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Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Case Review

Author: Lee Garbutt
Manufacturer: Corsair


Power Supply

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The Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet Mid-Tower case is designed to mount a standard ATX style power supply at the bottom.  The power supply dropped easily into position and is secured with four screws on the backside panel.  Installing a typical (160mm deep) PSU will leave you with 6” of space between the PSU and HDD cage for cables. The power supply can be mounted either with the fan up to pull air out of the case or with the fan down. The dust filter covered opening on the bottom of the case allows outside air into the PSU when the PSU is mounted with its intake fan down.

ATX Motherboard and VGA Adapter

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The 330R Quiet case is designed to accommodate E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX, or Mini ATX motherboards.  To see how things line up we installed a standard ATX motherboard and VGA adapter.  There is a large cutout behind the CPU socket area and the case uses raised pads for standoffs to mount the motherboard. The motherboard slid into position easily and mated up with the mounting holes and rear I/O opening as expected.  So did the graphic adapter. Thumb screws are used to secure expansion cards so you won’t have to worry about cards coming loose during transport.

External 5.25” Optical Drive

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Our 5.25” Blu-ray player slid easily into position and locked in place without tools as advertised.

Internal Hard Disc Drives

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The internal 3.5” / 2.5” HDD trays are one piece plastic.  Each tray comes with four steel pins mounted in silicone vibration isolation washers that are used to mount 3.5” HDDs; just flex the plastic tray and drop in the HDD.  No tools required.  To mount a 2.5” SSD you just pop out the back corner pin and use the supplied machine screws to attach the 2.5” device to the tray. 

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(Courtesy of Corsair)

Liquid Cooling

The Corsair Carbide 330R Quiet Mid-Tower case was designed with good air-flow in mind to keep all your high-end gaming hardware running cool and reliable. There are five different case fan mounting locations along with support for liquid cooling. The 330R offers several options for either single or dual fan/radiator liquid cooling systems.

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(Corsair Hydro Series Liquid CPU Cooler)

Air Cooling

The 330R Quiet case comes with two Corsair labeled fans preinstalled. One 140mm intake fan on the front panel and one 120mm exhaust fan on the back panel, which provides a good starting point. Additional fans can be added if you choose.  For example, a second intake fan can be added to the front panel to blow air directly over the HDD cage and one or two fans can be added to the top for more overall airflow.

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The following table lists the noise generated by the two included case fans while operating at different speeds with the side panels on.  Sound Pressure Levels were taken 3’ from the front of the enclosure.  The ambient background noise level was approximately 27 dBA.

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With both fans running at full speed the noise is barely noticeable and certainly not loud while providing good airflow through the case.  Slowing the fans down by reducing the voltage still keeps air flowing but quiets the case to an inaudible whisper.

September 13, 2013 | 10:28 PM - Posted by mdwarner

Got one of these a few weeks ago. Bit tight but able to hit H110 and runs very cool and quiet with it. Only complaint is with H110 the top fan grill will occasionally vibrate and bounce of of the fans/rad.

September 15, 2013 | 04:08 AM - Posted by lobstershaver

Three hings I 'd like to see revised on this case.
1: Grommeted cable routing holes. (no real excuse as to why this isn't included)
2: More rear motherboard cable notches. (there are very few)
3: Less restricted front frame for better airflow.

I like the idea of this case, but it seems to cut corners.

September 15, 2013 | 09:06 PM - Posted by Panta

most Corsair cases HDD Cage at this level
are VERY restricted, that's something they got to fix.

September 15, 2013 | 08:58 PM - Posted by Panta

300R was a nightmare build for me, compare to the 200R delight
hope they fix it in the 330R.

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