- About the Masterbox MB500…
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The MasterBox MB500 fulfils the bare basic needs of a mid-end gaming system with more support for the 2.5″ SSDs, graphics card and liquid cooling. It does have RGB fans whose fans push in a good amount of air. It makes sense to have the second fan towards the upper section of the front panel. The shroud cannot be removed which is a minor inconvenience in some situations. For the Masterbox MB500, not having a top radiator mount is not a big deal as there’s good support for up to 360mm radiators towards the front. It does not have enough depth to mount large 140mm CPU coolers so they’ll look elsewhere. It would be nice if the case had little bit space between the motherboard and the top panel. Some motherboard designs end up having aftermarket tower CPU cooler overlap its top section. Also, no additional reset header for the motherboard but I believe the RGB action should still work without having it connected to the RGB pod.
…and the not-so-good!!
The RGB pod didn’t have a brightness switch which is seen in the manual. It also does not have the RGB marker on it to align the RGB connector properly. With the components used, the cable management was acceptable but it would be difficult with non-modular power supplies. You’ll have to stuff those unused cables somewhere, and stuffing anywhere might be a challenge. I recommend shortlisting at least a semi-modular power supply.
If you stick with air cooling and plan to have a fully packed system with all fans for the front, remember you can install 3x 120 mm BUT 2x 140 mm fans. This remembers me of Cooler Master 690 II Plus.
The Masterbox MB500 costs Rs. 6,000/- IN. If you look at Prime ABGB, it is in the same price range as the View 27/ 28, Versa C21 and also its own Masterbox Lite 5 MCW-L5S3-KGNN-02. The older in age but not by function CM 690 III mid tower (and probably costs a bit more now if it is available) is more interesting as an ATX case. Sure its based on the older design, but you have a good amount of HDD storage and can mount the radiator on the top. It also has a good and height for an ATX motherboard layout case. I haven’t tested the Masterbox Lite 5 but it doesn’t have any vented front panel. All the front three fans are expected to scoop air from the top and base vents on the front panel. The Masterbox MB500 looks pretty good within the choice of components as the ones I’ve used. Maybe the MB500 is aimed towards AIO liquid cooling units. And it would make sense to have something to provide limited size 360mm radiator over tall CPU air cooler support. Choose your components first, then make plans for a PC case.
Interestingly, this is not listed in any Amazon stores, including in the US and India. In the UK, it has the generic ‘Out-of-stock‘ listing at the time of writing. Perhaps its a case for some type of markets?
- 3x RGB fans
- RGB Controller
- Frontal Ventilation
- Good support for SSDs
- Tempered glass
- No glossy plastic
- Needs more depth and height
- Needs better air filter for the PSU
No marker on the RGB pod
- The area between 500w-600w+ non-modular power supplies and the HDD might be cramped to hide away unused cables
Edit (26.03.2018): CM India said the case which I received was the pre-production model. The retail version will have the hub as shown in the instruction manual. Hopefully, that’s the only difference.
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