Closer look at the exterior
Corsair has had great success with the color white when we saw the Graphite 600T in white. The case was gorgeous and started a new fad with the color white been the basis of a rig. To be the new 500R looks better than the 600T and offers some features that the 600T does not.
The 500R is considered a mid-size tower but it can easily handle pretty everything you need in a computer. Whether you are a gamer and require multiple video cards, need a bunch drives for a file server or need something that is professional looking in an office. Yes, the Carbide has it all and more.
The front of the case begins with the I/O panels and ends with a series of mesh plates. The panel includes two USB 3.0, audio jacks, the often forgotten firewire power and a power/reset buttons. Added are a LED switch and fan controller.
Below that are a total of four 5.25” optical drive bays followed by a large mesh area that protects two 120mm cooling fans.
The left side panel has a rather large vent panel that is used to support a very large 200mm cooling. The fan when powered up glows white making the case more neutral when it comes to color coding. Returning the fan can result in the user being able to mount dual 120mm/140mm fans. The side panel is partially convex in order for the fan not to interfere with the components of the system.
The right side panel has no openings or vents but convex as well to support cables being routed to the back of the motherboard.
The top of the 500R contains no bling whatsoever. And to many that is a good thing. The lack of shine and bling makes the case more appealing to the masses. Upfront is a small dock to sit items one while the rest is a long mesh area. The mesh can be easily removed from the chassis simple by pressing it in and it pops up. Can you say room for a dual fan rad?
The rear layout is sort of basic except for the four holes for routing water-cooling tubing. The case also offers a 120mm exhaust fan which can be replaced with a 140mm. There is a preventive measure to not lose the screws of the side panel when they are removed.
Looking at the bottom of the case Corsair covered both the power supply and extra fan vent with dust filters.