Corsair Carbide 330R Reviewhornybluecow - September 26, 2013
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Corsair Carbide 330R Testing:
Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3Dmark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (C).
- Processor: Intel i7 4770K @ 4.2GHz (1.1v)
- CPU Cooling: Thermaltake NiC C4
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 16GB 2400MHz
- Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 770 Reference Model
- PSU: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: OCZ Vector 120GB SSD
- Optical Drive: DVD-ROM
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
- Cosrair 330R
- Silverstone Raven RV02
- RaidMax Agusta ATX-605
Under Idle the 330R did not surprise me at all being able to keep low temps. During load, the chassis did a great job at keeping temps within reason. In fact both the Raven RV02 and RaidMax Agusta have three more fans (total of five) while the Corsair 330R only has two included. The temperatures above show how good this chassis is under load! Anyone looking for high airflow and relatively quiet fans will be hard pressed to choose a better midt ower when the competition is full towers. With the ability to add three more fans, the 330R will be able to handle even the hottest days. Just remember once you add top mounted fans, the "quiet" aspect of this chassis loses its effect. Ultimately defeating the propose of paying premium for the quiet feature.
Looking at the GPU temperature standpoint, this case comes with a 140mm fan directly adjacent from the first and second PCIe slots. Things to consider is the type of video card you are planning to use. Any video card using a blower style will work great while dual fan styles that blow air onto heat sinks will run into some troubles. Every card is different, but because the 330R only has out flow fans at the top, dissipated heat can linger near the power supply. The difference may not be noticeable unless it is a very hot day, but just keep that in mind.