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.
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.
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: As with many cases that are watercooling-friendly, the Carbide 500R doesn't break any records as an air cooled case. However it's far from bad, managing to keep up with some of the high airflow cases we've tested. However its not in cooling that Corsair's case impressed us the most.
Conclusion: I'm becoming increasingly convinced that you just can't really go wrong buying a Corsair enclosure. The issue with the Carbide 500R is that it has to compete with two other Corsair cases in the same price bracket, or for not much more money you can get Rosewill's Thor v2, a case that performs...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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