CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro3 Review
Published: 9th November 2016 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: £89.99 |
Up Close: Exterior
If you didn't already know this was a review of the MasterCase Pro3 you'd be forgiven for thinking we'd lost our marbles and just trotted out the images of the MasterCase Pro5, as it has to be said there's more than a passing family resemblance between the the two cases
What we did think was a bit odd though was that although the Pro3 is based on the much smaller M-ATX board, and has only 5 expansion slots as opposed to the 8 of the ATX version, the entirety of the more "compact" enclosure is actually only 43mm shorter in height, and 45mm smaller in depth than the full fat ATX Pro5 case. Let's hope the added space has been put to good use.
No, we've not persuaded Coolermaster to re-brand all their cases with the OC3D logo, we're just fed up to the back teeth with certain upstarts nicking our images for their own reviews. On a more pertinent point, the front I/O of the Pro3 has a brace of USB3.0s and a pair of HD enabled audio sockets.
Slip off the roof sections and you can see what looks to be a rather promising fan and rad mount. As with the Pro5, the mount itself is detachable making it possible for even the most ham fisted teak brained technophobe to fit a 240 or 280mm rad up here.
The front of the case is one massive expanse of mesh filtered intake. The whole front intake panel is easily removed for cleaning and the fitting of fans and rads, as we'll see in more detail later.
Around the back it's business as usual, with five expansion slots on offer, the lowest one of which offers cable capture devices to stop your peripherals being purloined. It's also nice to see that CoolerMaster have seen fit to provide slotted mounts for both 120mm and 140mm fans, meaning that the user can, if they so desire, adjust the position of the rear mounted fan.
Things are pretty clean underneath, with the case sitting on large rubber pads which are appended to the folded steel support structures. The only other real interruption to the lines of the base is the large removable filtered intake for the PSU.