The Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 has an interesting look and RGB goodness but is it worth your hard-earned?
I set up a build recently in this case and ran some tests to see just how much the front panel restricted airflow. The results likely won’t surprise you too much. Let’s take a look at the spec sheet from Cooler Master.
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Specifications
- Type: ATX Mid Tower
- Color: BlackCase
- Material:Steel / Plastic
- With Power Supply: No
- Power Supply Mounting: Bottom
- Motherboard Compatibility: ATX ( up to 272mm width) / Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX
- Side Panel: Edge to Edge Acrylic Side Panel
- LED: RGB
- Removable Dust Filter: Front, Top, Bottom
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays2 (Max. 2)Internal 2.5″ Drive Bays4 (Max. 6)Expansion Slots7
Front Panel I/O
Front Ports2 x USB 3.0 / Audio In/Out
- Fan Options
- Front: 3 x 120mm fan or 2 x 140mm fan (3 x 120mm RGB fan included)
- Top: 2 x 120mm/140mm fan
- Rear: 1 x 120mm fan (included)
- Radiator Options
- Front: Up to 360mm
- Rear: Up to 120mm
- Top: Up to 240mm
Dimensions & Weight
Max GPU Length Allowance407 mmMax CPU Cooler Height Allowance166 mmMax PSU Length224 mmDimensions (H x W x D)19.41″ x 8.54″ x 18.43″Weight12.68 lbs.
FeaturesDiamond Cut Design: Stand out from the rest with a Three Dimensional diamond cut design extending from the front bezel to side panel.
RGB Lighting Effect: The included RGB controller connects three pre-installed RGB LED fans and an RGB power button to create an amazing lighting effect.
Edge to Edge Acrylic Side Panel: Show off your build through the unique shaped edge to edge acrylic side panel and enjoy the special lighting effect from different viewing angles.
Covers For Clean Build: An additional cable cover takes cable management to the next level. Assemble clean builds like a pro!
Cooling Performance: Support for a total of six 120mm fans and support for front, top and rear radiator placement, ensure you don’t have to compromise on performance.
Graphics Card Support: Equip yourself with the latest graphics card up to a length of 407mm for your cutting-edge system build.
The 19mm width space behind the mainboard tray gives you plenty of cable management options to keep your build nice and clean.
In my opinion, this is where things start to fall apart for the Cooler Master MasterBox TD500. Even if you liked the acrylic side and front panel, which I am not a fan of, the restricted airflow is a for sure deal-breaker for those looking to cool their gaming rig. From my testing, removing the front panel saw temperatures drop significantly. Temperatures with the side panel on were in the low to mid-70s. While removing the front panel dropped the temperatures down to high 50s-low 60s under full load.
Keeping your components clean in this case should be pretty easy since this case has filters on the front top and bottom of the case. Protecting the outside of the case will not be as easy, however, with the front and side panel being acrylic, even just looking at this case could cause scratches.
Cable Management wasn’t bad in the Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 case, not great but OK. The space between the chassis and the panel is limited. It does have a PSU shroud so you can tuck some cables in there, but not much as there isn’t much room left over after installing your PSU.
The front I/O is pretty standard with 2 USB 3 ports, a power button, reset button, mic, and audio jacks. The power button has RGB lights that illuminate the perimeter of the switch.
Final Thoughts On The Cooler Master MasterBox TD500
Cooler Master makes some great PC cases at this price point. I have recently reviewed a couple of them. The Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 RGB and the Cooler Master MasterBox MB520 RGB are two examples of Cooler Master doing it right at this price point. Both offer great features with great looks and good airflow. The MasterBox TD500, on the other hand, I would skip unless you really like the look of this case, and don’t mind the fact it will scratch easily and won’t do a great job of keeping your parts cool. For me, this case at 99.99CAD is a hard pass. There are just too many better options at this price point.