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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

Internal Impressions

The internal design is the same as the MasterCase 5, with the exception of an additional HDD cage, a magnetic LED strip. Brownie point for black coloured silica gel pack. Who even does that?

The LED light is a non-flexible bar with a magnetic base. Since the case’s frame is steel it allows you to easily mount them on any section of the case where it can fit.

If you plan on using the front section for a radiator and need the extra space on the lower section, you can remove the ODD drive and both the 3.5” bays. Additionally, there are alternative mounting on the lower area which houses the 2x 3.5” bay cages.

If you’ve read the MS5 review, there are no surprises except the controller board. The PSU has a removable dust filter and there are two cable management holes at the top of the motherboard tray where you can easily route any wires from the fans/radiators and for the EPS 12V cable for the motherboard. It also makes it easier to have the fan cables reach the controller, provided the manufacturer of the fan is generous with a cable length or provided an extension cable. Its placement is also good since motherboards like MSI X99A Pro Gaming Carbon edition has EPS & CPU fan header on one end and pump & chassis fan header on the other.

The recessed cable management area has velcro straps to keep the front panel cables in place. But it has enough space for the PSU cables including the 24-pin ATX. This is probably the first case series where I did not use cable ties.  But partial credit goes to the CM V1200 Platinum due to its modularity and flat cable design on the most part.

The depth between the rear MB tray and the right side panel is a bit under 1” but the space from the power supply to the right side panel is a bit under 2”. Such space is enough to hide away non-modular PSU cables. The width for the GPU with the HDD cage is 11.5” and up to to the radiator area is 13”. The PCIe slot space all the way to the front panel is 16”. The motherboard tray’s depth is 7.5”. The front panel radiator access is 6” x 3”. After installing the motherboard, you get 2.5” of space between it and the top panel. Therefore. it provides the space needed for cable installation and management. The ability to remove the top panel frame makes it so easy.

You can also shift two of those SSD casing from the front to the back, should you choose to do so.

Coolermaster added a “Four-pin LED/ six-header Fan controller board” behind the motherboard tray. This way you can connect addition LED lights that you can purchase extra when required. The multiple LED and fan controller board controls on/off and breathe effect for the LEDs and toggle between 12v and 7v for the fans (thereby controlling speed) or three-pin lighting strips. Thankfully, the hub is powered using SATA connector. The translucent casing can be easily removed but its best to keep it on since it’s placed in an area it won’t create cable management mess.

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