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Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium Quiet Mid-Tower Case Review

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Introduction and Features

Introduction

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Corsair’s new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition case is an update to their popular 330R quiet mid-tower enclosure. The new 330R Titanium Edition features both cosmetic and functional changes with the addition of a Titanium-look brushed aluminum front panel and three-speed fan control switch. In addition, the 330R incorporates excellent sound absorption material for quiet operation, numerous cooling options, and support for multiple, extended length VGA cards.  The 330R enclosure features a full length, hinged front door and comes with one 140mm intake fan in the front and one 120mm exhaust fan on the back with five optional fan mounting locations along with support for liquid cooling radiators. There are currently 18 different models in the Carbide Series ranging from $49.99 up to $149.99 USD.

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Foundation for a quiet PC

Here is what Corsair has to say about their Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition enclosure: “The Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition starts with the award-winning original 330R, and adds a brushed aluminum front panel with a three-speed fan controller. It’s designed for systems that will go into media rooms, bedrooms, dorm rooms, or any place where both silence and performance are essential. Sound damped doors and panels and clever intake fan design are combined with generous expansion room and builder-friendly features to allow you to build a silent PC that can pack a lot of power for gaming and high definition media streaming.

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Carbide 330R Titanium Edition Quiet Mid-Tower Case Key Features:
•    Brushed aluminum front panel (Titanium-look, gun metal gray)
•    Three-speed fan control switch
•    Supports E-ATX, ATX, MicroATX and Mini-ITX motherboards
•    Extensive noise dampening material on the front door, side panels, and top panel to quiet noisy internal components
•    Hinged front door is reversible, with angled air intakes to reflect internal noise away from the user
•    Direct airflow to components – the front 140mm fan is unrestricted by hard drive cages and protected by a low-restriction dust filter
•    Removable top panel, with top fan mounts pre-drilled for 240mm or 280mm fans and/or liquid cooling radiators
•    Excellent cooling and low noise levels with up to five separate fan mounting locations
o    Front: 140mm fan included (upgradable to dual 120mm or 140mm)
o    Top: Dual 120mm or 140mm
o    Rear: 120mm fan included
•    USB 3.0 on front panel with internal motherboard connectors
•    Four 3.5” / 2.5” hard drive bays with full SSD compatibility
•    Three 5.25” front exposed drive bays
•    Tool-free installation of 5.25” and 3.5” drives
•    Up to 450mm (17.6”) of space for long graphics cards
•    Up to 170mm (6.7”) of space for CPU coolers
•    Cable routing cutouts to keep cables out of the airflow path

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(Courtesy of Corsair)

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The Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition mid-tower case features sound absorption material on the inside of the front door panel, removable top panel, and both removable side panels for quiet operation.

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January 14, 2015 | 07:17 AM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Very conflicting case, Corsair filler?

January 15, 2015 | 09:39 PM - Posted by quest4glory

Not at all. It serves its intended purpose very well.

You can quite easily have a virtually silent office PC during the day and turn it into a killer gaming rig at night.

January 14, 2015 | 08:30 AM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

I love my 650D except for the HD trays. PITA to get out. Unless something has changed in the design, looks like not much changed there.

January 14, 2015 | 09:02 AM - Posted by Ken M (not verified)

Very similar to the Antec P100 except for video card length and the reversible door.

January 15, 2015 | 06:54 AM - Posted by Friendly Neighbour (not verified)

I bought this case during the Black Friday sale, although the black edition. I am most pleased with it except for two things. The first is space. I had to saw off a portion of the HDD cage to fit both my R9-290s, which is about the same length as a 970 Strix from Asus.

The second is that the dust filter on the underside is laughable and falls off right away. You can use screwdrivers to put it in place, which I did, but the default magnetic solution is terrible.

However, on temperatures and acoustics, it's an amazing case. It's also quite light, which is a bonus if you have to move it somewhere, such as like a LAN.

January 15, 2015 | 07:29 AM - Posted by Rob A (not verified)

All and all a good review. It would be nice to see more emphasis placed on the cases ability to house an SLI/Crossfire config (two card) and resultant temps. Thanks for taking the time to perform this review.

January 15, 2015 | 09:31 PM - Posted by quest4glory

I own the original 330R.

With 2 140mm intake fans, 120mm exhaust fan and an AIO CPU cooler, two GTX 780 Classifieds work... but temps are really high in SLI. Worst case scenario you are thermal throttling.

Overclocking the Classies with the side on is almost out of the question. Not enough airflow. The second card gets the brunt of it, as is usually the case. No pun intended.

Perhaps a couple of 970's or 980's wouldn't be so bad, overclocked they probably would be close.

I think the best possibility for stable, lower temp SLI or Crossfire in a 330R would be reference cards with blower fans which exhaust the heat outside the case, rather than custom cooling that dumps the heat into the case.

For overclocked SLI I would look at water blocks and a custom loop. But if you're going to do that why buy a 330R?

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