Cooler Master MasterBox K500 Review

Physical Characteristics – Continued

Moving onto the other side of the case, the side panel is made of rather thin sheet metal which, due to just how thin it is, has some flex to it. This isn’t necessarily bad, as if your cable management skills are not up to scratch it allows the panel to bulge slightly over the thicker cables. Cable management is well taken care of, with cut outs in the PSU shroud above the hard drive cage and front of the PSU as well no less than 19 metal rings onto which cables can be zip tied. Towards the front of the case, where the 5.25″ drive bays would normally go, the motherboard tray is slightly indented allowing for the thicker 24-pin ATX power cable to be run out of site and without clashing too much with the side panel. Further cut outs are provided for the 24-pin ATX power connector and PCI-Express power connectors as well as SATA cables and anything else that connects to the front edge of the motherboard, and a cut out for the 4-pin or 8-pin EPS power connector.

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The overall build quality is what we’ve come to expect of Cooler Master, with no sharp edges or burs anywhere and, other than the slight flex in the metal side panel, a rigid design. All cut outs have rolled edges, and the cuts have been further smoothed to avoid any potential blood-loss while working inside the case or out. Given the price of the case, I did this testing with Band-Aids at the ready, but thankfully that was unnecessary. There are plenty of cases in this price range that won’t hesitate to cut you, so it’s refreshing to see that Cooler Master has put effort into keeping things smooth and safe. It’s not only about your fingers. Sharp edges can also slice into wires and cause short circuits with dire consequences.

The three included fans, of which two are RGB, make use of rifle bearings, meaning that they’re not the quietest around but by no means annoyingly loud. The case is advertised as having dust filters and the front, top and rear, but in reality the front filter is the aforementioned honeycomb mesh and the rear filter is a honeycomb mesh with a much chunkier design. The top filter is a removable honeycomb mesh which attaches to the case using magnets around its circumference allowing for easy removal and cleaning.


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