Cooler Master has offered many different takes on PC enclosures since they started producing them in the 1990s, and the new MasterBox Q500L is among the more interesting of their recent designs. What makes this compact case special? It is the rare breed of enclosure that holds a full ATX motherboard within a micro-ATX form-factor.
Features of the MasterBox Q500L from Cooler Master:
- Highly Compact Standard ATX Orientation
- Movable I/O Panel
- Versatile PSU Bracket
- Fully Perforated Chassis
- Magnetic Dust Filters
- Edge-to-Edge Transparent Side Panel
- Clean Routing Space
The Q500L also affords the assembled system a flexible orientation, with support for both vertical and horizontal placement as the rubberized thumbscrews on the rear panel cleverly double as feet. Additionally, the case I/O is housed in a modular panel, and this can be placed in different positions to further enhance the flexibility of this design.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 28, 2019 - 07:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, nr series, NR600, MasterBox NR400, tempered glass
A few short weeks ago Sebastian posted a quick look at Cooler Master's new NR series of cases, starting with the NR600 and NR400. TechPowerUp received these two cases for review and posted them both for you to peruse at your leisure. The NR600 is a brobdingnagian 478x209x473mm (18.8x8.21x18.6") while the NR400 is a lilliputian 411x210x411mm (16.2x8.3x16.2"), relatively speaking at least. They both carry the same heritage, indeed the picture below could be either case, the difference is in the carrying capacity and the price.
Whether you choose the ~$60 NR400 or the ~$70 NR600 you still get a solid case with a tempered glass side panel as well as a nice clean looking system.
"The Cooler Master NR series aims to combine form and function in a streamlined look with a good material mix. It actually achieves this balance quite well considering its affordable price tag, sturdy build quality, and simple but useful feature set."
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Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2019 - 07:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: cooler master, mastermouse, MM830, RGB, PixArt PMW3360, input
If you have fallen in love with the various types of MasterCase which have appeared on the market over the past couple of years, then why not plug in a new MasterMouse to it? The MM830 was announced some time ago but hadn't made it to the NA market until recently and TechPowerUp grabbed one for review. That funky design you can see on the side functions somewhat like a D-Pad, with each of those points being a programmable button. The Cooler Master Portal app allows you to program them as well as one Tactix button, essentially a shift key which allows you to bind a second set of commands to your buttons.
Drop by for a look at how well that works, and a peek at the light show that OLED on the top can produce.
"Cooler Master revealed the MM830 about a year ago at CES 2018, and it just became available for purchase. It features a top-of-the-line optical sensor, PBT main buttons, an OLED display, a unique D-pad, and many more interesting features—and it of course has RGB lighting as well."
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2019 - 03:35 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: tempered glass, mesh, MasterBox NR600, MasterBox NR400, enclosure, cooler master, chassis, case, airflow
Cooler Master has launched a pair of new cases today with the MasterBox NR400 and the MasterBox NR600. These budget-friendly cases offer a minimalist approach with clean lines and no flashy lighting effects, and should offer good airflow with their full mesh front panels.
The Cooler Master MasterBox NR600 is an ATX mid-tower
The MasterBox NR400 is the smaller of the two cases, supporting mini ITX and micro ATX motherboards, with the larger MasterBox NR600 offering support for standard ATX motherboards.
Cooler Master provides this list of features for these two new NR series cases:
- Minimalistic Mesh Design - Elegant design elements are applied to mesh for optimal thermal performance.
- Optimal Thermal Performance – The full mesh front panel and ventilated top panel provide a high potential for thermal performance.
- Flush Tempered Glass Side Panel – The tempered glass side panel, fastened by thumbscrews on the rear panel, keeps the surface completely flush.
- Headset Jack – The single 4 pole headset jack features both audio and microphone capabilities simultaneously so separate jacks are not needed.
- Graphics Card Support Up to 346mm (NR400) / 410mm (NR600) – Generous clearance space is provided to support the latest graphics cards.
- Cable Management – High quality, longer length rubber grommets paired with generous clearance behind the motherboard offers ample room for cable management.
"Thermal performance is at the core of the NR Series, with the combination of two pre-installed fans for intake and exhaust and the fine mesh front panel. Generous support for radiator mounting and unrestricted ventilation on the top and front panel ensure that even the most demanding components are efficiently cooled while the two USB 3.1 gen 1 ports at the top of the case provide ample connectivity for everyday use."
The Cooler Master MasterBox NR400 is a smaller mATX design
The MasterBox NR400 has an MSRP of $59.99, with the NR600 at $69.99. Both cases are available for pre-sale today, though no listings have yet found their way to Amazon or Newegg at time of writing.
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2019 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: MK850, analogue, cooler master, gaming keyboard, aimpad, input
We've seem Aimpad's analogue input in action before, on other Cooler Master products as well as a Wooting one. Cooler Master has released the MK850 which utilizes this technology, along with providing RGBs for you to gaze longingly at. You might have noticed that there are more than a few keys on this board, the extras allow you to toggle analogue input off and on as well as modifying the sensitivity of the keys which do have analogue capability, the Q, W, E, R, A, S, D, and F specifically. M1 through M5 allow you different profiles for different games.
"Forget, for a moment, what the Cooler Master MK850 looks like. Forget about its RGB lighting, its brushed metal top, its many keys and buttons, and the software that comes with it, because none of those things make it a keyboard of consequence. The only thing we really care about is whether or not the MK850 can deliver on the tantalizing promise of analog keyboard input for gaming."
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The Pint-Sized Flagship
In November 2017, Cooler Master released their flagship keyboard, the MasterKeys MK750. With its successor, the MK850, just around the corner, they’ve released its little brother, the MK730. It’s a tenkeyless version of the original, but when I saw that, one, it was only $119.99, and two, we’d never reviewed the original MK750, I knew that we had to take a look. Is this the small form factor keyboard you’ve been waiting for? Let’s dig in and find out.
- Switch Type: CHERRY MX Red, Blue (reviewed), Brown
- Material: Plastic / Aluminum / PU Leather
- Color: Smoky Gunmetal Aluminum Brush
- LED Color: RGB, 16.7 million colors
- Polling Rate: 1000Hz
- Response Rate: 1ms / 1000Hz
- MCU: 32bit ARM Cortex M3
- On board Memory: 512KB
- On-the-fly system: Yes, for Multimedia, Macro Recording and Lighting Control
- Multi-media Keys: Through Function (FN) Key
- Smart cable manager: Yes, 3 Ways
- Wrist rest: Removable magnetic with soft PU Leather
- Cable: Detachable braided USB Type-C
- Software Support: Yes, Portal
- Connector Cable: USB 2.0
- Cable Length: 1.8m
- Dimensions: 360 x 192 x 41.5 mm, 360 x 183.5 x 41.5 mm (Without Wrist Rest)
- Product Weight (without cable): 698g
- Warranty: 2 years
- Current Pricing: $119.99, Amazon.com
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2019 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: MH751, analogue, cooler master, gaming headset, audio
Cooler Master's MH751 is the analogue sibling of the USB MH752 and is designed to offer performance, with no extraneous features like RGBs, for a decent price. They are available for $80, so at least they managed that goal, but as for performance and comfort you will have to rely on TechPowerUp's experiences for now. They described the feel of the headset "like a hug for your head" and were more than happy with the quality of audio which is good news for anyone shopping for a decent, understated headset.
"Cooler Master's new analogue gaming headset hits all the right spots: it's comfortable, performs very well, and offers good value for your money!"
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A New Take on the Budget Legend
It is not hyperbole to call Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 family some of the most important CPU air coolers in the industry, with the 212 EVO dominating sales in the DIY segment for years now based on Amazon rankings. In the last five years I have reviewed a number of coolers here at PC Perspective, and feedback from readers almost always includes mention of, and requests for comparison to, that Hyper 212 EVO. I have tested this venerable cooler more than once over the years, but it has proven to be such a vital part of any CPU air-cooling discussion that it demands to be part of every cooler review lineup. Today we will benchmark that cooler yet again using the current test platform, and compare it to a new generation of Hyper 212: the Black Edition.
The Hyper 212 Black Edition coolers, available with or without an RGB fan, add a level of style that had been missing from the 212 EVO, trading exposed copper heat pipes and bare aluminum heatsink fins for a polished, all-black finish. Naturally style means nothing without performance, and with the RGB Black Edition we are still looking at a single tower heatsink design with four heat pipes that are designed to make direct contact with the CPU, and air is still being moved via a single 120 mm fan.
Features from Cooler Master:
- Sleek Finishing - Anodized gun-metal black with brushed aluminum surface finish to the top cover for a more refined look
- Precise Air Flow with Nickel Black - Stacked fin array ensures least airflow resistance which allows cooler air flow into the heatsink. The nickel plated jet black also enhances radiation cooling performance
- Direct Contact Technology - 4 heat pipes with exclusive Direct Contact Technology providing effective and excellent heat dissipation
- The New SF120R RGB Fan - Certified to sync with Motherboard RGB software or controlled by our controller. The wide speed range can be fine-tuned for maximum cooling performance or silent operation
- Optional Push-Pull Fan Configuration - To avoid dynamic losses and help accelerate heat exhaust, an additional fan helps pulling heat away faster from heatsink
- RGB in the Palm of Your Hand with Included Wired RGB Controller - A compact size RGB LED controller that allows you to easily customize your RGB devices without the need for either an RGB capable motherboard or software. You can have the colorful rig you’ve always wanted with just the touch of a button
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2019 - 08:50 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: wd black, W-3175X, TSMC, ssd, SFX, seasonic, samsung 970 evo, Samsung, RTX 2060, radeon vii, quarterly earnings, overclocking, NVMe, gtx 1660 ti, cooler master, benchmarks, podcast
PC Perspective Podcast #530 - 1/30/2019
This week on the show, we have reviews of two power supplies, two new NVMe SSDs from Samsung and Western Digital, a look at a new low-profile keyboard from Cooler Master, more RTX 2060 benchmarks and overclocking, Radeon VII rumors and leaked benchmarks, AMD's Q4 earnings, and more!
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00:02:30 - Review: Seasonic SGX-650 PSU
00:04:13 - Review: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W PSU
00:05:21 - Review: WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
00:10:33 - Review: Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD
00:18:18 - Review: Cooler Master SK630 Low Profile Keyboard
00:21:42 - Review: RTX 2060 1440p & Overclocking Benchmarks
00:27:57 - News: Trouble at TSMC?
00:31:00 - News: AMD Gonzalo APU & Next-Gen Console Specs
00:39:47 - News: Radeon VII Rumors & Benchmarks
00:44:15 - News: GTX 1660 Ti Rumors
00:46:50 - News: Samsung OLED Displays for Notebooks
00:50:14 - News: Backblaze HDD Longevity Report
00:52:44 - News: Intel 28-Core Xeon W-3175X
00:58:41 - News: Samsung 1TB eUFS Chip for Smartphones
01:01:56 - News: AMD Q4 Earnings
01:13:48 - Picks of the Week
01:20:59 - Outro
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: MK730, CK530, tenkeyless, Gateron, cherry, mechanical keyboard, cooler master, input, RGB
Cooler Master have released two new mechanical TKL keyboards, the CK530 featuring Gateron Red, Blue or Brown switches and the MK730 with Cherry switches of the same flavours.
The CK530 features an aluminium body and is designed to fit into a bag so you can take it with you on the road. The RGBs behind the keys can be programmed on the fly, with each separately programmable to show your choice of the 16.7 million available colours. You can switch between 6KRO and NKRO in case you are using legacy applications, and macros can be quickly and easily programmed, as well as letting you switch between profiles to enhance your experience. Those with a fetish for keycaps will be pleased to know CM used standard sizes so you can easily swap out the originals for your preferred type.
You should be able to find it for sale on Amazon for $70.
The MK730 looks similar but offers additional features to the ones mentioned above, such as a magnetically attached soft PU leather wrist rest for easing those aching wrists. It connects with a removable USB-C cord, to ensure it isn't bashed when you are moving it around. The Cherry switches on this model are hidden behind double-shot PBT keycaps, with the same uniform design to make replacing them with your preferred variety simple.
The MK730 will set you back a bit more, $120 on Amazon.