The Cooler Master HAF 500 is a striking black case that offers ample space for your PC hardware and it’s also one of the few remaining cases with an external 5.25″ bay, making this full-tower chassis perfect for those who are looking to build a powerful gaming rig or expand their PC storage needs. Alongside its sleek looks, the Cooler Master HAF500 Black Case has some impressive features such as support up to three 2.5″ drives on top of two 3.5″ drives in addition to two front fan mounts which come with four fans each that can be controlled by PWM and voltage control modes using motherboard headers if necessary.,
The “cooler master h500 case fan” is a review of the Cooler Master HAF 500 Black Case. It’s a mid-tower chassis that has plenty of room for your components.
The Cooler Master HAF 500 mid-tower case is the company’s newest offering, and it signals the return of Cooler Master’s famous HAF (High Air Flow) series case. The HAF 500 has two 200mm ARGB intake fans, dual 360mm Support for the Radiator, and a 120mm GPU fan that can be angled to accommodate varying GPU lengths. It will be available in black and white. It is intended for optimal airflow and peak performance and includes aspects targeted at streamlining the user experience.
The Cooler Master HAF 500 will have an MSRP of $149, making it neither cheap nor costly, and it is aimed at the enthusiast market. It will be covered by a two-year warranty. There’s even a flagship HAF product dubbed the Masterbox 500 in the pipeline, with a price yet to be set. We’ll be looking at the Cooler Master HAF 500 black case today.
The HAF 500 Case from Cooler Master
Cooler Master has included a three-sided, low-restriction mesh screen to the front of the HAF 500 to provide some breathing room between the two 200mm ARGB fans. When using airflow-oriented case fans, this ‘breathing space’ is very useful for reducing noise — most fans are rather quiet on their own, but will make noise when attached to anything restrictive, such as a mesh grill or a heatsink.
The HAF 500’s front fan mounts can accommodate three 120mm fans, two 140mm fans, and two 200mm fans, as well as fans up to 30mm thick, such as Noctua’s 200mm x 30mm NF-A20 PWM or Phantek’s 120mm x 30mm T30-120. Cooler Master included two 200mm x 25mm MF200R ARGB fans with the HAF 500.
The HAF 500, which is also known as a ‘high airflow’ case, has a mesh front panel with big filtered intakes to facilitate high airflow, albeit there are no additional front-mounted dust filters. On the upper fan locations, there is a magnetic filter. This is crucial information for purchasers to know, and it’s not anything we hold against Cooler Master — after all, this is a HAF case.
One of the most prominent characteristics of the HAF 500 is a 120mm fan on a hinged bracket, which can be found behind the front fans. This fan, which is mounted on the top of the twin 3.5″ cage, may be adjusted to direct airflow toward a graphics card, thereby lowering temperatures and noise.
The fan in question is a SickleFlow 120 fan from Cooler Master, in this instance a PWM version without any illumination. It’s also a standard-sized 120mm fan, which means it can be changed if required, but it’s unlikely to be necessary since it pushes a decent volume of air without making much noise.
Cooler Master has added a gold panel above the drive cage and tiltable fan to hide the three front-most cable routing cutouts. The top half of the panel is curved to provide more area for ATX 24-pin leads and USB 3 cables to be routed to the motherboard, while the bottom section is shaped to avoid blocking longer expansion cards. A second column of three cutouts with rubber grommets is located just below the panel and the first column of cable routing cuts, offering enough routing possibilities for fully-featured motherboards.
Instead of a permanent divider, Cooler Master has included a plastic detachable PSU cover, which allows for rapid access to the power supply when required. This shroud is long enough to cover PSUs up to 180mm in length and has a bigger cable routing hole in front of the PSU. It impresses us as an excellent combination of aesthetics and ergonomics, as it gives a clean appearance while allowing access to the PSU and its numerous connections and power leads.
ITX to EATX boards with a maximum dimension of 12″ by 12.2″ are supported, with the proviso that bigger EATX boards will likely restrict cable routing possibilities. Cooler Master has pre-installed standoffs for ATX and has stamped the motherboard tray with a legend as well as accompanying labels for the suitable mounting positions for different board sizes.
The RGB SickleFlow 120mm PWM fan for the rear exhaust completes the seven total 120mm intake or exhaust fan settings, with the same combination of three 120mm, two 140mm, or two 200mm fan locations at the top.
CPU coolers up to 167mm or supported for air cooling, easy fitting the beefy be silent! The 410mm GPU clearance on the Dark Rock Pro 4 makes the 305mm ASUS ROG STRIX RX 5700 XT O8G GAMING appear ridiculously short. Cooler Master also promises 30mm of cable routing space under the motherboard tray, which in our experience is more than enough area to get all of the wires where they need to go.
A powered fan and an ARGB distributor are also hidden beneath the motherboard tray. Five ARGB connectors and four DC or PWM fans may be connected, and the reset switch can be used to control lights in systems without an ARGB controller.
In addition, as 2.5″ drive mounts, Cooler Master has employed rubber grommets with tiny holes. The drives may be installed by inserting the pegs into the two sets of four grommets after fitting the accompanying knurled pegs into the bottom of up to two 2.5″ drives. This drive mounting technique requires no tools and seems to be a rather straightforward solution – as long as you don’t lose sight of the pegs if you don’t use them right away.
The Cooler Master HAF 500 is a mid-tower that is on the larger side for a mid-tower. A little additional room in the front and top allows for a broad selection of air and water cooling options, while substantial cable routing allowances make getting everything linked up and then buttoned up a breeze.
Panel of Tempered Glass
The screwless and tool-free TG side panel design on the full coverage tempered glass side panel is extremely good. The protector film, which did not pull cleanly off because one edge was underneath one of the stamped metal trim pieces, took more force than we’d have liked to remove the first time and can be fiddly to replace – but the most annoying part was the protector film, which did not pull cleanly off because one edge was underneath one of the stamped metal trim pieces. While the panel became simpler to remove and reinstall over time, or maybe we’d simply grown better with experience, scraping away the residual film is a memory that we’ll never forget. Most people like peeling off the protective film, and having it adhered on one side made the experience a little less enjoyable.
I/O Panels on the Top and Angled
For the top I/O, Cooler Master has included a modernized collection of buttons and ports, including the standard power and reset buttons, as well as two USB 3.0 type-A ports, a USB 3.0 type-C port, and a headphone and microphone jack. Most people will welcome the type-C USB connection, however those who use the integrated headset jack should make sure they have the right connector or converter.
Front and back of the case
The HAF 500’s front panel is detachable and does not attach to the rest of the chassis. To remove the panel, three tabs on each side must be forced inward, and it seems that this is best done from the bottom up, since the top I/O ports stick through the panel. The panel is a little tricky to remove the first time, and reinstalling it necessitates matching up the I/O ports, but the design is useful given how well the ports line up.
The front panel has a large chamber for the two 200mm fans, which are entirely exposed once the panel is removed. Cooler Master’s design seems to be quite DIY friendly for people who want to relocate or replace these fans.
For example, you could install a 360mm AIO in the front of the case and relocate the two 200mm fans to the top as exhaust, or you could do the reverse.
On the subject of cooling, we’d like to point out that the 200mm fans seem to be constrained by the inner steel panel. While the 200mm fans can still move a lot of air without making too much noise, the front of the case should have been a little more open. The size and placement of the cutouts seem to be more suited to three 120mm fans.
Specifications for the Cooler Master HAF 500
|Color||White and black are both options.|
|Materials||Steel, plastic, and tempered glass are some of the materials used.|
|L x W x H Dimensions (mm)||510mm x 516mm x 224mm|
|CPU Cooler Maximum Height||167mm|
|GPU Maximum Length||410mm|
|Total Number of Expansion Slots||7|
|Support for Motherboard Dimensions||ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX are all types of motherboards.|
|Panel for Input and Output||3.5mm audio combo jack, 2 x USB 3.0 Type A, 1 x USB 3.0 Type C|
|Support for Power Supply||Up to 180mm ATX|
|3.5″ / 2.5″ Internal Mounts||Two of them have detachable trays.|
|2.5′′ Internal Mounts||Two are concealed beneath the motherboard tray.|
|Fans Involved||2 x 200mm ARGB DC in the front, 1 x 120mm ARGB PWM in the back, and 1 x 120mm PWM on top of the HDD cage|
|Positions of the Front Fans||2 x 140mm / 2 x 200mm 3 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm / 2 x 200mm (up to 30mm thick, 200mm fans with 154154 hole spacing)|
|Fan Positions at the Top||2 x 140mm / 2 x 200mm 3 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm / 2 x 200mm|
|Support for the Radiator||280mm or 360mm at the top Up to 280mm or 360mm in front|
|Filters||Top covering all airflow holes and bottom for PSU|
The “cooler master h500 radiator placement” is a review of the Cooler Master HAF 500 Black Case. The case has been praised for its sleek design and excellent build quality.
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