Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet Case Review

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Posted by on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 6:05pm

Corsair is known for their wide selection of products and their line of cases can truly address anybody's need. For the mainstream would-be builder/buyer, there is the Carbide series that offers plenty of space for a good system and many different visual styles that anybody on this category would like. What about those individuals that are looking for a simple, modern-looking and quite case? Well, there is the new Corsair Carbide 330R to fit their needs.

Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet Case Review

Introduction

Building a PC comes with a lot of questions to ask particularly if you are building it for somebody else. Being former system builder, I was exposed to all sorts of computer users with different preferences. There is a long list of them beginning with causal users to graphic workstation consumers. Each wants and requires different things in a PC from desired specifications to the way the PC will look. Often at Pro-Clockers, we look at what the gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers would tend to put in their own system. Between the bookmarks of computers users are the mainstream consumer that tend to want a stable rig that is relatively quiet.

Corsair is known for their wide selection of products and their line of cases can truly address anybody's need. For the mainstream would-be builder/buyer, there is the Carbide series that offers plenty of space for a good system and many different visual styles that anybody on this category would like. What about those individuals that are looking for a simple, modern-looking and quite case? Well, there is the new Corsair Carbide 330R to fit their needs.

Corsair’s take on the 330R

Corsair announces the quiet, attractive Carbide Series 330R for low noise home computing. Unlike other products targeted towards the low-noise fanatics, the Carbide Series 330R is designed for both low noise levels and excellent cooling performance at an attractive price point. The case is laid out with a Direct Airflow Path from the 140mm front intake fan to provide efficient cooling to the hottest components. Noise dampening material on the top panel, side panels, and front door combined with rubber feet help keep the PC quiet, and the top panel can be removed for 240mm radiator installation if desired. Couple that with features like built-in USB 3.0 and SSD capabilities and the 330R is an attractive solution for the low noise enthusiast.


Specifications

Warranty: Two years
Dimension: 495mm x 210mm x 484mm
MB Support: ATX, EATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Expansion Slots: 7
Form Factor: Mid-tower
Material Steel and plastic
Drive Bays: (x3) 5.25”, (x4) 3.5”/2.5” Drive Caddies
Cooling: (x1) 140mm Intake fan, (x1) 120mm Intake fan
Front I/O: (x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone, (x1) Mic
Power Supply: ATX (not included)

Features

• Support for Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, Extended ATX motherboards and ATX power supplies
• Noise dampening material on the top panel, side panels, and front door
• Direct Airflow Path
• Up to Five fan mount locations (front 120/140mm x 2, top 120/140mm x 2, rear 120mm)
• USB 3.0 on front panel
• Four hard drive trays with dual HDD and SSD compatibility
• Tool free 5.25” and 3.5” drive installation
• Built-in cable routing cutouts with grommets
• 19.5” (495mm) deep x 8.3” (210mm) wide x 19” (482mm) tall


Closer Look at the Exterior

Looking at the Corsair Carbide 330R, you get a glance of elegance and sleekness but at a reasonable price an average user can afford. The entire front panel is free of any complex design or branding making it an ideal candidate for a nice HTPC/media server that may be stored in the living room for everyone to see.

The entire front panel looks like a single piece but it is actually composed of two parts. The top one inch is dedicated for two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, audio jacks and reset/power LED and buttons. The rest is a large door which by default opens to the left but could changed to open to the other side if the builder so desire.

Once the door is opened, you have access to three 5.25” bays and just below them is a removable dust filter. With the filter removed, we see there is a single 120mm cooling fan with room to add another. The inside of the door is covered with noise dampening material to reduce the acoustics that tend to escape from the components installed.

It isn’t too often you will see a case advertised to be quiet and have see-thru side panels. This is the case with the Corsair Carbide 330R as well. Either side panel would give you visual access to the inside of the case. Instead of windows you will get more sound dampening. By now you might be wondering how the cooling and ventilation of the case works. Well, cool air from the outside is pulled in from the sides.

The top of the Corsair Carbide 330R is a large removable panel that allows for external access to a dual 120/140mm fan location. No fans are included for this spot. This panel also is treated with the same quietening material.

The rear of the Corsair Carbide 330R is pretty much of a typical tower-style chassis. One thing that you will notice about the 330R is the extended height of the tower. This is to add support to coolers like the Corsair H100i.

The intake of the bottom of the case is protected by a magnetically attached dust filter.


Closer Look at the Interior

The interior of the Corsair Carbide 330R is pretty redefined and organized. Overall, it looks pretty good with its solid black paint job. From a distance, it looks like something is missing here. There is no second HDD cage, only a bottom single unit which serves two purposes. The first would be to allow direct airflow to where the graphic cards would be located. The second would be to allow you to use longer graphics cards like the NVIDIA GTX Titan.

The motherboard tray consists of four cutouts for cabling and a single large cutoff for the CPU cooler.

When it comes to the optical drive bays, all three are tool-less.

The HDD cage requires no tools when mounting up to four mechanical drives. But a 2.5" drive will need the use of the included mounting screws.

The power supply is mounted at the bottom of the case.

A total of seven PCI slots come with vented covers. Multiple GPU setups should be a breeze to configure in the Corsair Carbide 330R.

The top of the case was adjusted to house AiO coolers like Corsair's own H110i and H110.


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Conclusion

The new Corsair Carbide 330R has two features that Corsair is hoping to attract people to buy the case. The first would be its sleek clean look. Before, we had to pay more bucks for a simplistic looking but fully-customizable case with the class like what the 330R offers. Corsair is now offering it to the masses at a pretty good price. The lines and the panels are smooth making it an ideal solution for any type of PC build including those that would place the PC like the living room or office where it would be been seen by everyone. We have no problems whatsoever with the exterior of the 330R.

The second feature would be silence. The Corsair Carbide 330R is also geared towards those that want a near silent computing solution. Four of the six sides of the case are matted with sound dampening material. This allows for the case itself to absorb the sound that is made by fans and other moving hardware parts within the PC. The only area of the case that we think is lacking some sound dampening is in the area of the power supply. The PSU simply sits on a couple small humps made by the metal frame. No rubber isolators to soften the vibration which might produce noise.

One may ask how cool air enters the 330R. Well, the forward sections of the sides of the case has a long vertical opening allowing for air to enter from the sides. This combined with the typical fan locations keep air traveling from the front of the case across the components and out the rear. Corsair does keep proper cooling in mind in creating the internal design and layout of the 330R case.

We have seen a few companies like Nanoxia that have shown us cases geared towards the same crowd but at a slightly higher price. Newegg is currently ordering the Carbide 330R at $89.99 but it is still in pre-order status.

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