Thermaltake S500 TG Mid-Tower Chassis
The front styling is simple as the entire case is wrapped in a shell of thick steel. The new Thermaltake logo and name adorn the bottom center of the front panel, but otherwise, it's a blank black painted slate. The very bottom, you can see a grab handle opening that can be used to pull and release the front panel.
The top of the S500 TG is a solid steel plate once again, with only the I/O popping out at the front edge.
Now we move to the front of the top panel where the I/O is located. I am happy to report the I/O is stuffed with connectivity, let's review it below:
- Reset switch
- Headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks
- HDD LED (RED)
- Power button with integrated power LED halo
- 2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
This I/O I am happy with; I would like to see a Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port since that's the newest high-speed connectivity for chassis, but that's the only absence here.
Moving to the left or main side of the chassis. As you can see, the S500 TG has a fishbowl style clear tempered glass panel with no tinting. The glass panel does have a black border to help avoid peering into your chassis to see the bare frame or even the expansion slot fasteners. We do know how the S500 TG breathes now, and it is through the stylized venting that surrounds the chassis top and front panels. The bottom panel carries the same side styling, but you can see it is solid plastic and not used for ventilation, similar to a car with fake grilles in the fenders or hood.
Here we have the rear I/O side, and I have a bit to mention here. First up is I do know that in the past, mid-tower designation was assigned to standard chassis of a specific size and seven expansion slots. However, the S500 TG, which is defined as a mid-tower chassis, has eight expansion slots. Speaking of the expansion slots, Thermaltake does something here that I truly love and wish more could do it. The expansion slots can be swapped to rotate ninety degrees making the entire eight slots vertical. It only takes a few screws, and the whole assembly can rotate.
Everything else here is standard fare with a PSU, which inserts through the rear and a slotted 120mm rear fan mount. Take note of the gap between the motherboard I/O shield cutout and the cable management side panel, that gap is sizable and made to provide a massive space for cable management.
Now we flip around to the cable management side, and we find a solid steel panel here. The panel mounts with the same thumbscrew rear mounting that the tempered glass panel used. The top and front panel once again shows the filtered ventilation mesh openings.
Moving to the bottom of the S500 TG and we find a colossal filter that can be removed from the rear for cleaning. The mesh covers the entire length to support any airflow needed for PSU or even air ingestion near the HDD cage area. The feet are rubber discs which slot into the large metal feet frame via a notch that presses through a hole in the chassis. This means no adhesive, which is excellent in case you move the chassis, and one pops off; you can just press it back in.
Removing the filter exposes the ventilation openings at the bottom of the chassis, which runs the length of the lower chassis.