|Corsair Carbide 500R Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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Corsair Carbide 500R Computer Case Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Corsair
If you're looking for more than a normal mid-sized ATX case can offer, or if you are having a hard time finding all the features you want without breaking the bank, then you'll definitely be interested in the Corsair Carbide 500R. Benchmark Reviews recently showed you the 400R and its excellent capabilities. A step above that is the 500R. We looked at model CC9011012-WW which has an arsenal of features. Four stock fans for massive cooling, tool-less installation, modular/configurable drive bays, eight expansion slots. It's got everything you need, and nothing you don't. This is a great case for the expanding system; for users who want to step out of something small and start getting big on their performance.
Mid-tower ATX cases are like mid-range video cards. The decision of which one to buy is far more involved than just buying the most expensive case or card and calling it good because you got everything that could possibly be offered. The mid-range market, for both cases and video cards, offers something slightly less than top-of-the-line. This means that to save on cost you are sacrificing SOMETHING whether it's room, performance, features...SOMETHING. Often you don't realize how much you need a certain feature until you are suffering from its absence, when it's already too late. So every time we look at a mid-range video card or a mid-tower case we are trying to find out what features were included, and which features were left out to fit into the mid-tower footprint and price-range.
If you have this understanding when looking for a case then you can save yourself some time and money by finding exactly the features you need at the expense of others. Sometimes. There's almost always something you learn with each case, something you realize that would have been nice to have. But your odds are still better at finding a case geared towards your specific needs. If you are new to custom builds then you may not be sure what you need. If you are a more experienced builder then you probably have a growing list of likes and dislikes as well as pet peeves.
Now enter the Corsair Carbide 500R. It's designed to be more than your average mid-tower case. It can simultaneously meet the needs of new builders and aficionados. Its feature list is long enough to warrant issuing a pamphlet, and the features are not only useful, but they are exactly what you need for a near-perfect build. It's still not a perfect case, if there is such a thing, and we'll again show you what you're getting and what you may be sacrificing.
With this in mind, Benchmark Reviews will take a more comprehensive look at the features of the Carbide 500R compared to the less expensive 400R and other similar cases. We will focus on the core features for which this case was designed: cooling, ease of build, expandability and looks. All aspects will be gauged while keeping price in mind and what you could otherwise get for your money. In the end a score will be assigned based on this evaluation.
Corsair Carbide 500R Features
Computer Case Specifications