Corsair Carbide 330R Reviewhornybluecow - September 26, 2013
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Corsair Carbine 330R Introduction:
Today we take a look at Corsair's 330R Quiet Mid Tower, which is a new part in the Carbine series. Corsair originally started in 1994 as a memory company and since then has expanded its reach of quality into other markets such as keyboards, mice, power supplies, CPU cooling, and of course, computer cases. This case is currently priced at $89.99, which is within the price range of some full towers. With the mid tower market flooded, it's very hard for a higher priced mid tower to stand out in the crowd. Luckily for Corsair, it's reaching into a small sub-market that deals with a common problem: fan noise.
When Corsair originally branched out into other markets, I was a bit skeptical that it might not be able to play with the big boys, like Cooler Master and Lian Li. I was proven wrong, and here we are again with Corsair pushing yet again into something already established by another company. I am talking about the "Quiet" part of the case. NZXT has been the biggest case suppler and marketer of decently quiet computer cases. Yes, other companies like Thermaltake, Fractal Design, Cooler Master, and more have one "Quiet" case, but it's not the major part of the company. While owning a few quiet cases myself over the years, it's a big enough difference to worth noting and the price difference can be justified. You will be surprised how much silencing foam and a good fans can do.
Previously Overclockers Club has reviewed the Corsair Carbine 300R, which shares many of the same traits inside the case. On the exterior they have very little in common. So let's dive into the 330R and see what hidden secrets and care Corsair has put into this case.
Corsair Carbine 330R Closer Look:
Let's look at the box! It's important to remember not everyone has things shipped to home or know exactly what they want. When it is shipped, it's often in the most violent way possible. We have all seen video of boxes being thrown at doors, so it's good to know how it's being packaged. This is why companies need to protect their product. If a customer is checking it out at the store, the company also should provide a good deal of information on the outside if someone goes to the store. So here we have it, a simple brown box with the series and model number in giant letters (which is a good thing), along with a small blurb about the case and its quiet abilities in every major language. It also include an ink outline of the case, which is accurate.
The back side has a blown out diagram of the case along with the same information provided on the front to make sure you didn't miss it. Both sides of the box are similar to the back with, once again, a small blurb of information about it being quiet, its tool-less design, and support for larger video cards. At the top is a sticker with “Black Finish” and “Solid Panel”, which gives me the idea that different versions are in the works. Let's hope you can order it in different colors!
The case is held in well by the Styrofoam, which is a good sign. My biggest concerns with shipping is how it's packaged. I feel Corsair didn't skimp and provided just enough to keep it protected. Usually I've found with lighter cases you do not have to worry about the box ripping, but you need to look out for a bent frame. This time around nothing was damaged.