How do you review a case for a PC, it is just a box right that you put stuff into? well, let’s give this a go, Welcome to my review of the MasterCase Pro 5 Nvidia Edition from Cooler Master.
First the box and how it sells to the consumer
Front of the box MASTERCASE PRO 5, with FreeForm Modular System
CUSTOMISE. ADJUST. UPGRADE.
All key features of the MasterCase Pro 5, regardless of which version you end up buying.
Moving to the sides, well one of the sides as this is the side that has all the specifications you need to know before you buy and below are all those specs.
- Net Weight 11.5g / 25.3lbs
Dimensions 235 (W) x 512 (H) x 548 (D) mm or in inches if you prefer 9.3 (W) x 20.2 (H) x 216 (D)
- Motherboard Type ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
- 5.25″ Drive Bays 2
- 3.5″ Drive Bays 5
- 2.5″ Drive Bays 2 + 5
- I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2, Audio In & Out (supports HD-Audio)
- Expansion Slots 7
Cooling system Front
- Front: 140 x 25mm fan x 2, 1200RPM, 24dBA, 55 CFM (Pre-Installed)
- Rear: 140 x 25mm Fan x 1, 1200RPM, 24dBA, 55 CFM (Pre-Installed) 120mm Fan x 1 (Optional)
- Top: 120 / 140mm Fan x 2 (Optional)
- Front: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm (required removal of ODD cage)
- Rear: 120mm, 140mm
- Top: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm
- Bottom mount, ATX PS2 (maximum lengh: 200mm)
- VGA Card Lengh 412mm / 16.22 inch (without 3.5″ HDD cage)
- 296mm / 11.7 inch (with 3.5″ HDD cage)
CPU Cooler Height
- 190mm / 7.48 inch
- SECC, Plastic
Colours – Darl metalic grey exterior with black interior (this is a bit wrong more like Green & Grey exterior)
That was one of the sides now the back, what else does Cooler Master wish to say, before you purchase your new case, if this is what you want to purchase of course?
Direct Quote from the Back of the box
Cooler Master is breaking new ground in the way cases are designed, made, brought and used. Fundamental to this reimagining is freeform.
We want to have absolute control over how your case looks and functions, and that means giving you the option to adjust the exterior structure and aesthetics via a range of replacement panels and doors. Each choice changes the look and feel of the case, but also the flexibility of the interior layout. Leveraging our unique clip-and-click design, FreeForm lets users vertically adjust or entirely remove drives cages, allowing for multiple setups like home servers, professional workstations, and ever gaming rigs with advanced water cooling and extra long graphics cards.
This is where it take a break from reading and writing what is on the box and wonder why don’t I don’t just create a video instead, much easier. ‘eyes roll up’ and ‘shakes head’.
Now for impressions
Cooler Master have gone to town with this case allowing users to purchase various parts and accessories, to really help mod this case, you can even purchase parts that are already featured within the case. This is great for people like me, which tend to break things, yep I break things, but this only happens when I have a bright spark idea and wonder if it works, it doesn’t, sometimes, though, it does, that fare though.
Now the top of the case has a removable mesh cover, which will give you access to the bracket mount, this is where you can mount your liquid cooling radiator, it will hold up to a dual fan radiator design, or if you don’t have a dual radiator, you can attach two 140mm or two 120mm fans instead. There is also two handles on the top that allows you to carry the case around with ease, ‘yeah right with ease my arse its heavy’.
The mesh on the front is also removable, it is also where you will find the 2 x 140mm fans, I ripped these out and I upgraded them with some Cooler Master SickleFlow Green Fans instead, the case has a green accent so thought greens fans would be a great design choice.
The I.O Panel or for normal readers, the controls are found on the top, here you will find 2 x 3.0 USB slots, Power button, Reset Button, Headphone and Microphone jack and finally, the HDD LED.
Moving to the rear of the case reveals where the PSU (Power Supply Unit) is placed, right at the bottom, and when in place the PSU fan will have great airflow capacity thanks to a mesh bottom, which give a place for heat to evacuate the system.
Let delve into the interior of this beast
Like the outside, its grey inside, well almost, it’s got some satin black as well, but no green would have been great if they did add some Nvidia green accents inside as well, just to define the case a little more, maybe I can do this via modding.
There is a hole cut out where the motherboard is placed, this allows for the installation of custom built coolers without removing the motherboard, a great little idea, as we have a Cooler Master Seidon 120V Version 2 which requires is to add a bracket behind the motherboard, around the CPU (Computer Processing Unit) for the Water Cooler Block.
There is a metal floor, that separates the bulk of the case to the PSU compartment, this floor is permanently fixed and can not be moved to any other position. On this metal plate, there is also two rubber grommets, that allow you to easy route cables from the PSU to the motherboard and other peripherals. The Grommets are a great feature as it really does help you keep your cables nice and tidy at all times.
One other thing on this metal plate is a section where you can attach two SSD cages, which are held down with screws, simple and elegant, everything thing so far looks to be well thought out.
When looking at the expansion slots, each one is covered by metal plates, there is, however, a rather odd looking cover, which I believe serves a purpose, what I don’t know, but reading online, they serve as cable exits, what would exit the inside of a case? someone know, please let us know.
Going back to the PSU section, Installing your New PSU is child’s play, Unscrew the PSU panel plate, I guess you would call it something like that, that’s what I am calling it anyway. Then you would slide of new Power Supply inside via the PSU Rails, re-attach the plate and screw the PSU to the plate, it’s then all done. From what I know the size of a PSU does not change that much from its width and height, but the depth might be different based on the amount of power the PSU will be out-putting.
Towards the front of the PSU zone, there is a metal stand, this serves as your base to add more drive cages. These drive cages can hold 3.5″ HDD’s and 2.5″ HDD. This version of the MasterCase Pro 5 came with two sets of HDD cages, one that holds three HDD’s the other that Hold two HDD, the Two HDD cage fits perfect within the PSU zone.
There is something that made me smile the inclusion of two 5.25″ bays for the likes of a Blueray, CD or DVD Players, not to mention other devices. PC users have moved past this medium, its only console gamers that still live in the past, and believe hard copies are a must have for them to keep buying a console. I shall be remvoing these asap and might add a third fan to the front of the case for even more cooling.
Moving around to the other side of the case and removing the faceplate, you instantly see all the PC cables nicely strapped down, there is two slots for the SSD cages if you do not want them inside the case and three rubber grommets to help cable route around your case.
Finally Built into the PC
The MasterCase Pro 5 Nvidia Edition is very easy to work with and I was able to route the cables behind the case, and into the correct ports on the Motherboard. Chucking in the 3.5″ HDD and SSD’s was also, an easy task, all I had to do was either screw the SSD into the SSD cage, or slide out these ‘clip and click’ HDD holders, really simple, they simply hold the HDD in place and slide back into the HDD cage, absolutely great, no screws required.
When I finally got everything installed which were these following items
- Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR 4 32GB 3000Mhz
- MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard
- Cooler Master 850V PSU
- Cooler Master Seidon 120V V2
- ADATA 128GB SSD
- Crucial 750GB SSD
- 2 x Toshiba 3TB 7200 RPM HDD
- PNY Nvidia GTX 1070 OC 8GB GPU
- Intel Core i5 7600, Kaby Lake CPU
everything seemed to run cool, putting my hand inside the case, it felt cold and I could feel a good amount of air surrounding the system, yes, all the fans were pushing around cool air throughout the case, it felt great, and it felt like the case could keep cool at all time. There is also so much space to play with, up to 5 x 3.5″ HDD if you so wish, even 4 SSD’s, 2 front and 2 back, but two would not have a cage, but hey, you can still do it.
Cooler Master – MasterCase Pro 5 Nvidia Edition is a sweet, mystic, dark case with style, design, build, air flow, cable routeing, everything about this case makes me feel happy and proud to own one. In all honesty, when it arrived, I had a happy tear roll down my cheek, that’s how proud I am that Cooler Master supported us and sent us their High-End Case, which I never expected, so massive thanks to Cooler Master and our contact, you know who you are.