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Item#: N82E16811119271

Cooler Master Force 500 - Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0

  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 1 (int.), USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports AC97 / HD Audio) Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 7 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Superior performance, COOLMASTER quality and great affordability, that's what you can get from COOLER MASTER CM Force 500 computer case. Classy and simplistic front panel design with all black coating means somewhat of elegance and quality. Highly expandable layout with HD7990 support, user-friendly tool-less mechanic for ODD and HDD, and outstanding cooling potential with up to 6x fans support round out the reason why you choose the CM Force 500. A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connector leads you to the express way with up to 5Gbps bandwidth.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling With 1x 120mm rear fan and abundant air vents of both side panels, the COOLER MASTER CM Force 500 case delivers efficient ventilation and effective system cooling. The support for extra 5x fans ensures excellent cooling potential.
  • newegg Easy Installation Tool-less design for ODDs and 2x HDDs allows easy drive installation.
  • newegg USB 3.0 I/O Panel 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x audio ports are located on front panel for handy connection to various peripherals.

Learn more about the Cooler Master FOR-500-KKN1


CM Force 500


ATX Mid Tower
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Power Supply
Power Supply Mounted
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ATX
With Side Panel Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
External 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 3.0 x 1 (int.), USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports AC97 / HD Audio)

Cooling System

80mm Fans
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
Side Air duct

Physical Spec

7.5 x 16.8 x 19.4 inch
11.51 lbs.


Classy and simplistic front panel design

USB 3.0 super speed port (internal)

Top mounted PSU slot for best PSU compatibility

Large tray cut-out for easy CPU cooler installation

Supports all High-End VGAs including the HD7990

Exposed 3.5" Slot for CardReaders

Tool-free system for ODDs, card reader and 2 HDDs

VGA cooling vent with 120/140 mm fan support

HDD cooling vent with 2x120mm fan support

Supports up to 6 fans in total (1 pre-installed)

Cooling System
Front: 140mm fan x 1 (optional) or 120mm fan x 2 (optional)
Rear: 120mm black fan x 1 (pre-installed)
Side (left): 120mm or 140mm fan x 1 (optional)
Side (right): 120mm fan x 2 (optional)

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

Customer Reviews of the Cooler Master FOR-500-KKN1

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  • Lyle C.
  • 10/9/2013 2:15:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSurprising - BEST BUY

Pros: Black inside and out, Long 3.0 USB cable from front panel to motherboard, other cables from the front panel are equally long, excellent side mount 3 - 120 mm fan openings (you supply), 1 - 120 mm rear fan included, plastic cable ties included,standoffs included, lots of black screws and other cable supplies included. Smooth edges -- no blood left behind

Cons: Side fans must be installed after mounting drives in the bays. Too much praise will result in this case being priced higher.

Other Thoughts: Seriously, this case is a bargain. It is great for a matching Seidon Coolermaster water cooler which I installed. In 14 years of builds, this case really surprised me. I've got the Antec 900 and other pricey cases. This one holds its own.

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  • Ian M.
  • 10/3/2013 2:26:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsseems good for the money

Pros: cheap, lots of hdd bays, lots of places to mount fans

Cons: front plate doesn't seem to have a lot of space for the fans to suck in air. haven't functionally tested this. as it arrived, there appeared to be a manufacturing defect, as the hdd rack was askew inside the case.

Other Thoughts: upon closer inspection one of the rivets meant to hold the rack in place was not fastened properly, and instead was keeping the rack pinched closed so a drive would not fit. was easily able to destroy rivet, and replace properly with a screw. everything else seems fine

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  • digitize i.
  • 9/16/2013 9:43:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDare to cut yourself

Pros: This is a well thought out case. All edges are smoothed and it is nearly impossible to cut yourself. Anyone recall those cheap case from years ago when you had to wear leather gloves to assemble them? Not so with this case.

There is plenty of room under the board tray and drive bays to tuck excess cable(s) length away.

Cons: None, very nice case.

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  • Ed K.
  • 9/14/2013 2:07:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for all ATX MB's!

Pros: Light and sturdy, all black and simple looking. No windows or shiny, whirling lights that the 12 year olds want.

Cons: Couple of drive bays have metal tabs blocking them and must be loaded from rear - not a big deal.
Comes with back panel fan - which was DOA. Again, no big deal as I had spares.
But what is a big deal -- Many of the newer MB's have right angle SATA connectors on leading edge of board. This case has a fan shroud on left side of case that completely blocks access to right angle connectors. Took out *everything* from case and modified with Mr. Dremel - cut off part of fan shroud and sanded it down. Kids - don't do this with any electronics installed! The metal bits will go every where.

Other Thoughts: Do not use this case with an ASUS Sabertooth, Maximus or Rampage MBs - they will not fit properly without cutting the case.

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  • Dennis A.
  • 9/2/2013 10:46:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice non-gimmickry budget case

Pros: This is a really nice budget case if you're interested in a straight forward, simple case. Plenty of room inside and lots of bays to work with for HD placement. There was no skimping on screws and standoffs, all the hardware was accounted for. Good looking front panel with clean lines. Decent side panels for budget case; no real sense of cheap, thin sheet metal.

Cons: None really. Hate the punch-out covers for the pci slots, but that's standard anymore in this price range. I knew that going in, no eggs taken off for it.

Other Thoughts: Would certainly buy again for another build.

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  • Kevin H.
  • 8/19/2013 8:48:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing for the price!

Pros: Very sturdy, easy to install pretty much any mobo size, amazing price! I got this for about $38, plus shipping.

Cons: Cable management was difficult, but definitely possible. No side panel window. No 2.5" drive bay, but you don't need one to install an SSD. Not many spots for cooling fans, but my build didn't need them.

Other Thoughts: Great for a budget build or casual gaming build. If you can afford it, get a Full Tower for better airflow.

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  • Glen W.
  • 6/11/2013 10:36:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Good airflow, cheap price, good quality case, doesn't feel like tin foil. Everything is black, painted and decent quality metal.

Cons: Everything is black, if you want it to look clean you'll need a black PSU as well.

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  • Dean F.
  • 4/24/2013 10:48:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice Case, But Look out!

Pros: Light and sturdy, fits anything from a basic computer to an overclocking powerhouse. The front panel comes off easily, and you can mount two 120mm fans or one 140mm fan there.

Cons: The right side fan mounts require you to have a double wide water cooling radiator in order to be able to mount fans there. Not a con in itself, but if you aren't using this case for a doublewide radiator, then there will be a rather empty looking vent on the side that will collect dust rather easily. No eggs off for this. Used the extra space for cable management (That you can see from the side, but I'm not super picky about looks for a basic build). Two eggs off for the "shelf" inside the case, just where the motherboard ends... if you have SATA ports that face out instead of up (right angle SATA ports), you won't be able to plug anything into the lower ports, the case bends up and gets in the way. This wouldn't be a problem if the motherboard pegs were just SLIGHTLY longer (effectively raising the motherboard a little bit), but as is, it kind of screws someone who has a lot of drives to plug in.

Other Thoughts: Good case for the money. Lots of airflow options depending on your setup. This case really is meant for a doublewide radiator and water cooler, but is fine for less flashy builds. Unfortunately, the interior of the case blocks the lower right angle SATA ports on most motherboards. Not a big deal if your board has 4 or more ports and you only need to plug in an optical drive and a hard drive, but it can be a deal breaker for a powerhouse system with RAID setup and multiple optical drives. Longer motherboard pegs would fix this issue.

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