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Old 20th Feb 2012, 09:25   #1
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Corsair Carbide 500R Review

We get our mits on the 500R - Corsair's new watercooling-friendly mid-tower case

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cas...-500r-review/1
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Old 20th Feb 2012, 09:31   #2
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So bit-tech, would you rather buy a 500R or a R3 considering they are nearly the same price?
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So bit-tech, would you rather buy a 500R or a R3 considering they are nearly the same price?
R3. I'd only be tempted by the 500R if it supported full size rads.
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I am very happy to get a review for the 500R, I've been considering this case for some time. Good to see that it didn't score too badly. I guess the only problem is that it appears to have the same heat signature as an R3, which is both cheaper and quieter out of the box. Hmm. The debate of 500R vs R3 continues.
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This case isn't for me, but I have to speak up...

It's great to see bit-tech looking into a little more detail on the Watercooling potential of cases. It's rare to see review pics with radiators in place. Please keep it up.
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Thank you Antony Leather and Harry Butler this review has helped me finally make my mind up on what case to buy(This one)

Great features for the price.
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Great review, shame the case is so ugly!
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Water cooling is now accessible for less than 100, and I know there are people out there who don't consider it real water cooling unless you grow your own hoses, make your pump out of lego or use car parts for radiators (the 1980's were good weren't they?) but for most people the convenience makes sense. And you gotta hand it to Corsair - a late comer to the market, but wow, they seemed to have listened to what we want to buy...

So, they do SSD's, RAM, PSU, heatsinks and cases - what's not to like?

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Think I've found my next case, great review guys!
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So bit-tech, would you rather buy a 500R or a R3 considering they are nearly the same price?
Absolutely love my R3 and I don't think I would rather swap it for this. Having said that, I havent seen this case in real life and I prefer a quiet to case to a gamer oriented case.
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Absolutely love my R3 and I don't think I would rather swap it for this. Having said that, I havent seen this case in real life and I prefer a quiet to case to a gamer oriented case.
I love my R3 too. It seems like the only real edge the 500R has is the fact that it's a little easier to water cool.
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If I didn't already own a CM 690II Advanced, and thus not need a decent case, I would get this.
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Hate out of ten? Nice score, Bit-Tech - you'll be hearing from the internet soon...
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That's a good looking case with a lot of potential. When I next buy a PC (the perils of having an Aussie girlfriend and no set place to live) this could well be the case!
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If you mkove to Aus....youll need cooling in the summer or reduce your OC's :s

The perils of this country

But seriously that 83% mark.....8/10...thats pretty bad

Nice review guys. Still wouldnt swap my R3 over for the world. Love that beast.
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Why has there never been a Bit-tech review of the 650d? surely a case that is more popular than this one?
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Too expensive and wasnt great at cooling. Did look great tho
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Errm, am I missing something? a fan filter at the back where the PSU goes, which, far as I'm aware, is an EXHAUST fan? So any dust blows out, onto the mesh and...stays there clogging up the exhaust flow.

Having just looked at my rig, I think a mesh filter there would be good if the PSU fan was reversed, and maybe even controllable, as right now my large PSU fan on the top directly faces my GPU and would be perfect to help direct flow onto it and upwards to the large 200mm top fan, something which many cases now have and take advantage of the same direction flow of PSU (reversed) + GPU fans + top fan. (Note my GPU is a twin frozor II so it is not ducted to the back like others are).

I'd do it myself, but the PSU is a brand new Antec high power 750 - too expensive to fiddle about with yet.
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Errm, am I missing something? a fan filter at the back where the PSU goes, which, far as I'm aware, is an EXHAUST fan? So any dust blows out, onto the mesh and...stays there clogging up the exhaust flow.

Having just looked at my rig, I think a mesh filter there would be good if the PSU fan was reversed, and maybe even controllable, as right now my large PSU fan on the top directly faces my GPU and would be perfect to help direct flow onto it and upwards to the large 200mm top fan, something which many cases now have and take advantage of the same direction flow of PSU (reversed) + GPU fans + top fan. (Note my GPU is a twin frozor II so it is not ducted to the back like others are).

I'd do it myself, but the PSU is a brand new Antec high power 750 - too expensive to fiddle about with yet.

LOL oooh - my bad - the PSU mounts essentially upside down, and the fan slot next to it would provide updraft, - still, don't think my idea is soo crazy... so I'll leave this post here
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