CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review
Published: 18th August 2015 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: £89-£109 |
Up Close: interior
The doors are removed via two retained thumb bolts towards the rear giving us a great view of the interior. The MasterCase 5 has what we would call an oversized CPU cut out, as it's quite a bit larger than is usually seen. All the main management holes are grommeted, but a few of the smaller ones such as the very handy cut outs at the top edge are left au natural.
The two 5.25" bays look sleek and stealthy with simple slide to lock tool free switches. Under this there's a rack for two 3.5" or 2.5" drives. This rack, as we'll see later is removable and can be re positioned.
As with quite a few cases these days, the MasterCase 5 has a full length PSU cover/false floor. It does have a cut out in it though which allows for longer radiators to be fitted. Unfortunately there's no cover to hide the hole when not in use. Under the false floor we find a bracket which accepts the 3.5" drives. This bracket can be repositioned slightly further back if required. CoolerMaster have also been thoughtful and included a brace of grommeted management holes leading upwards from the false floor. These can, we think, be used for either cables or perhaps water cooling tubing should the builder wish to get busy with a custom loop that ran through the false floor.
Towards the rear we find a pair of SDD Slip and Clip mounts. Now, SSDs don't produce that much heat, if any on their own, but we have got to thinking whether it was a great idea to position them directly above the PSU, which, it has to be said does have a habit of getting quite toasty under load.
At the rear we find the seven vented PCI covers, with the lower most offering cable security features, which is quite a nice touch given that this case with it's handles may very well be taken to LAN parties where sticky fingers can be an unfortunate occurrence. Up in the roof there's a large mesh panel, able to accept either a pair of 120s or 140s. Sadly in the base model, there's no room up there for rads.