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: 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