Cooler Master MasterBox NR600 Case Review

MasterBox NR600 Overview

Available in two variations, with and without an optical drive bay, the NR600 is comprised of a steel body with a plastic front panel, and tempered glass side panel. The black body of the case features a semi-matte finish that does a good job of keeping with the minimalist look of the case. With a nearly square side profile (478mm (L) x 473mm (H), the NR600 isn’t a large case by any means, and the 209mm width offers internal room for CPU coolers up to 166mm in height.

MasterBox NR600

From the left side of the case, we can see that the tempered glass side panel does not extend all the way to the bottom of the case, but instead takes up the top 3/4 of the case, sitting above the full-length power supply shroud. The side panel has an unblemished look, as the glass is attached to a steel frame that is then secured at the back of the case with thumbscrews. A black border hides this steel frame, as well as the internal frame of the case. Aside from a small Cooler Master logo stamped towards the rear, the lower power supply shroud portion of the case is void of any markings, and offers a solid look to the case.

MasterBox NR600

The right side of the NR600 offers a standard steel side panel, that is kept in place with two thumbscrews.

MasterBox NR600

Taking a look at the front of the case, we see that the MasterBox NR600 sports a full-height fine-mesh design. Aside from about an inch wide metal strip that runs up and down the right side of the front panel, the facade of the NR600 acts as not only an intake, but as a dust filter as well.

MasterBox NR600

With the front panel removed, we see the single 120mm fan that Cooler Master has provided at the front of the case. Cooler Master has provided mounting options for three 120mm or two 140mm fans up front, though we wish they would have given a bit more flexibility with where the fans can be mounted. The current design requires you to utilize individual screw holes, as opposed to vertical slots that allow you to adjust the height of your fans as needed. Multiple openings along the right side allow for easy routing of fan cables. For those interested in liquid cooling, the front of the NR600 supports everything from a single 120mm radiator, up to a 360mm radiator.

MasterBox NR600

Up top we see that the mesh front panel continues on a bit as it curves over the front edge of the case. Just behind the front panel is the case’s power button, in the shape of the Cooler Master logo, a reset button, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a single 4-pole headset jack.

MasterBox NR600

Making its way along a good portion of the top panel is a fan mount section that has room for either two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. A 120mm or 240mm radiator is also compatible with this area.

MasterBox NR600

The backside of the NR600 is nothing to write home about, but it does provide your standard layout with seven expansion slot covers. There is also room for a single 120mm fan or radiator, this time though, there is a bit of vertical adjustment available. The bottom-mounted power supply can be mounted with the option to have the fan up or down, which we really appreciate being available.

MasterBox NR600

Flipping the MasterBox NR600 on its side reveals a pretty basic undercarriage, with four plastic feet with rubber pads provided to keep the case in its spot. A removable power supply dust filter is found towards the rear, and it slides in and out from the back for cleaning.

MasterBox NR600

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