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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.

PC Case Overview- External

The case shares some essence with the Cooler MasterCase Pro 5, though the accurate description would be with the original H500P. The mesh is not overdone. Its tastefully implemented to allow airflow to move with little to no block from front to rear. While the sides of the top and front panel have mesh, the left sidepanel has a tempered glass design.

The whole case is primarily white with some black accents on the glass border, feet, mesh, etc. The choice of colours helps the design to stand out and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people opt for this over the gunmetal grey.

Ventilation Areas

One of the improvements over the original H500P is the front panel has full mesh access.

Front Panel Overview

There are only USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. Seeing how cases typically stay with many users for a long time and few mid-end boards having front panel USB 3.1 type-C header, it would be nice to have seen one front panel type c connector provided. There are the usual audio jacks, the switches and the activity indicator. There is a white lit LED ring around the power button. As said above, it would be nice to have another switch for cycling the colours of its RGB fans via its hub.

Rear Panel Overview

The only notable part of the rear panel is the vertical mount. All PCIe covers are reusable. The case allows you to install 120/140mm fan for exhaust and its preinstalled with an all-white standard non-PWM CM A14025-12CB-3BN-F1 fan with 1200 RRPM/ 19 dbA rated fan.

Top Panel Overview

The top panel has the ability to install 3x 120/140mm fans and 2x 200mm fans. The H500P has a top panel clearance of 55mm thick radiators. The top panel mounting frame can be easily removed from the case, install fans/radiator and remount them.

Underbelly Area

There is a removable mesh filter for the power supply but it requires the user to pull the system out to remove the filter from behind. The better alternative is to allow the filter to slide sideways. The base stands are plastic caps with rubber feet glued against it. Towards the front panel in the underbelly section, you’ll find another mesh that is screwed in.

Sidepanel Area

The tempered sidepanel can be installed on both sides. I am sure this is intentional as the right panel has a cover on the motherboard tray and a vertical shroud to hide most of the cabling. This is redundant as the left panel is just steel- unless Cooler Master will sell additional tempered glass panel for the other side or have dual glass panel variant. The top and its base have a metal frame to facilitate mounting and sliding effectively.

The screw on the top is a lock which latches on the case. This is far better than having thumbscrews on all four corners. You don’t need to worry about having it loosen as you can tighten the screw from the other side. The glass sits well on the PC case. No wobbly. It is a perfect fit. Having a metal border on both sides help.

There are clips on the metal frame that rests on the case. This way it will prevent the side panel from free-falling accidentally.

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.

Cable Management/ Motherboard clearance

In most part, the case provides a good installation experience but you’ll end up using most of the time doing cable management instead.

The cut-outs on the motherboard tray to re-route the 8-pin EPS ATX cable is a little small. This isn’t a problem if your power supply lets you split connectors. If not, that ‘s the fault of your power supply’s manufacturer. If you plan to stick with air cooling but have a top fans mount, it would sit within the removable frame The radiator/fans will pull/push air from top panel’s side vents. The three large rubber grommets are placed in the right area giving access to most of the connectors on the motherboard. Its well secured on the case.

PSU Clearance

As you can see, the filter is large enough to cover power supplies much longer than 160 mm, typically 1 kW and above variants. It would be best to use a semi-modular/modular flat cable power supplies, despite the shrouds on both sides. This helps to keep a clean cable management and also you need to stuff the cable lengths between the cable management shrouds.

SSD/HDD Installation

This mount is used since the MasterCase 5 series. It covers the entire SSDs and has routing holes for its cables. It would be nice to see more space and height between the SSD cable management holes and the mounting plate. this way, the SATA cable’s housing can be easily routed and won’t put a pressure on the SSD’s connectors. If you’re not able to use the last SATA power connector for the SSD, using those which are placed in the middle to be difficult as the wiring goes through it, so you end up bending the wiring just to push it in. The thickness of the SATA Power/cable’s housing varies depending on the manufacturer. It also needs to account for the thickness of paracord cables individually used for each wiring. Individual wiring and combing accessories are easily available from manufacturers like cablemod.

The HDD mounting cage could be better. To install one, you’ll need to bend the plastic frame and slide on one end and somehow tuck the other air in while making sure the mounting pins don’t get pushed out. Cooler Master had cases with retractable HDD trays in the past. Why is it not a thing anymore??

Vertical GPU Installation and Clearance



If you install the graphics card vertically while using a CPU cooler, you’ll need to be sure there’s no obstruction. As a standard practice, I the Noctua NH-U12S which is a 120mm dual fan CPU cooler.

Cable Management Area

As you can see, the cover bays help to provide a cleaner look. Personally, Cooler Master could have got rid of the shrouds behind the motherboard tray as its redundant unless you’re getting another glass sidepanel for the right section. With this setup, you end up using 2x HDD cables, the 24pin and the 8-pin EPS cable, a PCIe power cable, the USB 3.1 front panel cables and the FP wiring, the fans, the 3-to-1 RGB cable, the RGB controller hub and a couple of them. It would be nice to see Cooler Master provides a little more length for the front panel audio cables.

Also, the PSU/HDD shrouds could have had cut-outs for the front panel wiring and the ports that are placed towards the base of the motherboard.

Illumination Effects

There is a white LED ring around the main switch to show power. The LED colour choice can be handled by using the hub, you need to use the reset cable on it. The hub does have a power switch to turn off the lights.

Conditions and Components used during testing

Room Conditions:

Room sound level: 50.4 dB
Room temperature: 33c

System setup:

GPU FAN @ 75% (3144 RPM)

CPU fan speed @ 100%
CPU_FAN 1: 1461 RPM
CPU_FAN 2: 1461 RPM

Case fan speed @ 100%
FRONT FAN: 812
REAR FAN: 1224 RPM

Temperature and sound levels are recorded 36 hours after assembling.

Sound Testing

The tempered glass sidepanel seems to be dampening sounds reasonably when you compare it with open case setup.  The H500P doesn’t look silent compared to the MB500, but the H500P is a larger case with larger fans. Most likely its reverberating within the case.

Temperature Testing

The graphic card is benefitting from a larger design with an open airflow, at the very least compared with a much cheaper MB500.

The good…

It is a large mid-tower case which lets you install up to e-ATX form factor. It is influenced by a current trend for having clean system builds using shrouds and tempered glass, but also has full front mesh to allow full air airflow. This is the H500P that should have been, the cases which succeed the HAF series towers. Nothing is overdone. This is probably the best MasterCase made so far.

The front 200mm fans do a good job to push in a good amount of air, even with one of the shrouds overlapping a part of the second 200 mm fan. The built quality of this PC case is good enough. The colour of the plastic shrouds and metal is usually hard to match but its done properly here.

The case is future-ready with liquid cooling. a large amount of space and the HDD shroud gives the foundation to have a fully decked DIY liquid cooling system and still look roomy.

…room for improvements

It would be nice to see some ventilation access on the HDD shroud. It also needs cut-outs between both the shrouds to allow front panels headers to be connected rather than routing from a cable management grommet. If you use those SSD mounts, its respective cut-outs would be full. The HDD frame used on the previously tested Master series PC cases are better as its frame is flexible to bend and the grommets are not installed in a keyhole, thus allowing it to slip on the other side. Providing a secondary switch for the RGB hub is more useful than the shrouds behind the motherboard tray. Rest of the improvements would be to have a side slidable mesh filter for the power supply, removable filter from the front panel and a little longer front panel audio header cable. The absence of thumbscrews for the PCIe slot is strange.

I wish the cable management shroud on the right sidepanel section had more depth. But if you do need it, you can always remove it. Unless the right sidepanel is tempered glass this and the CPU area cut-out cover is redundant. CM had a good opportunity to put a front panel Type-C header. And it didn’t…

The H500P Mesh Edition can also be purchased from Overclockers UK via here.

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$149.99 £155.29

  • Full mesh access for high airflow
  • Shrouds to provide clean and cable-less aesthetics
  • Pre-included RGB hub accessory
  • Flexible liquid cooling options
  • Well-built case
  • SSD mount on the PSU shroud needs more space and height
  • No cut-out on the PSU/HDD shroud to route front panel headers
  • No Type C front panel connector to be future ready

Cooler Master H500P Mesh Edition PC Case Review from hardware


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