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Cooler Master H500P Mesh Edition PC Case Review

  1. About the Cooler Master H500P Mesh Edition…
  2. PC Case Overview (External)
  3. PC Case Overview (Internal)
  4. Compatitiblity check and installation Experience
  5. Setup images, Illumination Effects and Test Setup
  6. Performance Testing- Sound and Temperature
  7. Conclusion
  8. Online Purchase Links
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Disclosure: The H500P mesh edition PC case is loaned by Cooler Master

There’s mesh where it was needed!!!

The H500P is…meshified. And hence we have this PC case.  The H500P mesh edition PC chassis comes in two colour variants- the gunmetal grey and the white edition which I am testing. I did not test the original H500P but we’re all aware of what lead to this case. Originally, the H500P was assured to provide high airflow within its case. The main issue, however, was the lack of direct airflow because of the plexiglass front panel. Either CM should have provided the mesh by default or simply not pitch it as high airflow as the main component of the case was an aftermarket purchase. Cooler Master knew its target audience well but having a separate purchasable item did not leave a good taste. The DLC approach with a mesh front panel wasn’t a good idea. Regardless, the original H500P is still regarded as a good case, with issues that could have been corrected easily.

About the Gamer’s Nexus review…

As per Gamer Nexus’ review, other issues included wobbly sidepanel and top panel. While I can’t say for sure how bad was the wobbly sidepanel is (or was) on the original H500P, the loose top panel issue has been on since MasterCase 5/Pro 5. The future variants (like the MasterCase Maker 5) had a magnet somewhere but it wasn’t really strong enough to hold it in. It was eventually solved post-GN’s review with a thumbscrew. Sometimes the best solution for the problem is a simple one. It could have been solved a long time ago if the reviews from other sources including Hardware BBQ was acknowledged and corrected effectively.

On the bright side, this usually leads to a better product. And usually, it should put a smile on people. Both the users and the manufacturers benefit. To CM’s credit, the correction was rolled at a very fast pace.

Packaging

Like a typical mid-price segment ATX Mastercases, the packaging is pretty big and has sufficient protection. The case is within a very large and useful bag. The case’s top and underbelly area have two blocks of foam.

Contents

You do get the usual sets of screws. There is an inclusion of a bracket to install the front panel’s top fan/radiator. The main inclusion is the RGB hub which controls and powers it via SATA or Molex connector. There is a cleaning cloth provided for the tempered glass.

RGB Control/Power Hub

This is the standard RGB power/control hub which was supposed to be provided with the CM MB500 PC case which I’ve reviewed earlier. It has a power switch in it with an RGB header on one end, and the other has two ports- one for the power connector provided in the accessory box and another is the header.

According to the instruction manual, you can connect the front panel RESET switch on. This way you can cycle the RGB colours of the front panel 200mm fans. While it is somewhat understandable for the lower cost MB500, I am not sure why CM couldn’t just add a switch to cycle its RGB effects.

Specifications

Product Name MasterCase H500P Mesh White
Model Number MCM-H500P-WGNN-S00
Available Color White
Materials Outlook: Plastic, Steel Mesh
Body: Steel
Side panel: Tempered Glass, Steel
Dimensions (LxWxH) 544 x 242 x 542mm / 21.4 x 9.5 x 21.3 inch
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
(support up to 12″ x 10.7″)
Expansion Slots 7 + 2
(Support vertical graphics card installation)
Drive Bays 5.25″ 0
2.5″ / 3.5″ 2
2.5″ SSD 2 (Drive Bay support up to 5)
I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2
USB 2.0 x 2
Audio In & Out
(supports HD Audio)
Pre-installed Fan(s) Front 200 x 25mm RGB fan x 2, 800RPM
Rear 140 x 25mm fan x 1, 1200RPM
Fan Support Top 120/140mm fan x 3 or 200mm fan x 2
Front 120/140mm fan x 3 or 200mm fan x 2
Rear 120/140mm fan x 1
Liquid Cooling Support Top 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm
(maximum thickness clearance 55mm)
Front 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm
Rear 120mm, 140mm
Clearance CPU Cooler 190mm / 7.5 inch
GPU 412mm / 16.2 inch
Power Supply Support Bottom mount, ATX PS2
EAN Code 4719512068526
UPC Code 884102041037

There isn’t any difference between both variants of the H500P on paper. While some features and wobbly were there, the case was good which attracted people buying even the original H500P. The liquid cooling support is flexible with front and top for up to 360mm radiator and rear panel up to 140mm radiators. The 2x 200m fans provided in this case can be switched to the top panel if you needed it.

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