Cooler Master Centurion 590


Now personally I've never been a huge fan of smaller cases. For the simple reason that there's not enough room inside to house monstrous components and still keep the shop tidy. However, after opening the side of the Centurion 590 for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised. Inside the main chassis is a huge void which is uninterrupted by sidebars to hold the PSU or silly looking hard drive mounts.
Internals Externals_back
Drives1 Drives2
Starting with the Stacker-esque drive bays, we can see the tool-less method for holding in the componets that would reside in the mounts behind. I couldn't help but feel these looked a bit naff, but even if the side had a window they wouldn't be seen once assembled so it wasn't a big deal. To use them: simply flick over the purple locking switch and lift. Doing this released  two pins that hold in the device.
HDDcage_mounted HDDcage
Hidden away inside the bay's is the hard drive cage. It clips in using the system shown above and can be mounted pretty much anywhere up and down the front of the case. Attached to the front is a blue LED fan to keep the drives cool and, presumably, act as the intake fan for the case. Above that was the external 3.5" mount wich sat behind the special bezel we saw on the last page. Like the drive cage you're free to move it to whichever position you so desire.
PCI_slots Tray
Moving to the motherboard area you can see a vent on the motherboard tray. This directly relates to the vent on the rear side panel, presumably to give a little extra airflow to motherboards with components mounted on the reverse side. The exhaust fan was a standard, 3-pin Cooler Master branded fan and below it are the PCI slots with their form of tool-less operation. Here the little purple clip pushed in, then arced out the back to allow the card to slot in. Locking the card in is achieved by simply pulling the purple clipback into place. Unlike the 5.25" bay locks these were a bit fiddly. I think that while innovative, the normal screwed aproach here could have been benifical.
PSU_Bay Hole
The bottom of the case houses the PSU bay and a hole in the motherboard tray from which the front panel connectors protrude. I was pleased to see that the tidying of such lengthy cables had basicly been done for me. All that was needed was for the excess cable to be fed back through the hole. The PSU bay itself was an area for slight concern. Sucking up air from under the case is good as long as there is enough clearance. However, the feet on the Centurion 590 were not particualy tall and if placing/using the case on carpet you run the risk of a PSU filled with dust.
Overall the interior of the case is pretty impressive. Cooler Master have clearly put a lot of thought into the layout and design of the inside. Although it's let down a little by the fact that the tool-less componets are sketchy. The only other gripe that I could mention would be that the chassis is constructed of steel. But then again if Aluminium were used it would drive the price of the chassis up.
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Most Recent Comments

15-08-2008, 09:47:44

Don't really like that case.

But I found that the fan on the rear of the motherboard chassis to be useful. Good enough to draw cold air to the CPUQuote

15-08-2008, 09:50:51

Nice very review Ham, pitty about the rad.

Been looking for a budget case to internal house my 240 rad. Looks like it will be the NZXT Tempest :SQuote

15-08-2008, 09:54:01

Woah, when did this go live. Who likes my shrubs then?

Originally Posted by name='Hassan'
But I found that the fan on the rear of the motherboard chassis to be useful. Good enough to draw cold air to the CPU
Is there a hole in your motherboard or something then? cos there's pretty much no way of the air getting to the cpu from that fan. In this case at least.Quote

15-08-2008, 11:35:48

I've had a couple Cooler Master cases, they look good, feel sturdy (as compared to my NZXT Zero), and are inexpensive. I've been looking at cases, and the 590 presents a problem for me... the HDD/optical drive bays run from the top to the bottom. Another case, the COOLER MASTER Elite 340 RC-340C-KKN1-GP Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case, has two optical drive bays and two HDD bays, with the rest of the space below wide open. This will allow easy installation of a 120mm radiator I can mount two fans on (push/pull) for an internal water cooling rig. One bay for the optical drive, the other bay to house a Koolance pump/reservoir combo, and get a Danger Den CPU water block... should work just fine. Radiator would be a Danger Den GTX, like double wide so the water takes longer to run through and get cooler before going to the CPU block.

Thats one of the things I like about Cooler Master also... they make a lot of cases, so eventually you should find one you like, that will suit your needs.Quote

15-08-2008, 19:57:10

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Woah, when did this go live. Who likes my shrubs then?
Not much of a shrub man myself but thats a well polished drive way you have there Quote

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