So, right then, let's start off with the review. As always we begin with packaging. It's a simple yet informative thing to show as when you purchase a chassis, honestly you do not want any defects and scratches on it. The 500R is packaged in cardboard.
Once you take the unit out of the cardboard box you'll notice two layers of polystyrene protecting the unit, which on its end is covered in a plastic bag. Packaging was done carefully and the chances of damage and risk thanks to that are minimal.
So there she is, looks like a run of the mill chassis very much. The white is going to bother our photography alright, sorry about that. First thing we notice are the lacking rounded edges that the 400R had, I kind of like the rounded edges on the 400R better alright.
The design remains simple overall, not at all screaming with lights and logos. In fact it's a silent white/black design that is easy on the eyes. Less is better, and that works out well here.
BTW the chassis is available in all black as well. The chassis is made out of a steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate, much like the 800D. As you can see at the front side, it supports (x4) 5.25", (x6) 3.5"/2.5" Drive Caddies tool-free drive bays.
When we flip around the unit we can see the side panel and back a little better. That has been changed for better airflow. The mechanism works well.
The size of the chassis by the way is 20.5 x 8.1 x 20. The 500R actually has a total of ten fan mounting points for plenty of cooling. Three 120mm fans two in the front, and one in the rear are included as well as a side panel fan.
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