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MasterBox K500 Phantom Gaming Edition
ATX Mid Tower
Side Panel Window
Front Panel USB 3.0
Motherboard Form Factor
- Micro ATX
- Mini ITX
Full-Height Expansion Slots
Half-Height Expansion Slots
Maximum Video Card Length
400 mm / 15.748"
Internal 2.5" Bays
Internal 3.5" Bays
- 9 points
- 4 days ago
from completed build Grandma's New Gaming Rig
$40 dollar quality being sold for nearly $100 dollars at my time of purchase.
The side panels are flimsy and cheap with clunky slide mounting rails; this becomes an issue due to the limited amount of space you have behind the motherboard tray to route your cables. The removable front panel is a cheap plastic without a dust filter and it has attached LED wiring that you need to be careful not to rip when you remove it. The bottom PSU intake has a cheap wire filter that is only removed by bending it. The hard drive cage is riveted in and cannot be removed. I nearly went with another EVGA Supernova PSU but I'm thankful I didn't because it would've been a nightmare to work with those cables down there on a larger unit. There is a little bit of wobble in the case feet. There are no rubber grommets or slot cutouts for cable management. None of the panel screws are captive and the protective rubber for the glass panel screws is already coming loose after one removal. The PCI brackets/slots have to be rattled back into place and they don't align cleanly once a GPU occupies them. There are clearance issues at the top of the case if you mount exhaust fans up there. The SoC heatsink on my B450 Tomahawk barely fit under there and it caused me to damage part of the rear I/O cover while trying to slide and scrape the damn thing into place. There was really no other way to go about it. Installing the fans last would've been equally as difficult once the cooler is in place and it'd be impractical to install the cooler once the 'board is already mounted inside. I would've liked to see the case be an inch taller. Clearance issues in an ATX form factor is a first for me. Lastly, the top of the case had some corny gamer style branding about being fast and mysterious and yada-yada. I covered that up.
I like Cooler Master, but they're lucky I like how this case looks because it would've been returned otherwise. It should be $40-$50 bucks at most. Hope anyone who comes across this review finds my blunt opinion helpful.
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- AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
- Radeon RX 590