CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review

The Build

CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 Review

The Build

Unusually for CoolerMaster, who usually favour the "big-bag-o-screws" approach to accessories the case comes with a neat partitioned card box, inside which we find all the fixings we need along with a pair of molex adaptors, a bracket for mounting a third fan in the front, some cable ties, and a pair of Velcro cable management devices.  Instructions are decent enough if you go in for that sort of thing, with CoolerMaster favouring their usual long thin banner approach.  What's wrong with a little booklet chaps???

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And so to the build.  The PSU can only be mounted from the rear (oo-er missus), but thankfully the thumb bolts that secure the plate to the case are captive so there's less need for fiddly thread starting.  With no ventilation above the PSU and just a solid false floor, it's essential you insert the PSU with the fan facing down.  Well, you can insert it the other way up, just don't expect your newly built PC to have a long and distinguished career.  The motherboard pops in quite nicely, with a central locating standoff making the job of lining up all the holes so much easier.

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Round the back there may be lots of room, but we really felt the lack of cable tie points, especially down the central cable line.  Still, at least there's plenty of room to stash unwanted lengths.

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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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