Corsair Carbide 500R Performance Mid-Tower

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Corsair Carbide 500R Performance Mid-Tower

May 1, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Corsair Carbide 500R
ATX Tower Case

The Carbide 500R is one of Corsair's more popular models, especially among enthusiasts looking for superb cooling. Available with either black or white sides/tops, the 500R is an ATX tower with a prototypical high-performance design at a reasonable US$110 price. The case focuses primarily on compatibility and ventilation. It's wide enough to support big CPU coolers, deep enough to accept long graphics cards, and sports numerous fan mounts to accommodate extra fans and radiators.

The Corsair Carbide 500R, unboxed.

In profile.

The one obvious killer feature is the enormous 20 cm fan sitting on the left side panel. Situated on an fairly open mesh grill, it's positioned over the expansion slots, allowing it to dump copious amounts of cool air over the most of the system. In particular, it blows over the graphics card, which is typically power hungry and the most difficult to cool component in enthusiasts systems. A side fan can be a double-edged sword though, as it sits at exposed vents, so there's less material blocking the noise.

The side panels jut out, ostensibly to keep the side fan from interfering with tall CPU coolers and to provide more room on the right side to ease cable management. This gives the chassis a slimmer profile but I find the contours to be unattractive (perhaps it looks better on the white version). Its semi-glossy surface feels smooth to the touch but is just as smudge-prone as most matte finish enclosures. To further enhance its aesthetics, the side and front fans are transparent and sport white LEDs, but the lighting is entirely optional. The integrated three-speed fan controller can cut the lights with the press of a button.


The 500R's accessories are stuffed in a white box sitting in one of the drive trays inside the case. It contains all the necessary screws, bolts, and standoffs, all separately packaged in plastic bags, a few zip-ties and cable hooks, and a USB 3.0 to 2.0 internal adapter for users with motherboards that lack an internal USB 3.0 header.

Relevant Specifications: Corsair Carbide 500R
(from the product web page)
Warranty Two years
Weight 7.53kg
Color Black
Case Form Factor Mid-Tower
Dimensions 521mm x 206mm x 508mm
Case Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX, E-ATX
Maximum GPU Length 452mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height 180mm
Maximum PSU Length 300mm
Case Expansion Slots 8
Case Drive Bays (x4) 5.25in
(x6) Combo 3.5in/2.5in
Case Material Steel
Case Power Supply ATX (not included)
External Connections (x2) USB 3.0
(x1) Fan Controller
(x1) Headphone Port
(x1) Microphone Port
Fan Mount Locations Front: (x2) 120mm
Top: (x2) 120/140mm
Rear: (x1) 120/140mm
Bottom: (x1) 120/140mm
Side: (x1) 200mm or (x2) 120/140mm
Mid: (x2) 120mm
Fans Included Front: (x2) 120mm
Rear: (x1) 120mm
Side: (x1) 200mm
Radiator Mount Locations Front: 120/240mm
Top: 240/280mm
Rear: 120/140mm
Bottom: 120/140mm
Compatible Corsair Liquid Coolers H55, H60, H75, H80i, H90, H100i, H110

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