Weve been hands on with the Cooler Master MasterCase H500P recently as part of our Phantom Gaming build. Arriving in a gun metal finish, the H500P is immediately identifiable given its whopping 200mm RGB fans adorning the front of the case.
The H500P is an evolution of their famous HAF series, blending elements from their older offering into a chunky new design. Air vents are positioned along the top and front sides of the case shrouds that are easily removed. Gamers Nexus were critical of Cooler Master on the launch of the H500P with these panels simply falling off when trying to pick up the case. Some redesign work has quietly taken place and this new offering is more substantial and less likely to crumble in your hands.
Measuring in at 544 x 242 x 542mm, the H500P supports Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboards with 7 expansion slots and the option for a vertically mounted GPU by the front window. Theres no 5.25 bay support as shipped but does include space for 2x 2.5 or 3.5 drives in the basement area and two additional 2.5 drives to be mounted on top of the PSU shroud or on the rear of the motherboard tray.
Featuring a spacious open interior, a two part PSU shroud, dual hidden drive bays and a modular design leaves potential for adding additional components from the Cooler Master Store along with a host of modding potential. To the rear of the motherboard tray, additional 2.5 inch drive mounting options are available with a cable cover plate. We are not sure why this is included on the H500P given that the rear side panel is made of steel and cables cannot be seen this side. Nonetheless its inclusion is a bonus, just because it cant be seen doesnt mean to say that it shouldnt be there and it does a great job of keeping everything nioce and tidy.
Featuring steel and plastic components the H500P is finished with a tempered glass side panel with the controversial half turn locking mechanism. This is certainly not a tool-less case by any stretch but Cooler Master do include all the extra screws and zip ties you will need to complete your build in a nice little presentation box.
I/O is a standard affair with 2x USB 3.0 ports and 2x USB 2.0 ports, audio in and out, a power button and a recessed reset swith to prevent accidental knocks. Two 200mm RGB fans are supplied as standard with a single 120mm fan also included to the rear although a non RGB variant. In total the H500P can support 2x 200mm, 3x 120mm or 3x 140mm fans in the top and front of the case and a single 120mm or 140mm in the rear. For CPU cooling 190mm of clearance means that even the gigantic Cooler Master Wraith Ripper can be used.
Water fairies can also build here with up to a 360mm radiator in the top or front and up to a maximum thickness of 55mm, again the rear supports 120mm or 140mm coolers. Given the modular approach there are many mounting options in the front for reservoirs and pumps with the side rails of the fan mounts threaded for bracket mounting.
On the subject of cooling we tested the H500P with the following components;
- AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
- ASRock Phantom Gaming 6 X399
- Cooler Master ML360 TR4 Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070
- 32GB TeamGroup DDR4
- Samsung 860 Evo
- Cooler Master V750W PSU
Our testing took our GTX 1070 to 65 degrees and our 2990WX to 68 degrees under heavy load, a testament to the H500P’s excellent air flow.
With the modular design that Cooler Master are pushing its a great case to build in with so many features for builders to get their teeth into. The side panels do not immediatley fall off thanks to the retaining mechanism that allows the panel to hang at an angle. The modular PSU shroud is not the easiet to remove given the amount of screws that hold it in place, once you have your build done though it looks great and we cant knock Cooler Master for this approach. Cable management is fair with plenty of tie down options and enough room in the back side for reasonable cable useage.
One down side is the choice of cheaper materials for this case. We recently featured the be quiet! Dark Base 700 and while its slightly unfair to compare the two, the difference in build quality is noticable. We get that the H500P is aimed at a different market but we did feel that we had to be really careful when handling the removable top and front panels. The flex and creaking is noticeable but again, once a build is complete this will not be felt or heard.
Coming in at the time of writing at £134.99 at Scan its priced well for the features you get and we would thoroughly recommend this case to anyone putting together a mid to top end build, just dont expect it to take a hammering if you are heavy handed. We would love to see some better I/O and an included fan / RGB control hub given other options available but overall its a great case for enthusiast builds.