Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M Review

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Physical Characteristics

To begin with, the MasterCase SL600M comes in a generic brown cardboard box with a line drawing of the case itself. This is the same type of packaging that all but the highest end cases use. On the side of the box is a list of some of the specifications listed on the previous page. The box does little to prepare you for the beauty of what’s inside.

The case itself is an ATX midi tower with a large tempered glass side panel on one side. On the opposite side is a solid black sheet of metal, while the front and top are silver with black accents. At the front top of the case are a variety of USB ports including two each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. In addition to these there is a single USB 3.1 Type-C port. To one side of the USB Type-C port you will find the audio in and out jacks and a 4-speed fan controller. Above all of these there is a Cooler Master logo which doubles as the power button and LED. Lastly, a white drive activity LED is nested between the USB ports.

The front of the case is a solid silver sheet of metal with very little styling. Other than a Cooler Master logo about a third of the way up the case there is no styling apart from the angled edges. Overall it is a very elegant and inconspicuous design. Thankfully the finish on the MasterCase SL600M is rather resilient to fingerprints and dust. This means that you won’t have to wipe it down after every touch, and dust simply blows away.

Inside the Case

Two thumb screws at the back of the case keep the tempered glass side panel in place. With the panel being tempered glass you’ll want to be careful with it. Tempered glass is stronger than normal glass, but it can still easily shatter. Once these screws have been loosened, sliding the panel back and then folding it down removes it from the case. Once loosened, the thumb screws remain attached to the side panel so you won’t loose them. After removing the side panel you find a large cavity for installation of the motherboard and connected hardware. Moving forward from that is a cage that spans the entire height of the case. Inside this cage go the front-mounted PSU (more on this shortly), mechanical drives and SSDs.

Behind the large metal plate that runs floor to ceiling is the cover for the PSU. This cover is divided into two parts, with one covering the back of the PSU and screwing in place. The other can have its position adjusted and covers the front half and whatever cables you have attached. You will want to attach any modular cables prior to installing the PSU, as it is far easier that way.

Due to the PSU positioning, the case is empty top to bottom other than the cage at the front. This means that even though the case doesn’t support front or back fans there is plenty of room for liquid cooling. Both the top and bottom of the case support radiators of up to either 280 or 360 mm in size, allowing for up to 720 mm of cooling power. Something interesting is in place of the rear fan is a multipurpose mounting mechanism. You can use this to install a 2.5/3.5″ drive, water pump or even 120 mm radiator.

Expansion Slots

The MasterCase SL600M supports up to 9 expansion cards, so E-ATX motherboards with more than 7 slots are supported. Alternatively, you could install a multi-slot card in the bottom PCI-Express slot on your motherboard without a problem. Furthermore, this entire panel can be rotated 90 degrees. This means that multiple cards can be installed in a vertical orientation.


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