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Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L (Black/Transparent)

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  • Very good
    1 month ago
    Updated: 1 month ago
    Flexible case with support for lots of different arrangement of components.
    I have put in an old m-itx system with an i7-4790k and a GTX 980.

    The chassis can stand or lie down as there are rubber feet both at the bottom and at the back.
    Because of all holes everywhere, it becomes very easy to assemble components even where it is not originally thought that components should be able to sit.
    For example, the power supply can be mounted up or down on the front, as well as front or rear at the bottom without any problems.

    There are smart holes for wiring around the entire inside except towards the rear side (where the I / O shield is located) which facilitates putting the power supply into the bottom (not with the ATX motherboard).

    Due to how the chassis is constructed with dust filters at the front, above and below, I thought negative air pressure was preferable for my fans, 2 at the front for intake and 2 at the top for intake.

    Many people complain about poor airflow (which is proven by the Gamers Nexus) and high temperatures as a result, but this is nothing I could see in my case since the motherboard temperature never rose above 40 degrees Celsius when I played.

    Overall 4/5, compact case with support for many different components and standards.
  • Very Poor
    1 month ago
    Substandard product. Don't buy. See the GamersNexus review on YT.

    The Q300L works if you cut holes for all the fans you use. Q500 on the other hand, not at all (ATX is up front).
  • Good
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    OK ... This is a slightly different opinion, so bring it with a pinch of salt. General impressions are further down - BUT, I WILL REMOVE parts of the chassis two hours after unpacking.
    More particularly:
    * A 140mm fan seat on the front for intake.
    * A 140mm fan seat on top for exhaust.
    * Completely removed the mesh at the included 120mm fan.
    Did this with Dremel, reinforced cutting wheel, and heavy after-blowing with compressor and vacuum cleaner.

    I am used to milder case modding, and bought the chassis with this in mind.

    + The chassis is really compact to accommodate full ATX, which was the reason for the purchase. Needed a work computer at work that was relatively easy to move, and didn't take up too much space.

    - Some complain about airflow, probably agree that the design could be a little more optimized - this is a CM Q300L with mild re-tooling for ATX, was probably not designed for higher TDP really. This places the chassis in a different location where it has physical space for the ATX, but the cooling can be substandard. "Solved" as said this problem.
    GamersNexus has two videos on this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3n80GxU-Zs
    and
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYDmcSE9KII

    - Some thin walls in some places.

    - Could have had a rubbish wider hole for cable management.

    ~ The quality is perfectly OK considering the price. Some complain

    Run with the following hardware:
    CPU: Intel 5820K (4.0 GHz, 1.300 V)
    CPU cooling: Noctua DH14
    MB: ASUS X99-A
    RAM: 48 GB 2400 MHz mixed. What I had over.
    GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2
    PSU: Corsair SFX 750 V2
    Fans: Noctua PWMs, 2x 140mm, 1x 120mm