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With the Gigabyte Z97 Gaming GT ATX motherboard with the Core i7 4790K and a Noctua NH-U12S CPU air cooler, a SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD and a WD 3TB Red EFRX HDD for storage, and the Thermaltake DPS G Gold 750w semi-modular flat cable power supply, the system looks full. It is a good practice to have some additional height and depth for the motherboard. You’ll not have compatibility issues with a graphics card, such as the AORUS RX 580 XTR 8G OC which is used here with the Cooler Master GPU stand with a magnetic base. For AIO compatibility, I’ve used the CM Masterliquid ML240R RGB AIO cooler which will be released and have its review out.
Personally, I would like to see full mesh frontal on the Masterbox MB500. I’ve reinstalled the CPU fans towards the top of the front frame. The lower fan installation may have its airflow somewhat restricted due to the shroud. It would be advisable to have an additional 120mm fan for the lower section, especially if you have mechanical HDDs installed at its base. Another reason I prefer such installation is the front panel. Even if its upper side does not have any grills, its shaped in a way where there is some distance between it and the fans. While the fan facing the grill pulls in the air for the graphics card, the upper mount fan should help to circulate the air intake through the memory stick and the CPU cooler.
As mentioned earlier with the hub indicator for the RGB headers, I didn’t connect the RGB lighting. But for those who don’t wish to have an RGB light with the fans, you might be pleased to know the smoked tempered does allow any illumination from the components to be seen out while giving that stealth covering for the rest of the components. The power button has a power on a LED ring around it. The front USB ports are spaced nicely to allow large flash drive connections. The clamping force of the USB ports is too strong. While it is not a problem pulling out a USB cable or a flash drive, mini flash such as this one needs care. This is the first time I’ve experienced a strong USB clamping in many cases, including Cooler Master.