Hitting on all of the good things about the MasterCase H500P is a long list, but here goes. The appearance is the first thing that strikes you, and why some may not like it, we find it very aesthetically pleasing. The mix of gunmetal grey with black, the clear windows at the top and the front, side panel made of tempered glass that is easy to use, and an option to get a second one later; it ticks all the boxes. Internally, there is just enough room for drives for many users, but if you do find a need for more drive bays, the 2.5" drive trays will be available to get, just like the glass panel. If you are looking for 5.2" drive bays, there are none offered out of the box, but again, Cooler Master intends to offer those too.
The roomy interior allows for a ton of airflow through the case, and it can be felt and seen in our better than usual thermal results we got while inside of this case. Of course, there is the dual-part PSU cover which has its tricks, but what takes the cake for us are the two covers used to hide all of the wiring. With a steel panel in place, it is overkill, but if you like glass on both sides, that is when the panels make their biggest mark. We also like that with the fans at full power, from a meter away, it is nearly inaudible, and we have to get closer than a foot from the chassis to cross the 30dB barrier. With all of that being said, we are surely leaving things out, but we feel you get the points that Cooler Master has upped the MasterCase lineup, and this H500P is the best of them all.
With all of the layers of fan support brackets, covers, windows, bits of mesh, and with our components installed, we were a little taken back that not a single thing rattles. The components of the front bezel lock into place well and do not feel loose in any way. However, rather than straight alignment tabs, we do wish the top panel has clips of some sort too. When it came to moving the case, any time we touched the top panel, it came loose and was constantly needed to be reattached. The reality of it all is that the top panel's fitment is our only complaint. With everything stripped from the chassis, it is strong and ready for any twists and turns, and in no way feels cheap or flimsy. There is much to take in, as the MasterCase H500P offers a ton of features, modularity, and options to enhance it down the line. It is rare that a company can build one great chassis a year, but after seeing the Cosmos, and now this, we feel Cooler Master has upped their game and intended to change the way we see the chassis market.
Some could argue that Cooler Master should have included USB 3.1 Type-C for this price and that it is the future, but we say with all the adapters available, we feel that many can get by without it. What Cooler Master can deliver does explain much of the price tag, and to us, we do not feel they are out of line near the $150 mark for a mid-tower chassis. You are going to see one of the most well build designs with options you never knew you needed until you had them.
The MasterCase H500P is a chassis that many will soon replicate is some form or fashion, and we know the wire management plates will start to show in many tempered glass cases. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which means that the MasterCase H500P is that damn good. All other case makers should pay attention, as the H500P is the new bar to hit in any form factor chassis 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)
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: Cooler Master strikes gold twice in one month! The MasterCase H500P is the best of the series, and every bit of the case is designed to be modular now or in the future, and delivers a mid-tower chassis anyone would be proud to own and display their parts inside of!
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