Welcome to our first 2018 winter installment of reviews. Today were going to be taking a look at Cooler Master’s brand new TD 500. This chassis fits right into the Masterbox collection. We have been checking out a ton of mid tower chassis lately and were excited to see if this fresh addition to the lineup can compete with the best.
Packaging Contents and Price
As per usual, Cooler Master has packaged their TD 500 with transport in mind. The chassis comes covered in adhesive plastic as well as two huge Styro Foam cushions on either end. Curves are important in chassis building and overall aesthetics now a days. Cooler Master adds a little pizzazz here with a front and side panel that are shaped to look like broken glass. As you may have guessed they are not broken but provide an interesting eye-catching design. Were excited to see how it looks when we throw our RGB build in. The “Broken Glass” side panel is composed of plastic. Four thumb screws line the outside of the TD 500 and are secured in place with the help of a rubber washer. On top, we see a very standard magnetic removable dust cover. From the look of it we can only foresee a maximum of two 140mm fans attached up top. To nobodies surprise we run into another very standard portion of this budget mid tower chassis. The cable management area is hidden by a flat black cover which is secured in place from two thumb screws. The underside continues this trend of standard appearance, besides the curvy front and side, with a PSU air intake as well as four sturdy rubber feet. After the removal of the anti scuff plastic, we get our first good look at Cooler Masters TD 500 chassis. We really love the symmetrical brokenness of the side and front. We are sure this will make any build placed in this beauty POP with originality.
The front IO is composed of (From left to right) two USB 3.0 ports, a power switch, audio jacks as well as a power reset switch. We are really enjoying this new logo Cooler Master has been throwing into their recent products.
Last but not least we see the rear of the chassis. This has no addition of a possible vertical mounted GPU however which is a bit of a drag. Lets dive into the heart of this beauty.
The Cooler Master TD 500 comes in at around $90 USD at the time of this review.