Corsair 500R Mid-Tower Case ReviewBluePanda -
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Finally we’ve made it to the inside of the case and it’s just as good looking on the inside as it was on the outside. It has all the I/O cables and fan cables hanging there ready to be plugged in. The drive bays are super simple – doesn’t look like I’ll be able to break these like so many of the others in previous cases. They don’t exactly hold my water bay in (it’s not quite full length) but there are holes for screws if you have odd sized objects to mount.
The hard drive bays are removable and have the nice, quick-swap setup brackets. They have the rubber bumper mounts to grab your hard drives without making lots of racket as they crank up. Since the upper HDD bay is super easy to remove and if you don’t have more than 3 drives, I’d recommend taking that extra bay out and creating even more airflow in this case. The back end has grommets for water tubes or random cables to go in and out of your case – at least four ports for what have you. There are thumb screws for all the PCI-E slots but with all the paint that’s on there you are going to need a screwdriver to remove them the first few times anyway. Maybe after using them a lot these will get easier to take in and out – but for now these screws aren’t thumb screws in my mind.
Turning around the case we don’t find a ton of room to work with hiding cables. A lot of cases seem to neglect the fact that many of us don’t have modular PSUs. Either way I got everything to fit. The big thing to remember is that you have a huge sort of pocket in the back panel that makes up for what seems like so little room back here. With all extra slots from the HDD bays – there’s plenty of room to push some cables away. At least Corsair remembered me when they made a gigantic hole for my motherboards backplate – I always have a hard time mounting my water block, but not this time! A snazzy shot from the front and this case couldn’t look more appealing.
Knocking out the front bay covers is a little challenging. They have little clips you need to push from the inside of the case – careful don’t break a nail…haha. They actually have a thin layer of foam on the backsides of them to help prevent more contaminates from getting in your case. They keep the front of the case looking nice, so having to remove them for a new optical drive won’t kill me.
One thing I found quite nifty was the way Corsair decided to package all their screws and extra parts with the 500R. Instead of a tacky box twist-tied or rolling around in the case they made a hard drive-sized box and mounted it in a hard drive slot. Not only was it packed well but technically you could store all your extra parts this way. It’s not super pretty but it’s still nifty.
On a sort of side note, the HDD sliders aren’t super strong. They are nice and flexible to get the hard drive in but don’t really hold on to it after that. Cramming it into the actual slot is what makes it hold on, but I guess that is all that matters. Mounting an SSD isn’t too difficult – you need to pop out one of the metal HDD clips but at least it will still be there when you need it again – it’s held in to the slider with a rod. Other sliders I’ve used usually mean once I’ve put an SSD in it I won’t be mounting a hard drive again because I’ll have lost the pin to put it together.
Inside the nifty box… we find a bunch of screws for mounting – but if you hadn’t noticed there are only 4 mobo standoffs included. That’s because the case is already set up with standoffs for an ATX board. I have always loved companies that have already set up the standoffs for me – I never have to worry about not getting them in tight enough; that is of course ever since I owned a full ATX. Before that I used to just be mad at how I had to take out or move the extra standoffs. Back on topic...Corsair includes a neat little USB 3.0 to 2.0 connector in case your board doesn’t have 3.0 yet. The rest of the cables in the case are pretty straight forward (they of course match up with your I/O panel).
The side panels are worth another peek. The first thing I noticed after thinking it was broken was the thumb screws on the side panels. They are designed to hang in the panels so you don’t lose them. This is actually pretty awesome. I tend to put them just out of reach after mashing all my cables down I have to let go and go get them. These, though easy to find, are a little tricky to line up – but in the end work pretty nice. The side panel has the 220mm fan; I figure you’d like to see how this looks. It looks a little different from a normal fan connector as it is designed to connect to the fan controller. However, it still can connect to your mobo like any other side pannel fan. You just need to take a look at which way it goes since it does not have your typical slot cut in to line it up. It takes a little more force to the clip on your mobo, but it works just the same – comes off with the same force. Nothing really different other than appearance. If you are going to use the fan controller, remember to leave a one hanging down on the inside or else you will be digging for it later.
Last but not least is the feature of the fan filter on the bottom of the case for your power supply. Not a lot to say here unless you’ve never seen a fan filter. It pulls out from the bottom and can be blown or rinsed off in the sink. It’s just a nice bonus feature worth mentioning – especially if you’ve got a cat or dog in the house who seems to keep clogging your computer up.
All closed up with some actual hardware in it, this case doesn’t look half bad. It might be a pain in the arse getting your PSU to go where you want (it’s a snug fit due to the vibration-reducing rubber pads below the PSU, you almost don't need screws!) but the case looks nice. The white LED fans and HDD/power indicators look great. Turning off the LEDs looks good too – it’s a win-win. Inside, besides my blue fans blowing out my camera, the case looks great. There’s plenty of room for a small water cooling system, a full-sized video card, all the HDD space you can imagine, and a full 4 slots for optical drives and what not. It’s a snazzy case with a few pains but it sure is pretty.