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Another case being tested at Conseil Config, this time we go to Corsair with a version designed for the silence of the famous 300R, I named the 330R in its Blackout edition! The program includes a mid-tower case equipped with insulating foam, rubber pads for fans and hard disks as well as a 3-speed rheobus to control noise pollution.
Offered at a price of around 100 € it will have a lot to face the competition, let’s see what the beast has in the belly!
Specification: Hashrate – Corsair Carbide 330R Blackout edition
|Corsair Carbide 330R Blackout edition|
|Motherboard compatibility||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX|
|Materials||Steel and Plastic|
|Number of berries||3 x 5.25″
4 x 3,5″ / 2,5″
|Fan location (s)||2 x 12/14 cm at the front
1 x 12 cm at the back
2 x 12/14 cm above
|Fan (s) supplied||1 x 14 cm at the front
1 x 12 cm at the back
|Front connectors||2 x USB 3.0
2 x Jack 3,5 mm
graphics card length
CPU cooling height
|Additional features||Disc cages with
Rheobus 3-speed anti-vibration system for 3 fans
Dust filters at the front and below
Side panels fitted with an anti- noise material
Removable cover for the fans above
|Dimensions||49.5 (l) x 48.4 (H) x 21 (L) cm|
|Price||~ 100 €|
The Corsair Carbide 330R Blackout Edition is therefore a mid-tower format case capable of accommodating a motherboard in mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX or even E-ATX format, which will allow the installation of almost all cards. mothers of the market. There are 3 5.25 ″ bays as well as 4 3.5 ″ / 2.5 ″ slots for hard drives / SSDs, a figure that may seem small but in the end will be suitable for 99% of users, rare are those using more than 4 hard drives, for you hard drive fan the 330R Blackout is not for you!
The dimensions of the case are rather classic and the beast is compact with its 49.5 cm in length, 48.4 cm in height and 21 cm in width, despite everything the space available for the graphics card is not left out with a maximum of 45 cm . The CPU cooler is however limited to 16 cm, which could be a problem with some products, although as we will see later there is no real cause for concern.
On the ventilation side, the 330R blackout edition offers a classic layout with 2 12/14 cm slots at the front (1 14 cm fan supplied), 1 12 cm slot at the rear (fan supplied) as well as 2 12/14 cm slots at the front. on it (by removing the removable cover), so it will be quite capable of cooling a muscular setup if your heart tells you.
Directed silent the whole panoply of modern housings is present, foam on the side panels, hard drives baskets with rubber mounts, Rheobus able to control 3 fans and an insulation cover over the noise generated by the various components etc ..
The connector in The facade is quite poor, however, with 2 USB 3.0 ports as well as the eternal 3.5 mm jacks, the addition of 2 other USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports would still have been a good idea.
Offered at a price of around 100 € and guaranteed for 2 years, it faces stiff competition by placing itself against the Cooler Master Silencio 652S and Fractal Design R5, it will have to make a strong impression.
The box of the 330R blackout edition could not be more classic, a box with the box in profile and the model written in large, without forgetting a good big pie describing all the strong points of the box, namely the silent operation, the extended compatibility etc ..
At the back an exploded view of the beast as well as the main technical characteristics.
On the sides the full technical characteristics are available, dimensions, weight, connections etc.
When opening the box we fall directly on the box in its plastic bag and surrounded by 2 polystyrene molds which should ensure transport without damage.
Here is the beast! Corsair has done everything here to have the most sober case possible, all dressed in black, hiding as many ventilation holes as possible. Aside from the front panel the rest has everything of a 300R from which the 330R Blackout is derived, with a cover on the top, let’s see all this more ready.
As I said the front facade is stripped to the maximum, the door is covered with brushed aluminum with the Corsair logo printed on the bottom. Only the power and reset buttons as well as the connections are visible. The build quality is very good here.
Behind the door are the 3 5.25 ″ slots equipped with removable covers drilled in the shape of a honeycomb grid for additional ventilation. Below these covers a removable dust filter hiding the 2 slots for the fans (including 1 supplied). The front panel is fully removable.
The connection is present at the top of the front panel, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 3.5mm jack ports as well as the eternal power and reset buttons, as I said above it is a shame not to have 4 USB ports.
Me rheobus is very discreet and accessible by opening the door, just below the connections. There are 3 positions, as you can imagine it goes from slowest to fastest!
Behind the door there is a sheet of insulating foam, the latter is quite hard but rather light.
Above it is still very sober, a large cover is present in order to cut the sound of the components coming out of the box from the top, the dust will not also enter e which is rather a good point! Note that the cover is magnetized, it can be removed and therefore put back on very easily.
Under the cover the same foam as on the front facade is present, this will help a little more to keep noise pollution inside the tower.
Under the cover we can see a large honeycomb grid capable of accommodating 2 fans of 12 or 14 cm, rubber washers are present in order to damp any vibrations coming from the installed fans.
The sides could not be more sober, only a space between the door and the carcass upsets all this plain black. The side panels fit well and the build quality is very decent, without being exceptional.
Behind the panels we find the same foam as behind the front door and under the top cover, it slightly reinforces the panels while soundproofing the box.
Below there are 4 plastic feet as well as a removable and magnetic dust filter like the one above, always useful.
Nothing out of the ordinary at the back, a honeycomb-shaped grid in front of the 12 cm fan, 3 places to pass water-cooling pipes, a honeycomb grid above the brackets. ‘openwork extensions as well as the location of the power supply at the bottom.
Here is the interior of the beast, identical to what the 300R offers, a most classic arrangement once again, a hard drive cage that can accommodate up to 4 drives, 3 5.25 ″ slots, a large opening behind the motherboard as well as holes for passing cables through the back of the motherboard. It is a shame not to at least have rubber on these grommets in order to have a cleaner assembly. Let’s see all of this in detail.
The 3 5.25 ″ peripherals are installed with a system without tools as in all modern boxes, just insert the peripheral and push the plastic clips, nothing could be simpler.
The hard drive cage is made up of 4 individual plastic carriages.
L’installation des disques durs 3.5″ se fait sans outils, il suffit de les placer dans les picos en métal, eux-même installés dans un silentbloc en caoutchouc permettant d’amortir les vibrations. Il sera également possible d’y installer des SSD / disques durs 2.5″ grâce aux trous présents pour les vis.
L’alimentation est surélevée par rapport au fond du boitier, dommage de ne pas avoir de pads en caoutchouc ici.
Une grand grille en nid d’abeille est présent au dessus pour installer des ventilateurs ou alors un radiateur de watercooling.
Les équerres sont amovibles et ajourées, chacune d’entre elles est retenue par une vis à main noire.
Les passes-câbles sont d’une bonne largeur et pourront faire passer tous les câbles nécessaires, encore une fois il est dommage de ne pas voir de caoutchouc ici.
At the back of the motherboard everything is clean, there is not really enough to do a novel!
The space between the back and the side panel is however a little restricted, it will be necessary to be careful during the assembly not to cross the cables under penalty of having to force to close the case.
The configuration used during the tests is as follows:
A rather bulky configuration therefore due to its huge cooler and the 3 slots taken by the graphics card. The Corsair 330R Blackout will be tested once with the fans in “Low”, once in “medium” and once in “High” with only the SSD connected. Another test will take place in “Low” with the Raptor hard drive connected, it being literally hell in terms of its vibrations, which will allow the effectiveness of the silentblocs to be seen.
The assembly in the Corsair 330R Blackout went very well, no worries about the size of the graphics card or even the cooler (while it is normally impossible to fit a cooler larger than 16 cm). No sharp corners or anything on the horizontal, this is clearly not a low-end case. The materials are solid and the case does not bend at the slightest opportunity.
The only small problem as I said above lies in the space available at the back of the motherboard for the cables, indeed it was necessary to force a little bit to close the panel, so be careful to space them out. cables.
In order to test the box, I will carry out an OCCT Power Supply test for 30mins and then take the temperatures of the main components such as the processor (average of the 4 cores), the motherboard, the graphics card as well as the hard drive.
Regarding noise pollution, I will proceed as in the file on silent PCs namely 1 statement in front, right, left, rear and above.
The Corsair 330R Blackout will face the case used for the silent pc backrest, the Corsair Carbide 300R modified for the needs of the same backrest as well as the be quiet! Silent base 800, Cooler Master Silencio 652S, the Fractal Design Define R5 as well as the Aerocool DS200. The choice of boxes is not random, all these boxes are rather silent so the Aerocool DS 200 will have a lot to do!
The temperatures of the components inside the 330R Blackout are very good and at the level of all the other silent-oriented boxes in the comparison. The processor goes from 35 ° to 32 ° between the minimum and maximum ventilation, the graphics card from 35 ° to 30 ° and my motherboard from 38 ° to 34 °, which means that the minimum ventilation will be largely sufficient to cool a PC at rest without the slightest problem.
Ambient sound level: 31dB
The noise generated by the 330R Blackout goes from very good to passable, in fact in “Low” it will be very discreet with a maximum 35 dB raised at the rear while at the maximum the fans of the box are very audible especially at the rear with 46 dB. Note that the addition of the raptor somewhat increases the overall noise pollution of the case, the hard drive very clearly vibrates the carcass, so it will be preferable not to use a vibrating hard drive much otherwise you will not have a real PC. silent, like a lot of silent cases anyway.
As for the other boxes, the fans managed in PWM remain at their minimum value at rest, namely 600 RPM for the processor and 500 RPM for the graphics card.
In load, temperatures are very acceptable with a maximum of 65 ° in “low” and 60 ° in “high” for the processor, 72 ° and 70 ° for the graphics card as well as 42 ° and 40 ° for the motherboard, components are sufficiently well cooled not to have the slightest problem to be done.
Ambient sound level: 31dB
In load there is no real difference compared to the noise pollution at rest, we see that in “low” we could qualify the 330R Blackout as rather quiet while in “Medium” and “High” it is clearly noisier than the competition, given the internal temperatures (compared to my test configuration of course) as much to leave the fans of the case to a minimum.
To sum up the 330R Blackout is capable of being quite quiet as well as quite noisy, as usual it will depend on what is installed in the tower, for example a noisy graphics card will put the 330R maybe on the same level as a Fractal Design R5.
The RPMs of the PWM fans vary little either in “Low” or in “High” going from 930 RPM for the processor and 700 RPM for the graphics card to respectively 900 RPM and 640 RPM, the air flow is done well and fans do not need to fill in by spinning faster.
Here we are at the end of this test, what about the Corsair Carbide 330R Blackout?
Corsair updates the famous Carbide 300R to give it a more silent side by adding foam on the panels, a door with foam as well as a removable and magnetic cover on the top but keeping exactly the same internal layout . This has the effect of giving a box which is effectively quieter but which ultimately does not stand out from other boxes, the performance is good without being exceptional, the sound level is correct in “low” but noisy in “high” and the build quality as well as materials are good without shining.
To summarize the Corsair Carbide 330R Blackout without being a bad case suffers from the competition, in particular against the Fractal Design R5 and Cooler Master Silencio 652S, offered at a price of around 100 € it unfortunately does not have as many advantages as its competitors.
- Integrated rheobus and magnetic covers / filters
- Acceptable performance
- Noisy above “low”
- Space for cable storage
- No rubber for the cable glands
A big thank you to Corsair who allowed me to do this test.