|Corsair Carbide 500R Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Now we start to get a more intimate view of the features of the Carbide 500R. The front IO panel concentrates all your main access points to one location high on the case. The ports are forward facing which fits better in confined spaces. The 500R has two USB 3.0 ports, the requisite audio jacks, and one firewire port. If you're a firewire user then you'll love this, if you're an e-SATA user then you'll probably be a little upset. Maybe we should just make another new standard to make everyone happy. OK, the case has USB 3.0, everyone stop fighting. Really, the USB 3.0 ports are great to give the case long-term viability as well as backwards compatibility.
Power and reset switches are also present, nothing to complain about construction-wise for any of these. Two extra switches provide control over fans and LEDs. One turns the LEDs on or off, and the other controls the fans. The Carbide 500R has a multi-channel fan controller which can provide varying levels of cooling to the case.
On the top side of the case is a small tray good for holding who-knows-what nonsense. Behind that, the remainder of the top is covered in the same grill as the front and side panels giving a nice touch of congruency to the case. A gentle push on the front end of the grill allows it to unlatch and lift off.
Under the top cover are two 120 mm fan mounts. As the image above shows, a 240 mm radiator could be installed here instead. Even without installing either, the open ports on top allow some heat to escape. It also allows sound right out of the top and into the room. If you need the cooling, install the fans, otherwise you may want to stuff something in there.
There are lots of cases that tout removable and washable dust filters in various places. The Carbide 500R actually holds partially true to the claim. The filter on the bottom easily slides out. The mesh is mounted to a plastic backbone so it stays rigid and can be washed without worry of degradation. To clean the other filters either requires sticking painted metal parts under the faucet, or removing foam and mesh inserts without any reinforcement.
Overall the exterior of the Corsair Carbide 500R is very nice both to use and to look at. The panels can all be removed without tools and without much effort. They are easy to remove but sturdy when in place. The IO ports, fans and filters are accessible and convenient. For exterior performance the Carbide 500R gets high marks.