Corsair Carbide Series 500R Review

Posted by: David Mitchelson on: 02-11-2011 [ 17 comment(s) ]

A mid-tower chassis with a wealth of features from the new Carbide Series - for the budget sensitive enthusiast and gamer.

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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Review

kraken



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#20376 Posted on: 02.11.2011 13:20:56
Been looking forward to this review and it does not dissapoint! Nice looking case its rare cases cming straight of the shelf with 4 fans (you accidentally put only 3 on first page)

Excellent cable management and cooling options you can tell they really have put some thought into making this case and it shows

I think this is the case for me!

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Mishima
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#20377 Posted on: 02.11.2011 13:34:45
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Originally Posted by kraken View Post
Been looking forward to this review and it does not dissapoint! Nice looking case its rare cases cming straight of the shelf with 4 fans (you accidentally put only 3 on first page)

Excellent cable management and cooling options you can tell they really have put some thought into making this case and it shows

I think this is the case for me!
Thanks for spotting this mate - I've edited.

Good choice, I would recommend

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w3bbo



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#20379 Posted on: 02.11.2011 14:41:31
Great looks, great performance for a great price.

This case is full of win!

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Earthmonger



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#20380 Posted on: 02.11.2011 15:10:50
The 500R elicited an "Oooh... what's that?" response from me when it turned up. The color scheme and styling are just refreshing. Complete WaCo also seems possible with only slight modding, using a 280 in the roof and a 240 at the front. Or just two 240s. The way the side panel is designed, the mesh is easily replaceable. And it's got a HUGE backplate cutout.

From Corsair's entire case lineup, the 500R is the only one so far, that I would pay money for. I'm a picky bastard, and this case made it onto my shortlist for non-aluminum recommendations. Not many cases make that list.

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alexhull24



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#20387 Posted on: 02.11.2011 18:06:51
Top review and an awesome case! Very impressed by it, clearly a winner in it's price range and possibly above if you like the styling.

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Essexraptor



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#20391 Posted on: 02.11.2011 20:50:26
Sub 90 quid = winner

thanks for the review Dave

on my wishlist? ....... YES

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PCplod



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#20405 Posted on: 03.11.2011 06:44:04
Love this case, great review as always :]

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Fuzed



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#20407 Posted on: 03.11.2011 11:40:29
this is one sick case, love it

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Dain
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#20413 Posted on: 03.11.2011 12:48:59
Looks like a very nice case, nice space inside and looks good. And great review as always, good read.

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EzyRyder
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#20415 Posted on: 03.11.2011 13:06:07
Looks good but I am not that impressed by its thermal capabilities to be honest.

That is what put me off buying the Corsair 650D when I put my computer together a few months ago.

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Mishima
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#20416 Posted on: 03.11.2011 13:14:04
What's not to be impressed by??

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Dain
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#20417 Posted on: 03.11.2011 13:28:28
It's thermal capabilities look good to me especially cpu.

Very Close :)

ValueDriven
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#20418 Posted on: 03.11.2011 13:57:18
This case is close to perfect. I've seen it in person and for the money it really rocks!

OK. Whose going to offer the top panel mesh mod? ?

To make room for a 60mm thick rad w/ push+pull fans (25mm each) the top needs to be bumped up at least 60mm (approx). As is, there is just room for a 25mm fan and rad, each either inside or out. Then it would be very near perfect.

Nit-picking , it would be nice to have a real filter on the side fan and make the two front fans 140mm optional like the rear exhaust fan is!

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PCplod
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#20421 Posted on: 03.11.2011 14:33:06
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Originally Posted by EzyRyder View Post
Looks good but I am not that impressed by its thermal capabilities to be honest.

That is what put me off buying the Corsair 650D when I put my computer together a few months ago.
Do you mean how cool it is or the airflow?

Because to me it looks pretty good and better than average, similar to the HAF just less wide mesh and more better looking [or 'minimalistic']


I would like to see how you can mod that top part of mesh too, if it isnt that hard then I may buy it down the line when/if I start to watercool.

Atm my Shinobi is great, but when I eventually finish my build and add another card its going to be sitting right on top of the PSU because it only has 7 PCI slots and hardly any space till you hit the PSU, otherwise its a brilliant case I love it.

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Mishima
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#20458 Posted on: 04.11.2011 12:30:32
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EzyRyder
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#20466 Posted on: 04.11.2011 16:02:01
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Originally Posted by PCplod View Post
Do you mean how cool it is or the airflow?

Because to me it looks pretty good and better than average, similar to the HAF just less wide mesh and more better looking [or 'minimalistic']


I would like to see how you can mod that top part of mesh too, if it isnt that hard then I may buy it down the line when/if I start to watercool.

Atm my Shinobi is great, but when I eventually finish my build and add another card its going to be sitting right on top of the PSU because it only has 7 PCI slots and hardly any space till you hit the PSU, otherwise its a brilliant case I love it.
I mean it is not as good as my Silverstone FT-02!

I wasn't specific enough, it is definitely good enough compared to the 650D and others and for the price really good. Just not as good as mine

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ehume
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#20481 Posted on: 05.11.2011 01:21:08
Lovely review as always.

A few questions:

1. The 8.1-inch width -- is that the narrow, front/back ends of the case? What is the width including the sidepanel bulges for 200mm fan and behind the mb tray?

I've always wondered, because reviewers never mention which they're measuring.

2. Does the bulged-out part on the left panel pull the 200mm fans away from the mb far enough to clear fans and tower of a full tower (160mm) heatsink, regardless of its orientation? Sometimes a south-north orientation will put a push fan where it interferes with the side panel fan.

3. Will it clear an Archon? It seems to me that you could make a mockup that slips over a standard tower. The mockup would emulate an Archon for fit.

Comments:

I like front mounted IO. LED switch is a nice touch.

140mm as an alternative to 120mm fans is nice. On the top, the fan spaces are open. No metal grill. Hurrah! Too bad they didn't do that with the rear exhaust fan space

As usual, the review makes this case crystal clear..

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