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Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 Case Review

January 25th, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a Cooler Master Case here at pcG, the last one was the Cosmos II back in October 2014! Since then Cooler Master has been busy, not on working on a Case per se, but on a Concept! That concept is that of the MasterCase a fully modular case, that allows you to have the case that you want!

Now to be fair the MasterCase concept has been around for a while now in the form of a couple of Cases, the MasterCase 5 and the MasterCase Pro 5. And there has already been a lot of debate on the internet as to whether Cooler Master has a real Concept on its hands or not. We’ll here at pcG we’ve avoided all the hype and the new cases are now widely available as are some of the add-ons that were promised. So today I will take a look at the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5.

The MasterCase Pro 5 is effectively (the top panel is different) the MasterCase but with all of the ‘Bell ‘n Whistles’ thrown in for good measure, at an extra cost of around £20. The case itself is a mid-tower case measuring in at 235mm (W) x 548mm (H) x 512mm (D) and is equipped with two modular (you’re going to be reading that word (modular) a lot in this review) 5.25″ drive bays, six modular 3.5″ drive bays and two modular 2.5″ bays. In addition to this the case comes equipped with three pre-installed 140mm fans, with the option of adding two more in the roof. While both the roof and the front of the case can accommodate 240mm and 280mm radiators respectively. The MasterCase can accommodate Graphics Cards up to 296mm in length with HDD cage or 412mm without, CPU Coolers up to 190mm in height and Power Supplies up to, well, any size you can find to be honest… 😉

 

Cooler Master Logo Large ‘At heart, the MasterCase 5 advocates a new relationship that binds component makers and users closer together. Its elegantly smooth, flexible FreeForm Modular System supports multiple outlooks, allowing you to upgrade rather than entirely replace your case as your needs change over time. Go with either basic dual top handles and standard door of the MasterCase 5 or an elevated mesh top cover of the MasterCase Pro 5.’
Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - box front Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - box back

 

The Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 arrived at pcG in a smart looking box (nice to see something other than brown cardboard for a change!) that was actually pretty large, far bigger than the case hiding within it would seem. The front of the box features the brand and slogan ‘Make It Yours’ and product name as well as the slogan for the MasterCase – ‘With FreeForm Modular System. Customize. Adjust. Upgrade.’ In addition to this we see a couple of images of the case itself, from the left side (with panel removed) and from the front.

On the back of the box we find a exploded view of the MasterCase Pro 5 that goes some way to showing off the case’s modular design. In addition to this we have the same slogan from the front of the box as well as a detailed description of the MasterCase concept, in English and various other languages.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - box open Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - packaging

 

On opening the box I was immediately impressed with the packaging, as it was obvious that Cooler Master had gone the extra mile for the MasterCase. The case itself comes wrapped in a soft foam bag and protected by large foam bumpers. I know it sounds weird, but I rather liked the unusual colour of the foam bumpers… 😉 We also find the User Manual and warranty leaflet taped to the top of the packaging.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - accessories

 

Other than the case itself, in the box we find the small manual and warranty leaflet as well as a smart looking cardboard box full of screws, stand-offs and cables etc.

At the time of review, the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 is retailing on Overclockers UK for approximately £110 and comes with a 2 year warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of Cooler Master

 

Model

MasterCase 5

MasterCase Pro 5

P/N

MCX-0005-KKN00

MCY-005P-KWN00

Available Color

Dark metallic grey exterior with black interior

Materials

SECC, Plastic

Weight

10.6 kg/23.4 lbs

10.7 kg/23.6 lbs

Size (LxWxH)

All

512(L) x 235(W) x 548(H) mm

512(L) x 235(W) x 548(H) mm

Body

460(L) x 235(W) x 460(H) mm

460(L) x 235(W) x 460(H) mm

Mother Board Support

ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX

ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX

Expansion Slots

7

7

Drive Bay

5.25″ ODD

2

2

3.5″ HDD

2

5

2.5″ SSD

2+2

2+5

Electronics

I/O port

U3 x2, Audio

U3 x2, Audio

Fan speed control

N/A

N/A

Pre-install fans

Front

140mm x1

140mm x2

Top

N/A

N/A

Rear

140mm x1

140mm x1

Fan Support

Front

120/140mm x3

120/140mm x3

Top

120/140mm x2

120/140mm x2

Rear

120/140mm x1

120/140mm x1

Water Cooling
Support

Front

240/280mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan

240/280mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan

Top

N/A

240mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan

Rear

120/140mm

120/140mm

CPU Air Cooling Support

190mm/7.5inches

190mm/7.5inches

VGA Card Support

w/ 3.5″ HDD Cage

296mm/11.7inches

296mm/11.7inches

w/o 3.5″ HDD Cage

412mm/16.2inches

412mm/16.2inches

Cable Management

25mm

25mm

Dust Filters

Front/Top/Bottom

Front/Top/Bottom

Power Supply Type

Bottom Mount, ATX PS2

Remark

No Top Cover
 No Front Door

W/ Top Cover
 Top Water Bracket
 Side Window

Product Sheet Download

 MasterCase 5  MasterCase Pro 5

Manual Download

 MasterCase 5  MasterCase Pro 5

 

* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5

 

First impressions of the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 are along the lines of; well it looks a little dull, but on the other hand it seems really well made. There’s no doubt about it, the looks of the MasterCase are somewhat understated, but normally that’s no bad thing, especially for those going for that stealthy look. The worry is that for a MasterCase, there’s very little (at this point) to separate it from the competition…

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - left Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - right

 

The left side of the case features a large steel panel that’s secured by way of two captive (they don’t come off!) thumb screws. The panel features a large (almost full size) window that allows you to see almost all of the interior of the case. Almost, because the bottom section features an additional smoked panel, that hides the lower PSU bay area at the bottom of the case. This is pretty cool as there’s room to hide a couple of drives (and those pesky cables) down here also!

The right side panel is effectively the same without the window section and it is also secured by the same captive thumb screws.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - front Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - back

 

Looking at the Cooler Master MasterCase from the front you can clearly see the understated looks that I mentioned in the opening paragraph. Three angular sections make up the top section and the sides, while the bulk of the front of the case simply comprises of a large mesh section. At the very top of this mesh section there are two (hidden) 5.25″ drive mounts. And, near the bottom there’s a smart silver Cooler Master logo, that’s actually sunk into the mesh itself, which is kind of cool. All of the plastic aboard the MasterCase is of a high quality and nice to the touch, although I’ve touched better! 😉

The back of the Cooler Master MasterCase is a pretty standard affair. At the top of the case we have the main I/O cutout as well as the pre-installed 140mm exhaust fan that sits to the right. Note how this position of the exhaust fan can be altered (vertically) allowing for extra clearance within the case for other components. Also note the lack of any water cooling grommets, that I’ve said before is a blast from the past, so well done Cooler Master for ditching those! 😉 Below this we find that the case features seven expansion slots with the bottom one allowing you to loop your cables through, hopefully preventing someone walking of with one or more of your peripherals. To the right of this there’s a large grilled section to further aide in cooling. While below this we find the Power Supply cut-out that also features a PSU bracket.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - top Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - control panel Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - bottom

 

That understated look continues when we look at the top of the MasterCase. There’s very little to actually see here as the top of the case is dominated by a large grilled section. As you can see from the image above left this section actually comes away (slides back) allowing you access to the radiator mount that sits below, but more on this later.

The top angular selection, which is actually the case’s main focal point is where we find the control panel. This comprises of (from left to right); drive activity LED (white), USB 3.0, headphone, microphone, USB 3.0 and reset. Just below this there’s the main power button, that also illuminates white when powered on. The gap above this section actually acts as a handle for the case, once the top panel has been removed (which is actually very easy as it just slides off). Fit and finish around this area of the case is particularly good and shows the lengths that Cooler Master has gone to get this MasterCase right!

Looking at the bottom of the case we can see that the main body of the case sits up on two angular legs, that raise the case off of the surface by approximately 28mm. In addition to this each leg also features two large rubber feet, to further aide in the suppression of vibration and noise. At the back of the case we can see a large PSU dust filter, but (again) more on this later.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - left (side panel removed) Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - right (side panel removed)

 

Removing the left side panel by loosening those captive thumb screws allows us to see what is a relatively large interior space, that at first seems somewhat dominated by drive cages. As you can see the MasterCase has a split design with a dedicated PSU/drive cage area at the bottom and a main motherboard section above. At the bottom left we have the Power Supply area complete with dust filter, while over on the right we find one of two drive cages with this one supporting two drives (both 3.5″ & 2.5″ are supported). Above this within the main Motherboard area we find an additional two 2.5″ mounts (above the PSU bay) and also another drive cage, currently (as it is movable) positioned in the top right. Above this we have another removable cage this time supporting two 5.25″ drives. What we can also see here is a nice large CPU cutout as well as the seven expansion card slots, the single 140mm exhaust fan and a good number of well placed grommets. Note that all of the drive cages and the 2.5″ mounts use captive thumb screws, and that I very much like, as it stops them getting lost or dropping into the PC where you can’t find them! 😉

Looking at the other side of the MasterCase with its side panel removed we can see those drive cages over on the left and the fact that Cooler Master have provided a dedicated looming area for cables, complete with Velcro straps. Note that this area is also indented providing even more space for those pesky cables. There’s also a fair degree of cable management space back here, approximately 25mm. The area over on the right (raised section with two holes) is actually another two 2.5″ drive mounts and the brackets from the other side can be moved here if so desired, or you could even purchase two more!

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - PSU bay Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - PSU filter

 

The Power Supply area found in its normal position, bottom left features a large removable dust filter as well as rubber mounting strips in an aide to keep vibration and noise to a minimum. As you can see due to the design the MasterCase can house any size PSU you can find, which is kind of handy!

The removable air filter slides out from the back to allow for cleaning; although it would have been better if it slid out from the side as the is generally easier for most people.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - lower cage removed Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - lower drive cage  bracket Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - lower drive cage bracket repositioned

 

As you can see the lower (2 bay) drive cage can be removed, this is easily done by just loosening two of those captive thumb screws. We can also see, from the image above centre, that the bracket that holds the drive cage in position can also be both removed and moved. This allows the drive cage to be positioned further towards the back of a case allowing for more radiator/fan space at the front in that lower position, through the slot provided. With this setup there’s enough room for radiators up to 280mm in length and up to 40mm thick.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - upper drive cage Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - both cages removed Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - 5.25 bay removed

 

The upper drive cage consists of three bays and can (again) be removed (just two captive thumb screws) or moved. The cage can be positioned in any position on the rail that runs top to bottom at the front of the case. The other two bay cage can also be positioned here in addition to the three bay, or the three bay can be replaced by the two bay (you get the idea!). As you can see, and as Cooler Master have said, it is pretty modular to say the least.

In addition to both of the drive cages being removable, the 5.25″ drive bay at the top of the case can also be removed by way of four screws, although this time around the thumb screws are not captive!? With all of the cages removed (just the way I like it) we can see that the MasterCase has a nice clutter free large interior space! Perfect for as high end gaming setup! 🙂

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - top panel removed Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - radiator bracket removed

 

The top panel of this MasterCase Pro 5 is different to the basic MasterCase in that it has a radiator bracket within and a raised mesh top cover. This cover is rather too easy to remove as it simply slides off, although to be fair once off you can now get to the two integrated handles, that makes handling the case that much easier. Removing the top panel also reveals that smart looking radiator/fan bracket that lives beneath.

This bracket, removed by way of four captive thumb screws is perfect for either a couple more fans and/or a radiator, with a maximum length of 240mm and a depth of 40mm being supported. It’s a shame that a 280mm radiator is not supported in this position as well as the front!

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - front fans Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - rear fan

 

Looking at the fan setup aboard this MasterCase Pro 5 we find two 140mm fans in the front acting as air intakes and one 140mm fan at the back acting as an exhaust. Note, all fans are the same and have a maximum rotational speed of 1200RPM. The front fans sit within the front panel of the case and not within the main motherboard area, this allows for maximum radiator space within the case itself. The front panel can also be removed (just pull at the base) as it also acts as the front air filter. Also that rear fan is mounted on slots allowing the fan to be positioned within the case itself, very useful when using 140mm AIO liquid CPU Coolers.

 

Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - SSD mounts Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - PSU bracket

 

Sitting just above the Power Supply bay we find two dedicated 2.5″ (SSD) mounts, with each one secured by a single captive thumb screw. There’s even a hole near the back of each one to bring your cables through! If you’re not keen on showing off your SSD/s then these brackets can be moved to the back of the case where they can be re-fitted, very nice!

The Power Supply also features a bracket system where the bracket is attached to the back of the PSU by way of four regular screws. The bracket in turn attaches to the back of the case by way of four captive thumb screws. This allows the bracket to be slid in from the back of the case instead of the other way around. You’d be surprised by just how useful this can be…

 

Having now spent a bit of time with the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5, I have to confess that I’m now beginning to understand why Cooler Master made such a fuss about its launch. I can also see why others may be a little disappointed by what’s been delivered. As while the case itself is extremely well made and very well thought out, it does suffer one (and maybe only one) problem! It’s not really what you’d call desirable… 😮

 

Hardware Installation

 

  • Test Rig Setup

  • Case Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 Power Supply Corsair Professional Series AX 760i
    Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 CPU Intel Core i5-6600K
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S RAM G Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB
    Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified SSD HyperX FURY 120GB

     

    pcG - Skylake MB assembly Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - drives

     

    The first task was to put together the motherboard assembly (MB, CPU, CPU Cooler & RAM) for this review. This consists of our test motherboard an ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6, an Intel Core i5-6600K CPU, a Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler and x2 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 4 RAM modules. This Motherboard assembly can be seen above left.

    For this review, especially as there are so many drive cages etc aboard the MasterCase, we will be installing both an SSD and a HDD. Our SSD is a HyperX Fury 120GB model while our HDD is a Seagate 2TB SSHD hybrid drive. As you can see the SSD was fitted to one of the 2.5″ brackets while the HDD was fitted to one of the drive sleds provide (although later I moved the SSD alongside the HDD in one of the drive cages).

     

    Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - PSU bracket (fitted) Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - PSU installed

     

    The next task was to fit the Corsair AX760i Power Supply, therefore the first job was to fit the PSU bracket to the back of the Power Supply itself. This was done with the regular four screws. I then connected all of the cables that I thought I was going to use for the build (24-pin, CPU 8-pin, PCIE x2 8-pin & SATA) an slid the PSU in through the back of the case. The PSU was then secured (with bracket) by way of the four captive thumb screws attached to the back of the bracket itself. Note how much room there is for a longer PSUs, the 160mm long AX760i fits with ease!

     

    Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - PSU & MB installed Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - cabling

     

    Before I could install the Motherboard assembly I first needed to fit the extra stand-offs required, as by default Cooler Master pre-install only two!? What made things a little more difficult is that they only provide seven more, but our ASRock MB requires ten in total! With that done the MB assembly was installed after not forgetting to install the MB I/O shield first! This was then secured by the ten screws provided.

    Next I set about cabling up what cables I had, this meant the cables from the PSU and the cables for the MasterCase itself. With so much room inside the case (albeit with everything removed, see image below!) cabling up was an absolute breeze, with well placed grommets, holes and plenty of cable management space, this is one well thought out case! The only issue I ran into (although its really motherboard dependent) is the fact that I needed to use a fan extension cable to route the cable from the rear exhaust fan to the Motherboard, just to the edge of the board by the RAM DIMMS. This is because the ASRock MB doesn’t have any inbound Fan Headers, they are all on the edge of the board, a design feature that I rather like!

     

    Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - left (complete) Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - right (complete)

     

    With the MB assembly in position and (within reason) all cabled up, it was time to decide on what modular parts I was going to use and where I was going to put them. As, here at pcGameware we’re all about PC Gaming, I wanted to ensure that the hottest component in a the case (the GPU) was going to best the best cooling/airflow. I opted to use the smaller of the two drive cages and place it at the very top of the case, away from the intake fans. This should allow for optimal airflow in through the front of the case. There are of course other options… I managed to use a single SATA power cable to power up both drives this way also and it’s the main reason for not using the SSD brackets. The EVGA 980Ti Graphics Card was also installed, and due to the fact that the drive cage has been removed, there’s masses of room to fit this rather long (280mm) GPU! Cabling up was also very easy, again with well placed grommets and plenty of cable management space.

    Talking of cable management space, due to the design at the back of the MasterCase I found myself wanting to make an abnormally good job of my cabling, and thankfully Cooler Master have made this pretty easy too! That loom that’s already there I’ve simply added too as there are fair bit of room for more cables, the cable straps also do a fine jib of holding everything in place. Given more time I’m sure you could make a very tidy job back here. Note that I also moved the 2.5″ brackets from inside the case to the back, just to clean up the inner case aesthetics a bit… 😉

     

    Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 - everything that's been removed

     

    The image above hopefully gives you some idea of what can be removed from a Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5, and it’s a lot as you can see. FYI: It’s two drive cages, one 5.25″ drive cage, the top radiator bracket and the bottom drive mount. I can’t help but think that if I’m paying for all this, I might want to think about the parts that I’m not using as much as the parts I am! 😉

     

    Mastercase - powered on

     

    I have to confess that by this point (once I had completed the install) I was really beginning to fall for the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5! And that’s as big a shock to me as it might be to you! And it’s actually hard to tell why!? It’s certainly not down to the looks, although they’re fine if a little understated. I think it’s just down to how well this case works, everything about it seems well thought out, really well thought out even! From the fit to the finish, from the modular design to the cable management space, it all just kind of gels together to form a great case. I’m guessing that during development this case might have just seen a lot of installs. Maybe that’s the reason that I feel the way I do about it, the MasterCase feels that it just might well have been designed by people like you can me, and not by a marketing team and a computer! 😉

     

    Testing Methodology/Setup

     

    At pcGameware we use Prime95 and ASRock’s F-Stream utility to evaluate CPU temperatures and voltage, and we use MSI Afterburner to evaluate the GPU temperatures. Of course Prime95 being a CPU stress test also helps to generate heat for us to check the case thermals. We also use UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for GPU temperature testing.

    CPU performance testing is carried out using Prime95 (Small FFT) to stress the CPU. Each run is timed for 15 mins and the maximum temperature is recorded for all cores and then the average core heat is taken. Testing was carried out with an overclocked Intel Core i5-6600K at 4.4GHz courtesy of the ASRock UEFI.

    GPU performance testing is carried out by running UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for 15 minutes and then by recording the maximum GPU temperature.

    * All case fans (x3 in the case of the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5) and the CPU Cooler (Noctua NH-U12S) are run at 100% throughout testing. To ascertain case noise levels, the GPU fans are set to their lowest setting and the CPU Cooler fan is unplugged, whilst the dBA is recorded from 1m away.

     

    Hardware Performance

     

    Mastercase - Prime 95 result

     

  • CPU RESULTSCooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 with Noctua NH-U12S and Intel Core i5-6600K @ 4.4GHz
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    Lian Li PC-X510 22.00 58.00 36.00
    Cooler Master HAF XB 21.00 58.00 37.00
    Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 22.00 60.00 38.00
    be quiet! Silent Base 600 23.00 62.00 39.00
    BitFenix Nova 22.00 65.00 43.00
    Raijintek Styx 21.00 67.00 46.00

     

    The CPU Cooling performance of the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5, with its three 140mm fans at 100% is really rather good and places it third in our results grid. With a maximum CPU temperature of 60 (38 Delta) degrees Celsius the MasterCase is more than capable of cooling a toasty CPU. But please remember that this relatively low temperature is actually recorded during a Prime 95 Torture Test, during Gaming this temperature will be significantly lower. And as we’ve said before here at pcG, how many of us sit down for an evening of Prime 95? 😉

     

  • GPU RESULTSCooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 with EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max GPU Temperature Delta Temperature
    Lian Li PC-X510 23.00 77.00 54.00
    Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 22.00 77.00 55.00
    Cooler Master HAF XB 22.00 79.00 57.00
    be quiet! Silent Base 600 22.00 81.00 59.00
    Raijintek Styx 21.00 81.00 60.00
    BitFenix Nova 23.00 84.00 61.00

     

    As far as we are concerned here at pcGameware the the cooling of a Graphics Card is paramount when it comes to looking at Cases. And it is here that the Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 proves its worth. With a maximum GPU Core temperature of 77 (55 Delta) degrees Celsius the MasterCase is just one degree off our top GPU cooling case the Lian Li PC-X510, and that case has five fans and cost £300! Of course this cooling capacity has been helped by the fact that most of the interior cages have been removed, but as there’s space in the bottom of the case (an area that wont affect GPU cooling) for up to four 2.5″ drives or two HDDs, there’s still plenty of room for your Storage. For a case of this size GPU cooling is simply excellent.

     

  • Acoustic Performance
  • Of course ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’, sorry with a large number of fans comes a great deal of noise, I mean! 😉 Well yes I guess so, with no sound deadening material fitted to the Mastercase (something they could have done easily I feel!) the noise produced by the case, with its three 140mm fans at 1200RPM (100%) the noise is a little on the high side. We measured a maximum of approximately 42dBA with our test equipment, a little loud for everyday use, but with a Headset on and while Gaming it’s unlikely to bother you too much. Of course as all of the fans have to be fitted to the Motherboard, the speed can be controlled via the UEFI, providing a better balance over performance vs noise.

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    The Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 may not be as revolutionary as all of the hype that surrounded it suggested, but! The MasterCase is a damn good case that’s undeniably well made and well thought out. But it’s still a little lacking when it comes to desirability and that’s a bit of shame…

    The Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 arrived at pcG in a very large smart box and it was nice to see some colour for a change instead of the usual brown cardboard boxes that we’re all used to. Cooler Master have also updated their packaging with the MasterCase being both very well packaged and presented. Once out of the box initial impressions are good as the case is well made, feels strong (steel and plastic) and looks ok! But it’s this ok that’s likely to be the MasterCase’s biggest problem as although it looks ok, it’s no better looking than many other cases out there!

    Interestingly though, the more time I spent with the MasterCase Pro 5 the more I began to like it… This starts with the modular design and just how easy it is to remove everything from the case and reposition things like the drives cages etc. I very much like the split design with the lower Power Supply area and the upper Motherboard area, especially as there’s room in the PSU area for a couple of HDDs or SSDs. Almost everything is also secured by way of captive (the screw doesn’t come off!) thumb screws, which I very much like as you don’t end up mixing screws up or losing them. I also very much like the fact that all of those drive cages can be removed from the case completely, leaving a cavernous interior space for your install. Of course this also aides in the promotion of good airflow, and the Mastercase certainly has that with two 140mm intake fans and a single 140mm exhaust fan.

    The installation of our test system into the Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 was simply a joy, brought about by good design, well placed grommets, holes and good cable management space. As I mentioned in the main review there’s no doubt in my mind that during development this MasterCase saw a lot of installs and it shows. This case appears to have been designed by the likes of you and I and not by a marketing team and computer! 😉 The cable management space and the pre-installed loom also made for a tidy install, something that on this install I wanted to spend more time doing as I was enjoying it so much.

    From a pure performance point of view the MasterCase performed well and excelled in our GPU Cooling testing, which is pretty important for a Gaming PC! In our GPU testing the MasterCase kept our toasty EVGA 980 Ti Classified down at 77 (55 Delta) degrees Celsius which is the second best result we’ve seen and is only one degree behind the leader. CPU cooling was also very good with a maximum Core temperature of 60 (38 Delta) degrees Celsius, that’s also only a couple of degrees behind the class leader again. There’s no doubt that this MasterCase is a damn good Case for a high end Gaming Rig, and that alone means that, we here at pcG very much like it! Acoustically with its three 140mm fans at 100% (1200RPM) the MasterCase does make a bit of noise, we measured 42dBA with our test equipment. But while Gaming with a headset on this is unlikely to be too much of an issue for most. Of course the fan speeds can be controlled via your Motherboard, so quieter operation is achievable if so desired.

    As crazy as it sounds, the best thing to do when considering this case is forget all about the MasterCase’s FreeForm Modular System and just know that this case is a damn good case, period! It’s extremely well made, it’s be designed by people who have installed systems into it and it performs very well when it comes to cooling. The only thing holding this case back is its desirability (that I admit is a little lacking!) but once you’ve got a bit of bling in the case, I can assure you, you’ll be more than happy… 😉

     

    Verdict

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    1. Peter
      April 28th, 2016 at 11:11 | #1

      I have this case, and I totally disagree with high verdict… The performance is weak – on old case from Antec (Sonata 3) I had the temperature of the processor when it was overclocked 33 degrees. Currently I have 44 degrees – eleven more for Intel 6600k! (the average room temperature is 19 degrees). The fan spins to slow – very poor cooling. The case is not really quiet too… I think Antec was more quiet a bit… I could even slow down the fans in Antec and cannot do it in Coolermaster (they anyway spin only 800-1300 rpm). I was very enthusiastic before buying this case and now? It is very average case… Also when I was attaching the USB3 ports the pin broke but I believe it is because of poor quality of the port made by MSI on the motherboard so I do not blame CoolerMaster. I also barely attached the 12V CPU – PSU cable – I had the CoolerMaster PSU and could not reach it because the cable is too short! One centimeter less and I would not attach it at all without extension.

      Pros are –
      – General very uncommon and quite creative outlook (honeycomb shape mesh in ventilation system, all things painted in black even the smallest screws).
      – Space inside for large graphic cards and in the back for cables with latches easy to mount.
      – Handles to carry the case also strong and sturdy build.
      – it is modular – you can move items and drive baskets however not that much as it is said…
      – Options for water-cooling.
      – many places to attach the fans.
      Cons –
      – the original fans must be replaced because they do not cool the case sufficiently (especially when OC).
      – Easy to scratch painting on the case.
      – Only two bays for 5,25 devices (bluray, dvd-rom, fan and temperature controller or audio pannel).
      – Very poor instruction (I had issues with attaching the cables from the case with motherboard due to lack of any description what each cable is for).
      – No option for buying MasterCase with acrylic window (which is pretty normal in this price you get it with many cases) and you must buy it separately for 25 euro (however it is not hard – Coolermaster shop).
      – It is heavy and large (12 kg).
      – not super-quiet just quiet (probably around 30 dB depending on the amount of fans, some cases have 22 up to 25 dB in the same price).
      – gaps only for 7 cards.

      • James
        April 28th, 2016 at 13:37 | #2

        Hi Peter and thank you for your input, but I guess we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one… 😉