CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review

Rear, Stripped, and in the Nip

CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 Review

Rear, Stripped, and in the Nip

The rear of the MasterCase 5 is quite a spacious area with a good 23mm of space on offer over the majority of the area.  There's also a pair of mounts should you wish to re position the slip and clip SSD pockets back here.  What is lacking though is the usual abundance of cable tie points we've come to expect.  OK, so there's a Velcro type tie at the top of the case, and another two of these in the accessories box, but we really do need some more cable tie points.

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The front of the case is removed by releasing flat barbed clips from the rear, as is the CoolerMaster way.  With the front off we can see that there's actually quite a lot of front real estate on offer.  Granted a good proportion of this is given over to the 2x5.25" bays, but even so, there's enough room here for a pair of 120s or 140s.  The slotted screw holes of course are a nod to the water cooling support offered by this case, more of which later.

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As the front I/O remains separate from the front panel, it remains in place when the front is removed, meaning you don't have to worry about feeding cables through, or undoing all your hard work if you've aceheived a magnificent cable management job round the back and then want to re fresh the front filter.  The picture below right shows the reverse side of the front panel, and hopefully demonstrates that there's a significant rebate here.  So much so we think that with a bit of light dremeling it could be adapted to accept rads 45-50mm deep

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18-08-2015, 04:47:55

King of Old Old School
Wow the 2nd case has got a 0, No need to remind people which case was the first one

Fail Cooler Master FailQuote

18-08-2015, 05:21:12

AlienALX
Remember kids, honesty is the best policy.Quote

18-08-2015, 06:23:13

Greenback
The problem being even if they add some of the suggestions Gary makes in the review, there are cases out already cheaper than the base case that have them. to me the base case should at least have room for an AIO in the roof considering that's where most people put itQuote

18-08-2015, 07:24:46

otis1337
Your conclusion is very difficult to read. It looks like a brick wall of text.
Try and break it down more with paragraphs.Quote

18-08-2015, 10:16:43

RickPlaysWarr
Thanks for the review Gary. When I first saw show pictures of this case, I thought it had possibilities. Sorry to see that the shortcomings have overwhelmed any possible positives the case might have had.

To me it seems like they tried to make a quality product but it fell victim to the "where can we cut a few cents off of the manufacturing cost" demon. I really wish they had just decided to put out a pro/premium product and followed through with that.

--Rick--Quote
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