Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅06-05-19
Thermal Performance Testing

Inside our MasterBox Q500L we have just one 120mm cooling fan which is positioned as a rear exhaust. Without a push-pull configuration present we’re unlikely to achieve good results but let’s see how it shapes up below.

To discover the thermal performance of Q500L we will record idle temperatures after 20 minutes from a cold boot. We will then stress the system and temperatures will again be monitored after 30 minutes have elapsed.

For the purpose of accurate analysis, the idle and load temperatures for CPU will be recorded and the range between idle and load will be calculated to determine how efficient cooling is.

NOTE: Ambient temperature is 20C

System Components

CPU Intel Pentium K G3258 @ 4GHz
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z87X-D3H
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti
Memory 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
HDD Samsung Spinpoint 500GB SATA-II
PSU Corsair RM850


Q500L is quite an open case due to all of the perforations – it is possible to hear system noise but it isn’t regarded as disruptive due to there only being one cooling fan pre-installed.

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