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Corsair Carbide 500R
The Corsair Carbide 500R supports mATX and ATX motherboards. It has room for up to six 3.5-inch hard drives via two removable cages, four 5.25-inch devices, a full 240mm radiator and eight expansion slots with support for graphics cards up to 452mm long. The enclosure has positions for six 120 or 140mm fans and it ships with a 200mm unit on the side, two 120mm fans in front and one rear 120mm exhaust.
Excellent cooling capacity.
High quality build.
On-board Fan controller.
Removable HDD cage(s) to support extra long videocards.
USB 3.0 to 2.0 Adaptor included.
Easy cable management.
Excellent engineering quality.
Excellent paint job.
Great external looks.
Parted HDD cages.
Four stock fans: 2x 120mm front, 1x 120mm rear, 1x 200mm side.
Lacking side panel dust filter.
Only mATX and ATX mobo support.
Fans could be a bit more silent.
A full $40 (40%) more expensive than the 400R.
Dust can easily enter the system.
Mediocre quality screws and threads.
Could be a tad cheaper.
PATA drives do not fit.
Integrated fan controller supports only three fans.
Can get annoyingly loud with fans running flat out.
Only two USB ports up front.
By ThinkComputers on February 08, 2013
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...90
By Pureoverclock on June 11, 2012
From a design and visual perspective, the Corsair 500R has clean lines and an uncluttered look. The finishing of the graphite gray/black with the combination of the mesh grills really make this case stand out. Corsair designed this case for those who...-
By uk.hardware.info on May 07, 2012
Computer cases still get plenty of attention from both industry and consumers. Other PC product areas are steadily shrinking, but new brands of computer cases still regularly appear. The result is that you still see innovation in this area. Especially...-
By Pro-Clockers on March 09, 2012
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...-
By Bit-tech.net on February 20, 2012
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...83
By Expert Reviews on February 16, 2012
A stunning case that has superb construction, excellent cooling and great looks. It’s worthy of any system...100
By TechReaction.net on January 25, 2012
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...-
By MadShrimps on January 24, 2012
With the Carbide series Corsair is able to adress yet another public then with it's fancy high end, but also more expensive, Graphite and Obsedian lineup. A public that still wants to own a high quality chassis, but at a more affordable price...-
By HotHardware on January 05, 2012
It’s always tough to rank products in roundups like these, especially when each one has merit, as is the case with each of the products we reviewed here. Truly, depending on your taste and needs, you could purchase any one of these cases and be...-
By PCPer on January 02, 2012
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...-