Cooler Master MasterCase 5 More Detailed Features
The 2-bay HDD cage can be removed, adjusted, and installed in the power supply chamber. It can also be adjusted closer to the power supply in order to make room for a radiator at the front of the case. Also keep in mind there is 40mm of clearance space for a front radiator.
The mounting holes on the Clip-and-Click panel for the 2-bay HDD cage allows the user to almost fine tune where to place the HDD cage without having to modify the internal structure. Removing the cage completely reveals a large area for nonrestrictive airflow. In the future, the FreeForm Modular System will be able to integrate replacement parts for fans and even water cooling accessories on the Clip-and-Click panel.
The locking mechanism on the 5.25 ODD cage is one of the easiest to use. Although we have seen this type of locking mechanism in some of Cooler Master’s earlier products, it is great to see it in the MasterCase 5 as it is focused on modularity. Thankfully, the ODD cage can be removed and an additional 120mm or 140mm fan can be installed at the front of the case using the included fan bracket.
On the floor of the main internal chamber are two rubberized cutout holes for cabling and two SSD Slip-and-Clip pocket bays. These can be removed by undoing the captive thumbscrews and installing the SSD drives on the inside. Cable cutout holes are also available closer to the motherboard tray for SATA and power connections to the drives. MasterCase 5 is able to accommodate up to four SSD Slip-and-Clip pocket drives; two in this location and two more behind the motherboard tray.
Because we are starting from the ground up with our MasterCase 5, the FreeForm Modular System lets us customize the case by adding additional exterior and interior parts. For this review, we will start our upgrade with the side window kit. Cooler Master was kind enough to send us a side window kit with our MasterCase 5 to help demonstrate how an upgrade will look like. This window side panel can be purchased separately but is already included with the MasterCase Pro 5. Like the standard side panel, captive thumbscrews are also included.
At the bottom of the window side panel is a tinted acrylic plate. This covers up the power supply chamber but can also be easily removed by undoing a few screws to show off the power supply unit. Of course, hinges are also included to prevent the side panel from falling when it is removed.
In the next section, let’s go ahead and build a system with the MasterCase 5.