Benchmarks & Final Analysis
The ventilated front panel and factory-installed front and rear fans serve the CR280 well, giving it the middle of the road thermal performance that’s expected out of a $55 case. The CR280 pulls off better thermal performance than some of the more expensive cases we’ve tested at a fraction of the price.
Unfortunately, the same ventilated front panel and fans that served the CR280 well in the thermal tests also make it the second loudest case in today’s comparisons.
With only average thermal performance to balance out the poor noise performance, the CR280 also comes in second to last in our acoustic efficiency benchmark. However, as we’re about to see, the CR280 does have one major advantage over all of the other cases. We'll bet you can guess what that is.
Like the Define Nano S before it, the CR280’s $55 price tag propels it into first place, despite its average performance. Most of the other cases on the list have a price tag over $100.
The CR280 is an excellent overall value. For $55, you get a well-designed compact gaming case with plenty of room for hardware, good cooling performance, and plenty of potential for expansion. The only thing that seems to really drag the CR280 down is some of the design decisions that Riotoro made to reduce the cost of the case. Yet, we feel the inclusion of other features not normally found on a budget case offset the negatives that come from cutting corners, and with a $55 price tag we find the CR280 to be a compelling alternative to many of the more expensive compact cases on the market.
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