Inside the S500
Pulling the front panel form the S500 TG is simple enough as it uses plastic pegs for a friction fit retention mechanism. However, we came to a very startling realization, and that is that the large hand grip at the bottom of the front panel is wide open and not blocked off, and therefore it bypasses any dust filtration for the front intake. The front fan mounting for 120mm and 140mm is slotted to ensure granular adjustability of a fan or radiator solution. The topmost area is an ODD bay area that has an insert for mounting a fan, but this is a sign that this tooling is recycled from another chassis in the wild as the solid S500 panel will not allow an ODD.
Looking at the ventilation filter mesh, it is indeed magnetic at the edges, but it is not very easy to remove. They must be slid from one of the ends to get it out; this is something Thermaltake needs to work on to ensure that any filtration can be easily cleaned. Then again, there may not be much build up on these filters due to the previously mentioned massive opening at the lower panel, which bypasses filtration entirely.
Peeking inside the S500 TG with the panel off, we see the vast open space we have come to expect from new Thermaltake chassis entries. The CPU cutout is massive and should be fine for any cooler backplate you may need to access. The vertical radiator mounting option above and behind the HDD cage is a bit of a confusing solution as the rear panel is not vented to handle a radiator's airflow and effectively exhausting the heat. The area between the PSU shroud and the motherboard mounting is the vertical support bracket. The bracket comes preinstalled so that you can quickly flip the rear expansion slots and have the plate already in place ready to support your PCIe risers, which you will need to purchase separately.
Here we see the interior angle of the front fan mounting area. The S500 TG comes with a 140mm inlet fan up front, which is a 3-pin DC controlled chassis fan. The front slotted mounts can fit much more than this and is an open canvas for your cooling needs.
Removing the top, we find the same hard to remove filters in place as we observed in the front. The top mounting is slotted, and efforts were made to remove as much material as possible not to impede airflow. I am happy to report that Thermaltake dodged a bullet many have fallen to recently with memory compatibility with top-mounted AIO radiators. The Thermaltake S500 TG will fit a top-mounted AIO with ease but, do measure things if you are going custom liquid cooling with thicker radiator models as RAM and other components may impede installation.
Here we get a good look at the lower chassis are which is where our PSU shroud and more resides. The PSU shroud is not much of a shroud as it has a massive open window on the side, so be sure you like the look of your PSU. Also, with any shorter 140-160mm PSU, you will see the modular cables and connection interface for the PSU, so tidying things down there will be necessary. The top of the PSU shroud and the HDD cage both have a 2.5" drive tray for installation of SSD's if you have some you want to show off in your main chamber. Here we also can see the vertical GPU support, which is mounted above the PSU shroud.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT