CLOSE UP: THE NEW COR­SAIR 280 AND 280X CASES

WE BOR­ROWED SOME TIME FROM AN­NIE JANKOWSKI, COR­SAIR’S PROD­UCT MAN­AGER FOR COOL­ING, AND CHAT­TED ABOUT THE COM­PANY’S NEW 280-SE­RIES CASES

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PCTA: These are evo­lu­tions, are they not, of the orig­i­nal Air 240 case?

Yes! It’s a mi­cro ATX case and there’s the reg­u­lar ver­sion which is a dual-cham­ber de­sign and comes with two stan­dard 120mm fans and there’s the RGB ver­sion which is also the dual-cham­ber de­sign with two RGB fans as well as a light­ing con­troller. With that you can con­trol all of the light­ing in your case – light strips, fans and sync it all to­gether with the other Cor­sair iCUE com­pat­i­ble prod­ucts.

PCTA: Be­ing a dual-cham­bered case there are some ad­van­tages there and ob­vi­ously you can man­age your com­po­nents more ef­fec­tively? There’s three tem­pered glass pan­els on the front cham­ber of the case so you can high­light all your prod­ucts – your cooler, graph­ics card and all the fans and light strips and in the rear cham­ber of the case you can hide the PSU, your SSDs – it fits three SSDs – and two HDDs, and then all the ca­ble man­age­ment can be in the back of the case so if you’re a case builder it’s eas­ier, you can just kind of shove the ca­bles back there in­stead of hav­ing to worry about ca­ble man­age­ment as much, it’s a great case for be­gin­ner builders.

PCTA: It looks like a re­ally de­tailed case with lots of op­tions, there’s ven­ti­la­tion ev­ery­where. There’s four dif­fer­ent fil­ters. There’s a top mag­netic fil­ter, a front mag­netic fil­ter, a bot­tom fil­ter as well as a rear fil­ter for the PSU. So lots of fil­tra­tion op­tions. Lots of places for air­flow, and then there’s lots of cool­ing op­tions as well. There’s an op­tion of hav­ing six 120mm fans in the case in the top, front and bot­tom as well as 140mm fans, and you can fit ra­di­a­tors as well – a 280mm in the top, a 240mm in the front and a 240mm in the bot­tom. So – lots of dif­fer­ent cool­ing op­tions and it’s a great air­flow case.

PCTA: When you say it’s a great case for begin­ners what do you mean by that?

It’s a lower price case be­cause it’s smaller, so it’s a mi­cro ATX case, so you can use mini ITX or mi­cro ATX boards, which is a lit­tle lower in cost. And, be­cause of the dual cham­ber de­sign it’s eas­ier for begin­ners, they don’t have to worry about their ca­bling, they don’t have to per­fectly route all the ca­bling be­cause you just can’t see it – so ca­ble man­age­ment is very easy in this case.

PCTA: It looks like a com­pli­cated case - it’s cer­tainly not a plain case – but once it’s all ti­died up it re­ally comes into its own style-wise, I think.

This is one of my favourite cases! I like the style. It’s a great case to show off your com­po­nents and hide the ones you don’t want to show at all!

PCTA: We’ve just been hear­ing all about the new iCUE sys­tem which seems like an all new thing to re­place Cor­sair Link. Tell me about the 280X – the one that comes with the con­troller and what its ca­pa­bil­i­ties are?

The 280X RGB case comes with the Light­ing Node Pro which al­lows you to con­nect your light strips and your RGB fans and then con­trol that light­ing through our iCUE soft­ware. If you have a Cor­sair cooler or Cor­sair mem­ory, for ex­am­ple our new Vengeance RGB Pro, you can go into iCUE and se­lect one pro­file and all the light­ing will sync with those com­po­nents, as well as our key­boards, mice and any other RGB pe­riph­eral prod­ucts that we have.

PCTA: Are we look­ing at a new trend in smaller cases and moth­er­boards? What are peo­ple buy­ing more of?

I think it’s an even spread and it de­pends on what re­gion of the world you’re in. Here in Tai­wan a smaller case like this would be more pop­u­lar. I’ve heard a lot of peo­ple here at our stand look at the 1000D case next to it and they’re like, “it’s gi­gan­tic!” but this case def­i­nitely ap­peals to peo­ple in small liv­ing spa­ces, or even just peo­ple who don’t want to buy an ATX board and just want some­thing smaller and more af­ford­able.

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