Cooler Master MasterBox K500 Review

WEB: MSRP: US$ 79.99 | ZAR 1,204 AUTHOR: Jonathan Horne

Cooler Master is one of the older names in gaming cases, and they’ve pioneered a lot of what we use today. While most if their innovations have been in the cooler industry, their cases are not an exception. Cut-outs behind the motherboard tray for easy access to cooler back plates? That was Cooler Master. Covers for said cut-outs? That, too, was Cooler Master. The company has come a long way with their case designs, and today we’re having a look at their MasterBox K500 offering, which is available in black.

Cases can be tricky things to review objectively as there are so few things to discuss. Does the case support the form factor of my motherboard? Does the case offer enough drive bays? Does the case have enough clearance for my CPU cooler and graphics card? Does the case offer lighting, or a windowed side panel? Those questions can all be answered by reading the specifications on the manufacturer’s website, and almost everything else is subjective. That said, let’s have a look at what the MasterBox K500 has to offer.

Product Name MasterBox K500
Product Number MCB-K500D-KGNN-S00
Available Colour Black
Materials Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Dimensions (LxWxH) 491 x 210 x 455 mm
Motherboard Support ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Expansion Slots 7
Drive Bays 5.25″ N/A
3.5″ HDD 2 (Max. 2)
2.5″ SSD 1 (Max. 6)
I/O Port USB 3.- x2, Audio In / Out
Pre-installed Fans Front 120 mm x 2 RGB LED Fan
Rear 120 mm x 1 Black Fan
Fan Support Front 120 mm x 3 / 140 mm x 2
Top 120 mm x 2
Rear 120 mm x 1
Bottom N/A
Radiator Support Front 120/140/240/280 mm
Rear 120 mm
Clearances CPU Cooler 163 mm
PSU 180 mm
GPU 400 mm
Cable Routing Behind MB Tray 15-23 mm
Dust Filers Front, Top, Bottom
Power Supply Bottom Mount, ATX

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