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Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 22, 2016 5:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Inside the MasterBox 5

 

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After removing the side panels and looking inside of the chassis, we see that all of the front I/O wiring has been tied to the motherboard tray, so it will not damage the window.

 

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The front I/O wiring exits the main chamber at the top, just above the SSD mounting plate. This plate can be lowered to two other locations in this orientation, it can be mounted to the top of the HDD cage, or it can also go in behind the motherboard tray. If you want more of these drive plates, you would need to purchase more of them.

 

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Behind the bezel, we find the fan low in the chassis, just in front of the HDD rack. The fan mounting offered in the side rails only supports two 140mm or 120mm fans and is why you need a bracket to support a third above this.

 

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The HDD cage is completely removable, or it can be slid toward the PSU cover in two stages from where it was located from the factory. This also allows you to see the front 120mm fan and its 3-pin power connection hanging by the motherboard tray.

 

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The motherboard tray is opened wide up for access to cooler back plates. It has 11 wiring holes, and more tie point than you will ever need. The tray is also labeled for not only the three motherboard form factors, but it also points out where the drive rack and SSD tray can be placed.

 

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Below the motherboard tray, we find a thick plastic power supply cover. This is why there is a restriction on PSU length, as it does not run the entire length of the chassis as most cases offer. There is a hole at the top to help passing wires through it, and along the frame rail, it has "Designed by Cooler Master" carved into it.

 

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The rear of the chassis houses the second 120mm fan put in the MasterBox 5, and it too uses a 3-pin connection for power. The expansion slots are held in with hex-head screws, and it is easier to see from this angle that the lowest cover is made to tend to the mouse or keyboard wiring.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, the space offered varies. There is 35mm of room at maximum, but less where the motherboard tray is bent for support and even less as you pass from the lower section to the top. Just below the access hole is where the SSD plate can be installed behind the tray.

 

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All of the provided cabling from the front I/O panel is black, so it hides easily. In it, we find a native USB 3.0 connection, the HD Audio connection, and the ribbon cable with connections for the front lighting and buttons.

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