Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Case Review

Graham (dumpstertech) finds out if the Cooler Master MasterCase 5 is worth your hard earned $bucks$!

 

The MasterCase 5 is the base model of two new Cooler Master cases. These cases, from the MasterCase line, use their new “FreeForm Modular System”. Which seems to be all about accessories to modify both internal layout and the exterior of the case. The other case, being the MasterCase Pro 5 version, which adds additional accessories to that base model.  However, these cases are basically identical at their core.

 

At time of this review, Newegg sells the MasterCase 5 for $108.49 and the MasterCase Pro 5 for $136.99.

 

The MasterCase Pro 5 includes the following additional accessories:

  • Side Panel with Window
  • The Top Cover Kit (which is necessary for putting a radiator in the top of the case)
  • An additional 3 Bay Drive Cage (the MasterCase 5 comes with just the 2 Bay Drive cage)
  • An additional Front 140x25mm Fan (MasterCase 5 only comes with 1 front)

 

Cooler Master included a Top Cover Kit with the MasterCase 5 that they sent us for review. This can be purchased separately as a $16.99 add on.

To turn a MasterCase 5 into a Pro requires: Window Kit ($24.99), Top Cover Kit ($16.99), 3 Bay Drive Kit ($14.99), and 140mm Fan ($7.99). So, the MasterCase Pro 5 is the smarter buy, as you are getting $65 worth of accessories, for the price of $30 (before shipping). And, the only place I’ve been able to find those accessories separately is the CM-Store, Cooler’s Master’s Online store.

 

 

Specifications are from Cooler Master Website:

 

 

Model MasterCase 5 MasterCase Pro 5
P/N MCX-0005-KKN00 MCY-005P-KWN00
Available Color Dark metallic grey exterior with black interior
Materials SECC, Plastic
Weight 10.6 kg/23.4 lbs 10.7 kg/23.6 lbs
Size (WxHxD) All 235x512x548mm 235x512x548mm
Body 235x460x460mm 235x460x460mm
Mother Board Support ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX
Expansion Slots 7 7
Drive Bay 5.25″ ODD 2 2
3.5″ HDD 2 5
2.5″ SSD 2+2 2+5
Electronics I/O port U3 x2, Audio U3 x2, Audio
Fan speed control N/A N/A
Pre-install fans Front 140mm x1 140mm x2
Top N/A N/A
Rear 140mm x1 140mm x1
Fan Support Front 120/140mm x3 120/140mm x3
Top 120/140mm x2 120/140mm x2
Rear 120/140mm x1 120/140mm x1
Water Cooling
Support
Front 240/280mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan 240/280mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan
Top N/A 240mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan
Rear 120/140mm 120/140mm
CPU Air Cooling Support 190mm/7.5inches 190mm/7.5inches
VGA Card Support w/ 3.5″ HDD Cage 296mm/11.7inches 296mm/11.7inches
w/o 3.5″ HDD Cage 412mm/16.2inches 412mm/16.2inches
Cable Management 25mm 25mm
Dust Filters Front/Top/Bottom Front/Top/Bottom
Power Supply Type Bottom Mount, ATX PS2
Remark No Top Cover
No Front Door
W/ Top Cover
Top Water Bracket
Side Window

 

 

 

Coming up next ….. Page 2: External Features.

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