Thermaltake S500 TG Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 5)

| Mar 2, 2020 at 9:35 am CST
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ThermaltakeModel: CA-1O3-00M1WN-01

Inside the S500 Continued

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We are here looking at the rear area; we see the included 120mm DC fan. The expansion slot covers are fine mesh style, which means they should allow airflow or heat to vent out of the rear of the chassis passively.

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Here looking in the cable management section of the chassis and we see we have quite a massive amount of space back here. The tray in the middle of the motherboard tray is the previously mentioned combo HDD/SSD mounting. This tray can mount dual 2.5" drives or a single 3.5" drive depending upon your needs. The S500 TG comes with three Velcro straps for bundling cables down the main wire management channel central to the rear chassis section. To the left, we can see the opposing side of the vertical radiator mount, which with the removal of the HDD cage, can support up to a 360mm radiator.

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Here we peek at the HDD cage from the rear and the toolless plastic tray you can use to mount a 3.5" drive or 2.5" drives with screws. The cage with the top-mounted dedicated 2.5" mount can fit three drives.

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The PSU area is not accessible from the cable management side of the chassis, so we had to spin the chassis around to get a good shot through the PSU shroud opening window. The PSU area has long plastic rails that the PSU can sit upon to avoid metal to metal contact. I do like rubberized foam pads or strips better in this location as it can better absorb harmonics and vibration, but this will do.

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The front panel cabling array is consisting of the following:

  • Power, Reset, Power LED, and HDD LED connectors
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin connector
  • HD audio connector
  • USB 2.0 10-pin connector

This has everything we need to get the front panel connected to and operate the installed system. Once again, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port and connector would be welcome here to elevate the S500 TG's capabilities and support.

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