|Corsair Carbide 500R Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The Corsair Carbide 500R comes in two flavors, black or white. Benchmark Reviews has the privilege of showing you the white version (which in the author's opinion is the better-looking case). Both black and white versions are an improvement over the 400R which seemed a little unbalanced with the raised front.
The Carbide 500R has straight panels and straight lines on the main edges that give it a balanced, clean look. The side panels protrude in the center of the case which give it some styling and break up the pure geometry of the edges which helps it avoid the solid box shape of a boring computer. The left panel has a perforated grill for improved airflow that also improves the style.
In a matching fashion, the front of the Carbide 500R is mostly covered in the dark, perforated pattern of the side. The front panel provides an appealing veneer for two 120 mm fans, four 5.25" bays, and the array of input and output ports and buttons. Behind the grill are dust filters to help keep the interior of the case cleaner and increase the longevity of your components. It's very straight-forward to remove the front panel with a firm jerk to clean the filters or service the fans.
Similar to the left panel, the right panel is also distended to provide room for cables, fans, CPU coolers, etc. Both panels are easily removable with captive thumb-screws so the screws won't be unintentionally lost. Quickly and easily removable panels are features on my list of things that you don't notice until they're missing. I've been surprised by cases with difficult to remove front and back panels, but you won't have to worry about that with the 500R.
The back of the 500R better shows the cases true size. It measures on the taller side at 20.5", and the extra width is contained mostly at the convex extensions of the side panels. With the extra height, Corsair added an extra expansion slot, a 120 mm fan w/ option for 140 mm, and room at the top for additional fans or a radiator. Eight expansion slots are usually only necessary when using three or four graphics cards. That type of power needs serious cooling, and four water-cooling ports are provided if necessary.
From underneath the case can be seen a removable dust filter, thumb-screws (for one of the removable drive cages) and the support feet. The support feet have two nice features that are easy to overlook. 1) They are made of soft rubber which helps dampen extra case noise. 2) They extend underneath the front panel. With the feet under the front panel this provides better access to the handle at the bottom of the front panel. It also means that the front panel can be removed and replaced without lifting the front of the case off the ground. Perhaps a small nuisance, but one I'm happy to discard.