Cooler Master MasterBox MB500 PC Case Review

  1. About the Masterbox MB500...
  2. PC Case Overview- External
  3. PC Case Overview- Internal
  4. Compatibility Check and Installation Experience
  5. Setup images, Illumination Effects and Test Setup
  6. Performance Testing- Sound and Temperature
  7. Conclusion
  8. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: The Masterbox MB500 is loaned by Cooler Master

Its been a long time since I’ve reviewed anything from Cooler Master and we’re starting again with the Masterbox MB500. This is an ATX PC case with emphasis on its RGB fans and its wide array of colours, tempered side glass panel and thermal performance. So let us just get into it and see how it goes.

Packaging and Contents

From its appearance, the packaging of the CM Masterbox MB500 looks small. It is even smaller than the Mastercase Pro 3 mATX PC case’s packaging. The packaging alone makes an impression similar to what CM Elite series ATX cases have made, but obviously, it would be bumped up to keep up with its Master philosophy. The packaging is minimal with adequate protection for the case. This is more important for cases like the MB500 as the side panel is tempered glass. It would be nice if the glass panel had some foam protection. Tempered glass can withstand accidental surface drops. But no hard drops. You get all the screws and mounts with the reading materials. By default, the standoffs are not pre-installed.

Specifications

Product Name
MasterBox MB500
Product Number
MCB-B500D-KGNN-S00
Available Color
Black
Materials
Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Dimensions (LxWxH)
494 x 211 x 475mm
Motherboard Support
ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Expansion Slots
7
Drive Bays
5.25″
N/A
3.5″ HDD
2 (Max. 2)
2.5″ SSD
2 (Max. 4)
I/O Port
USB 3.0 x 2, Audio In / Out
Pre-installed Fan(s)
Front
120mm x 2 RGB LED fan
Rear
120mm x 1 RGB LED fan
Fan Support
Front
120mm x 3 / 140mm x 2
Top
120mm x 2
Rear
120mm x 1
Radiator Support
Front
120 / 140 / 240 / 280 / 360mm radiator (limited) up to 50mm
thickness without fan
Rear
120mm x 1
Clearances
CPU Cooler
160mm
PSU
180mm
GPU
400mm
Cable Routing
Behind MB Tray
15 – 23mm / 0.59″ – 0.90″
Dust Filters
Front, Bottom
Power Supply Support
Bottom mount, ATX
EAN Code
4719512067345
UPC Code
884102039867

If you look at its specs, it is a small case to accommodate an ATX form factor motherboard. With its height at 475 mm and 211 mm width, but with 494 mm length. You can install up to 4 SSDs and 2 HDDs. There are three 120mm RGB fans included. Interestingly, the front panel is semi-ventilated. Cooler Master also provided an official measure for cable routing- 15mm which should be the area behind the motherboard and 23 mm which should its side, towards the front. There are no 5.25″ bays.

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14 comments
  1. Sir question is this support the new cooler master vertical mount GPU with no cutting grills?

  2. hello, i just build in this case but the rgb lights in the fan dont turn on, they are coneccted to he rgb controller, do you know what i could do? thanks

  3. They’re probably defective. You can ask for a replacement. Just send them the photographs of the controller module and the lack of lighting to their support at the same time so that they’ll proceed for a replacement.

  4. Just wondering will a 240mm radiator still fit with 2xssd drives installed in the front

  5. Thank you i just di.Not a fan of the bottom mounted ssd bays as the cables are away from the case but it works.Was a mission to remove my bottom fan but moved them up at top.I am just waiting on the courier to deliver the aio.

  6. Question sir
    Will deepcool castle 240ex tube length be enough to reach the motherboard? I am using standard atx board. I am afraid the distance between the front mount and cpu socket might be too great.

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