Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L Case Review

System Build and Installation

Below is a list of the hardware included in this build:

  • MSI H310I Pro
  • Intel i5-8600K
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
  • 2 x 8GB Team Group Vulcan TUF Gaming Alliance DDR4
  • MSI RX480 Gaming 8GB
  • Corsair HX750i
  • Corsair Force 120GB SSD

This is probably one of the smallest cases I have built, but despite its smaller size, it felt quite roomy for my mITX build. I did run into a few clearance issues when building in the Q500L. The first was when I was installing my Gigabyte RTX 2060 Pro with the Corsair HX750i PSU. Once the power supply was installed, the RTX 2060 card was about 5mm too long. If I had gone with a bigger motherboard, this would not have been an issue as I could have installed the card in a lower PCIe slot removing the clearance issue with the PSU. The other issue was with the moveable I/O panel of the Q500L. To clean up some of the I/O cables I wanted to install it at the top of the case as it had better routing options. But due to interference with the Hyper 212 CPU cooler, I was unable to do so. This was only a minor setback as I was able to install it at the bottom of the case and route the cables through the bottom of the motherboard tray. I really liked that the cutouts were extremely well based and this allowed me to easily route all of my cables for a nice clean look.

Looking to the back of the motherboard tray I was pleased at the amount of tie-down points and the generous amount of room from the back of the tray and back panel of the Q500L. This allowed me to easily manage all my cables and neatly tie them down to the back of the motherboard tray. Once all the cables were secured I had no issues reinstalling the back panel of the Q500L.

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