There's a sizeable space to work with inside and plenty of cable routing holes too. As usual with a modern, large ATX case, though, there isn't a massive array of storage options. You get just a pair of 2.5" SSD trays by default located on top of the PSU tray, and these require four screws to secure the drives. There are a further two 3.5"/2.5" trays in a cage beneath the shroud as well. While the MasterCase H500P Mesh White can support E-ATX motherboards, this only stretches to a width of 272mm, so it's worth checking your motherboard first, as some are wider than this. The case also sports a dual-slot vertical GPU mount, although you'll need to buy a PCIe riser cable separately.
Cooler Master has capitalised on the cooling focus of the MasterCase H500P Mesh White with two huge 200mm fans up front that sport RGB lighting as well. You can control this either via a simple push-button controller or using the four-pin connectors to hook up to an RGB-capable motherboard or third-party controller. A splitter cable is provided too, so you'll only need a single header to power both.
There's just a single 140mm fan in the rear of the case, though, so the MasterCase H500P Mesh White leans towards positive air pressure out of the box. If the 200m fans aren't to your taste, there's the option of mounting a trio of 120mm or 140mm fans here along with either a 360mm or 280mm radiator. By removing a section of the PSU cover you get more than enough clearance for full height radiators and a couple of rows of fans too.
Building a PC into the MasterCase H500P Mesh White was mostly hassle-free, but one snag we did come across was the EPS12V CPU connector hole. This proved to be too small for our connector to pass through, meaning we had to separate the connector first and then connect it back together inside the case. It's a small but annoying oversight, especially for a case this premium, and while it isn't likely to rear its head with all PSUs, making the hole a couple of millimetres taller would solve the issue at a stroke.
A nice touch as far as cable routeing goes is a large plate that sides over the rear of the motherboard tray, hiding any stray connectors.There's also one that covers the rear of the CPU socket area, so the far side here looks particularly clean once you're done hiding cables. There's a reasonable amount of cable ties included, although given how much of a focus there is on keeping things tidy here, we'd have liked to have seen a few more and maybe even something more elaborate such as Velcro.
December 11 2020 | 17:30