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Corsair Carbide Series 500R White review

It's sturdy and white, but is the price right?

Our Verdict

Matches, and even exceeds, expectations for a mid-range case, but it's awfully near the 600T's price.

For

  • Four fans
  • Well built
  • Tidy interior

Against

  • Lacks the 600T's full feature set

Corsair has become known for some brilliant PC cases recently, and the Corsair Carbide Series 500R White is aiming to become another one.

We've tried connecting up components and trying to run them without a case, but it only makes the carpet smell funny. That burning component smell really gets the back of your throat, so what luck there are literally trillions of cuboid metal homes for your gear that'll keep them safe!


Corsair's Carbide Series 500R White is just one such case, and you should care because a) Corsair makes high-quality cases, and b) this one's fairly cheap.

Styled after the Corsair Graphite Series 600T chassis with a bit of the Obsidian 700D's angular form thrown in, this Carbide Series 500R includes four fans, six drive bays, a backplate with cable management and holes and rear CPU cooler access, and a sturdy steel build.

Corsair carbide series 500r white

It appears legit, but are you in danger of being jipped by purchasing this sub-£100 case?

Tech Specs

Product TypeComputer Case
Number of Power Supplies Supported1
Front USBYes
Front FireWireYes
Front Audio InYes
Front Audio OutYes
Number of Total Expansion Bays10
Product FamilyCarbide
ColourArctic White, Black
Brand NameCorsair
Form FactorMid-tower
Motherboard SupportedATX, Mini ATX
MaterialSteel, Plastic
Number of Fans Supported10
Number of Fans Installed4
Height558 mm
Width281 mm
Depth595 mm
ManufacturerCorsair
Product ModelCC-9011013-WW
Product NameCarbide 500R System Cabinet
Product LineCarbide
Manufacturer Part NumberCC-9011013-WW
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.corsair.com
Marketing InformationWant even more outrageous cooling flexibility? Step up to the 500R. It adds 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. Estimated availability: September 2011.
Weight (Approximate)8.85 kg