Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

After removing all the side panels, we can have a closer look into the interior of the Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh. The white color scheme remains constant throughout the entire chassis. The PSU shroud covers practically the entire bottom of the case, leaving a small cutout for cable routing, fans, and radiators near the front. I personally prefer to hide my PSU as I do not find it to be a very attractive component in my PC, even if it does have RGB LED lights. We have very little space underneath the shroud, given how there is a drive bay here as well, which will make cable management a bit trickier, especially for a mini-tower. Luckily, the drive bay is removable. There are two breaks in the PSU shroud to allow for cable routing. Additionally, there are two rubber cable grommets besides the motherboard tray to pass cables from front to back with a clean appearance. I personally love cable grommets because they simply look better than cutouts placed on panels. They also add some sort of contrast against the full white interior.

Alongside the top are two more cable management cutouts. I found the cutouts to be satisfactory in fitting the CPU power cable, with sufficient space to fit some fan and ARGB cables from front to back as well. A lovely feature Cooler Master has included in the MasterBox TD300 Mesh is the ability to remove the entire top panel. I like it as this makes the build process so much easier if you are opting to run an AIO cooler in your build. You can fit up to two 120mm or 140mm fans on this panel. Additionally, the panel supports 120, 240, or 280mm radiators. There is a magnetic dust filter to reduce the amount of dust coming through. There is more than enough space for cable management, even after installing a radiator, because the entire top panel is removable. There is no preinstalled 120mm fan at the back, unfortunately. The tray does have preinstalled standoffs for an mATX motherboard. Continuing on, there is a large opening at the back of the motherboard tray for users to install a backplate for third-party CPU coolers. This is helpful for anyone looking to install or replace their CPU cooler after the motherboard is already installed. The MasterBox TD300 Mesh allows for coolers up to 166mm in height, giving plenty of space for most units. The back of the case has four expansion slots as mentioned on the previous page.

As previously stated, there are three cutouts on the PSU shroud for cable routing. There is no dedicated cutout for GPU power, making cable management a bit trickier and less aesthetically pleasing. Given the size of this case, routing the cable from the front of the shroud will not be too much of a hassle. The Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh has a 455mm clearance for graphics cards. Cooler Master has provided two SickleFlow 120 ARGB fans at the front of the case. The MasterBox TD300 Mesh supports front mounted radiators up to 280mm. The space provided for a front mounted radiator is adequate and quite spacious.

Taking a closer look at the fans, the two included 120mm SickleFlow fans do not have anti-vibration pads, meaning they may vibrate against the chassis. Cooler Master claims to have a dust filter on the front panel, but after a thorough search, have come to find no dedicated filter. This is because Cooler Master uses their FineMesh technology to provide airflow and dust filtration. In my experience, a mesh panel does assist in dust filtration, but I would have appreciated an additional dust filtration layer. Despite this, the airflow provided is a worthy tradeoff. When I place my hands in front of the case during operation, my hands begin to feel quite chilly, being a good indicator of airflow, as the fans are definitely not being choked out as compared to a case with a tempered glass front panel. All the provided fans are 4-pin. This means they are PWM enabled fans. The benefit of having PWM fans is the precise control over fan speeds. Cooler Master opts to use an integrated controller, which accepts PWM and ARGB signals and using a SATA connector for power. The result is an easy-to-use hub capable of controlling up to four 4-pin fans as well as their ARGB LED lighting.

The back of the Cooler Master MasterBox TD300 Mesh looks standard compared to many other cases on the market. The MasterBox TD300 Mesh includes a drive bay capable of holding either two 2.5” or 3.5” drives or a mix of the two. Two more 2.5” drives can be mounted on the back of the motherboard tray as well. The case does not come preinstalled with Velcro straps, but it does come with an abundance of zip ties. There are several tie-down points that can be optimally used for clean cable management. The area dedicated to cable management is about average, having only 18 to 22mm of space. Being a smaller case, cable management is always a struggle, but there is only so much you can do to keep a case reasonably sized.

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