Cooler Master’s Elite 500 ODD: An Affordable Optical Drive Option

Cooler Master’s Elite 500 ODD case plays in the budget ballpark, at $80, while touching on most necessary traits a mid-tower needs, like up to ATX motherboard support, SSD mounting points, a hard drive cage, PSU shroud, and more. But while affordable cases are always welcome, the budget chassis market is extremely competitive. There are quite a few affordable cases that outperform more-expensive options, including our current best PC case for those on a budget, the Phanteks Eclipse P360A, which delivers better airflow, an extra fan, and RGB, for the same $80.

Arguably the Elite 500 ODD’s stand-out feature, especially here in late 2021, is the option to add an optical drive or any 5.25-inch bay accessory in the included single front bay. Besides that, is there anything else that separates the Cooler Master Elite 500 ODD from any budget mid-tower? Let’s dig in and find out.

Specifications

Type ATX Mid-Tower
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Dimensions (HxWxD) 17.9 x 8.03 x 16.10 inches
Max GPU Length 15.7 inches
CPU Cooler Height 6.33 inches
External Bays X
Internal Bays 5x 2.5-inch and 2x 3.5-inch
Expansion Slots 7
Front I/O 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 3.5mm headset jack
Other Tempered Glass Side Panel
Front Fans None
Rear Fans 1x 120mm
Top Fans None
Bottom Fans None
Weight 13.2 pounds
Warranty 2 years