When I first heard of the MasterCase 5 I was very excited. Cooler Master’s cases were a little dated so when I heard they were designing a new case for builders it made me wonder if it could bring Cooler Master back in the minds of enthusiasts. Well after spending some time with this case and building a system in it I think that they really have!
While the overall design of the case might not grab your attention right away the fit and finish is really what surprised me about this case. The SECC steel seemed to be some of the highest quality that I’ve seen lately. Nothing about this case is cheap, and after handling the case you can really tell. The handles on the top of the case are very heavy duty and I had no trouble at all picking the case up and moving it with a system installed.
Besides just being a quality-made case getting your hardware inside couldn’t be easier. This is a builder’s case so if installation was not easy that would sort of defeat the purpose. I did not run into a single issue during my installation and everything was very straight-forward. All of the cable routing holes and the velcro straps on the back of the motherboard make things easy as well. Even first time builders should not have problems with this case. The case gives you a lot of flexibility too. The Clip-and-Click panel allows you to move the hard drive cage where you want it or add other accessories. You can also move the hard drive cage to the bottom of the case and move the two 2.5-inch hard drive mounts to the backside of the motherboard tray.
As I mentioned this is the entry-level case in the MasterCase series, but do not think that it is limited. You have room inside for four hard drives, long graphics cards, two 5.25-inch hard drives, and water cooling. Remember too that you can add-on to the case as your build grows with the MasterCase accessories.
At the end of the day I am very impressed with the MasterCase 5, it is on my list of favorite cases of 2015 for sure! Right now you can pick it up at my favorite online retailer for just over $100. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Cooler Master MasterCase 5 a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
– Some of the best quality I’ve seen in awhile
– Easy installation
– Lots of flexibility with the Clip-and-Click panel
– Upgradable with accessories
– Lots of room for cooling
– None that I found