Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Normally I’m not a fan of the smaller cases due to the smaller work area and lack of versatility. This was not the case with the Q500L as it has a good amount of space and configuration options both for looks and component compatibility. One of the features that really stood out to me was the ability to adjust the case I/O to the top, bottom of front side of the case. This allowed me to move the I/O to the bottom of the case for some cleaner cable management options. This also would really work well if you choose to place the Q500L on the side and needed the I/O in a different location.
Even though the Q500L is quite roomy, it did run into a few clearance issues, on being between with the GPU and PSU. Originally, I wanted to install a Gigabyte RTX 2060 Pro but it about 5mm to long and interfered with the PSU. So, I ended up having to go with the smaller RX480 which fits nice and snug against my HX750i. If I had gone with a bigger motherboard with lower PCIe slots this wouldn’t have been an issue as I had plenty of room below the PSU.
Another thing about the Q500L that surprised me was the well placed cut outs and the number of tie downs at the back of the case. These both allowed me to cleanly route my cables and made for an excellent looking build.
The Q500L easily exceeded my expectations and was amazing to build in. I didn’t expect this much space and versatility in such a small chassis. Anyone looking to downsize their ATX build into a smaller case should consider the Q500L a solid contender.
Amazing job, Cooler Master.