Interior and Build Notes
Getting the side panels off is business as usual with the rear side – but the tempered glass panel is held in place by four threaded bolts which require a hex key to remove.
The hex key needed to remove the side panel is included
This is an unusual choice, with most tempered glass side panels fastened with thumbscrews for easier component access. I suppose it could be argued that hex bolts provide better security, but it’s certainly less convenient.
Once inside we see the expected open interior which will make component installation simple. There are plenty of grommeted cable openings for a clean build, and a 120 mm fan preinstalled on both the front intake and the rear exhaust.
The right side of shroud over the case floor offers an opening for front radiators
Around back we have a clean setup with a total of four 2.5-inch drive mounts (two on the left side in addition to the trays beneath the motherboard cutout) and a pair of 3.5-inch drive trays.
As to the actual build process, there is not much to tell. Component clearance is essentially a non-issue, though the compact interior dimensions mean that top-mounted radiators don’t have as much clearance as a larger case.
The completed build using my standard test components
A 240 mm cooler will still fit up top thanks to the offset fan mount, but not with tall memory modules (Corsair officially recommends low-profile RAM when using the top mount for a radiator). The front is another story, with nothing impeding a radiator installation thanks to the cutout on the lower shroud.
The only concern here is the somewhat narrow intake opening at the front, though we will have to wait until temperature testing to see if airflow is actually inhibited.
Storage installation is a snap for both 3.5 and 2.5-inch drives:
And after some minimal fuss with PSU cables I ended up with a very tidy build from the rear side as well:
With components in place it was time to put the Carbide 275R through the usual tests to assess thermal and noise performance. (Results and conclusions on the next page!)