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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gorgeous case! Whit looks so slick! Tons of room and flexibility for customization and cable management. USB 3.0! Perfect match for H100 cpu cooler! Rubber grommets everywhere! Removable HD bays! Tool-less drive bays are quick and vibration dampened. Tons of fan mounts. Sweet bottom slide out fan filter. Solid construction.

Cons: The 3 fans and controller use PROPRIETARY connectors. Boo! Never use proprietary junk in an enthusiast case!

The motherboard tray is so deep that if your MB has an edge mounted (As seems to be the trend) USB 3 header, the huge connector that goes to front panel of case has to wedge in at a nasty angle, putting strain on the MB and header.

I wish there was an option for a solid / windowed side panel instead of just the mesh.

Side and front intake fans do not have dust filters, though after market solutions are an option.

Other Thoughts: This is the best case I have ever owned! Just some minor modding will take it from an A to an A+!

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SilverStone SST-RL01B-W-USB 3.0 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side Panel Window
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case looks good, is lightweight and has USB 3.

Cons: HARD plastic feet, instead of rubber (Case vibrations travel to desk!) Feet flimsily attached. (Snapped one off during system build)

The back panel that looks like it has a bulge to allow for cable routing behind m-board... it does not stick out more than a couple millimeters at most. I can barely slide a molex connector in that space. No cable pass through holes at all anyways...

Bottom filter mesh is removable, but almost impossible to get back in without flipping case over. Top filter only held on by magnets, no retaining clips.

Two 120mm top fans are NOT spaced to accept a 240mm radiator. (On a gaming case, why not? It has grommets for water cooling!)

Tool-less drive system is weak. You will need to screw in your optical drive if you don't want it slide into the case 1/4 inch every time you press eject. Hard drives are loose in their cage, and rattle against metal with no vibration dampening at all. Need to remove front bezel and intake fan to screw them in from both

Other Thoughts: Only had 7 out of 9 standoffs my MB can use.

Closest the 5.25-3.5 bay adapter could get my mutli card reader to front bezel was an inch and a half away. Had to make aluminum extensions to get it to sit flush.

Front filter is NON removable for washing (Yes, the main air intake for the case) unless you bend the perforated metal tabs that hold the bottom front grill on and remove it. (How many times till those snap off you think?)

2nd fan slot on bottom useless, too close to PSU, even bending my power cables at an uncomfortable angle 1/3 of the fan slot was covered.

Side panels are fussy and hard to slide into place and have them engage all the clips.

I had very high hopes for this case, but am very disappointed.

I was hoping some high end features, minus the fluff, would work their way down to a more affordable case, but none of them are well implemented. I bought a more expensive one to replace it after fighting it for 2 days. Doubt I can return after mangling it in

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Jesse R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jesse R.

Date Joined: 06/08/12

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 06/13/12
  • Last Review: 06/21/12
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