Cooler Master MasterBox TD500L: Page 5 of 7

Posted by Dustin Richardson on Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:00am

A Closer Look: Interior

 

 

The interior is a rather open layout, which again, emphasizes the fact that there are plenty of options and space for you to build what you want.  The motherboard tray accepts mini-ITX, micro-ATX, and full-sized ATX motherboards with up to 7 expansion slots. The power supply shroud is a very nice feature for this price point, as shrouds have come to be expected in any decent case these days.  The space at the front of the PSU shroud is deep enough that you can fit a medium thickness radiator with a layer of fans (or maybe even a slim rad with push-pull), which is a thoughtful design choice by Cooler Master.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500L

The motherboard tray has some cable routing holes at the top, as well as a pretty massive cutout around the CPU socket, which potentially allows you to change the cooler without having to remove the entire motherboard from the case.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500L

Moving to the nether regions of the chassis, the chamber under the shroud gives you plenty of room for most any length ATX PSU, save for maybe your high wattage Corsair or EVGA units, due to the 3.5” drive cage that is also located under the shroud.  This drive cage can hold up to two 3.5” drives, or, if you need the space for a long power supply, or perhaps a water pump, it can be removed by simply drilling out the rivets that secure it to the chassis.  It would have been nice if this was held in by screws or bolts so that it could be removed without drilling the case.  However, in this budget price range, I'm not surprised that they made a compromise like this.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500L

The backside of the mobo tray has mounting locations for two 2.5” drives and plenty of cable tie-down locations.  We also see the three main cable routing holes next to the motherboard. Coming from the front portion, we also have all the front panel header wires, which will plug into the motherboard, and allow those nifty buttons and ports on the front of the chassis to work.  Lastly, there is adequate space for your cables to live behind the mobo tray if you don’t try to cram them on top of each other all willy nilly... a little time spent managing cables goes a long way in a case like this.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500L

We also get a little box of accessories with the case, which include the documentation/manual a cleaning cloth, some zip ties, necessary screws, motherboard standoffs, as well as some extra side panel thumb screws and the accompanying rubber grommets.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500L

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