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.
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|
|Available Color||Dark metallic grey exterior with black interior|
|Weight||10.6 kg/23.4 lbs||10.7 kg/23.6 lbs|
|Mother Board Support||ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX||ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX|
|Drive Bay||5.25″ ODD||2||2|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Power Supply Type||Bottom Mount, ATX PS2|
|Remark||No Top Cover
No Front Door
|W/ Top Cover
Top Water Bracket
Coming up next ….. Page 2: External Features.