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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

Final Thoughts

 

This is a bit strange, as in essence, we are really looking at two different cases in this review. First, we have the more basic MasterCase 5. Here we find a very solid foundation with the use of plastic and mesh to add the styling without being overly aggressive with the angles. Externally it may look more basic, but the strong handles at the top, and the feel of the chassis will definitely win you over. Inside there is a lot going on for a mid-tower, like the fact that you can install a 420mm radiator in the front, modular systems to make room where it is needed, and even leaving out tie points in the motherboard tray, we found the track for wiring is sufficient, and there is room enough behind the tray to just allow the wiring to lay where it falls for the most part too.

 

Then there are the little things to ponder like the way the panel screws and some of the drive trays use a thumbscrew, but at the same time only require a thread or so to lock them in, simplifying their usage. The chambered design is nothing new, but those that have used them know there are benefits to be had, and it is also appreciated in a chassis, and is in the MasterCase 5.

 

 

Then you also have the option to step up your game and get an even better suited chassis for water cooling by opting to buy the MasterCase Pro 5. In this deal, for just roughly $30 difference, you get quite a bit of extra gear. Of course, you get the pair of HDD cages and the extra SSD rack, but to most, the top cover, water bracket, and the side panel window are what is going to sell you on the upgrade. Being completely honest, we did like the MasterCase 5 out of the box, but we will admit that the basic design does take second chair to the MasterCase Pro 5 and its more refined and finished look. As to what makes this specific chassis what it is, we have no issues advising you go right on ahead and pay up front for the options in the Pro 5, rather than doing it piece by piece in optional parts.

 

In either configuration for our testing gear, we found the chassis to be very well ventilated, and with the AIO in the back and the fan there moved to the front of the chassis, we got very cool results inside of how the MasterCase Pro 5 would be cooling, offering two fans in the front rather than just the one. We found no issues with the motherboard alignment, the card sat more level than in many other designs, and wiring everything is a real treat, even if it is not the best maintained behind the tray. On the flip side the track they offer will suit most users needs, and as we mentioned earlier, anything else can hang freely and still not be in the way. Even when it came to the noise levels around the chassis, unless you are directly in front or behind the chassis, there is very little to be heard, but in those rare occasions when you are, the noise can get up to 34dB. Not very loud at all, but it is audible.

 

In the end, considering the basic model, the MasterCase 5, is only going to set you back $109.99 to begin your path to a modular chassis that can grow with your needs in a more long term outlook is pretty good. The thing is though, the MasterCase 5 is strong enough to stand on its own at this pricing. There is a lot to this feature set, and knowing there is a full of assortment of optional parts that you can pick up as you can afford more or need to change the layout and looks, there is always that option too. However, always looking for the best deal, and the most amount of case you can get for the dollar, this is where the MasterCase Pro 5 steps in and takes charge. For just an extra $30, you can get a side window, a top cover, more water cooling options, more storage options, and a chassis that is not only solid and will hold all the gear you can want to use, it definitely has a more finished look that we know everyone will like more.

 

So, it is our opinion that you just dig a bit deeper and buy the MasterCase Pro 5 at $139.99, unless you want to wait around to see what the MasterCase Maker 5 has in store, but with so much of that still up in the air, for now our money is riding on the MasterCase Pro 5 as the best option currently for anyone in the market for an updated, feature rich, and solid mid-tower chassis.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging96%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: While you can't go wrong with the MasterCase 5, we prefer the value and options afforded in the slightly sexier and refined MasterCase Pro 5. This is one mid-tower chassis that is ahead of the curve, and is well worth its cost!

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