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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Mid Tower Case Review (Page 5)

By: Chad Sebring from Nov 10, 2011 @ 9:40 CST
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Corsair

Inside the Corsair Carbide Series Arctic White 500R Mid Tower Case


As I mentioned earlier, the lefts side panel comes with a 200mm fan installed that chas white LEDs and is powered with a special plug to work in conjunction with the built in fan controller on the front of the 500R.


With the sides now put of the way we get our first look inside the 500R. Without going into too much detail this soon, you will notice that the end of the wiring comes padded so that they don't get damaged or cause damage to painted surfaces. In the bottom hard drive tray you see a white box, this box contains all the hardware needed to get your system installed and running.


To secure the 5.25" drives or bay devices, the Carbide 500R comes with the same tool-free clips that the 400R has. You simply slide the drive in until the latch grabs it. To release the drive you push the denoted area and it lifts the pins out of the back of the drives so they may slide out.


The hard drive assembly is based off of two cages that both hold three trays that can accommodate both 3.5" drive as well as 2.5" drives. In front of these is where the two 120mm intake fans are placed. If you think these cages might get in the way for your needs, Corsair leaves us with options.


Removing ten thumbscrews I was able to release the cages from the grip of the 500R. the top cage slides out first, then the bottom cage can be lifted out. When you assemble the PC, both, the top one, the bottom one, or neither of them can go in the chassis, it's up to you!


The motherboard tray has a very large CPU cooler access hole surrounded by eleven positions for risers all set into a recess in the tray. Around it are six potential holes for wiring, four of which have the rubber grommets installed.


Behind the motherboard tray there is plenty of room to the left to hide any cables and the included cables are long enough to get to any connection on your motherboard, and there are six places to tie wires to, supplied on the tray, down the middle and across the bottom. With the bump on the door panel the space here is irrelevant as you have plenty of room in the panel to take on any amount of wiring.


Removing the front bezel exposes the two 120mm white Led fans working as the intake. You also can see that the front I/O is attached to the case, leaving it very easy to remove the drive bay covers in the bezel, or completely get it out of your way during the build process.

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