Cooler Master is no stranger here at ThinkComputers, and today we are looking at one of their latest mid-tower cases, the MasterCase H500. The H500 pulls together many of today’s popular case trends and arranges them in a mid-tower design without breaking the bank. With plenty of cooling options and both mesh and transparent front panels included, the options for making the case your own masterpiece are quite expansive. With dual 200mm RGB fans and controller included, the H500 is poised to keep things cool and look good doing it. Keep reading as we take a closer look!
Special thanks to Cooler Master for providing us with the MasterCase H500 review sample!
|Product Name||MasterCase H500|
|Available Color||Iron Grey|
Front Panel: Mesh, Acrylic & Plastic
Top Panel: Steel & Plastic
Left Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Right Side Panel: Steel
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||Excl. Panels: 450 x 220 x 445mm
Incl. Panels: 525 x 228 x 502mm
|Motherboard Support||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|5.25" Drive Bays||No|
|Combo 3.5" / 2.5" Drive Bays||2|
|2.5" SSD Drive Bays||2|
|I/O Port||Power-LED Color: White
HDD-LED Color: White
USB-Ports: 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Audio In / Out: Yes
Reset Switch: Yes
|RGB Control||Onboard button on the RGB Controller or via the Reset Switch (1x 1-to-3 RGB Splitter Cable Included)|
|Pre-installed Fan(s) – Top||N/A|
|Pre-installed Fan(s) – Front||2x 200mm RGB Fan|
|Pre-installed Fan(s) – Rear||1x 120mm (Black) Fan|
|Pre-installed Fan(s) – Bottom||N/A|
|Fan Support – Top||2 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm / 1 x 200mm|
|Fan Support – Front||3 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm / 2 x 200mm|
|Fan Support – Rear||1 x 120mm|
|Fan Support – Bottom||N/A|
|Radiator Support – Top||120 / 140 / 240mm|
|Radiator Support – Front||120 / 140 / 200 / 240 / 280 / 360mm|
|Radiator Support – Rear||120mm|
|Radiator Support – Bottom||N/A|
|Clearance – CPU Cooler||167mm / 6.5"|
|Clearance – PSU||180mm / 7.1"|
|Clearance – GFX||410mm / 16.1"|
|Cable Routing – Behind Motherboard Tray||30mm|
|Dust Filters||Top, Front, Bottom|
|Power Supply Support||Bottom Mount, ATX|
The H500 arrived in a standard brown cardboard box, with an angled illustration of the case and its included optional transparent front panel. The back side of the box gives a bit of additional information about the product within.
With the box open, we can see that the case is kept in place with two, large, closed-cell Styrofoam molds, similar to those you would find in just about any modern case packaging solution. There is also some additional foam padding at the top of the box to keep things extra secure and to avoid any blemishes on the front panel that faces upward.
Included with the H500 is a pretty standard installation guide, as well as your standard arrangement of standoffs and screws. Also included with the case is the aforementioned RGB controller, a 4-pin MOLEX to 3-pin fan adapter, and a soft cleaning cloth to remove all of the fingerprints from the tempered glass side panel that are bound to show up during the installation process.