CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review

Up Close: interior

CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

18-08-2015, 04:47:55

Wow the 2nd case has got a 0, No need to remind people which case was the first one

Fail Cooler Master FailQuote

18-08-2015, 05:21:12

Remember kids, honesty is the best policy.Quote

18-08-2015, 06:23:13

The problem being even if they add some of the suggestions Gary makes in the review, there are cases out already cheaper than the base case that have them. to me the base case should at least have room for an AIO in the roof considering that's where most people put itQuote

18-08-2015, 07:24:46

Your conclusion is very difficult to read. It looks like a brick wall of text.
Try and break it down more with paragraphs.Quote

18-08-2015, 10:16:43

Thanks for the review Gary. When I first saw show pictures of this case, I thought it had possibilities. Sorry to see that the shortcomings have overwhelmed any possible positives the case might have had.

To me it seems like they tried to make a quality product but it fell victim to the "where can we cut a few cents off of the manufacturing cost" demon. I really wish they had just decided to put out a pro/premium product and followed through with that.


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