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. Since that release in September of 2009 we have seen the 600T in the Graphite series as well as the 700D and 650D added...
Summary: Corsair has seen the world just what they are made of since they introduced the Obsidian 800D. They seems to not care much about the competition as cases after the 800D like the Obsidian 650D and the Graphite 600T saw just able the same success. This alone is telling us that Corsair is listening to the gamer and enthusiast when they speak of features and wants in a case.
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
Excerpt: Ever since I put Corsair's 600T SE to use in my daily life, it gave me a whole new appreciation for white chassis designs. Where most of the white themed chassis' on the market today are completely white inside and out, it makes the chassis almost sterile looking and reminds me of a hospital environment. An ingenious thing about the 600T is that both the exterior and the interior are a blend of either full on black, or full on white panels and ventilated areas.
Summary: Corsair has already managed to impress with the Carbide 400R chassis and the more potent 500R is no exception. It takes the already great 4-series Carbide chassis and improves on its cooling possibilities, adds a fan controller to adjust the rotation speed and give the user the possibility to remove the hard drive cages to make room for long graphic cards. Also with an updated edgier design, some may just go ahead and dish out the 40 US Dollar more for the Carbide 500R.
Pros: Excellent engineering quality, Excellent paint job, Additional 200 mm fan in the side panel (compared to 400R), Great external looks, Very well thought out internals, Parted HDD cages, so that you may remove one for long graphic cards, New and unique locking mechanism for ODDs, Excellent cable management possibilities, Plenty of space for water cooling with fans installed above case frame, Spacious interior, USB 3.0 connectivity, Internal USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 cable, Ext...
Cons: A full $40 (40%) more expensive than the 400R, Dust can easily enter the system