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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
  9. View All

PC Case Overview- Internal

The H500P mesh edition has a lot of shrouds for covering wiring and open area- PSU/HDD sections, cable management, and even the CPU area cut-out. This trend started with modders to give that clear, near cable-less aesthetics. My only concern is that it redirects air from the lower front panel fan towards the power supply and goes out. It doesn’t help as components need fresh airflow and having that block prevents the air from circulating. It would be best if the case had 3x 140mm fans as a standard configuration.

PSU Shroud Area

The lower section shrouds are two pieces of metal. One covering the 2x HDD bay and another for the power supply. There are no ventilation cut outs to allow any airflow from the lower front panel fan within the case. This should be a problem in an internal open case design. Above the PSU shroud, you’ll find two SSD mounts.

Storage Options

The case allows you to install 2x 2.5” SSDs and 2x 3.5” HDDs. You can install those SSD trays behind the motherboard tray. You can mount of these SSD trays over the HDD bay.

Inner Front Section

CM includes 2x MF200R RGB 200mm fans. Internally, both the fans are pre-install on a Y cable where you install it on a single 3-pin fan header on a motherboard. You’ll need that cable to stay on as the cable from the fans is short. Each of these non-PWM fans operates up to 800 RPM max at 28 dbA. As you can see, there is a radiator support and H500P’s accessory box will have an additional frame for upper section mounting.

Rear Inner/PCIe Section

There are seven horizontal vented PCIe slots and two vertical ones for the graphics card if you prefer this way. Like many such cases, Cooler Master does not include a PCIe x16 riser cable. Eventually, somebody would start pre-including it. CM had a good chance to start with this case. Also, you’ll notice there are no thumbscrews at all.

Motherboard Area/Cable Management

There is enough clearance for the motherboard towards the top and its right side which faces the front panel. There are three large rubber grommets and a front metal shroud to cover the cables from the other side. You can route some cables through it if you choose.

Left Sidepanel Area

The shrouds, the HDD bay and the top fan frame are all installed using phillips head hex screws. There are a lot of screws used here. If you spring clean this case, prepare to remove 17 on them, not including the PCIe vent screws.

Front Panel Mesh

You can remove the front panel by pressing the soft plastic surface under the front panel I/O and pull it out. Unfortunately, the filter cannot be removed unless you unclip and dismantle the mesh from its frame. t would be better if there was a way to remove the mesh from the front panel as said above. PC cases like Corsair 500R were the ones which started having such removable mesh bays. Easily removable mesh on the Q300L is another smart way to handle it.

Additional Mesh/Filters Area

IThe PSU filter can be removed if you move your built system enough to take it out. Even the mesh for the underbelly cover is screwed in.

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