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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

Case Build & Finished Product

 

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For our needs, we had to remove the rear exhaust fan, so we moved it to the front of the chassis. Since the wiring is attached to the bezel, the mesh panel within it is removable to allow access for mounting things up front.

 

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With the mesh panel back in place, nothing about the aesthetics changes. With the panels off you can see the internal components through the mesh, but this is much less visible once the panels are placed back onto the chassis.

 

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We ended up with this as our layout inside. We dropped the SSD plate down near the bottom, and removed the HDD rack, although it would still fit without issue. The AIO fits without blocking the side panel, there is plenty of room for the video card, but most of the standoffs we got did not fit the screws, we just mocked it up loosely for this image.

 

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The dust shield was tight and took quite a bit of effort to get into place. The video card went right in and aligned properly, as does the PSU at the bottom.

 

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With as much room as this chassis offers behind the motherboard tray, the wiring is just a matter of tying it down to keep it out of view. This can be a challenge with all of the openings in the tray, but we were able to manage pretty well.

 

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Once the panels were back in place, and both fit without any issues, we are just about ready to turn on this system. The side window is ever so slightly tinted, but even at rest, the view through it is light enough to see everything on full display.

 

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As we added power to the MasterBox 5, we were greeted with a dim white power LED, and the same for the HDD activity LED, when it was flickering. The LEDs on the card and the AIO lit up and are easily seen from the side, and at this point, we took our audio reading, where the fans in the front were delivering 37 dB of noise into the room.

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