Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2 Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

Both side panels are easy to remove thanks to the large captive thumbscrews holding them in place. The thumbscrews are very comfortable to grip and can be easily unscrewed with your hands. With the side panels removed, we can view the interior of the Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2. The black color scheme of the case is consistent all throughout the interior, which is nothing special per se, but is still nice to look at. The 5.25" optical disc drive, or ODD, bay can be seen at the top corner closest to the front panel. The PSU shroud covers a good portion of the bottom apart from having an opening in the front for radiator or fan mounting, some cut-outs just below the motherboard area, and ventilation holes directly on top of the shroud. The layout is mostly standard as far as ATX computer cases are concerned. Not only is the chamber designed to cover the power supply, but it also has a rack for placing up to two 2.5" or 3.5" drives. The air for the power supply chamber can enter the case directly through the mesh ventilation holes on the front panel of the case.

Various motherboard sizes are accommodated with this case, including ATX, mATX, and ITX. It should be noted that if you wish to install a 360mm radiator at the front, you will need to manually remove the ODD bracket first, which we will talk about later on this page.

Moving to the interior of the case, we can see more cut-outs for cable management. The size of the cut-outs is a bit small, but cables should be able to fit through these holes, including the thick eight-pin CPU power cable, which is usually routed through the top left cut-out. The seven horizontal expansion slots can also be seen towards the side. Unlike many cases, these slot panels are popped out rather than being held on by thumbscrews. A problem arises here since these slots cannot be placed back in, leaving a gap if users decide they no longer need that space. Since this gap is quite large, dust can enter through it quite easily. While I understand this is a budget case, I feel the extra expense for screw-held slot panels would be worth it from a practical standpoint. We can also see the motherboard standoffs already installed, so users can skip that step of the build. The standoffs are also removable at the discretion of the user.

At the top, we can see mounting holes for case fans or radiators. According to Cooler Master, the roof of the case is capable of fitting either two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. It is also capable of fitting a 240mm radiator, but not a 360mm radiator. If you wish to install a 240mm radiator, the RAM height must also be less than 32mm. The maximum CPU cooler height is specified at 161mm.

On the left side, we can see the pre-installed 120mm 3-pin voltage exhaust fan. The fan in question contains the model number "202001180-GP", which is the same fan seen in the Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L. It would have been neat to see a retail fan mounted here instead, as Cooler Master has many retail fans in their arsenal. The fan currently installed uses a rifle bearing, which is known for its long lifespan and quiet performance. Unfortunately, the rear mounting position can only fit fans at a size of 120mm. I do also wish that the fan connector had been a 4-pin PWM header instead, as this would give users more options with fan control. Other than these criticisms, the general design of the interior is decent, giving users many options for fan mounting at the top along with a spot for radiator mounting.

Because the Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2 features a bottom-mounted power supply bay, the chassis platform is raised about 1.5cm off the ground to accommodate units with fans at the bottom. The grille has an externally removable dust filter pre-installed, so you will not need to worry about your fans getting clogged up.

As noted earlier, we can see the PSU shroud is not entirely solid when taking a closer look at the bottom. Two cable routing holes can be seen directly on top of the PSU shroud. These cutouts are smaller than other cutouts we have seen in other cases, but should be large enough to fit most cables through. We can also see more of the pre-installed standoffs on the motherboard fitting area. The ventilation holes come in various sizes throughout the shroud. I think having these ventilation holes is a great design as the PSU will be able to draw in air from the case. No fans can be mounted on the PSU shroud, although this is not a drawback by any means.

Looking at the front, we have a better look at how the front fans can be installed. The metal enclosure behind the intake fans has a large opening allowing the fans to be mounted at the front. There are no pre-installed fans mounted on the front side. The Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2 can fit up to six 120mm fans, which is a fair number of fans. The front and top are compatible with fitting a liquid cooler up to 240mm in size, but only the front can fit a 360mm radiator when the ODD bracket is removed, which must be done manually for this specific model. This goes with fitting a third fan on the front as well, which is a bit inconvenient for users wanting to maximize the cooling potential with this case.

The brushed steel front panel is easily removable so users can access the front dust filter for keeping the computer components clean. The case can fit graphics cards up to 400mm in length without the front fan and radiator. There is no additional GPU holder support for long and heavy graphics cards.

Looking at the back of the motherboard tray of the Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2, we can see the various front cables routed closer to the front of the chassis. The clearance between the motherboard tray and the right-side panel came out to around 18.5mm. Cable ties can be seen holding the cables in place. Cable guides are not present under the 2.5" drive trays, but cable tie-down points are visible within proximity. Cable management should be decent if you account for all the space below the PSU shroud.

When it comes to storage options, we can see a single-bay cage underneath the PSU shroud capable of holding two 2.5" or 3.5" drives. Although not explicitly stated by Cooler Master, there are two 2.5" SATA SSD slots just under the motherboard cutout, bringing the total storage options on this case to four. If you include NVMe drives you can fit on your motherboard, the amount of storage offered by the MasterBox MB600L V2 is more than enough.

You can fit a power supply of up to 180mm in length with the storage rack installed. We can have a power supply 250mm in length if the storage rack is removed. Without the storage rack, there is nothing physically obstructing you from having something even longer, so you could technically install something that spans the entire length of the case. Of course, this is just a trivial fact, because I do not believe a power supply longer than 220mm is common or even exists at all.

Overall, the interior build quality of the Cooler Master MasterBox MB600L V2 is good for the most part. All the components needed for building a computer can be nicely accommodated and kept cool. The front ODD bracket that comes installed does cause some inconveniences for users who want to mount a 360mm radiator or a third fan at the front, but it keeps your options open and is not terribly hard to remove. The paint job quality of the interior is clean and looks just as nice as it did on the exterior. More importantly, there is a decent amount of room to route cables, and large accessible openings allow easy connections between the PSU and the motherboard.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion