The Front Panel

The overall appearance of the front panel of the Corsair Carbide Series 500R is virtually identical to the 400R’s. The only difference between the two models is the addition of a small three-step fan speed controller on the 500R. Both cases have four external 5.25” bays, all using meshed covers with air filters.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R caseFigure 4: Front panel

The buttons and connectors of the case are located on the front panel. The 500R comes with two USB 3.0 ports, one FireWire port, the traditional audio jacks, a button for you to turn the fan LEDs on or off, and a three-step fan speed controller. The USB 3.0 ports use an internal connector, so you won’t need to connect them to the motherboard’s external USB 3.0 ports. If your motherboard doesn’t have an internal USB 3.0 connector, you can install the USB 3.0 ports to a USB 2.0 header, thanks to the adapter that comes with the product.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R caseFigure 5: Buttons and connectors

At the bottom part of the front panel, the 500R comes with two 120 mm sleeve bearing fans. These fans glow in white, and you can turn their LEDs off by pressing the button located on the top part of the front panel. See Figure 5. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t publish the technical specifications for these fans, and the original manufacturer sticker was replaced by a sticker that has only the Corsair logo. These fans are also connected to the fan speed controller.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R caseFigure 6: Front fans


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