It’s a good thing that the market is chock-full of chassis of all shapes and sizes, because it means if you look hard enough, you’re going to find a chassis that’s fine-tuned just for you (and well, everyone else with the same taste). Who’s Cooler Master’s MasterBox MB600L for? I’d wager it’s for those who want a modest-sized PC that runs nice and quiet, has clean (but not boring) aesthetics – and also happens to include the option to install an optical drive (but don’t fret, an ODD-less version is also available).
The overall design of the MB600L reminds me of NZXT’s S340 Elite, which I’ve been working with in recent weeks. Both hide the PSU under a shroud, have a clean aesthetic, ports at the top, and a side-encompassing window held in place with four thumbscrews. Where the chassis really differs is with the top: NZXT includes a fan option, whereas CM has decided to keep the entire top clean. That’s good for aesthetics, although it may come at the expense of reduced cooling ability (but that’s par for the course when quiet is the goal).
That said, cooling isn’t going to suffer much at all with the MB600L, as Cooler Master allows up to 4x 120mm fans to be installed. Don’t want to use the ODD? Then you are granted an additional fan allowance at the front. That’s a design that would allow someone to place a triple-rad at the front, freeing up a ton of room around the CPU area of the chassis.
Graphics card length should be of no concern to those tempted by this chassis, as Cooler Master says anything up to an AMD Radeon R9 Fury and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Xp will fit no problem. Other features include 7 expansion slots, support for mini-ITX, mATX, and ATX motherboards, and a full assortment of ports at the top (placed on an angle). Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a clear shot of this area, but there are at least dual USB 3.0 ports up there, in addition to audio in/out, and presumably, a power button is also found there.
The MasterBox MB600L is available with three different trim choices: red, blue, and gunmetal gray, and as mentioned above, can be purchased with or without optical drive support. If you like what you see, the MB600L can soon be yours for $49.99 (I’m assuming at this point that this price applies to both ODD and non-ODD versions).