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CoolerMaster MasterCase Maker 5 PC Case Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications and Accessories
  2. External Impressions
  3. Internal Impressions
  4. Installation Impressions
  5. Conclusion
  6. Online Purchase Links

External Impressions

Though at first glance the case resembles MasterCase Pro 5, certain minor changes in the aesthetics can be sensed. The visible changes are towards the front- the front panel lid and a very well laid out (compared to MS5/MSP5) front panel I/O. The front panel I/O is sleek while keeping its top and bottom area wide open. As you can see, the front section of the top panel has a ventilation, providing access for passive flow of the air. The left side panel has a large black tinted window and the plain one on the other end. The rear has a single 140mm fan with air vents above and below it.

The PSU frame can be removed and installed on the PSU, a small but appreciated addition since its first variant. Towards the bottom, there is a dust filter.

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Black Platic Overlay

The left side panel has a window with an extra layer of black tinted plastic to cover the PSU area. If you choose to remove it, you can do so!

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Rear Section

A honeycomb vent towards the right of the PCIe slots for passive ventilation. I feel this space could be better utilized if there were two or three vertical PCIe slots.

A lot of people will love to show off the GPU cooling shroud design while using an x16 bridge cable instead of hiding it away by having it face down in shame. It also offloads the weight of the graphic card from the motherboard. Vertical slot mounting should prevent the graphic card from sagging. Whoever spends a good amount to please the gods of the PC Master Race will love that! We did see older CM cases with a single vertical PCIe x16 slots, but that was more for a single slot fan controller.

Just like its previous variants, the MCP5’s PCIe slot area does not have any dividers in between. This makes a lot of sense, seeing that practically all mid-to-high-end graphic cards are two or 2.5 slot cards.

Not many are fond of glossy panels even if they have a certain aesthetic appeal to it. Fingerprint smudges and potential scratches would a sore sight.

To stay with the times, there is a USB 3.0 Type A and Type C port, while the other two are USB 2.0. The labeling the ports would have helped, but you could safely conclude that the one next to the type C is the USB 3.0 slot. Notice that there are two buttons on both sides of the USB ports. The button on the right controls the fan speed between 12v and 7v supply and on the left toggle options for LED- on/off and breathing effects.

The plastic front panel is more like a chest plate. There is a sound dampening foam from the inside and that is a good addition. Notice the vent frame at the bottom of the front plate. The front panel can be detached from the case easily.

The top panel has two lids. The outer one with fan filter mesh covers the top fan/radiator frame. The lid covers the filtered area. The fan/radiator mount can be removed for easy installation/uninstallation. The front and rear of the top panel lid is open and hence does not obstruct any airflow. The PSU, radiator frame along with the side panels use thumbscrews with larger thread mounts to keep them on. Since there is a metal frame underneath the top panel housing, this also gives a good grip to move your system around.

The MSP5 case’s top panel could slide off easily, while this one is a bit more firm since its magnetic.

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