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Review: Corsair Carbide Series 500R

by Parm Mann on 31 October 2011, 09:08 4.0

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Final thoughts and rating

Corsair's Carbide Series 500R enclosure isn't a masterpiece, it's simply very good.

By taking the foundations laid by the 400R and adding a sprinkling of useful upgrades - including a bundled side intake and removable hard-disk cages - Corsair has created a £90 solution that offers excellent cooling performance in a tidy, well-rounded package.

This isn't Corsair's sexiest work, and the basic aesthetics may encourage would-be buyers to look elsewhere, but the 500R covers the chassis fundamentals with aplomb. Build quality is up to Corsair's usual high standards, cable management is top-notch, and the chassis' performance threatens to overshadow all of Corsair's previous mid-tower efforts.

There's room for improvement, and we'd really like to see Corsair pay more attention to sound proofing, but if you like the way the 500R looks and its feature set meets your needs, you're unlikely to be left disappointed.

Bottom line: The Carbide 500R may not be as eye-catching as its Graphite and Obsidian siblings, but it's just as good to work with, costs at least £30 less and can offer better performance. It's hard to argue against those credentials.

The Good

Excellent performance
Fantastic to work with
Superb cable management facilities
Added extras make it a convincing step up from 400R

The Bad

Integrated fan controller supports only three fans
Can get annoyingly loud with fans running flat out
Only two USB ports up front

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I actually don't mind it's looks, especially compared to the hideous 400R. Of course it's no graphite..
Not a great looker and there is a serious flaw with the dust filters…
Looks good to me.I see plenty of mod potential for these.