CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review
Published: 18th August 2015 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: £89-£109 |
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.
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???
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.