Corsair Carbide 270R Review
Up Close: Interior
Aside from the whopping great CPU mount hole, the most obvious thing about the interior of the 270R is the absence of a 3.5" drive cage at the front. With massive HDD sizes and with a great many people using online storage there's really no need for banks of 3.5" drives in a case anymore, and more and more manufacturers are cottoning on to this. The upshot of course is that there's so much space up front for rads and fans.
Talking of which, those look suspiciously like mounting holes for 120mm and 140mm fans. Reckon you can get a 360 in here? Well if you've read the tech spec on page one you'll know that you can. While you're at back on page one reflect on the cases ability to house GPUs up to 370mm long, PSUs up to 225mm long and CPU tower coolers up to 170mm high.
Corsair have added the ever popular PSU cover, and as it has ventilation mesh on the top side it means you can mount your PSU either way up. Cast a glance down the front of the case and you'll spy what look suspiciously like reservoir and pump mounting slots.
The rear of the case is an absolute ventilation fest, with seven PCI slots and slotted mounts for a 120mm fan.
Up in the roof there are slots for both 120mm and 140mm fans, or 240/280mm rads. The slots are stood off, but it doesn't look to be by much. We'll get a better idea when we come to the cooling page.
If you do want to fit 3.5mm rads there's space round the back to fit a pair vertically stacked above each other in a very similar way to which I modded my NZXSPC build a few years back (just sayin). There are also mounts for a brace of 2.5" drives and with plenty of cable management holes and cable tie points, taming those cables should be a pretty easy job.
But masses of cable tie points mean nothing if there just isn't the space. Fortunately the 270R has a good 19mm of room to play about in, which should be enough room even for those of you among us who just stuff the cables in and cram the side panel back on. You know who you are.