Specifications, Availability and Pricing
There are some obvious external differences between the 400R and the 500R. Where the 400R was styled with round corners and a top that only went a third of the way back, the 500R has more aggressive styling with sharp corners and of course the option to be painted white. The last major external difference is that the mesh that was punched into the steel door panel of the 400R has been changed. In the 500R this area is removed from the panel's steel and a mesh covering is inserted with a 200mm fan installed behind it. The top and front pieces are made from molded plastic and also are painted white to match the side panels. Running like a wide racing stripe does down the hood of a classic muscle car, the 500R gets a black one made of steel mesh down the front, a black plastic I/O panel and storage tray at the top, as well as a removable section of mesh down the length of the top of the chassis.
Internally you have room for up to four 5.25" drives and each of them have a removable cover in the front bezel. Under them you run into a slightly different hard drive rack. This is a two piece cage system where each cage can hold three drives each. The trays in the cages will accept both 3.5" and 2.5" drives for a total of six. Also, unlike in the 400R, this drive assembly is fully removable, and simply gets held into place with thumbscrews with a couple of tracks under the 5.25" bays to keep everything in line. The rest of the internal structure is the same offering room for ATX motherboards with plenty of wiring options with grommets in the holes for a clean finished look.
Cooling in the 500R is handled a little differently too. In the 400R there were two 120mm fans installed in the front, and a 120mm installed in the rear of the case. As the like in the 400R, the same white LED fans are used in the 500R, but it also receives a matching white LED, 200mm fan in the left side panel. The 400R already had a switch to allow users to disable the LEDs if you wanted to, and that is still an option here too, but in the 500R they also added a three position fan speed controller for the same three fans that have LED control. While the chassis does have four holes in the back of the chassis for tubing to pass through, the top of this chassis is designed to allow the hydro Series H100 to the top of the chassis without issue. You may be able to install custom water cooling, but you need to be mindful of the limited spaces in the top of the chassis.
Just like in every review, this is the point at which I Google shop the case and see where I can find it and for how much. If you want the white version of this chassis, and you know you do, there is over fifty locations to be able to find this, everything from the big box stores down to your favorite e-tailers. For the cheapest pricing to your door, you can look into the deal at Nextwarehouse.com as they list the 500R for $120.22 and there are no shipping charges. The pricing can get downright astronomical, as I even see a place charging near $215 with shipping included. In the middle of that spectrum you will find our old favorite Newegg.com with a $139.99 price tag, and will require an additional $20 to ship it currently. My advise here is shop wisely as it could make the difference of if you can get that 8GB kit of ram over the 4Gb kit, or if you can afford the H100 to go along with this aggressive and appealing 500R from Corsair's Carbide lineup.