Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Cooler Master is a company that should be no stranger to anyone who has been around a PC, even for a limited amount of time. It is highly likely that in some form of a product, has graced a pre-built PC, or you have gone out and gotten your hands-on one of their aftermarket products. The reason behind this is that Cooler Master has a full range of products which cover the entry-level consumers, all the way through the enthusiast level of user, and come with varying feature sets, price ranges, and of course, aesthetic appeal. In the instance of cases, it does not matter if you want a tiny, plain looking box to hold your gear, or of something as extravagant as the new Cosmos, Cooler Master covers the gamut and is here today to offer something which falls in the middle of both extremes.
The chassis in question is a blend of two, where Cooler Master revisits an older series of cases, yet is placing it in with the MasterCase line that has become so popular. For those old enough to remember, Cooler Master had huge success with the HAF Series. All of the cases in this line were designed for High Air Flow, hence the name, but looking back on them today, we can see why Cooler Master chose to blend a couple of designs rather than to rehash something that by today's standards might appear old-school and chunky. However, the main idea is not lost in the latest chassis to visit the lab, yet at the same time, developing this idea within the confines of the MasterCase Series has delivered a chassis which is both practical and sexy all at the same time.
As you read this, the MasterCase H500P is publicly launching to the world. Being part of the MasterCase series, we come to expect an angled front bezel, an open interior, a PSU cover, hidden bays, modular parts, and the potential for additional gear to arrive in the Cooler Master Store shortly after its release. What we have includes all of this, yet can take things even further in a few aspects, with us about to look at what we consider to be the best-looking chassis to leave Cooler Master under the MasterCase name. If what we have mentioned has piqued your interest, please continue, as we are sure this chassis will not disappoint. In our opinion, the MasterCase H500P is the best of the line and is something many will end up using.
The MasterCase H500P, also known as the MCM-H500P-MGNN-S00 to Cooler Master is a gunmetal and black chassis from the MasterCase Series. The exterior of the chassis is made of plastic, steel, and steel mesh, but the entire frame of this chassis is made of steel, which is painted black as well. The left side panel is made of 5mm thick tempered glass, while the right side of the chassis is covered with steel. Dimensionally, the H500P is 544mm long, it is 242mm wide, it is 542mm tall, and the shipping label shows the entire case and packaging weighs in at thirty-two pounds. Also found on the exterior is the front I/O panel, which offers a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of 3.5mm ports for HD Audio connectivity.
Internally, this chassis can house a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even some E-ATX motherboards. Out of the box, there are no 5.25" bays, but there are plans to offer them as optional equipment later. There is a dual position HDD cage inside of the chassis, and this will house either a pair of 3.5" or 2.5" drives. Beyond that, there are also two 2.5" drive trays which are set atop the PSU cover. At the back of the chassis, there are the standard seven expansion slots we are used to seeing, but there are also two vertically aligned slots as well. To use these slots, Cooler Master recommends purchasing the GPU support tray, as well as a PCI-e extension cable to allow the card to connect to the motherboard.
When the MasterCase H500P arrives at your door, it had three fans pre-installed in it. The front of the chassis has a pair of 200mm RGB fans which work with any motherboard or controller with the standard 4-pin layout. The third fan is black, it has no LEDs, and is a 140mm fan attached to the back. Optionally, there is room for a trio of 120mm or 140mm fans in the front of the case. As for the rear, you can opt for a smaller 120mm fan. The top of the chassis mimics the fronts fan compatibility, but for 120 and 140mm fans you are using a plate which is raised from the top panel of the chassis. When it comes to 200mm fan installation, the plate must be removed. Water cooling support is also on point. The top can house a 280mm or 360mm radiator as its maximum size, and the front matches the tops capability. The back of the chassis can also be used for a single 120 or 140mm radiator, and the only limitation is the 55mm thickness shown with the top of the case. Speaking of limitations, near the bottom of the chart we do see that CPU coolers can be 190mm tall, and video cards can be 412mm long.
In the review information sent over by Cooler Master, we were informed of the MSRP. In that literature, we were told that the MasterCase H500P would be sold at $149.99. With many mid-tower cases offering quite a bit at the $100 price point, there is a rough road ahead for Cooler Master with the price they have set. Shockingly, while we fully expected to come up empty when looking for this chassis at retail outlets, it appears Newegg already has the H500P available for pre-order. It is there where we could verify the price, as it is indeed listed at $149.99 and will ship on release day to pre-order customers. Typically, we contain our opinion on the value of the case this early in the review, but with what we know, and with what you are about to see, we feel that Cooler Master has come up with a design which will pull at your heartstrings and your wallet. It is just that slick of a design.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the MasterCase H500P]
- Page 5 [Inside the MasterCase H500P Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]