Corsair 500R Mid-Tower Case ReviewBluePanda - November 20, 2011
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Testing the Corsair 500R required heating it up! Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during idle and load phases. Load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs, HD Tune, and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recording using HW Monitor. It is important to note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
Like all the other cases tested here on OCC, the Corsair 500R will be tested as it was delivered. One modification I tend to have to apply to this every time is changing out the rear fan. To make room for my 120mm fans on my water loop I will remove the rear fan and replace it with two 120mm fans with radiator. Other than this modification, the side panel fan and two front fans will remain in place.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Redline
- Video Card: XFX HD 6970 2 GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit SP1
- BitFenix Outlaw
- NZXT Source 220
- NZXT Tempest 210
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition
This case surprised me a little bit. Cooling-wise it was decent all around. The fan on the side really kept temperatures down on both the chipset and GPU while under load. It competed fairly with the other cases, being only a degree or two above the lowest of lows. Its overall performance is rather impressive, well worth the few hassles of getting your hardware mounted. While the temperatures may not have been jaw-dropping amazing, the low values provide good value to this case.