Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Edition
"Oh it's a HAF alright" ...
Join us as we review the all new H500P from Cooler Master. Yes, the 'H' in that codename is a bit of a euphemism for 'HAF'. Next to the Cosmos series it has to be the HAF series that left an all-time impression. In the past we have tested, I think, four HAF units including the Cooler Master HAF XB, 912 Plus, HAF-X and HAF 922.
The new HAF (High AirFlow) MasterCase H500P mixes some classic features with new modern ones, it entails seriously proper airflow by the usage of two front-side mounted 200mm RGB fans. Bringing the HAf to the year 2017 also means that the chassis is RGB ready. You can connect the two front-side fans to your motherboard or a 4-pin RGB controller, and they will light up with a color and animation of your preference.
In the year 2017 more simple chassis that are easy on the eyes while not too flashy is a trend, and leaving an economic crisis behind us we see some more colors than dark black (hey, think about it - it is spot on). So the trend right now is black elements with gun-metal greys and of course tempered glass. Over these years we've seen PC chassis evolve into more easy to use products as well. We, as consumers, are very demanding and since there's a lot of competition on the market, our demands are often met as the manufacturer is keen for you to spend your money on their products. A good example of a chassis series that has evolved is the HAF. The product brings a bit of Deja-vu to mind.
The MasterCase H500P however is a mid-tower while the 932, for example, was a full tower. The MasterCase H500P is a proper blend of a nice design fitted with fairly silent cooling whilst offering massive airflow and then all the little extras like decent cable management, removable drive trays for your HDDs and, the new trend for Cooler Master, shielding, lots of it to cover up all the stuff you do not want exposed. You'll spot a PSU shroud, CPU cut-out cover, and additional cable covers for clean cable management. Also a funky feature, two additional PCI slots at the rear enable you to show off one graphics card in the vertical position. Cooler Master went for improved looks with tinted tempered glass, while on the inside shielding and covering up everything you do not want to see. The chassis can house Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX and/or E-ATX motherboards.
Liquid-cooling? No problem either as MasterCase H500P can handle up to 360mm radiators on the top and front (up-to 55mm thick). We have quite a bit to talk about, have a peek at that all new Cooler Master MasterCase H500P and then let's head onwards into the review guided by photos, as always - lots of them.