Mid-Tower Round-Up: Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake - HotHardware

Mid-Tower Round-Up: Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake

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Take everything good (and bad) we just told you about the Corsair Carbide 400R, including all the features, and carry it on over to the Carbide 500R. However, we'll note a few more features and extras that make this case an even better value.

Corsair Carbide 500R
Specifications & Features
Side panel with mesh fan mount locations

Four 5.25” drive bays
Six 3.5” hard drive bays with 2.5” compatibility

Eight expansion slots

Supports most 240mm dual radiators (15mm spacing)

Supports graphics cards up to 452mm in length (with hard drive cage removed)
Two-year warranty

Dimensions:   20.5” x 8.1” x 20”
Front I/O panel contains:
Two USB 3.0 connectors
One Firewire connector
3.5” headphone and microphone connector
Power and reset switches
Fan LED on/off switch

Six 120mm/140mm fan mounts
Four 120mm fan mounts
Includes a 200mm side panel fan, two front-mounted 120mm fans, and one rear 120mm fan
Multi-channel fan controller

Our 500R boasts a beautiful, white-and-black case design that just pops.  It’s a refreshing departure from the dark finishes on most cases. This case is also available in an all-black design, but we’re convinced that white is definitely the way to go for head-turning appeal.

The impeccable paint job itself is worth the upgrade from the 400R. The quality of the finish is about what you’d expect from a good car paintjob.  There isn’t a drop of overspray, and the painted sections are completely covered--no painted exterior/bare metal interior here.

Like the 400R, the 500R has white LEDs on the two front fans, but the white LEDs also light up a big 200mm side panel fan. The overall effect is downright sexy.

Features, Exterior, and Interior

In addition to the 200mm side panel fan, the 500R has a few features that the 400R does not. For one thing, you can put a pair of smaller fans on the side panel instead of the 200mm fan, for a total of eight possible fan mount.

The top panel of the 500R comes off in additional to the front, giving you access to the twin top fans, and there’s a multi-channel fan controller on the front panel along with the other amenities.

The 500R has the same number of drive bays and expansion slots as the 400R, but there’s more than meets the eye there. The 3.5-inch bays are split into two sections of three bays, and both bays are removable. That feature enables two primary things. You can remove a cage to accommodate graphics cards up to 452mm in length, and you can also take one out to facilitate better airflow.



The jump from the 400R to the 500R is forty bucks--from $99 to $139.99--and essentially what you’re paying for is the white chassis option, an extra 200mm side fan, a multi-channel fan controller, and significant flexibility with the 3.5-inch drive cages. Is it worth the extra dollars? Absolutely, although if you’re on a budget, none of those features is necessary per se.

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Nice review

Antec has some nice airflow cases, but most don't have airfilters to slow airflow. Which also makes them dust magnets.

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Nice review

Antecedent has some nice airflow cases, but most don't have airfilters to slow airflow. Which also makes them dust magnets.

You can rectify that with some swiffer pads over the fans or pantyhose. 

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Well i dont mean that it is hard to clean the computer out, but their cases do need to be cleaned out more often.

I would love to get an antec df-85 case because i love the number of fans they stuck on it .

Edit:  the 1100 does have air filters. Although i don't see them doing much because they are very thin in front of  the hard drive bays, so airflow isn't really limited much and most of the air intake spots are opened mesh which helps airflow.

Personally i love antec cases because of how they make their cases with large open mesh for airflow.

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FYI guys, the Eleven Hundred does have dust filters in the front of the chassis and is easily removed by pulling the bezel off (which requires no screws to be removed).

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I like the NZXT box, just because of it's plainness that comes with good features, and at a nice price.

The type of fasteners inside don't matter to me because I use screws to anchor everything anyway.

I also like the Corsair Carbide 500R for looks and utility if I were to consider building a Enthusiast Water Cooling Setup of my own. It has a lot of room and isn't gaudy either.

It's just BIG! Surprise

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NZXT just makes cheapo cases. Even the Phantom feels cheap.

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Antec FTW. I've used them a lot and no complaints.

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Great review. Corsair makes some good cases but boy are they expensive; regardless, I'm surprised that all cases performed similarly. In this case it almost feels less like finding the best case and more like finding the case with the best looks. I'm not doubting Corsair's editor's choice win; just whether or not they'll ever be a truly unique case we can buy.

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Thermaltake, the Chaser-MK-I for me is the winner nice design ,nice airflow, acceptable price and just looks beast.i liked the corsair too

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