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Cooler MasterBox Q500L Case Review – ATX Support with a Narrow Footprint

System Construction in the Cooler MasterBox MasterBox Q500L

Now we come to system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-2666. A GTX 1060 6GB from Gigabte AORUS is responsible for the image output. The power supply does the non-modular be quiet! Pure Power with 400W. In order to enhance the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks.

Due to the unusual structure of the interior, there is one important point to consider before starting assembly. Before the mainboard can be installed, the power supply frame must first be removed, equipped with the PSU and reinstalled. Then the mainboard can also find its way into the case. If you don’t follow this order, you won’t get the power supply mounted anymore.

Mounting power supply

Otherwise there were no problems with the installation of the components. The spacers are pre-assembled, the PCI slot bezels are reusable and can easily be unscrewed. Especially impressive is the space behind the mainboard tray. Despite the cable extensions, the 30 mm space enables uncomplicated cabling and a clean end result. Also the cable openings are sufficiently dimensioned and sensibly placed.

Where you need to be a little careful is in the choice of hardware. Although the Q500L supports CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height and graphics cards up to 360 mm in length, the latter only applies if the power supply does not exceed 160 mm in length. The Pure Power 10 used here is 150 mm long and together with the 280 mm long GTX 1060 has caused no problems.

The assembly of the hard disks requires a screwdriver, but is otherwise very simple. Both retaining plates are connected to the body with a knurled screw. To attach the HDDs or SSDs, these disks are removed and the data carriers are attached to them again with normal screws.

mounted hard disks

Cooler Master equips the Q500L with a fan ex works. It has a black connection cable and rotates at a maximum speed of 1200 rpm. Although it carries some air, it is also clearly audible. The fan opening already mentioned in chapter 3 seems to prove to be a really faulty construction. Although the fan rotates at a full 1200 rpm, relatively little air is moved when installed. We were also able to determine this during the stress test.

For this purpose, Prime95 and Furmark were run for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 18.5 °C and the CPUID HWMonitor was used to determine the temperature of the processor and graphics card. In addition to the standard configuration, a test with two other fans (Fractal Design Venturi HF-12) was also carried out. One fan was installed in the rear, the other in the front under the power supply.

Fan speed
Temperature
CPU: 100%.
Housing: 100% (Cooler Master)
CPU: 69 °C
GPU: 67 °C
CPU: 100%.
Housing: 100% (2x Fractal Design Venturi HF-12)
CPU: 62 °C
GPU: 67 °C
CPU: 100%.
Package: 50% (2x Fractal Design Venturi HF-12)
CPU: 71 °C
GPU: 69 °C

After completion of the measurements, it is noticeable that the CPU temperature is dropping noticeably due to a fan in the front. But both fans had to run at full speed. This in turn led to a higher background noise. If you reduce the number of revolutions, the temperatures rise again a little. All in all, it seems as if the perforations in the front and in the lid are too restrictive.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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