Overall the Carbide 275R fits the description from Corsair, it has a very minimalist design. There are few there are no flashy LED lights, odd angles, or any other fancy design features. Let’s take a quick look at the exterior to see if there are any design feature that might stand out.
The front panel is solid “brushed” plastic with a simple Corsair logo on the front panel. If you have LED fans for the front intake, they will be a waste as they will not shine through the front panel. Just below the Corsair logo is a small cut out section that has something hiding behind it, which we will take a look at later.
Nothing too fancy for the side panel, the entire panel is Tempered Glass, while the cheaper model it will be all acrylic. With the entire panel being Tempered Glass you can see every aspect of the internal components. The side panel is held in place with four hex screws rather than thumbscrews (which I personally would prefer); each of the hex screws have a piece of foam on them to keep from scratching up the side panel and to reduce vibration noise. As the front panel is solid, there are no vent holes for the front intake fans; Corsair has placed a small gap between the side panel and the front panel to allow some airflow.
The top panel features a magnetic filter that when removed reveals a large number of vents on the top panel. There is room for up to a 240mm radiator, or two 120mm fans. At the front of the top panel is the front I/O cluster. The I/O cluster contains the normal features, a power and reset button, standard 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports.
The back panel, we don’t find any major surprises. At the top of the case we have the normal motherboard rear I/O key port, a 120mm exhaust fan, seven expansion ports for the motherboard, and a bottom mounted power supply. The one “unusual” item is the dual vertical expansion ports, that you can use to install your graphics card vertically, allowing you to show it off through the side panel; however Corsair does not provide the bracket you will need to mount your card in this location so you will need to purchase separately.
With a bottom mounted power supply it’ll pull in cool air from the outside, but also a large amount of dust. To rectify this, there is a removable filter on the bottom panel that is easily removed from the back of the case.
On the bottom of the case we find the normal feet to raise the case, each one has a piece of rubber to keep it from sliding around. The feet are round with a “chrome” design to them, giving them a high end look; which used to be very popular on home audio equipment. In addition, there are four screws here that can be removed if you don’t have a need for the internal 3.5″ drive cage.
Let’s remove the side panel and take a look at the interior before building a test system inside the Carbide 275R.