ASUS TUF Gaming GT501 E-ATX Gaming Chassis Review

A Closer Look – Interior

Opening up the chassis is easy enough. You undo the two screws on the side panel, and it’ll pop open a little bit, allowing you to lift the panel out the way. What’s cool is that the thumbscrews stay on the panel, so you’re unlikely to drop and lose them in the process.

The massive interior is a huge benefit too, and you’ll struggle to find any hardware that doesn’t fit with ease. Not only that, but there is a huge CPU cooler mounting cut-out, as well as a wide range of cable routing holes and grommets dotted around the motherboard.

PSU Shroud

In the base, there’s a massive PSU shroud, allowing you to hide all your cables out of sight. I like that they’ve added some vertical pass-through too, as it’ll make routing GPU power cables so much easier. There’s a huge cut-out towards the front, allowing access to the HDD bays, and freeing up space for the front panel cooling mounts. However, there’s a cover included in the box to patch up that hole.

The pre-installed fans are all TUF branded also. There’s a non-LED 140mm fitted in the rear for the main exhaust.

In the front, however, we have three lovely TUF RGB fans that are paired up to a built-in RGB controller. However, you can, of course, link it to a standard RGB header for AURA Sync control of the lighting. Lighting or not, they’re set up to deliver huge airflow to this huge chassis, and that’s awesome! To the left of the fans, you’ll also find three dedicated 2.5″ drive mounts, so you can flex your storage.

Around the Back

There’s plenty going on around the back too. Firstly, there’s loads of cable routing space, ensuring you can keep things neat and tidy. Of course, with that massive PSU shroud, hiding cables isn’t going to be an issue anyway.

Any cables you do need to route can benefit from plentiful cable tie loops, as well as the pre-fitted Velcro straps.

Behind the motherboard, there is another drive mount, which supports both 3.5″ or 2.5″ drivers.

Below that, another one, giving us five removable drive brackets in total.

Even More Storage

Finally, two more drive trays in the base, giving us seven in total. These can be removed though, allowing you to use the water cooling pump/reservoir mounts on the bottom of the chassis.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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