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TBG Review of the Corsair Carbide 500R
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:32:53 AM »
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Re: TBG Review of the Corsair Carbide 500R
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014, 08:36:52 AM »
We received the following e-mail question from a reader, and thought it would be helpful to share it and our response with our readers:

I noticed that you mentioned the pop-top is NOT compatible with 280mm
 rads (such as the H110 AIO), but I've noticed that Corsair lists rad
compatibility for the 500R as top: 240mm/280mm:
http://www.corsair.com/en-us/carbide-series-500r-white-mid-tower-case
 
It sure looks from your picture that a 280mm rad wouldn't fit, do you
think they're just straight up wrong about the compatibility, or do you
think the H110 is compatible if you mount it differently? I was thinking
perhaps if you mounted it (from top-down) poptop->fans->case->rad it might fit?


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Our response:

"It's actually funny - Corsair has recently changed its 500R specifications page to add the H110 as compatible. I believe even a few month agos it didn't list 280mm coolers as compatible. And while I haven't tried it myself, I've read that others needed to mod their cases to make it fit:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1457667/h110-in-a-corsair-carbide-500r-w-radiator-up-top

Seems like the real issue is not the space for the radiator, but the space for the tubing. I believe that the H110 will actually fit without issue if you install the radiator the way you suggested - inside the case with the fans in the pop-top, which leads to a pull-only arrangement. I believe a push setup is more effective, so I personally wouldn't use the H110 in the 500R."