CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review

Cooling Options

CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 Review

Cooling Options

With 190mm of headroom our NZXT Havik 120 looks almost lost in there, but with a case as wide as this we'd expect nothing less.  If air cooling's your thing then you're not going to have a problem getting any tower cooler you care to think of in here.

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You might be able to get a pair of 120s or 140s up in the roof, but with only 40mm or so of space that's about your lot.  The roof panel isn't offset to any great degree either so forget any ideas you may be having about rads up here.  Sorry chaps it's a no go.  The front of the case though is another matter.  OK so you're limited to 40mm of space by the cut out but with the fans mounted anterior to the front chassis surface, all of that 40mm is available for rads.  Why CoolerMaster couldn't have made the cut out bigger we don't know, and while we're on the subject, a blanking panel to cover the whole when not in use would be nice.  Phanteks can manage it on cases that don't cost nearly as much as this does so why can't CoolerMaster???

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The picture below left serves two purposes.  Firstly it shows that  a rad can be mounted splitting the false floor, and secondly it serves to drive Tom nuts.  Theoretically at least, and being mindful that CoolerMaster don't give 360mm rad compatibility, you could get a 360mm unit in here.  it would mean sacrificing the 5.25" bays, and the HDDs, and it would mean that the rad would sink beneath the false floor line, which, wind ups aside does mess with the aesthetic balance of the interior.

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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.

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