other hand, we saw something similar also in the 600Q earlier this year and of course the 570X earlier today. Striking is the lack of a (magnetic) dust filter at the top. That hebbben we seen more often in cheaper Carbide models, but in the year 2016 still a remarkable choice – a BW9000 Sharkoon just has such a facility and is not significantly more expensive.
The connections for USB 3.0 (two pieces), audio inputs and outputs as well as power and reset Corsair has tucked under one of the overhanging edges of the front panel. Remarkably, it has done just that on the right, while the window of course is on the left. So you put your system right next to you to admire your beautiful configuration, then back to the right you have to touch perceive the front sockets. You put the left down to well with these connections, you will not see the inside.
The rear of Corsair Carbide 270R is reasonably predictable: seven expansion plates, at the bottom of food, space for a 12-cm fan at the top. Noting the flexible suspension points here so you do not quickly get in trouble in terms of various radiators.
As we know from the Carbide Series 270R is also firmly on four separate legs. At the bottom of the removable dust filter is still just visible to the protection of the power supply.
If we consider the look as a whole, Corsair Carbide 270R looks fine, but a bit on the bare side. He is at first glance not as a mid-range unit, previously an entry level. The finish of the steel is fine and we are no sharp edges against, but without dust on top, he looks somewhat bare and not very inspired arrive the matte black plastic front panel on. On the other hand, those who simply are probably pretty happy looking sleek design is from. Let’s first move the gaze out the inside before we pass judgment.
we remove the panel with window from the left of the Corsair Carbide 270R, we see a very empty inside. Of course we do not expect brackets externally accessible 5.25 “or 3.5”, but we see no hard drive cage at the bottom – the front is so empty that you’d almost wonder why the cabinet is not less deep run . The answer we give anything away, but let us look a little further.
Remarkable is the large cutout in the motherboard plate for mounting the backplate of the CPU cooler – which is downright charming call. Coolers allowed in height, 17 cm, which is hefty for a cabinet in this price range. Video card is obviously too much space because nothing stands in their way. 37 cm is the space above – more than enough for every conceivable consumer card. For the power supply is mounted a metal cover, which makes for a neat look. Cables can rid you through two large openings in a more bold part of the motherboard plate. They are not provided with rubber grommets, which still looks just a little less tidy. In this price range is the omission thereof not exceptional, the S340 from NZXT we find they do not, but that brand does have camouflaged the openings.
The back of the motherboard plate shows what happened with the mounting points for 3.5 “storage: they are put vertically against being bulged portion at the front of Two brackets slide them in place, as we so often. see 2.5 “disks. Corsair has equipped with rubber to prevent counteract vibrations holders – how well it works, we will see in our measurements. Behind the motherboard itself is still room for two 2.5 “devices, so you can rid your SSD’s for example. With a total of four positions can not hold on, but it will suffice for most purposes, especially in this time of great capacity per disk or drive, as we reported earlier today.
Corsair supplies standard two fans with it, one of which is mounted to the rear. It is a further indication of not equipped with 12 cm specimen. Here you can also lose a 120mm radiator for water cooling, if you will.
On the front we find a transparent red LEDs provided 12 cm fan. Again it is not clear what type it is. If you want you can put in the front three 12cm fans, or two 14 cm specimens. What can also be a water-cooling radiator, 360 mm is the maximum, 280 mm can also be, or less so.
At the top is space for two 12 cm or two 14 cm fans or one 240mm radiator. A 280 mm specimen can in theory but Corsair indicates that potentially brings the installed motherboard compromised.
Furthermore, worth mentioning are the attachment points for a water pump and reservoir in the front part of the motherboard plate, down near the front panel.
So we do a total of four measurements. The first set is at a heat of 200 watts, the second one at a heat of 400 watts. Both sets we carry out with the fans running at low and at high rotational speed. We accomplish this by setting the voltage of the fans 7, 12 volts, respectively. When a case in the first set (200 watts) temperatures above shows record 30 degrees, we usually carry a second set of measurements 400 watts out. When temperatures exceed 40 degrees, we usually stop the test.
At 200W heat load with the fans at full speed revolution we see a nice high in the graph the Corsair Carbide 270R. He sits on a comparable level with the standard and Elite versions of the S340 NZXT Source and well above the very interesting BW9000 Sharkoon price / performance. Corsairs also own 230T is somewhat lower in the rankings. The Obsidian 450D makes it clear better, but it is also much more expensive. The Carbide 300R, long one of our favorite mid-range cabinets, which has become much more expensive since the introduction, which is higher.
The second set of the four tests we do with a heat of 400 watts. Here it is thus much more difficult for the housings in order to dissipate the heat as quickly as possible.
With twice as high thermal load, we see that the Corsair Carbide 270R with the fans at full speed of rotation can keep up just fine. The distance to the S340 also increases.
As always, the noise equivalent of cool results.
We test cases always without spinning fans, purely to see how effective they dampen sound. On models equipped with additional amenities for this is that graph interesting enough to include in the review – to see is that there are small but significant differences.
The Corsair Carbide 270R does not do particularly well here. Our troublemaker of a hard disk it can not fill up, all is 33.9 dB (A) not that bad. A silent drive you hear probably not, so install a 5400 rpm disk which came from our tests for noise and you have no problems.
With the fans at low speed, the Corsair Carbide 270R toward the bottom of the graph. The measured 35.1 dB (A) is not catastrophic loud, but it can clearly quieter. We must also note that this is clearly not the strongest side of the Corsair, was only less cooling Graphite 230T significantly higher. The better cooling 300R and 450D – and all the 100R Silent – are much further down.
The second cabinet introduction of Corsair makes us less warm up than the first day. Corsair Carbide 270R is not expensive enough decent and certainly a good option if you are around 60 to 70 euros which is looking for. He cools in its price range and excellent noise is acceptable, albeit not as quiet as you could possibly wish for.
The finish we had Corsair like to see put some more steps, both internally and externally. The omission of a filter at the top when there is present a large grille today we really not find acceptable. Definitely not a party that can purchase as large as Corsair. The impression that Corsair Carbide 270R primarily a “cost down” of the sharp price rise since introduction 300R. Of course he is right up to date in terms of installation options for water cooling and in that context we can also accept that there is less space for storage, but we can not help avoid the impression that you have less value then gets Corsair in the past and commanded by other models.
If we compare Corsair Carbide 270R with the S340 from NZXT, he does it on paper better, with more space for water cooling and case fans and more space for a large air cooler. Also looking at the test results he crosses the better of that closet, with comparable or better cooling performance and comparable noise. In terms of price it will be competitive. Yet it is hard not to see it as a ‘me too’ product, Corsair Carbide 270R. The S340 design seems a bit more thought out – for example, looking at the size of the window – and it has more own ‘face’ than Corsair Carbide 270R. However, we do not weigh them in our final verdict. For this we look purely at our test data and the capabilities of the product. And falls on it, especially in this price range, much to bargain. For us, the choice of a cabinet around 70 euros with Corsair Carbide 270R thus got a little more difficult, and a Great Value award in place.