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Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T Review

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Mid-Tower Case Final Thoughts

Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T is the top of the line in the MasterCase series. This case is beautiful in design and executed flawlessly. There isn’t a single thing out of place on the Maker 5t.

I only have a couple minor gripes about this case. First, the weight of this thing could give you trouble when moving it once you have your PC built. I can see why Cooler Master opted to put a handle on this case! With the complete build, I’m guessing the PC weighs about 50 to 55 pounds.

Carrying this case fully loaded to a LAN party would not be all that fun. You can grip the handle and the bottom of the case while carrying it, but that’s kind of awkward. And grabbing the sides, forget about it. You wouldn’t want to put any load on the tempered glass, just to be safe, and not fingerprint the heck out of it!

Secondly, the PSU shroud is incomplete in my opinion. If they left a cut-out for the logo to show, then cover the rest of the side to hide the cables, it would of been perfect.

One last thing I just thought of again. It’s a very minor quip about the SSD mounting trays forcing you to mount them upside down making SATA cable selection important if you want a clean look.

Honestly, that’s all I can really fault with this case. Everything else while building was easy as can be. This is hands down the best computer case I have built in. The NZXT and Antec cases I reviewed before this one, were pretty darn good too, until the Maker 5t came along.

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MasterCase Maker 5T Conclusion

To break things down with the MasterCase series to help you better understand the differences, here is a check list of what comes with each variant in the series:

MODEL MasterCase 5 MasterCase PRO 5 MasterCase MAKER 5 MasterCase Maker 5T
TOP COVER  no yes yes yes
LIQUID COOLING BRACKET no yes yes yes
WINDOW SIDE PANEL  yes yes yes yes
ADDITIONAL DRIVE CAGES  no yes yes no
FRONT DOOR PANEL  no no yes yes
FAN CONTROLLER  no no yes yes
LED STRIP  no no yes yes
LED LIGHT CONTROLLER  no no yes yes
MasterCase GRAPHICS CARD HOLDER no no no yes
DUAL TEMPERED GLASS PANELS no no no yes

I’m still scratching my head as to why Cooler Master didn’t include the additional drive cages with the Maker 5t, considering it is the top tier case in the series. Every other case in the series, even the base model, has extra drive cages included.

I can only guess that Cooler Master is thinking more about water cooling and custom loops for this case. It would make sense to leave that extra drive cage out in that scenario, as that space would be needed to place a pump or reservoir.

Performance of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T is excellent. The included 140mm fans run nice and quiet, even on the high settings with the included fan controller. The GPU standoffs work as advertised. The giant EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified doesn’t sag. All the panels attach with magnets so removing them for cleaning or customization is easy.

Appearance of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T is simply elegant. From the basic outer shapes to the metallic red paint and the killer tempered glass panels, it’s a knockout.

Construction of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T is outstanding. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this case. The fit and finish is flawless. The case is constructed out of steel and plastic panels. With the plastic bits on the case nothing rattles or feels flimsy. Even when the case is empty the frame is very sturdy with little flex.

Functionality of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T is almost perfect. Everything fits precisely, but I would of loved to have the options of mounting the SSD’s in an upright position instead of upside down. It’s simply a matter of what SATA cables you need to use for this configuration. 90 Degree cables will come out upside down and point toward the top of the case. I recommend using straight SATA cables instead.

Value of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T is hard to figure. With the MSRP of $249.99 at the time of writing this article, the Maker 5t is anything but cheap. The MasterCase Maker 5 is selling for $169.99 at the time of writing. For an $80.00 premium over the Maker 5, you do get two tempered glass side panels, 4 USB 3.0 ports on the front, compared to 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 on the Maker 5. But you do loose that extra HDD cage, which in my opinion isn’t a huge loss unless you like to have a ton of storage.

If you were to upgrade the Maker 5 to a 5t, just the two glass panels would cost $100 dollars more, making it less of a value than the 5t. Even then, you would still be missing out on the metallic red paint that is standard on the Maker 5t.

I normally wouldn’t recommend any case that costs as much as the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5T. But with this case, it’s a show piece. If you have the money to buy a high-end PC, you should consider buying this case. You have options to add accessories from Cooler Master and customize it to your liking. There isn’t a whole lot of cases out there that can do that without needing to custom fit things yourself. Cooler Master saves you the time and effort making this easy, but at a cost.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Ease of building
+ Gpu brackets
+ FreeForm design
+ Tempered glass panels
+ Carrying handle
+ Fan and water cooling options
+ Fan/LED controller

Cons:

– SSD mounting upside down
– Weight
– PSU shroud doesn’t cover cables

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 10
  • Construction: 10
  • Functionality: 9
  • Value: 7.5

Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

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