Cooling performance is right where we’d expect it to be with the use of two 120mm fans – right in the middle of the charts for both CPU and GPU. The CPU likely benefits from the porous roof, and the front intake with gaps for airflow means the graphics cards gets enough cool air to take care of itself. Given that the fans are fairly quiet at full speed, we’re satisfied with the cooling offered by this chassis.
That said, Corsair has been sorely lacking a decent competitor in this vital part of the market, and the Carbide Series 275R fits the bill nicely. It has ample room to support the hardware and cooling likely to be used with a case this size and at this price, it’s easy to work with, and build quality is solid as is default cooling performance. It’s not perfect, but there are no critical flaws.
There’s a definite air of Phanteks’ P400S Glass, especially with that front underglow lighting, and the two are very similar. The Phanteks case would net you integrated fan control and RGB lighting as well as the potential for more 3.5” HDDs (with extra brackets sold separately), but in turn Corsair’s case costs a little bit less. As such, this safe bet slots into the market nicely enough, and comes recommended to anyone looking for a mid-tower that costs no more than £80.
February 24 2020 | 12:00