- About the Masterbox MB500…
- PC Case Overview- External
- PC Case Overview- Internal
- Compatibility Check and Installation Experience
- Setup images, Illumination Effects and Test Setup
- Performance Testing- Sound and Temperature
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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.
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.