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Corsair 500R Mid-Tower Case Review

BluePanda    -   November 20, 2011
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Conclusion:

Overall this case was pretty sweet! I honestly didn't like the way the case appeared out of the box, but it did grow on me over time. I absolutely love the white and black contrast now. I'm considering making this my home theater case in the living room; it just looks that nice. I really like the fact that even though it's white, it isn't that annoying glossy white that shows every finger print. I tend to open my case a lot to add new hardware, tweak things, and just to look at its beauty. Not having to see that I've been opening it with tons of finger prints makes me very happy. One thing I found a little frustrating, and it will probably be even more frustrating for most of you guys out there was the fact that the LED button for the fans was impossible to toggle on and off unless you have something other than your fingers to press it in. Lucky for me, I have female nails. The fan controller toggles to three positions – I'd prefer a knob control like on the Corsair Graphite Series 600T, but this versus nothing at all is a plus in my book. The Corsair 500R has plenty of options for increasing the cooling capacity by adding fans or even placing a liquid cooling system inside the case. The dual 120mm fan openings on the top just scream "water cool me". Overall the case looks nice and the design efforts are there – tool-less drive bays, innovative features, and more.

 

Pros:

  • PRETTY!
  • Amazing airflow – great temps!
  • Pre Installed standoffs
  • Cooling expansion
  • Water cooling ready
  • Fan Speed control
  • Innovative features
  • USB 3.0
  • Tool-less drive bays

 

Cons:

  • Small Fan LED light switch
  • PSU fits really tight
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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