CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review
Published: 18th August 2015 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: £89-£109 |
Up Close: Exterior
Although the MasterCase 5 appears to pull its design cues from a number of sources, we do still like the individuality of the end result. The handles on the top which may whisper Prodigy and Mac Pro look stylish and are fully weight bearing as they are reinforced with a metal frame internally. This version of the case does not have a windowed side panel, lending a monolithic symmetry to the design. Looking at the case, with it's carry handles we also can't help but be reminded of the Scout line of cases which for a while dominated the LAN party scene.
The front I/O panel, sporting a pair of USB3s, and the usual audio sockets, is bevelled at 45 degrees so is either on the roof, the front, or neither, depending on how you look at it. We actually quite like the way CoolerMaster have done this as it offers the best of both worlds with regards to accessibility.
The top of the case has a large removable mesh panel. As you can see, it's designed to accept a pair of both 120mm and 140mm fans. in our opinion, with the rest of the case looking so sleek and minimalist, this rather utilitarian vent does rather spoil the aesthetic.
Anyone familiar with CoolerMaster cases will recognise that familiar Crysis hex mesh look to them. What isn't immediately obvious is that there's a pair of 5.25" drive bay blanks positioned towards the top. As we'll see later, this front panel and the mesh filter behind is easily removable.
The rear of the case is a pretty standard affair although the rear fan location is slotted for both 120 and 140mm fans. A black bladed 140mm unit comes fitted in this position. Below this we find seven vented PCI slot covers, with the lowermost offering a removable cable lock system for all your easy to nick peripherals.
The case rests on two large projections similar to those on the roof, further enforcing the previously mentioned styling cues. Each of these has a pair of long rubber strips attached to it to aid stability and reduce transmitted vibration. The underside of the case is otherwise smooth aside from the large PSU fan intake which does of course have a removable filter.