When you're planning out an ATX case, there are only so many things you can do to make it stand out. Instead of adding fancy lights, a flashy plastic fascia, or a wacky frameless design, Corsair opted to stick with really nailing the basics on its new Carbide 270R. This compact ATX mid-tower case might not stand out in a line-up, but that could be exactly why you'd remember it.
Corsair opted to equip every single fan mounting on the 270R with screw grooves rather than screw holes. That gives builders some linear latitude when mounting fans and radiators, which could make it easier to fit oddly-shaped cooling hardware. The case will take three 120-mm or two 140-mm spinners up front, two of either size in the top panel, and comes equipped with a single 120-mm fan in both the front and rear. Liquid-cooling enthusiasts should be well-served by the 270R, too. The front panel can take in a 360-mm radiator, a 240-mm fin array can go up top, and a 120-mm unit can go in the back.
All that cooling is made possible by the complete omission of 5.25" drive bays on the 270R. For storage purposes, builders will be limited to two 3.5" and two 2.5" drives. That's probably enough storage for the mid-range market this case is targeting, though. Extensive cable routing accomodations and a vanity shroud obscuring the power supply's ugly wiring mark the 270R as a thoroughly modern case. Corsair says the new case should be available now for $60, or $70 with a window.