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Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium Closer Look:

Removing the side panel from each side only requires unscrewing two thumb screws; each was very simple and didn't take much effort to loosen. Inside, you can see four internal 3.5" hard drive bays and three external 5.25" bays. Corsair's decision to not include a fourth external bay has its advantages. Without a fourth bay, it allows for better airflow from the front 140mm fan and the possibility of using an extra long video card. At the rear is a 120mm fan and seven expansion slots. This chassis has a good amount of openings for cable routing, which is always great to see in any chassis. The motherboard itself supports up to a 170mm CPU Coolers and video cards over 440mm, which is more than enough for the average user.

 

 

Corsair's tool-less design is effective and easy to figure out. The 5.25" bays have a simple lock-in mechanism, which has a latch that is pressed initially while installing the drive. Once the optical drive is inserted, the drive will lock into place. Removal of the drive is just the opposite: press the latch while pulling on the drive and it slides right out. These bays, however, cannot be removed without some demolition as they are held in place by rivets.

 

The 3.5" hard drive bays have cross support for either a standard drive or a 2.5", which is becoming necessary with SSD drive sales going up as prices go down per gigabyte. The tray themselves are plastic with a basic tool-less installation design that holds standard 3.5" drives in place by metal pins. However, similar to most chassis, the 2.5" drive must be screwed into place as it's too small for the tool-less feature to be implemented. The cage however, cannot be removed so the option to install a front 240mm radiator is a missed opportunity and a easy fix during manufacturing.

 

Here you have it: a fully assembled Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium Edition chassis! Other than being an extremely long name, with the new 330R revision, installation of the motherboard and components couldn't be easier. With a generous amount of space behind the tray, this chassis allows for good wire management. While the end result cannot be seen as this chassis has no windows, It's important to note that good wire management directly affect internal temperatures based on good airflow. Past this, there isn't much to say about this chassis. I did not run into any issues, which surprised me considering this is the same internal frame, or so I thought. I no longer have the original 330R, so it's impossible to get a up close compression going. It is just that everything seem easier to install this time around and going into this review, I figured I would find the same problems.

 




  1. Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium Closer Look: The Case
  3. Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium Closer Look: Working Componets
  4. Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium: Specifications & Features
  5. Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium: Setup & Results
  6. Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium: Conclusion
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