Performance and Final Thoughts

Test Platform
Processor Intel Core i7-7700K
Motherboard ASUS ROG Strix Z270H Gaming
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R9 290X (Reference)
Storage SanDisk 64 GB SATA 6.0 GB/s SSD
Power Supply Enermax RevoBron 600W PSU
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U9S (PWM)
OS Windows 8.1 64-bit

Temperatures

Overall the Carbide 275R offers fair thermal performance, with higher airflow cases naturally producing lower temps. The front intake is somewhat limited with the 275R, so it won’t be the coolest option - though even ‘fair’ results among modern enclosures is not a bad thing with temps falling well within acceptable levels. A non-blower GPU would likely have suffered without additional front intake fans, however.

Noise

A result right in the middle this time, with fairly low idle noise and moderate load noise. The Carbide 275R isn’t a silent case, with no acoustic insulation and a fully vented top panel, but it controls component noise just enough to beat out a couple of high airflow options in the noise department. No problems here.

Conclusion

The Carbide Series 275R offers a good mix of style and functionality, with an effortless build process. My overall impression of the case is a good one, and I personally like the look of it (a black version is also available) quite a bit. My only complaints are the hex bolts affixing the glass panel (admittedly a minor quibble) and the somewhat limited front intake - though temps were not unreasonable. Overall, the stylish appearance and reasonable price ($79.99 as reviewed) make it an attractive new option in this category.

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