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Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Inside the MasterCase H500P Continued

 

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The 3-pin powered fan at the back of the H500P is black, although an RGB fan put here instead would have been nice. All of the expansion slot covers are held in place with hex-head screws, and if you plan to use the vertical slots, Cooler Master advises to do so with the support of a bracket, which is optional. As is the extender cable to connect it.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we find that the left third has been covered with a removable steel panel, which will block the view of the front I/O, fan, and any optional wires you see fit to run there. We also see that the back of the motherboard socket is blocked from view, which is the finest details we have seen in a case with the option to have a glass panel on this side too. All of the ugly is hidden.

 

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Removing the panels, we find that to the left of the motherboard tray is left wide open. This means that anywhere wires need to go, they can, and you have much less to worry about with wire management, as you can tuck gobs of wires between the two panels which cover this area. On the right, we find a large CPU cooler access hole and is wide enough to accommodate E-ATX motherboard too.

 

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As the case is shipped, the HDD cage is accessible from the left side, and you need to remove the PSU cover to remove either of the two 2.5" or 3.5" drive trays. However, there is a second option, and by flipping the side rails, you can access the drives from the back.

 

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The PSU goes in the back of the chassis and rests on four rubber pads on top of steel bumps shaped into the floor. There is hexagonal mesh for the PSU to draw through, and to install the PSU, the cover has to be removed to do so as the height left here will not allow the PSU to slide in from the back.

 

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There is a lot of wires coming from the fans and the front I/O panel. We find 3-pin female plugs to power the fans, and 3-pin male plus to attach three fans. One 4-pin RGB connection hits a splitter and allows three devices to be connected to it, and that is one beyond the two used by the fans. We also see the native USB 3.0 connection, one for USB 2.0, and one for HD Audio. At the top, we find the leads from the buttons and LEDs, and all of the wires are black, so they blend in.

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