Excerpt: Corsair may have another case on their hands that one could call water-cooler’s dream as well as being air-cooled friendly. The case is the Carbide 500R. One of the advantages the 500R has over the 800D is that it can be had for around $120 and comes in black or white. We were fortunate to get the handsome white model from Corsair.
Summary: Final Thoughts
I’m going to say it again, Corsair has another great case on their hands. When it comes to cases their track record has been pretty amazing. I don’t think I’ve reviewed one of their cases that I had an issue with or that I did not like. The Carbide Series 500R is the perfect case for a system builder, enthusiast or gamer.
Pros: – Sleek design, – Room for 6 hard drives and 4 optical drives, – Both hard drive cages can be removed, – 4 included fans, – Fan controller and LED on/off switch
Conclusion: Overall, the Corsair Carbide 500R screamed first class, starting with the white/black color scheme to help it stand apart from the swamped, predominately black, case market. The addition of the USB 3.0, fan controller, and the LED light switch are always a nice surprise. The wire management solution utilized by the 500R worked great and kept the inside of the case clutter free, which will promote better airflow and lower temperatures.
Summary: A while back we reviewed the Corsair 400R Carbide series case. The Carbide series being Corsairs entry level case lineup, is not the cheapest, yet still remaining affordable cases. However no cut backs on build quality, design and features are made. The 400R was a pretty solid case, but there's another, more advanced version in the Carbide series. The 500R is the bigger brother of the previously tested 400R.
Video Perspective: Corsair Carbide 500R and 400R Case Review
2 January 2012
Excerpt: Corsair's successful entry into the case world has taken quite a few people by surprise including consumers and many competitors in the case market. With the first Corsair Obsidian series , the 800D, Corsair standardized many features that were only seen in much more niche products like cable routing openings on the motherboard tray and fan filters.
Excerpt: Aimed at the budget-minded consumer who doesn’t want to sacrifice performance, the Corsair Carbide 500R will be put to the test today. Part of Corsair’s latest case line, the Carbide series includes the great cable management, easy drive mounting features and solid airflow that we’ve come to expect from Corsair. (Courtesy of Corsair ) The 500R comes packaged in the standard Corsair box with an ‘exploded image’ of the case on one side and description on the other.
Conclusion: The front of the case is one plain design with a mesh style fan filter. On the inside of the lower part there is actually a metal filter in front of the fans, but it's quite difficult to remove if you'd like and it's probably not the intention by Corsair. However, after using the case and letting it do its thing as a vacuum cleaner it seems that most dust is easily removable by just vacuuming with a real vacuum cleaner on the front.
Conclusion: This is a very nice case, with a pricetag of 140$ it might scare off some of the potential buyers. I would have liked to see a price closer to 100$ for this to be really able to compete with cheaper on the market, granted they don’t have the same features but with the economy right now people go for cheaper cases. If you’ve got the cash and want a quality case in general this is the one!
Conclusion: Yes, the Carbide 500R performed exquisitely. With four stock fans it rivals the best in cooling performance. Under extended stress in a cramped environment it kept CPU and GPU temperatures stable in a safe zone below 80 °F using the lowest setting on the fan controller. It also builds quickly and effortlessly. If you had all your parts ready it could be built in under ten minutes, including pretty cable routing.
Pros: Four stock fans: 2x 120mm front, 1x 120mm rear, 1x 200mm side, Many additional fan mounting options, All tool-less installation, Configurable hard drive cages, Multiple, wide, grommeted cabling spaces, Convex side panels for extra space, Excellent construction and style
Cons: Mediocre quality screws and threads, Could be a tad less expensive, PATA/IDE drives do not fit