Let’s be honest here – Cooler Master has gotten quite a lot of flak when they first released the Cooler Master MasterCase H500P. Then, Cooler Master went and revised the H500P and came out with the mesh edition. We have the H500P Mesh White and I’m personally going to draw some comparisons with the original HAF 932 – and I’m still using it until now.
Thanks to Cooler Master Malaysia for providing us with the MasterCase H500P Mesh White.
First off, the case box is once again in line with Cooler Master’s latest packaging design. It’s mostly black and purple with its texts in white. The MasterCase H500P Mesh White’s packaging is no different, with its specs list on the side and some feature highlight at the back of the box.
Let’s open the box at the top. We’re immediately greeted with the accessories box, the user manual, and the two flaps has instructions on how to lift the case. Do take heed of this instruction to prevent damaging the case.
The accessories box has the fan mounting bracket for the front bezel, a microfiber cleaning cloth, screws, a Molex to 3-pin fan converter, some zip ties, and an RGB controller.
The included RGB controller is powered using a SATA power plug, by the way. Kudos to Cooler Master for not using Molex.
Then comes lifting the case out from the box. I’m not sure what to feel about this packaging as the entire case is actually covered in a large bag – the two pieces of thick foams are inside as well. I’m not sure if it’s considered as a tote bag but it can definitely be a shopping bag.
Removing the shopping bag reveals the beautiful MasterCase H500P Mesh White.
Taking a look at the the front, we can see that the case is mostly in white with black accents. I mean, Cooler Master is not joking when they name it “white”.
First, let’s take a look at the front. The original MasterCase H500P was heavily criticized for its flimsy front panel and it’s safe to say that there’s now an extra latch right below the I/O panel. That means the front panel is definitely secure, yet can be easily taken apart.
While on the subject of taking things apart, the MasterCase H500P Mesh White won’t be that fun to clean as there is no removable fan filter. The entire front panel is the fan filter as there is another net under hexagonal mesh.
Cooler Master has equipped the front of the MasterCase H500P Mesh White with two 200mm RGB fans at the front. The frame is in white and the blades are semi-transparent. Cooler Master even removed the stickers on the bearing to make it look nicer.
The top panel can also be removed. While the name does have the word “mesh” on it, the top panel is covered with an acrylic panel instead. Yes – acrylic. Not even tempered glass. The only place the top panel fans can breathe is through the side vents – which is largely obstructed by the mounting bracket.
Underneath the top panel we have a removable fan bracket that can house up to 3x120mm, 3x140mm, or 2x200mm fans. Also do note that most parts of the vents on the top panel is obstructed by the fan bracket itself.
If you’re thinking of using it in a push-pull configuration, you’ll need to do some measurements first. For thicker radiators then perhaps not.
For the power supply, there’s a mounting bracket that is also in white. And you do get a dust filter that pulls out from the back, which I wish for it to be pulled from the side instead.
Many parts of the internals can be removed if you want – which we’ll get into later.
Specifications and building experience
The MasterCase H500P Mesh White is pretty much the same with the original H500P on paper. However, the build quality and steps required to remove the front panel for example, have been changed. And of course, the front is now a big mesh panel instead.
|Product Name||MasterCase H500P Mesh White|
|Materials||Outlook: Plastic, Steel Mesh
Side panel: Tempered Glass, Steel
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||544 x 242 x 542mm / 21.4 x 9.5 x 21.3 inch|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (support up to 12″ x 10.7″)|
|Expansion Slots||7 + 2 (Support vertical graphics card installation)|
|2.5″ / 3.5″||2|
|2.5″ SSD||2 (Drive Bay support up to 5)|
|I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2
USB 2.0 x 2
Audio In & Out (supports HD Audio)
|Pre-installed Fan(s)||Front||200 x 25mm RGB fan x 2, 800RPM|
|Rear||140 x 25mm fan x 1, 1200RPM|
|Fan Support||Top||120/140mm fan x 3 or 200mm fan x 2|
|Front||120/140mm fan x 3 or 200mm fan x 2|
|Rear||120/140mm fan x 1|
|Liquid Cooling Support||Top||120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm (maximum thickness clearance 55mm)|
|Front||120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm|
|Clearance||CPU Cooler||190mm / 7.5 inch|
|GPU||412mm / 16.2 inch|
|Power Supply Support||Bottom mount, ATX PS2|
Opening up the tempered glass side panel on the MasterCase H500P Mesh White is quite mind-boggling. When I first saw it, my mind went blank. It’s a flat head screw with a latch on the inside that holds itself to the case. Just why?
We have other cases that has a quick release button at the back of the case – which is much more convenient and prettier than having a chromed flat head screw.
At least Cooler Master made the tempered glass side panel to be captive instead of just falling down and crashing to the floor. The other side panel is using the traditional system with screws at the back, though.
To start building a system inside the MasterCase H500P Mesh White, we need to strip down every single part of the case. I mean every single part – including the PSU shroud, the cable cover behind the motherboard tray, and a strip that reminds me of the NZXT S340. The steps to strip the case down is very sequential and requires 100% backtracking – so take note of the removal steps.
The cage that holds the two 3.5-inch hard disks can be moved to make space for front-mounted radiator as well, if you choose to do so. However, that means your power supply won’t have that much space and the PSU shroud will have to moved too. That means one of the 2.5-inch mounting brackets will have to be mounted behind the motherboard tray
Then the PCI slots. Yes, you have the option to vertically mount your GPU as well – but that’ll mean sacrificing both the SSD mounts. You can mount both the SSDs behind the motherboard tray too.
To build a system in the MasterCase H500P Mesh White, I recommend first stripping everything out from the case to its bare minimum, then start installing the HDDs, SSDs, and fans first, then the power supply and lastly the motherboard and tidied up with some cable management. Just make sure those cables are long enough to be routed nicely.
Once the system is working as intended, reattach all of the pieces of the case and finally, install the graphics card.
I’m not the best when it comes to cable management and the metal piece that hides cables at the back of the motherboard does give enough leeway for me to hide my cable mess. Also, there is ample space behind the motherboard tray.
The end result is looking pretty good – it’s clean and contrasts nicely with the power supply that I have. The cables are pretty well hidden, with a few exceptions like the CPU fan headers. Cooler Master could also rotate one of the front fans so that they both will come out at the same location. Minor complaint, but I appreciate it if Cooler Master takes heed.
There’s also enough clearance for the Noctua NH-D15 with one of the fan offset to a higher position due to RAM clearance.
Then comes this section of the case. Remember the NXZT S340? Yeah, this is something similar. It’s one big unused area. E-ATX motherboards will block those rubber grommets, hence you’ll probably have to remove this metal piece for cables to pass through.
I do wish that Cooler Master allows some expandability here to mount more 3.5-inch hard disks as the H500P is a huge mid-tower case with only 2x 3.5-inch bays and 2x 2.5-inch bays.
Wrapping up the Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White
It’s an overall really clean case. It’s clean to look at and definitely a beauty. While we cannot comment on the differences between the original H500P and the H500P Mesh White, we can say that the Mesh White version is doing quite well. I just wish that Cooler Master includes the wheels for feet from the original HAF932 and it’ll be great.
The building process is quite tedious as it requires every part of the case to be stripped down – and to reinstall everything back sequentially.
Cooler Master isn’t joking when it comes to the word “white”, as even the included 140mm fan at the rear is completely white as well. It’s just a piece of art to look at.
Now, is the Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White recommended? That depends on you. While I do feel that Cooler Master has some weird design choices – like an acrylic top panel and the flat head screw for the tempered glass side panel, I’m pretty fine with other aspects of the case. I truly like huge fan cases that run on low RPM, because that means less dust and less noise for about the same amount of airflow. The H500P Mesh White looks absolutely stunning.
For the price of RM581, the MasterCase H500P Mesh White isn’t the cheapest or most affordable case in the market. Considering all the pros and cons of this case, it depends on your requirement and taste.