Cooler Master gets TUF on case design with the MB500

Cooler Master has been a master case builder for a little over two decades, and their 2018 lineup has been quite interesting, particularly with returning favorites like the Cosmos C700M and the MasterBox family bringing back old internal designs that were fan favourites. Partnering up with ASUS, Cooler Master has designed and released a set of products in the new TUF series to go along with ASUS’s TUF motherboard family. Cue some video shots of money flying everywhere and Wiz Kalifa’s “Black and Yellow” on the backing track to complete the mental image in your head right now after looking at the MasterBox MB500 TUF Edition.

Based off the MasterBox MB500, the TUF Edition boasts the same features as the original, including addressable RGB lighting that is controlled with the built-in controller connected to three MasterFan MF120R ARGB case fans. The RGB controller is compatible with ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, and ASRock RGB LED controller software.

The differences to the standard MB500 are in the paint and vinyl finish and some internal aesthetic choices. The MB500 TUF has a custom black paint finish where the MB500 is more on the grey side, and it includes custom ASUS-designed vinyls that mimics camoflague. The power status LED on the front of the case is yellow, and the PSU shroud has a cut-out to allow you to see the unit underneath. This is going to look really cool once you stick Cooler Master’s VG750 power supply in there with its LED status display.

The acrylic side panel finally also has the ASUS vinyls to complete the picture, drawing attention to the PSU cut-out and the CPU cooler and GPU mounted in the top PCI slot. The internals are otherwise unchanged from the original, supporting full ATX motherboards with proper standoffs, some basic cable management cut-outs, support for a 360mm radiator in the front of the case as well as a 120mm top-mounted fan to remove heat from the system, removable dust filters at the front and bottom of the case and up to two 3.5-inch hard drives and one 2.5-inch SATA drive for storage. The case does support up to six 2.5-inch drives, but you would need to purchase three 2.5-inch mounting brackets to complete the build.

Cooler Master’s MB500 TUF Edition case will come with a two-year limited warranty and should retail for around R1,199 (based on prices for the standard MB500 available at retailers today). You can check out the rest of the TUF lineup from ASUS and partners here. Pity there’s no GPU to go with this colour scheme yet…

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