Cooler Master has announced three new products, including two mid-tower ATX chassis. Masterbox 520 When masterbox 520 mesh, New PCIe Gen 4 Ready Vertical GPU mount. However, Cooler Masters with vertical GPU mounts have a surprisingly high MSRP.
The MasterBox 520 is the latest iteration of Cooler Master’s budget computer case with the aesthetic of a more expensive chassis. Its most prominent feature is the front triple-fan design featuring ARGB lighting and a tempered glass front panel with an angled front shroud for everyone to see.
Alternatively, Cooler Master also offers a 520 mesh version. It replaces tempered glass with a performance-focused mesh front panel for customers who prioritize cooling performance over looks.
Not only the front panel, but also the side panels are tempered glass regardless of the model. Color options include black and white themes for both 520 and 520 mesh.
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The case has a capacity of up to 50 liters and accommodates a 165mm CPU air tower and graphics cards up to 401mm in length. Motherboard support includes mini itx, micro ATX, and standard ATX. However, if desired, the 520 can also support larger form factors such as enhanced ATX motherboards, at the expense of some cable management routing.
For cooling, there are three 120mm ARGB fans on the front of the case with mounting holes for three 120mm or two 140mm fans. There is room for three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans on top and a single 120mm mount on the back. Radiator support extends up to 280mm, 360mm or less on both the front and top of the 520. However, the recommended fan and radiator thickness combination should be no more than 55mm at the top for optimal clearance between radiator and motherboard.
For additional fan control and cable management, Cooler Master includes an ARGB/Fan Hub built into the chassis, with up to four 3-pin fans and four ARGB LED units (lighting strips, ARGB fans, etc.) can be processed.
Drive support includes two 3.5-inch drive bays and two 2.5-inch drive bays for smaller hard drives and SATA-based SSDs. Front I/O includes a single USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, 3.5mm mic and audio combo jacks.
Vertical GPU mount
The new Cooler Master Vertical Graphics Card Holder Kit V3 is the most advanced GPU bracket ever, featuring Z and X axis adjustability and PCIe Gen 4 support.
The bracket supports up to 3 slot width graphics cards and is built with SGCC steel to handle some of the heaviest graphics cards on the market today. Inside the case, the mount can be moved up to 65mm in length as needed, ensuring unobstructed access to the video outputs. Likewise, the mount can be moved 30mm left or right for the same reason. It also accommodates more exotic graphics cards with flow-through cooling designs.
The MasterBox 520 will be available in the US at a suggested retail price of $89.99 at launch, with the Mesh variant priced at $84.99 or $5 less. However, the Vertical Graphics Card Holder Kit V3 costs about the same as the vanilla 520, with an amazing MSRP of $89.99.
Thankfully, the vertical GPU mount is very high quality, uses durable materials, and seems to have an incredible amount of features for a GPU mount. However, the price for a unit that significantly improves appearance above all else is undeniably expensive. Hopefully the price will drop later in the year, but for now it seems like a niche product for customers building top-of-the-line systems.