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Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5: A mid-tower champ

By Wong Chung Wee - 22 Nov 2016

Introduction

The Cooler Master MasterMaker Case 5 has a large-than-life appearance; thanks to its additional top and front panel attachments! Its clear acrylic side panel adds a dash of panache to this handsome mid-tower chassis.

The premium mid-tower

Unveiled early this year, the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 has made its way to local retailers. This mid-tower casing is the latest addition to the company’s MasterCase series, the first of which was the MasterCase 5. At the heart of this series is the FreeForm modularity system, and its unique selling proposition was the freedom accorded for the owner to upgrade and modify his existing chassis with optional accessories to  improve form and/or functionality. It's quite unlike the token set of minor options that you get with most other cases. Best of all, these accessories are readily available from local retailers, so you wouldn't have to purchase them from overseas online retailers.

Cooler Master has decidedly built on its winning formula with the new MasterCase Maker 5. Like its earlier predecessor, the MasterCase 5, the newer chassis still only comes in black; however, there are new design features, as well as new accessories that set the MasterCase Maker 5 apart. Early adopters of the original MasterCase 5 series will be glad to know that the new accessories, or more accurately, the ones, which we reviewed in this article, are compatible with the earlier chassis. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the MasterCase Maker 5.

Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 specifications
  Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5
  Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5
Casing Dimensions and Specifications
  • Dimensions: 235mm x 528.6mm 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
  • 5 x 2.5-/3.5-inch trays
  • 2 x 5.25-inch bays
Case Cooling
  • Front: 3 x 140mm fans (1 x 140mm fan, pre-installed), or 1 x 120-/140-/240-/280mm radiator for liquid cooling (after removal of ODD cage)
  • Top: 2 x 120-/140mm fans (optional), or 1 x 120-/140-/240-/280mm radiator for liquid cooling (radiator up to 297mm in length)
  • Rear: 1 x 120-/140mm fan (1 x 140mm fan, pre-installed), or 1 x 120-/140mm radiator for liquid cooling
Power Supply
  • Takes in standard PS2 ATX PSUs (optional, maximum length: 200mm)

8.5
  • Aesthetics 7.5
  • Functionality 8.5
  • Usability 8.5
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Quality build
Right balance of form and functionality
Meticulous attention to details
Generous bundle of cooling fans and options
Upgrade options with MasterAccessory products
The Bad
Understated looks
Incremental improvements over MasterCase 5
More expensive but comes with more accessories
Gorgeous tempered glass side panel, a S$79 option
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