- Product Dimensions: 52.1 x 20.6 x 50.8 cm ; 8 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 10 Kg
- Item model number: CC-9011012-WW
- ASIN: B005E983JW
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 27 2012
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,219 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Carbide Series 500r Mid Tower Case, Black, 2xfront Usb3.0, Supports Mini-Itx/Mic
- Width:20.5 Inch
- Depth:8.1 Inch
- Height:20 Inch
- Product Type:Mid-Tower Case
- Service & Support Type:Two years Warranty
- Energy Star Compliant:null
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Serious airflow has never looked this good. The Carbide Series 500R has outrageous cooling flexibility: there's a 200mm fan mounted on the side panel’s mesh screen for extra GPU cooling, a multi-channel fan controller, and removable and relocateable hard drive cages. The ability to move and remove hard drive cages not only improves airflow — it also allows you to install graphics cards of up to 452mm in length.
Built for Builders.
The Carbide Series 500R shares vital DNA with the award-winning Corsair Obsidian and Graphite Series. They’re acclaimed for their ease of use and performance-oriented engineering, and this philosophy is abundant in the design of the Carbide Series.
Support for USB 3.0 and 2.5” SSDs is built-in. Two USB 3.0 connectors are provided on the front panel and connect directly to motherboards with compatible USB 3.0 headers. Integrated SSD support lets you install 2.5” solid-state drives in any of the hard drive bays, without having to deal with adapters.
Thumb screws on the side panels and tool-free drive installation mean that you’ll spend less quality time with your screwdriver, and the integrated dust filters can be quickly removed for easy maintenance.
Looking good, inside and out.
The beauty on the inside goes beyond the black-painted interior. Corsair’s innovative cable management system provides a straightforward way to route cables behind the motherboard, not across it where it can interfere with airflow and give your system a cluttered look. And since looks are an important part of any build, you’ll appreciate the ability to turn the front panel fan white LEDs on or off with the push of a button.
- Four 5.25" drive bays
- Six 3.5" hard drive bays with 2.5" compatibility
- Eight expansion slots with support for graphics cards up to 452mm long
The front I/O panel contains:
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- One Firewire port
- 3.5mm headphone and microphone connectors
- Power and reset switches
- A toggle switch for the front fan LEDs
- Multi-channel fan controller
- Six 120mm/140mm fan mounts
- Four 120mm fan mounts
- 200mm side panel fan, two front-mounted 120mm fans, and one rear 120mm fan are included
- Supports most 240mm dual radiators (15mm spacing)
Carbide Series 500R is 20.5" high, 20" long, and 8.1" wide.
- Carbide Series 500R
- Installation kit
- Quick Start Guide
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The Fractal Designs case provides 3 modular covers that "fully" cover the top of the case. That in addition to the mesh covering underneath for dust reduction. You can open up sections of the top as needed while leaving the rest of the top fully covered. This way the top of the case provides extra utility/workspace your keyboard, books, mouse ...etc
nothing bad can be said about this case
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It's plain black, with white lights that you can turn off if you want to. Build quality is excellent, no sharp edges to cut you. It has EIGHT fan slots, you can design your airflow around your parts rather than the other way around. Lots of ventilation holes so hot air won't hang out in the corners and round your PCI cards. It's super spacious with fantastic cable management. If you run your cabling neatly, you'll have plenty of room to work in your case without scraping your knuckles or crowding your monster gaming GPU. I can work on almost any part of my system from the side panel without dismantling anything.
The stock fans that come with the system are the two front intakes and the large 200mm side fan, all of which are surprisingly quiet for stock fans. I bought high quality, quiet fans to use in the rest of the case, but kept the three stock fans. I have a closed loop CPU cooler and being able to mount the radiator on the top of the case, with a fan pulling frpom the outside saved a ton of room compared to my old case and the fan is dedicated to the CPU exclusively, rather than having it inline with the power supply ventilation or going out the back where it would crowd the water pump.
The removable drive cages were a must for me, I have solid state drives and I don't need 15 drive bays blocking my airflow. I removed the middle drive cage which allows the fist front intake fan to blow air right into my GPU intake. The lower drive cages can mount two SSDs per slot! I wish more manufacturers would start doing this. I added a regular hard drive to the lower cage for weekly backups and mounted it right above the SSDs. The second front intake fan blows air right across this cage to keep your drives cool if you need it.
Getting in and out of the case is so nice compared to other cases I've had. There are two captive thumbscrews in the back that cannot fallout and get lost. There are no insanely annoying metal tabs all over the side panel that you have to line up. You just set the panel on the bottom lip of the case opening and slide it in, tighten your thumbscrews and you're done.
As many people have mentioned in reviews around the net, you WILL need an extension cable for your power supply. The PSU is on the bottom and most boards are configured with the power plugs on what will be the top of your board once you mount it. The extension cables are cheap and good ones come pre-wrapped so that you can keep your case neat and looking nice.
Also, some little tricks to make your install go smoother:
1. Use wrapped cables, it will make life much easier when you have to add or remove stuff.
2. When taking off and putting on the front fascia of the case that covers the buttons and fan intakes, make sure to line up the fan speed and LED control buttons by setting them all the way down. The little knob that will be attached to it won't line up and click in place otherwise.
3. Clean the fan filter on the bottom of the case OFTEN or your power supply fan will struggle. The mesh is very small and clogs quickly.
4. If you aren't using one of both of the top fan slots, cover them with a thin piece of cardboard. Otherwise your exhaust fan will spend all it's time pulling cool air from the holes (which are closer) than pulling your hot air from the case. I prefer slighty positive air pressure though, so..up to you.
1. The packaging, the packaging is really not enough for those soccer players at UPS. The front/back/sides have no padding or protection. When I got my case I saw some dents in the edges of the box but thought it would be okay, I was wrong. The little plastic protrusion on the top filter part which allows the clicking in past was broken off (stuck it with epoxy and is now all better), there was a crack in the top plastic bezel under the mesh portion and there was a dent almost perfectly halfway along the side panel with the fan (it seems this is the weakest part of the side panel, I did fix it but you can still see it if you are really looking for it).
2. Integrated fan controller, it works as it should but you can barely tell the difference in the speeds. It would have been better if it was off/50%/100%. The airflow between mid and high in totally indistinguishable. I only notice a 1 degree Celsius difference in CPU and chipset and no change in HDD temp between low and high setting on the controller.
3. The fan LED switch, great idea horrible choice for switch, it has so much travel before it contacts that I am unable to press it without using my pinky's nail. The problem is further compounded by the shape used (if it was circular it would be easy to depress).
4. Inclusion of 1394 and not 2 extra USB 2.0 ports. I have never used 1394 over the years and every board that supports an internal header usually has a port on the I/O panel. Why did Corsair go this route is beyond me.
5. Power supply mounting, I'm really not sure who did the measurements for the ATX PSU mounting holes but 1 doesn't line up no matter the orientation (fan up/ fan down) of my PSU (a Corsair TX750 mind you). Why wouldn't a Corsair PSU line up with a Corsair case is beyond me. Poor QC maybe but still really?. Also if you have your psu drawing air from the inside be prepared to get creative when connecting the 8pin Cpu connector, I have to route mine through the hole above the PSU (one without a grommet) just to make it reach and even then it was a stretch.
5. No side dust filter and proprietary fan wiring, really Corsair? Demciflex is perfect for the side
6. Stupid side panel thumbscrews, I know all the reviews rave how its great but it just makes the whole process more difficult because you can't see the hole to line it up properly and to make my situation worse it seems one screw was screwed at an angle in the factory thus making it impossible to screw in without babying it.
7. Not that much room to store cables even with the bowed out side panels (well with my Tx750 V1 anyway). It was tight when getting the panel back on and its not like I just tossed the wires back there. I tried my best to tie it down neatly, which raises another gripe not enough tie down spots on the MB tray.
1. Front panel over the dual fans is not an easy access removable filter panel.(why they did not include this is beyond me).
2. The 5 1/4" drive bay covers are a little tricky to remove.
3. Doesn't make me a sammich... that's all for the cons, now on to the good stuff.
1. BIG space inside, plenty of room for anything your heart desires.
2. Cable management galore, offers the perfect amount of rubber grommets for wire routing. Also has tie down points.
3. Front loading, easy mounting/locking/removal system for all 5 1/4" drive bays.
4. 4 fans included. (3 that light up).
5. Self-contained water cooling option.
6. 8 expansion slots.
7. 2 USB 3.0's on the front I/O board.
8. Bottom rubber mounted PSU - also has an open face bottom with air filter. (true cold air intake for optimum performance from the PSU).
9. Bulges on side panels look great and add extra room for cable management - (I believe this is a must).
10. Removable HDD cages.
*I cannot stress enough on how important it is to research everything to the fullest before buying multiple component systems. Also, I did not include all pros for this case as you can find everything else that you need to know on the description of the item itself - although I will say that NEWEGG has a video review of the 500R which helped me with my decision.
On another note, this case is the perfect blend between style and functionality. The tray on top is a very nice touch, also having a front facing I/O board was a must for me. (I do not like top mounted I/O boards due to them clogging with dirt/grime/dust easier.
The 500R has a flat finish which I adore, looks fantastic and will not collect fingerprints.(I have the white 500R).
I could literally ramble on and on all day about how successful, easy, and fun my build was with my new 500R - but there's more fun to be had with my PC, so I must say farewell and good luck to all of you with your own builds. I hope this review was insightful and memorable!
MY PC BUILD IS AS FOLLOWS:
-GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
-PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready
-Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
-EVGA GeForce GTX480 1536MB GDDR5 Dual DVI, HDMI, SLI Graphics Cards 015-P3-1480-KR
-Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB cache
-G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)
-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Pros: *Standoffs are already installed - So don't worry that they gave you 4 extra standoffs in a packet, you don't need them.
*Lots of room for Video Cards / Cables - If you are worried about big video cards then this case should take all your worry away. I bought a GTX 560ti and it literally looks miniature inside the case. A good 5-6 inches of space remaining; you can fit any card in this case.
Tons of holes for cables to run through and each side panel of the case has curved sides that protrude out so you can fit extra cables behind the case easily and on the front panel you can easily fit aftermarket coolers. I installed a Hyper 212 plus and it doesn't come close to touching the side panel even with the giant 200mm fan attached to the inside panel.
*Just looks good. The white LEDS really shine against the White and Black color scheme. If you want different colors or more fans then you're fine because this case has tons of places for fan mounts of any size. If you want Watercooling, the top of the case has a rectangular cut out that can fit a monster radiator or 2 120/140mm fans.
Cons: The cutout plate for my motherboard that matches up with all the inputs in the back of the case didn't fit right at first and there is a small gap between the plate and where the inputs are on the Mobo. Not a big issue but something you might have to play around with.
Could also be a pro, but it's huge. This isn't an ordinary mid-tower so just keep that in mind. The 8 pin supplemental power connector that needed to go from my power supply to the top of my motherboard would only reach if I went directly over the video card. It wasn't long enough if I used to holes and tried to run it behind my case and over the top hole behind the mootherboard. I have a Corsair TX Enthusiast PSU that has long cables so keep in mind, cable length could be an issue if you buy a PSU with shorter ones.
The case itself is great, but the fans/controller are so crappy it gets 3/5. Also, space behind the mobo is a LOT less than I imagined. The triangular shape gives you extra room near the end of the case, where you probably have the least amount of cables, then near the middle to front there's no extra room from the oddly shaped side panels.