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Deepcool CL500 PC Case Review

As previously mentioned, the front panel of the Deepcool CL500 is designed for maximum airflow with a fin style front vent arrangement. Behind the fins is a mesh filter to reduce dust from entering the case. You can clearly see that there is minimal airflow restriction as the interior is visible through the front panel.

Dividing the fin vents between the front and top panels is the front I/O connectivity. Front I/O connections are located on the top of the case and consist of two USB 3.0 Type-A ports in green, typical of Deepcool cases.

There is also a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, which is a nice addition, as well as square power and reset buttons and a single 3.5mm audio jack for headphones and microphone.

Just above the front I/O ports is another button to release the top panel, once the button has been pressed the top fin vent panel is released from the front clasp. The top panel can then be lifted from the chassis to gain access to the top fan/radiator mounting screw holes.

A full-length tempered glass side panel takes up the left-hand side of the case, the glass panel features tool-free removal and is held in position at the top of the chassis frame by two strong magnets. To remove the panel, pull it from the top and simply lift it out of the slot at the bottom.

At the rear of the case is a seven PCIe slot configuration which looks like it could support the installation of graphics cards either horizontally or vertically, However, Deepcool doesn’t document whether vertical GPU installation is possible or not.

 

Below the PCIe slots is the usual power supply cut out (PSU is installed from the side) and above is the typical motherboard rear I/O cut out as well as a 120mm fan mounting with height adjustment. The case comes with a 120mm system fan pre-installed.

 

On the right-hand side of the case is a plain black steel panel with magnetic mounting just like the tempered glass window, and on the underside are four feet with anti-vibration rubbers that raise the case up to allow airflow to the power supply vent. The power supply intake vent is also covered by a removable perforated metal dust filter.

I quite like the look of this new Deepcool CL500 case, the finned vent design looks different to most other high airflow cases that are currently on the market and almost gives the case an industrial looking appearance. Structurally, the case feels solid with all external panels installed and well built using high-quality materials. The finish on painted panels is of a high standard and plastics don’t feel cheap like some other cases in this price range can.

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