A spacious, versatile cupboard that’s well-suited for mid-range PCs- Know-how Information, Gadgetclock
Anirudh RegidiNov 23, 2020 10:26:23 IST
In the event you’re trying to construct a mid-range PC, CoolerMaster’s MB511 ARGB cupboard is a good start line.
At 7k, it’s not too costly, and it’s one of many few cupboards on this worth vary that features a number of addressable RGB followers (ARGB, get it?).
Construct and design
The 511 is a mid-tower chassis with assist for all the pieces as much as E-ATX motherboards (restricted assist). You get a mesh entrance panel, behind which the three included ARGB followers are housed, a prime vent with a magnetically connected mud filter, a rear exhaust vent with no mesh (this generally is a downside, as I’ll clarify later), and a PSU and HDD shroud on the backside that doesn’t prolong all the way in which to the entrance of the cupboard. The underside-mounted air consumption for the PSU features a mud filter.
The design is straightforward, principally tool-less, and really practical.
The tempered glass aspect panel (Yay!) is mounted with floating thumb screws, as is the motherboard panel.
You’ll want a screwdriver for mounting the PSU, motherboard, and GPU, however the SSDs and HDDs could be connected with minimal effort and no instruments.
Talking of, the chassis can maintain 3x SSDs and 2x HDDs by default (or as much as 5x SSDs and no HDDs, relying in your config), and you may mount a further SSD if you are going to buy a mounting bracket individually.
Two SSDs could be mounted instantly above the PSU shroud by way of brackets, solely certainly one of which is included. Two extra could be mounted behind the motherboard. The 2 3.5” HDDs or 2.5” SSDs could be mounted in entrance of the PSU in devoted, tool-less trays.
Cable-management cut-outs are current everywhere in the motherboard at acceptable factors, and there are attachment factors on the again for cable-ties. With a little bit of effort, you may find yourself with a really clear construct.
The ARGB followers could be managed by way of an included controller, the entrance panel reset button, or by way of a supported motherboard’s ARGB header. The followers themselves can cycle between a rating of presets on the press of a button.
Entrance panel I/O contains two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an influence and reset swap, and two 3.5 mm audio jacks.
For cooling, you solely have the three front-panel followers, which implies that by default, you need to go together with a constructive stress design, particularly with an open rear vent.
The entrance and prime panels each assist as much as 360 mm radiators or 3x 120 mm followers every, or 2x 140 mm followers every, and you may mount a further 120 mm fan on the rear.
My one concern with the design is radiator clearance and placement.
Whereas the radiators could be mounted on the prime or on the entrance, the clearance on the prime for motherboard elements is simply 44 mm.
With a monster of a board just like the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Excessive, a top-mounted radiator simply barely clears the heatsinks. RAM clearance can also be a problem. Common RAM modules or these with tiny heatsinks could be put in, however something bigger, like high-performance modules with massive heatsinks, or modules with RGB lighting kits, won’t match beneath a top-mounted radiator.
In the event you can’t mount the radiator up prime, then it is advisable mount it on the entrance panel. The three 120 mm entrance panel followers will then should be shifted up prime, which brings with it one more concern. The screws for the followers stick out barely once they’re mounted within the prime panel, which implies that the magnetic mesh doesn’t sit flush with the highest of the case in such a configuration.
There’s additionally the difficulty of airflow:
- When you’ve got a front-mounted radiator, cool air from exterior will rush in, take up warmth, after which circulate over the GPU, affecting its efficiency.
- Conversely, if the front-mounted radiator is about as an exhaust, you’re blowing sizzling, GPU air over the radiator and affecting CPU efficiency. On a associated be aware, in case you assume you may configure the now top-mounted 120 mm A-RGB followers as exhaust, to assist drive out sizzling air, you shouldn’t, as a result of air will then be drawn in from the rear vent, which has no mud filter.
This was an actual concern after I put in an Intel 10900K and RTX 3080 within the system. These elements run HOT. Overclocked, the Intel CPU would hit 94°C in seconds, and the GPU routinely ran at over 86°C. With a front-mounted 240 mm radiator – my solely possibility on condition that my high-performance RGB RAM had an enormous heatsink – the CPU and GPU would each hit thermal limits pretty rapidly.
With the aspect panel eliminated, temperatures instantly dropped by a number of levels and neither hit its thermal limits.
Airflow and temperatures aren’t an issue for extra mid-range elements, nonetheless. I attempted numerous configurations involving an Intel 10600K, Intel 6700K, and AMD 1600x paired with a a lot cooler RTX 2070 Tremendous GPU, and I had no points with warmth administration.
These elements did get sizzling beneath heavy masses, about 70–80°C generally, however they by no means hit their thermal limits, even with a 20% overclock utilized.
In the event you’re going for a high-end construct, you’ll want to think about your elements rigorously, bearing in mind your supposed cooling config and clearance for RAM. You may also need to think about investing in extra, high-airflow followers.
Ease of meeting
The precise construct course of was a breeze. The cupboard is pretty massive and roomy, and manoeuvring tiny cables by numerous vents and gaps wasn’t a problem. Every part was straightforward to mount, and the entrance panel additionally comes off to make it simpler to mount/unmount followers and radiators.
Do keep in mind that the clearance between the PSU and the HDD tray is a little bit of an issue you probably have a big PSU. The Corsair AX850 PSU and its cables simply barely match behind the trays. Extra cabling additionally has nowhere to go. Smaller PSUs slot in simply positive.
In the event you’re not utilizing the three.5” HDD brackets, you may take away them and make the most of the extra clearance for cable administration.
I actually appreciated working with the MB511 A-RGB. It’s a spacious cupboard that’s, for probably the most half, well-designed. The tempered glass aspect panel is good to have, and the A-RGB followers do add some aptitude to the design.
Whereas its default config isn’t superb for actually high-end PC builds, and there’s nothing you are able to do concerning the clearance points, you do get assist for 7 followers, and/or twin 360 mm radiators. Few cupboards provide this a lot flexibility, and fewer nonetheless provide it at this worth.
Dimensions: 496x217x469 mm
Weight: 6.59 kg
Motherboard assist: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, SSI CEB, E-ATX
Growth Slots: 7
2.5”/3.5” drive bays: 2 (max. 2)
2.5” drive bays: 5 (max. 6)
I/O Panel: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2x 3.5 mm audio, 1x ARGB Controller, 1x ARGB 2-to-3 splitter
Pre-installed followers: 3x 120 mm ARGB followers (entrance)
Fan assist: 3x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm (prime and entrance), 1x 120 mm (rear)
Radiator assist: as much as 360 mm prime (44 mm max motherboard part clearance), as much as 360 mm entrance (75 mm clearance), 120 mm rear
CPU cooler clearance: 165 mm
PSU clearance: 180 mm
GFX clearance: 410 mm
Mud filters: Entrance, Prime, Backside
PSU assist: Backside, ATX
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