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Cooler Master MasterCase 5: Beauty is truly skin deep

By Wong Chung Wee - 18 Aug 2015

Cooler Master MasterCase 5: Overview

 

Master Concept, Master Case

The new MasterCase 5 is the latest mid-tower chassis from an entirely new series by Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer Cooler Master. Sporting a brand new MasterConcept design, it was “conceived in secret” with a “crack crew of industry veterans, super users, and case modding genii”.

Extrapolating on MasterConcept, the Maker Spirit was conceived, with the understanding that different system builders have varied needs in form and function. Therefore, the company is “committed to giving more choice and control” to system builders. At the heart of the new MasterCase 5 is the FreeForm modularity system, which allows its owner to upgrade the chassis to suit his needs using optional accessories. This is the unique selling proposition of the MasterCase series.

At a glance, the new mid-tower chassis may not look like much. Save for its pair of carrying handles, the MasterCase 5 has a non-descript exterior and it only comes in black. To be honest, it looks bland and uninteresting. But do not judge a book by its cover and there is certainly more than meets the eye. Before we drill down to the nitty-gritty, here's a quick look at the MasterCase 5's specifications.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 specifications
  Cooler Master MasterCase 5
  Cooler Master MasterCase 5
Casing Dimensions and Specifications
  • Dimensions: 235mm x 512mm x 548mm (W x H x D)
  • Material: SECC steel / ABS Plastic
  • Case color: Black
  • MB support: mini-ITX, ATX, mATX
Drive Bays and Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 2 x 2.5-inch trays
  • 2 x 2.5-/3.5-inch trays
  • 2 x 5.25-inch bays
Case Cooling
  • Front: 3 x 120-/140mm fans (1 x 140mm fan, pre-installed), or 1 x 240-/280mm radiator for liquid cooling (after removal of HDD drive cage and trays)
  • Top: 2 x 120-/140mm fans (optional)
  • Rear: 1 x 120-/140mm fan (1 x 140mm fan, pre-installed)
Power Supply
  • Takes in standard PS2 ATX PSUs (optional)

8.0
  • Aesthetics 6.5
  • Functionality 8.5
  • Usability 8.5
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Economically priced
Well-thought-out features
Ability to customize and expand via optional accessories
Straightforward to install
The Bad
Bland, unexciting design
Lack of a PWM fan hub
Area behind PSU not really suitable for additional drives
Only comes with 2 preinstalled fans
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