Back at CES 2018, Cooler Master quietly announced a plethora of new products during the event. From new PSUs and CPU coolers, to new PSUs, the list looks seemingly endless. Let’s start off with some of the new PC cases that were introduced at the event.
First on the list of Cooler Master’s new cases at CES 2018 is its Masterbox MB500. Like the majority of readily available PC cases on the market, the MB500 is a fully modular mid-tower casing, and it comes with a tempered glass side panel. Specs-wise, the casing is able to support for three 120mm or two 140mm fans at the front, two 120mm fans at the top, and a single 120mm at the rear of the casing.
This allotment also means that the casing is also capable of supporting a 360mm radiator at the front, plus enough space to house a graphics cards that is 400mm long. At the base of the casing, the MB500 can support PSUs with a length of up to 180mm.
Furthermore, the casing still has enough room to house a maximum of four 2.5-inch SSDs, and up to two 3.5-inch HDDs. At the front, the MB500 only houses two USB 3.0 ports and the usual audio in and out ports.
The Stryker SE and Trooper SE, Refreshed
For those of us who remember the (now defunct) CM Storm brand that Cooler Master used to market its more aggressive looking and semi-experimental casings, you may be happy to know that the company is bringing back two designs from that era: the Stryker SE and Trooper SE.
On the outside, the casings still retain their respective designs from when they were made nearly seven years ago. The side panels and innards, however, are a different story altogether; the refreshed iterations feature a new edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel, and inside, both models come with fittings that allow vertical installation of SSDs as well as graphics cards.
A returning feature to the refreshed Stryker SE and Trooper SE is the X-Dock, a hot swappable external 2.5-inch storage bay that gamers can use to swap out storage drives on the fly. Of course, one more obvious difference between the current models and their predecessors is the absence of the CM Storm logo.
In terms of cooling support, both the Stryker SE and Trooper SE are capable housing a 360mm radiator at the front, as well as a 240mm radiator at the top of the casings.
The Masterbox Q-Series is actually a new lineup that Cooler Master is adding to its already growing list of casings. Designed for mATX builds, the series comprises of two models, the Masterbox Q300L and the Masterbox Q300P.
For the Masterbox Q300L, one of its most noticeable feature is its polygonal-designed dust filter at the front, which latches itself to the front of the casing via the use of magnets built into its lining.
On the Masterbox Q300P, Cooler Master foregoes this dust filter and has instead opted to keep the design for this model clean and simple. It also features diagonally installed handles that allows for easy transportation of the rig.
Both the Q300L and Q300P also come with a unique I/O design by having their ports on the side of the casings. On that note, both models come with cooling support for a 240mm radiator at the top and front, one 120mm fan at the rear of the casing, and a slot for one 120mm fan at the base of the casing.
For those that love to have some bling on their case, both of these Masterbox models come with support for RGB lights through the RGB controller that comes together with these cases.
At the time of writing, Cooler Master had not announced local pricing or availability for these casings, but word is that the company is looking to make these cases available throughout the world within the first half of 2018.