CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 and Pro 5 Review

Pro 5 and Pro 5 Accessory Pack

CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 Review

Pro 5 and Pro 5 Accessory Pack

So far we've looked at the base model MasterCase 5 and only alluded to the existence of the Pro 5.  Time to se the record straight and let you patient chaps have a butchers at the full fat version of the case.  The Pro 5 itself is available as a ready built off the shelf case, but that's not the only route towards it.  If you buy the base model you will, in theory at least, be able to buy any or all of the upgrades offered in the accessory pack.  As we're reviewing it, CoolerMaster have been kind enough to send us the whole lot so we can show you just how it changes both the looks and the functionality of the case.  That said, CoolerMaster have been less than forthcoming with regards to when this lot, and other "modular upgrades" they may or may not have planned will be available.

For starters then, it's by no means a small box, not too far off the size of the box the case itself came in.  The reason for this, as you'll see is that there's a heck of a lot in there.

 

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First out the box then is a replacement side panel with full size window.  As you can see, the lower portion of the window has an additional heavily smoked acrylic strip across it.  This, as you'll see later has to do with the visualisation of the area below the false floor.  The strip is clipped and screwed, but does look to be removable should you so desire.

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As we already know, the base model comes with a 2HDD rack.  If you buy the Pro 5, or this element of the accessories upgrades you can have an additional 5 HDD racks split into a two and three bay unit.

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One of the more useful accessories is the inclusion of a bracket that attaches to the roof of the case, allowing an additional 25mm of headroom.  This simple addition increases the space available to 65mm in total and makes positioning a 240mm or 280mm rad and fans in the roof a very real possibility.

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Most Recent Comments

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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