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Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium: Conclusion

Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before diving into my final words. First I look at what the company is saying it offers. For example, say the company states the case supports large / long graphics cards or ten quiet fans. In this example, I examine what is advertised versus what is actually offered. Most of this becomes uncovered as I take pictures to document the product. If the company does not stay true to its word, then it loses points because no one ever wants to be sold on false advertisement. Next I look at what the product is marketed for and put it into perspective. An example of this could be trying to overclock a CPU in a Mini-ITX case and expecting a low temperature. This would contradict its target market and something I try to catch so it does not affect the score. The last bit is my own interjection. What could the case offer in its price range, and what do other companies offer. This category may include an extra fan, cable management, different color paint, or support for larger video cards. This list is endless so let's move on to the conclusion.

Following suit with my previous reviews, I like to start with the negative things about the chassis and leave on a good note. The issues I have could just nitpicking and not really an issue in comparison to the chassis as a whole. To start; an inability to remove the hard drive cage is a missed opportunity that could be easily fixed in the manufacturing process by using screws instead of rivets. This brings me to a similar problem, which is the water cooling support in general inside this chassis. If a customer wants a near silent computer, having a radiator placed on top will negate any of silencing factor. The only way to keep that quiet aspect, is to have the radiator in the front, which as explained above, isn't possible. Continuing on with silencing aspect; The fan controller is always a welcome addition, just remember, on the highest setting it will no longer be quiet enough that you can't hear the fans. It's not an major issue as the fans cannot be heard on a medium setting. Just remember in all of this, the chassis is design around being quiet, so these things aren't really an issue and more of a counter to the feature set

The Carbide 330R has a ton of great features, some of which is necessary to be considered a good chassis. None the less, let me cover a few major selling points and explain the difference between the Titanium and original edition. First up, having support for nearly every aftermarket CPU cooler is a major advantage. I have time and time again given advice for purchasing a cooler, only to find out that a height limit is an issue. At 175mm and a good amount of surrounding space, there isn't much that will not fit. Going along with the CPU cooler; having space up to 450mm for a single video card allows for any video card to fit. Installing a second card is limited because of the inability to remove the hard drive cage. Have no fear though, since the space is enough for any standard video card on the market today.

To conclude, Corsair has really stepped it up in this revised edition and solved mostly any issues I had before. It's a little strange looking back at a old review and expecting a different outcome when the frame is the same, or so I thought. I'm glad to see those issues like the audio cable length fixed, among other things. This time around, the addition of a fan controller and minor improvements make this chassis a great choice for anyone who wants a quiet computer. If you are looking for the ultimate cooling and customization, there are other chassis that fit those requirements better.

 

Pros:

  • Quiet fans
  • Internal silencing foam
  • Support for large aftermarket CPU coolers (175mm)
  • Support for large, high-end graphics cards (450mm)
  • Tool-less design
  • Built-in fan controller

 

Cons:

  • Non-modular (3.25" bay)
  • Fans can be heard on high fan setting


 

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  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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