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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Modular FreeForm Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 18, 2015 11:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Case Build and Finished Product

 

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For our build needs, we do not opt for an optical drive to be installed, so there is nothing to break up the center line of mesh. This monolithic look seems to grow on us as well. For something so simply angled, it does have its own distinct appeal.

 

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More to show off the roominess to the right, we removed all of the bays, but all could be left in place for our build with plenty of room and compatibility. We really like the sleek and simple styling that makes even this aging build look rather good sitting in the MasterCase 5.

 

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There are no issues with the dust shield, and loosely installing the PSU adapter plate and waiting to set the plate screws before setting the PSU screws helps everything align better and easier. As for the expansion slots, we did have to force the chassis to fit, but we managed to get it mounted despite that.

 

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With the wiring track and the Velcro straps, not only can you run the front I/O wiring in there, but various runs of the SATA, Molex, and even the 24-pin can all be held in place there as well. While we opted not to, we found plenty of room to wire this chassis any way we saw fit.

 

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With everything now buttoned back up for further testing, we like that while a tad on the more subdued side as far as styling goes, we are left with a chassis that has enough styling to get by, and with solid panels, any noise we get from the fans will be minimized as well.

 

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As we powered the chassis, we first noticed the white stripe that lights up under the power button, which is followed by an occasional flicker of white LED off to the left where the HDD activity is indicated. Outside of that, there is 34 db of noise that can be heard from the front of the chassis and the rear, at a foot away, with the fans at full speed.

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