Cooler Master H500p vs H922 comparison
Hello Gaminerds, We have waited long enough before finalizing this review as it might get some people offend or might get some people on certain terms with us. We will be comparing the most hyped case of this year, which is the all-new case from the house of Cooler Master the H500P, the new successor in the HAF line up. This case has created huge hype even before its release. But does this one is really a successor to the previous HAF???? We will be discussing the pros and cons of the new Cooler Master H500p along with a comparison with HAF 922 and will finally decide if it’s worth the title “HAF”.
It was way back at Computex where Cooler Master revealed two new cases which both seems to be the successor namely the Cosmos C700p and the HAF H500p and one at a first look will definitely fall in love with both of the cases due to their awesome eye-catching design along with following the trend of RGB Lighting. The all-new H500p is officially priced at 149$ provides you with trendy design along with superior eye-catching design and the fell of old HAF series two 200mm Fans which packed with RGB. The previous gen HAF 922 boast 200mm fans in front but lacks in subtle lightning.
Starting with the top of H500p, the I/O panel consist is fairly standard packed with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, a start button which is illuminated, a reset button and the standard headphone/microphone jacks. The top panel offers a beautiful clear view as it is made with a transparent Acrylic material with sufficient venting for air to pass through and easy to remove while assembling. After removing the top panel, it provides you with the radiator or fans brackets.
The bracket can house up to a 360mm radiator or a triple 140mm Fans with ease. Push pulls configuration can be possible as the clearance until the rare fan is 77mm. It also helps you to use the full potentiality of RGB view. However, the quality of the top panel is not so up to the mark as the plastic acrylic panel comes with annoying crazy sound. The panel itself is too light and is not secured at all. Where in case of the previous generation HAF 922, one thing we can say that is super secured and the build quality is the best of its class. The IO of the HAF 922 consist of 2 USB 2 ports, 1 e-SATA port, Audio Jacks, a power button, a reset button and a LED on/off button. However, there is no top panel present in the HAF922 which is a nice upgrade we get in the new H500P.
Coming to the front the new H500P offers stunning looks with superior colour uniformity with two big 200mm fans which are fully RGB illuminated, though the RGB is controlled by the motherboard but not with the help of IO. So if your mobo doesn’t have the RGB option no Lighting for you. The front panel is also made up with the same materials as that of the top which is basically made of plastic and acrylic, however, we are pretty much certain that the presence of the acrylic will bottleneck the airflow as the venting of the panel is pretty decent but the 200mm fans are fitted over the core chassis which covers around 50% of the total venting. The 200mm fans are of good quality though the stickers are some sort of misaligned which kills the lighting effect.
Sides, Back & Bottom
The panels of both the sides are really what makes this new gen HAF a showpiece of its class as it comes with the touch of trend i.e. the left side comes with a tempered glass. The tempered glass side panel is secured by metal tabs at the bottom which should be a necessity while working on a glass panel as it prevents from an accidental fall and a latch at the top which can be accessed with a help of a tool like coin, screwdriver etc., the glass isn’t set into the chassis, it’s just pressed against the side by a simple rotating latch. It keeps the glass from falling outwards but the latch was also too stiff.
The back panel has nothing extra to be mentioned specifically except the Vertical GPU bracket. The bottom has a removable dust filter which was absent in HAF 922. In case of HAF 922, the side panel has no tempered glass, but rugged sturdy steel with a room for a 200/140mm fan. The back panel of the previous gen HAF doesn’t offer any vertical mount option and it was quite common considering its time.
Moving to the inside, the both the HAF houses an ATX form factor but in case of H500P the interior is neat n spacious but offers no additional installation of drive cages or accessories. Starting from the bottom the PSU shroud has two parts one of which when removed reveals the HDD bay which can house only two 3.5” HDD. However, there is an option of installing additional HDD cage though you need to buy that separately. The 2nd PSU shroud house 2 SSD Mounts.
To install the PSU one must totally remove the PSU shroud and that’s a bit of weird as with current trend most PSU can be installed via PSU bracket which can be accessed through the outside of the case. The 1st part of PSU shroud can be adjusted slightly backward along with the HDD cage to house a 360mm Radiator. However doing so one has to bear the loss of an SSD bracket which is located on the 2nd PSU shroud and according to me, this is really ridiculous as to why should one needs to sacrifice the SSD case when there is little room for storage itself??? There is an option of installing 5” drive bay with the help of additional bracket that is provided along with the accessories.
Moving to back there are two big covers, one which hides the motherboard cutout and the other which is meant to hide all the cable stuff, however, the space behind the steel cover is pretty narrow making cable works difficult. There are two additional SSD mounts located at the back. There are no additional mounting slots present as it is in case of other case manufactured by cooler master nowadays resembling their modular approach, leaving a bare steel plate to deal with. In case of HAF 922, the interior is super space efficient with lots of space for storage.
The drive brackets of previous gen HAF also house 2.5” drives. Moreover, there was plenty of room to work with cable management and less of compromisation.
|Product Name||MasterCase H500P|
|Available Color||Gun Metal / Black|
|Materials||Outlook: Plastic, Steel Mesh|
Side panel: Tempered Glass, Steel
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||544 x 242 x 542mm / 21.4 x 9.5 x 21.3 inch|
|Motherboard Support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (support up to 12″ x 10.7″)|
|Expansion Slots||7 + 2 (Support vertical graphics card installation)|
|2.5″ / 3.5″||2|
|I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2|
USB 2.0 x 2
Audio In & Out (supports HD Audio)
|Pre-installed Fan(s)||Front||200 x 25mm RGB fan x 2, 800RPM|
|Rear||140 x 25mm fan x 1, 1200RPM|
|Fan Support||Top||120/140mm fan x 3 or 200mm fan x 2|
|Front||120/140mm fan x 3 or 200mm fan x 2|
|Rear||120/140mm fan x 1|
|Liquid Cooling Support||Top||120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm (maximum thickness clearance 55mm)|
|Front||120mm, 140mm 240mm, 280mm, 360mm|
|Clearance||CPU Cooler||190mm / 7.5 inch|
|GPU||412mm / 16.2 inch|
|Power Supply Support||Bottom mount, ATX PS2|
The H500P is a visually a very attractive case which has drawn an unusual amount of excitement and a valid reason for that excitement is due to the fact that it’s an upgrade of Cooler Master’s widely popular HAF cases. But somewhere it is felt that it bears no resemblance to the name HAF or Heavy Air Flow as the previous gen HAF series provides a dusty yet heavy supply of air through its wisely located spots for fans both intake and exhaust.
Although this case will do the work good in terms of cooling and also draw attraction due to the colour combination and uniqueness in terms of looks, however, the acrylic panels if gets scratched will make that attractiveness disappear.
Priced at 149$ the cooler master H500p fails to keep up with its name in the series of HAF, a mere 50$ more, the Thermaltake View 71 offers more promising aspect than H500p. However, this case would be a nice option if there are optional variant available like other master case series so that the front acrylic panel can be swapped with mesh design or a true tamper glass panel, or option to mount additional hardware in the inside blank place near the front or if you can also modify the same in your own way to get the most from it .