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Metal base for the tempered glass panel

Cooler Master MasterBox MB500 PC Case Review

  1. About the Masterbox MB500…
  2. PC Case Overview- External
  3. PC Case Overview- Internal
  4. Compatibility 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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PC Case Overview- External

For an ATX case, it is small compared to other Master series PC cases I’ve tested way earlier. Apart from the tempered glass sidepanel, the front has a partial vent towards the lower end, a magnet stripped filter on the top frame and the base has a removable-yet non-slidable mesh filter for the power supply.

The rear has a fan, seven PCIe vented brackets and side vents. The PSU has a removable frame which does make it easy to install power supplies.

Front Panel Overview

Thankfully a part of the front facing case is not blocking the airflow. There are two fans to pull in air for the PC case and its components to breathe. The front panel I/O is placed at an angle towards the top, a typical Masterbox design. There 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports with audio jacks reset and power button with a Power LED ring surrounding it. Behind it, there is a fake air scoop thing on it.

Rear Panel Overview

Typical with newer case designs, the rear fan mount has the flexibility to adjust your fan. This becomes important as motherboard manufacturers are now known to have a redundant plastic wrap over its rear I/O connectors. All the seven PCIe slots covers are vented and reusable. You’ll notice the PCIe vents don’t have the dividers in the middle. I am assuming this case allows you to install some of the Master series PCIe vertical GPU mounts. There’s also some ventilation towards its side.

Top Panel Overview

Maybe it is about time magnetic stripped mesh is a standard. It is easy to maintain and clean. It covers the wide area meant for 2x fan mounts. Its good to see that on the Masterbox MB500.

Underbelly Area

The PSU fan’s air filter is annoying for two reasons- one they are not framed. Two: Whether you keep the PC on the table or under it, you need to drag your PC case away from the wall tilt it and remove the filter out. The case feet with rubber feet are large and provides a decent distance from the floor.

Tempered glass mounting

This is my first PC case with a tempered glass sidepanel. My opinions about tempered glass sidepanels are very mixed. No matter what its glass at the end of the day. There have been people who posted images of broken to pieces sidepanels when it was shipped and was not limited to any brand.

I am happy the base has a strip of metal which rests on the PC case and rubber grommets to fix the thumbscrew. I am really curious to know the challenges distributors and retailers have to be concerned with when they have to ship such cases individually.

12 comments

  1. Sir question is this support the new cooler master vertical mount GPU with no cutting grills?

  2. On this case? No, it does not. Many reviewers proved it vertical GPU mounts do not have a bad airflow.

  3. Where do I buy this please tell me

  4. It is already there in PC hardware stores nationwide.

  5. Are the case fans noisy and annoying under load ?

  6. That testing is done in the 6th page. In a room, it doesn’t really make a difference in a closed case setup. These are rifle bearing fans. Rifle bearing fans are quieter than sleeve bearing but with lifespan somewhere close to a ball bearing fan.

    The dB testing link is here: https://www.hardwarebbq.com/cooler-master-masterbox-mb500-pc-case-review/6/

  7. hello, i just build in this case but the rgb lights in the fan dont turn on, they are coneccted to he rgb controller, do you know what i could do? thanks

  8. They’re probably defective. You can ask for a replacement. Just send them the photographs of the controller module and the lack of lighting to their support at the same time so that they’ll proceed for a replacement.

  9. Just wondering will a 240mm radiator still fit with 2xssd drives installed in the front

  10. Just a question will a 240mm aio fit infront with 2xssd installed

  11. 120/240/360? Yes. 140/280? No.

    You could just install the SSDs over the PSU shroud since it has mounts and cut-outs for the cable.

  12. Thank you i just di.Not a fan of the bottom mounted ssd bays as the cables are away from the case but it works.Was a mission to remove my bottom fan but moved them up at top.I am just waiting on the courier to deliver the aio.

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