So we have a new MasterCase Series case. To be honest it is really hard to follow up the MasterCase 5 cases, they are just so solid and really impressed me when I first had a chance to take a look at them. The MasterCase Pro 6 is the first “6” case and I think that it is a very good starting point for Cooler Master. They’ve gone with a more sleek design than the “5” cases. Some will like this, but other won’t.
This case has one very unique feature, which are the pop-up panels to enable better airflow. This is the first time we’ve seen something like this and it works pretty flawlessly. The other thing that I really like about this case is the FreeForm modular system inside. This allows you to rearrange the internal components to best fit your build and makes building even easier. This also allows you to interchange parts and accessories between the MasterCase 5 cases and this case.
This is a mid tower, but you have more than enough room inside for the latest components like long graphics cards, tall CPU coolers, and long power supplies. When it comes to cooling support you get three included 140 mm fans, and you have the ability to add three more. You also have support for 280 mm watercooling radiators in the top and the front of the case. As far as storage goes you have room for a total of 7 hard drives.
There was only one real issue with this case which we encountered. When installing our 2.5 drives in front of the motherboard they actually got in the way of the USB 3.0 connector on our motherboard (ASUS Z170-A). Now not all USB 3.0 headers are on the bottom of motherboards, but this is something to keep in mind.
I am sort of torn writing this review. There is so much to like about the MasterCase Pro 6, it is a great case that any builder will enjoy, but for me it just does not have that impact that the MasterCase 5 did on me. That case was so solid and had those metal handles. With the MasterCase Pro 6 the panels that enable the pop-out feature are plastic and without the handle the case just does not feel as solid. While this is purely my opinion, I would rather go for a MasterCase Maker 5 or MasterCase Pro 5.
Again, this is a great case no doubt, and one that is really easy to build in, will fit all of the latest hardware, and has some very unique features. Right now you can pick up this case at our favorite online retailer for $159.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 a 9 out of 10 score.
– Sleek overall design
– Keeps the same internal design as the MasterCase 5
– FreeForm Modular system
– Pop-up panels are very unique
– 3 included fans and room for even more
– Easy to build in
– SSDs could get in the way of bottom USB 3.0 header on your motherboard
– Just does not feel as solid as the MasterCase 5 cases