Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Mid-Tower ATX Case

    mastercase5main Cooler Master is a twenty year veteran of the PC manufacturing industry with a solid track record in the case and CPU cooler manufacturing department.  With an ISO 9001 certified plant in Taiwan, in addition to their two other manufacturing plants in China, Cooler Master is able to produce a broad line of products and don't have to rely on an OEM for their cases, as other case companies do.  Cooler Master products generally offer solid build quality and value, based on our previous experiences at Legit Reviews. Interestingly, computer cases are at an all time high when it comes to design and innovation, with rival manufacturers such as Fractal Designs and NZXT releasing amazing cases that offer a bevy of user friendly features with great aesthetics over the past couple of years.  Cooler Master had a hit with PC enthusiasts several years ago when they released their HAF series of cases, notably the HAF-X, a giant monster capable of high performance cooling and housing multiple components.  The 690 series of chassis were also a very popular chassis with modern enthusiast features released just a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately, in the past couple of years we haven't really seen anything too innovative or compelling from Cooler Master in the case department, though they didn't fade into obscurity or suddenly start producing misguided gaming cases, like we've seen with others.  While they continued to release solid, if not evolved, products, Cooler Master had also been producing their next big product line, the MasterCase Series. With input from the enthusiast and case modding community, Cooler Master has embraced the maker concept with the MasterCase series, which offers modular panels, handles and an internal mounting system that can also be used for future accessories, such as reservoirs, air channels, GPU holders, or more.  This all falls into what CoolerMaster is calling 'The Freeform Modular System.'  This system is very intriguing, but it will ultimately be up to Cooler Master to release modules that sustain the viability of the system and convince end users that they are fully supporting the modular concept of the MasterCase series.  With the slogan of "Make It Yours" being used for the MasterCase 5, we are interested to see what Cooler Master has in store for those who purchase their MasterCase 5, as the current upgrade options are limited to what we are reviewing today. MasterCase 5 Interior Here is quick look at the specification sheet, which shows us the primary differences between the MasterCase 5 and MasterCase 5 Pro, both of which are based on the same chassis.
Model MasterCase 5 MasterCase Pro 5
P/N MCX-0005-KKN00 MCY-005P-KWN00
Available Color Dark metallic grey exterior with black interior
Materials SECC, Plastic
Weight 10.6 kg/23.4 lbs 10.7 kg/23.6 lbs
Size (WxHxD) All 235x512x548mm 235x512x548mm
Body 235x460x460mm 235x460x460mm
Mother Board Support ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX ATX, m-ATX, M-ITX
Expansion Slots 7 7
Drive Bay 5.25" ODD 2 2
3.5" HDD 2 5
2.5" SSD 2+2 2+5
Electronics I/O port U3 x2, Audio U3 x2, Audio
Fan speed control N/A N/A
Pre-install fans Front 140mm x1 140mm x2
Top N/A N/A
Rear 140mm x1 140mm x1
Fan Support Front 120/140mm x3 120/140mm x3
Top 120/140mm x2 120/140mm x2
Rear 120/140mm x1 120/140mm x1
Water Cooling Support Front 240/280mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan 240/280mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan
Top N/A 240mm radiator, up to 40mm thickness without fan
Rear 120/140mm 120/140mm
CPU Air Cooling Support 190mm/7.5inches 190mm/7.5inches
VGA Card Support w/ 3.5" HDD Cage 296mm/11.7inches 296mm/11.7inches
w/o 3.5" HDD Cage 412mm/16.2inches 412mm/16.2inches
Cable Management 25mm 25mm
Dust Filters Front/Top/Bottom Front/Top/Bottom
Power Supply Type Bottom Mount, ATX PS2
Remark No Top Cover No Front Door W/ Top Cover Top Water Bracket Side Window
Product Sheet Download  MasterCase 5  MasterCase Pro 5
  MasterCase 5 FreeForm Modularity SystemThe standard MasterCase 5 is the base model that is currently available for $109 at Newegg.  The MasterCase 5 doesn't feature the top radiator mount system with mesh panel, windowed side panel, or additional fan and drive cages provided with the MasterCase 5 Pro, which is available for $139 at Newegg.  The MasterCase 5 pro also features an additional 140mm fan.  We have been sent the upgrade kid to turn the MasterCase 5 into the Pro model, which we will do for the build portion of this review.  Besides the upgrade modules, The MasterCase 5 and MasterCase 5 Pro are the same case, based on the same chassis, with all of the parts interchangeable between the cases.  The upcoming MasterCase 5 Maker series will feature different top, side and front panels that will be compatible with the MasterCase 5 chassis, as well. The MasterCase 5 offers adequate support for long GPU's (412mm w/o cage installed) and tall CPU coolers (190mm), such as the Noctua NH-D15.  PCI-E expansion slot availability is standard for an ATX Mid-Tower at seven.  Both models of MasterCase 5 carry a Two Year warranty against manufacturing defects.  Cooler Master has support offices around the world and my personal experience is that they have very excellent technical support.  In fact, I regularly see CM-Patrick and CM-Fellini on various support forums and Youtube offering end users information.  This kind of support and ability to get product information is what every company should strive to provide, especially with a product like the MasterCase 5, which Cooler Master is promising future module releases for. Most manufacturers build several cases around one frame and then sell them as different products.  Cooler Master is basically turning this over to end users and providing a base frame to be customized as you wish.  This seems like a solid concept, as they can release one case and continue to produce upgrades for it that users can invest in.  This is also appealing to end users, as the industry moving to a new USB standard doesn't necessarily mean your case will suddenly be outdated.  Cooler Master can really dictate how future-proof the MasterCase series is by offering continued support.   mastercase5box1 Cooler Master ships the MasterCase 5 in a black cardboard box with full details and information about the Freeform Modular System printed on it.  Our box arrived in pretty rough shape, with a huge hole gouged out of the side by the logo.  In fact, this is the worst beaten up box we've received over our last several case reviews.  We were worried initially about the case being damaged, based on the exterior damage to the box. mastercase5box2The case specifications are clearly printed on the side of the box, as is contact information for Cooler Master's various offices.  The box is very informative and it is great to see contact information so clearly printed on the side, along with the warranty.  While ours took a pretty substantial beating during shipping, the presentation of the box is very nice, looks elegant and is aimed towards enthusiasts and professionals. mastercase5box3 The thick Styrofoam inserts that the MasterCase 5 are packaged in do a great job of protecting the case.  Even though our box had various holes and tears in it as a result of shipping the case on a UPS truck that must have been simultaneously competing in a demolition derby, the MasterCase 5 arrived unscathed.  The bag that the case sits in is very soft and does an excellent job of protecting the panels. mastercase5manual1 Included with the MasterCase 5 in a plastic bag are a user manual and warranty card, which clearly explains Cooler Master's two year warranty for the MasterCase 5. mastercase5manual2 The manual included with the MasterCase 5 is very informative, with illustrated diagrams on how to install hardware into the case.  Before I got the case, I wondered how the bottom hard drive cage secures if you move it from the stock location to allow for radiator clearance, as the thumbscrews wouldn't be able to thread into their normal location.  The manual explains that information rather than leaving me to find out myself via trial, showing that you thread the screws into the base of the cage to secure it.  The information in the MasterCase 5 manual is appreciated, as it takes inexperienced builders into consideration, something we've seen other manufacturers neglect. mastercase5accessorybox1 The MasterCase 5 accessories all come in this black box, which ships and sits snugly inside of one of the 3.5" drive caddies installed in the case. mastercase5accessorybox2 The accessory bundle included with the MasterCase 5 is good, though not overly impressive.  We definitely appreciated the all-black screws, ample amount of zip-ties and clearly printed warranty information included with the MasterCase 5.  The bracket seen with the zip ties is so that you can add an additional fan in lieu of running the optical drive cage.  While it's not an exceptionally tall case, an 8-Pin extension cable would be a good accessory to include, as some power supplies have shorter 8-Pin CPU cables and in the MasterCase 5 the PSU is in a chambered basement, so cable runs will potentially be longer than they would in a standard case. We'll take a look at the MasterCase 5 and its external features, on the next page.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Mid-Tower ATX Case External Features


The slanted, aggressive IO area and handles are very reminiscent of the CM Storm Trooper, while looking more refined and elegant.  The case has a very nice soft black paint job that is uniform across all of the panels.  Cooler Master built the side panels on the MasterCase 5 well and they look great, matching the paint on the rest of the case perfectly.  The side panels don't flex easily and they line up perfectly with the lines of the case, indicating proper machining and diligent QC on Cooler Master's behalf.  Because these panels are held in place by a built-in hinge, the left and right panels are not interchangeable. mastercase5frontprofile3 The plastic on the removable front panel surrounds an open mesh that flows across the entire panel.  This mesh looks great and allows for optimal airflow.  Unfortunately, while the mesh offers some filtering, it will let dust through, so regular internal cleanings will be recommended to keep your internals free of dust.  Cooler Master has placed a metal logo emblem on the front of the MasterCase 5.  We recently had an unfortunate encounter with the Antec S10, which had one of the stickers on the front panel peeling up from the factory, so it's nice to see Cooler Master applying quality control to all aspects of the case, even the stickers. mastercase5bottomfeet2 The mesh panel is easily removed by pulling it from the bottom where there is a cut out so that it can be cleaned at regular intervals.  The mesh is attached with solid plastic clips that seem quite durable and like they should last over a long period of time.  The panel attaches very firmly and is machined very well, as it lines up perfectly with the case. mastercase5frontprofile5 We can see that the front panel area is designed to allow maximum airflow, with wide open fan mounting cages that don't have any metal across them to block airflow.  This is a very solid, well thought out front panel design and will lend itself very well to cooling the internal components . mastercase5iopanelThe IO panel, which can be replaced, is somewhat basic and underwhelming, especially considering the MasterCase 5 Pro's price point.  We have two USB 3.0 ports, along with standard audio jacks, an illuminated power button, reset switch and HDD activity LED.  We are disappointed by the lack of additional USB 3.0 ports, a fan controller, or other expansion options in the IO panel.  Having just two USB 3.0 ports on the top panel can be limiting, especially on gaming systems, which rely on different controllers and accessories being plugged into these ports. mastercase5toppanel1The top panel of the MasterCase 5 is flat and features honeycomb grills for the exhaust fans, along with a set of very solid, well attached handles.  Due to the top panel being fairly close to the top where an installed motherboard would sit, there is not enough clearance for radiators with fans to be installed in this location.  The handles are wrapped by removable plastic covers that can be replaced or upgraded.  While I don't personally move my system that often, handles are definitely a welcome feature among enthusiasts and professional gamers who bring their systems with them to events.  These plastic covers on these handles end being removed and replaced with the top panel mesh on the MasterCase 5 Pro, but the case still retains the handle functionality. mastercase5rearpanel2The rear panel of the MasterCase 5 has a couple of things that stand out.  First, the PSU mount is removable and features captive screws that attach it to the chassis.  This mount unscrews from the case and slides out from the rear to then be attached to a PSU.  Secondly, there are no metal bars between the PCI-E slot covers, it is a large open area.  I haven't seen this on a case before and am not sure of the reasoning behind this type of design, as I would think it would cause a loss of rigidity and support for heavier cards. mastercase5rearpanel4The rear fan mount offers support for a 120mm or 140mm fan. The case is shipped with a pre-installed 140mm Cooler Master fan that moves 55 CFM at 24 dBa, which isn't very impressive in terms of performance or noise level, but adequate.  The MasterCase 5 has a slotted fan installation design so that the fan can be positioned optimally according to your internal components. mastercase5rearpanel3The PCI-E expansion area doesn't feature breaks between each slot cover, it is one large area.  If you remove all of the covers, the area would be completely open.  There are plenty of hexagonal ventilation holes punched out above the PCI-E expansion area to help assist with GPU cooling.  Unfortunately, there aren't any holes with rubber grommets for watercooling, which is something we're used to seeing in this price range on enthusiast-oriented chassis. mastercase5rearpanel5The interesting PCI-E slot cover you see here isn't something introduced with the MasterCase series, it's a 'Storm Guard', which was introduced by Cooler Master years ago with their gaming cases.  The Storm Guard works by having you slide your mouse and keyboard cables through the holes and hook in the cover and then placing the cover back in the case.  The cables for your mouse and keyboard will then be tethered to the slot and people won't be able to just walk off with them.  The Storm Guard is a cool accessory and while it's functionality is limited, it's a nice extra to include.  Has anybody ever knowingly had a Storm Guard prevent theft of an accessory?  Let us know in the comments section, below.   mastercase5rearpanel6Below the power supply area, there is a handle for the removable PSU intake filter.  This filter is easy to clean and offers full coverage of the PSU intake area,  providing filtration support for extended PSU's. mastercase5bottomfeet1The bottom feet of the MasterCase 5 are similar to the top handles, but they understandably aren't wrapped in plastic.  These feet have nice, well-attached rubber pads that aid in stability and noise reduction.  The case feet also allow the bottom of the MasterCase 5 to sit about an inch above the surface it is sitting on, which will users to run the case on carpeted surfaces and still have clearance for the power supply air intake. mastercase5frontprofile1 The MasterCase 5 does a great job of bringing traditional Cooler Master style into the modern era, striking a balance between subdued and aggressive looks.  The handles, style and easily maneuverable size, along with accessories like the Storm Guard, immediately paint the MasterCase 5 as an excellent candidate for a LAN rig case. mastercase5iopanel2 Besides the issue with the lack of extended functionality on the stock IO panel, we really like the style, build quality and features of the MasterCase 5.  Cooler Master took ease of use into consideration, as evidenced by the handles and easily accessible filter system included with the MasterCase 5 and it's these little details that stand out immediately.  I think the MasterCase 5 is Cooler Master's best looking case to date and it has great build quality with expansion potential, to boot.  On the next page, we'll see what kind of thought Cooler Master put into the internals of the MasterCase 5.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Mid-Tower ATX Case Internal Features

      mastercase5sidepanelopen1 Accessing the internals of the MasterCase 5 is very simple.  Once you remove the thumbscrews, which are captive and stay attached to the side panel, the side panel slides back and sits on a hinge so that it doesn't just fall off.  This mechanism works very well and is one of the best working, yet simple, side panel mechanisms I have ever worked with. mastercase5internalprofile1 The interior of the MasterCase 5 is very clean looking, with a uniform black color across all components and modern features such as rubber grommets, all-black header cables and tool-free drive cages.  The black paint inside of the case has a soft, smooth feel to it and looks great. mastercase5internalprofile9 Looking closely, we see that Cooler Master has stamped a standoff chart on the motherboard tray, a very nice feature to assist builders.  The chart has numbers corresponding to motherboard type so that users can install standoffs in the proper location more easily. mastercase5internalprofile2 Cooler Master is using a standard mid-tower ATX layout here, but there is a solid divider panel between the main components and PSU area.  This divider panel is used well, as it features two rubber grommets for cable or tubing pass through, provisions for two SSD's and additional cut outs to run cables to the SSD's and motherboard from the lower chamber.  The panel is very rigid and well-built, but is unfortunately non-removable, making it hard to do modifications on the panel, such as extending the area of the cutout to allow for fans to be installed inside the case when a radiator is being used. mastercase5internalprofile10 The rubber grommets throughout the MasterCase 5 are flexible and use a high quality rubber that feels soft and pliable.  The grommets stay put in the case and are slatted in a pattern that lends itself very well to being able to fold and run cables straight.  We've encountered some really cheap grommets in premium cases lately, so these are a refreshing sight. mastercase5internalprofile5 The all-black cables in the MasterCase 5 are flexible and long enough to reach where they'll need to be plugged in, regardless of which motherboard you are using.  The USB 3.0 header cable was nice and flexible, with a durable, solid connector.  Unfortunately, the front panel audio connector does have some colored wires, but this is an easy, quick fix if you have an inch of electric tape. mastercase5internalprofile4 The mounting clip mechanism for SSD's is very easy to use and provides great flexibility.  In addition to the two obvious spots in the main component chamber for SSD's, Cooler Master includes two more mounts on the rear of the motherboard tray.  You can mount SSD's inside of the clips, or you can screw them onto the top so that they are on display.  You could even run two SSD's per clip in the main chamber location, with one on top and the other inside of the clip, though you can't run SSD's on top of these trays when installed on the rear motherboard tray location due to size constraints. mastercase5internalprofile3 The MasterCase 5 ships with a single cage to install hard drives in, which is a bit underwhelming given the cost of the base MasterCase 5, as just two 3.5" drives are supported by the stock MasterCase 5.  These cages are sturdy and well-built, offering compatibility for both 2.5" and 3.5" drives.  Cooler Master also ships the accessory box for the MasterCase 5 locked into one of the caddies and it held it well during shipping.  The cages simply slide into the holes built into the frame of the case and can then be locked into place with thumbscrews.  It's a solid drive mounting system that provides a lot of flexibility while remaining very simple to use. mastercase5oddarea1 The optical drive area, which can be completely removed from the case to accommodate an additional front intake fan, features a tool-free mechanism to secure drives.  The mechanism is in the Open position by default and once a drive is installed, you simply slide it back to lock the drive in place. mastercase5rearpanel7 Around back, we have a very clean layout with Velcro straps and a nice, deep channel to run cables through.  The layout is very clean and well thought out, with Cooler Master pre-routing the header cables in pretty neat fashion.  We are disappointed at the lack of cable ties, as there aren't many on the back of the tray, there are just two near the rear of the case that can be used to tie down the 8-PIN CPU cable and other cables you run along this ridge.  Given the ample room and Velcro straps, cable management on the MasterCase 5 should be a simple task. mastercase5rearpanel8 There is ample room behind the tray to route cables from the PSU and there aren't any bars or unnecessary obstructions that make cable routing problematic.  The two slots on the rear of the tray directly above the PSU area are for installing SSD cages. mastercase5internalprofile6 Removing drive cages is really simple and takes mere seconds.  You just have to undo two securing thumbscrews and then pull the cage out.  We are doing this in preparation for our build, as we're not going to be using this area for drive installation and want to provide the best possible airflow to our components. mastercase5psu1 The power supply slides in onto these rails, which are covered with rubber to help reduce noise and vibration.  This is a very nice system, though the rubber pads do like they could wear out or pull over time.  The intake area underneath the PSU is very breathable and open, so while the filter should do an adequate job of keeping large dust particles out, you'll still want to occasionally blast out built up dust in your PSU with some compressed air. mastercase5internalprofile8 We've moved the lower drive cage mount over to accommodate our radiator come build time.  When we received the case and were planning things out, we wondered how this piece let the drive cages attach securely, since the thumbscrew holes can't be accessed.  Cooler Master instead puts screw mounts on the rails of this cage mount and the cage thumbscrews into those mounts. mastercase5internaldrivecage The HDD cages for the MasterCase 5 are built very well, with solid connecting points in the back.  The captive thumbscrews that secure the cages to their location work great.  We really like that Cooler Master has used captive thumbscrews throughout the case, not just on the side panels, as it can be easy to lose track of loose thumbscrews during a build. mastercase5internaldrivecage1 Seriously, these are some of the best modular cages we've worked with.  Everything from the build quality, ease of use and how the cage fits so securely in the case is very refreshing.  We also like that Cooler Master makes these cages in various drive capacities, allowing users true storage flexibility. While we really like the internals of the MasterCase 5, we would have liked for the divider tray to be removable to allow for modding and future upgrades.  Another issue with the MasterCase 5 is that there are only seven PCI-E slots, which is typical for an ATX Mid-Tower, but does limit expansion potential.  We've seen other ATX Mid-Towers offering eight PCI-E expansion slots, so it would have been nice to see this on the MasterCase 5, especially since one of the slots has a Storm Guard that will become unusable if an expansion card needs to go there.  Perhaps the biggest issue with the MasterCase 5 is a lack of top panel radiator support, which can be somewhat forgiven when you realize that the front of the case can accommodate radiators and you can still use the top panel as an exhaust.  Still, for users who want to build an extensive watercooling system, the MasterCase 5 falls a bit short and an upgrade to the MasterCase 5 Pro, which can support 280mm top panel radiators, is recommended.  The lack of cable tie points behind the motherboard tray were also noted, but given the nice cable channel and Velcro straps, this isn't as big an issue.  The shortcomings of the MasterCase 5 aren't deal breakers for most and won't be the kind of things that cause average users problems, or that will even be noticed. Internally, the MasterCase 5 is solid all around and offers modern features with a very clean, well-built look.  The layout offers excellent expansion potential along with the ability to do very aesthetically pleasing cable management, thanks to thoughtful design choice by Cooler Master.  Cooler Master has placed cable management holes, several with rubber grommets, in all of the necessary locations to ensure cable routing can be done in the neatest possible fashion.  The cable channel with velcro straps on the rear of the motherboard tray was great to see, as it will make cable management a cinch for even inexperienced builders.  Rounding things out, we loved the separate PSU chamber that allows us to isolate our PSU from the rest of the hot components in the case, a feature that is becoming very popular.  This is a very well-built, modern case that will appeal to enthusiasts.  Next, we're going to transform our MasterCase 5 into a MasterCase 5 Pro, complete with side panel window and top panel radiator support.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Mid-Tower ATX Case Build Overview w/Pro Upgrade

mastercase5internalprofile7 The MasterCase 5 Pro accessories were sent along with our review sample so that we could upgrade our own unit to the MasterCase 5 Pro.  Swapping on the top panel was very simple, as it merely required unscrewing the old flat cover and filter and then using the included, already attached captive thumbscrews to secure the top radiator support, which is bi-directional and can't be installed in the wrong direction.  Installing the top mesh simply requires sliding it in place.  The top mesh does not lock and pulls off easily and we think that Cooler Master could have done more to make it so that this mesh top panel is more secure. mastercase5build2 Once the mesh top panel with radiator support was installed, we installed our H100I GTX before continuing to ensure it would fit properly.  There was plenty of clearance and the removable cage made installation very simple and took a lot of the headache out of the mounting process.  The rest of our build would continue the trend of the MasterCase 5 being easy to work with.  Simply put, building into the MasterCase 5 Pro was the most pleasurable build experience I've ever had. mastercase5build1 Here we see the MasterCase 5 occupied with our full hardware layout.  We've mounted the radiator in the top of the case and removed the front drive cages to provide optimal airflow to our GPU's.  The fans shipped with the MasterCase 5 aren't quiet, nor or they loud (24dba) and move a decent amount of air at 1200 RPM (55 CFM), which is their default speed at 12v.  There are plenty of fans out there with higher CFM ratings at lower noise output. mastercase5build3 The motherboard and main components installed without issue once we installed the ATX standoffs.  The included metal driver for the standoffs helped us install the standoffs quickly and tight to the tray. mastercase5build11 Components have no metal spacers between them, there is open air between the cards.  We do wonder if this will lead to dust being built up between cards, though with proper airflow configuration, it should actually provide channels for dust and air to escape from the case. mastercase5build4 PSU installation went smooth and we liked the unique mounting mechanism, though we prefer the quicker, more simplified old school mounting mechanism of just sliding in the PSU and screwing it directly to the case. mastercase5build5 The bottom chamber of the MasterCase 5 is somewhat cramped when the hard drive cage is in the position closer to the PSU, so we recommend leaving out the hard drive cage when installing and running cables initially. mastercase5build6 Keep in mind that this HDD cage location is completely optional and can be moved to a more forward position, we just wanted to show the clearance should it be moved back.  There is still plenty of room and we're running a pretty full cable run from our RM750. mastercase5build8   The back motherboard tray area was easy to work with, as the cable routing channel let us route our cables nicely and tie them down with the Velcro straps. mastercase5build7 The SSD installation system worked very well and we liked the way our SSD's fit into the cages, nice and snug without requiring the use of screws. mastercase5build9 Once the side panel is installed, you will notice the bottom chamber isn't visible due to the black strip Cooler Master placed across the bottom of the panel.  This is removable, but we really like the way the window hides the PSU, cables and storage drives. Cooler Master really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the aesthetic appeal and ability of the MasterCase 5 Pro to make your build look its best.  The ability to remove drive cages gives users a lot of flexibility.  In our case we were able to optimize for the best possible airflow by removing the drive cages and using the lower cage and back of the motherboard tray for our storage installation.  While the case is not fully modular, it offers just enough flexibility and potential to be suitable for just about any purpose, from a gaming system, to a storage server.  It's this flexibility and ease of use that had us enjoying our time building into the MasterCase 5 and we're very happy with the way our completed system turned out.  We also want to note that even though the MasterCase 5 Pro features an open mesh front and top, the system we assembled ran surprisingly quiet.  We recently reviewed the be quiet! Silent Base 800 and found it to only be marginally more quiet than the MasterCase 5 in idle scenarios, though the MasterCase 5 did run slightly louder when under full load.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Mid-Tower ATX Case Conclusion

mastercase5build12 The MasterCase 5 is a well-built, great looking mid-tower case with modern cable-management features and a unique drive mounting system that may have other purposes in the future, depending on what Cooler Master decides to do.  Unfortunately, the 'Make It Yours' concept can't quite yet be realized, because the only internal modules that are available right now are hard drive drive cages, while external modules are yet to be released beyond what is currently available with the MasterCase 5 Pro.  Nice looking internal reservoir/pump units, GPU holders, fan brackets, LED readouts that interact via internal USB header and more could have been made available at release, truly making the MasterCase 5 unique.  Instead, we have a nicely made case with modern features that hasn't yet fulfilled it's promise.  Even though the situation with future upgrade modules remains unknown, the MasterCase 5 is a solid product based on the build-quality and features it offers today. mastercase5build10 The top mesh with radiator support and side panel window provided with the MasterCase 5 Pro were both high quality upgrades that really brought the case into the premium mid-tower territory and these two upgrades from the standard MasterCase 5 are going to appeal to most enthusiasts. The MasterCase 5 Pro is a perfect case for those who like to attend LAN events and bring a capable Dual-GPU system, as thanks to the included handles, it is easy to maneuver.  Users also won't have to worry about breaking their case or having it fail to protect their hardware in the event of a fall.  In fact, the MasterCase 5 build quality was nothing short of amazing.  Everything from the the drive cages to the rubber grommets felt really high quality on the MasterCase 5 Pro.  As a whole package, the MasterCase 5 Pro really impressed us, as Cooler Master ensured solid build quality was applied throughout the case and small details were looked over. mastercase5sideprofile2 The standard MasterCase 5 is the base model that is currently available for $109 and the MasterCase 5 Pro is $139 at Newegg.  Unfortunately, the standard MasterCase 5 struggles to find its place at it's current price point, as it is lacking the simple features that make the MasterCase 5 Pro stand out.  Cooler Master should lower the price of the MasterCase 5 Pro to $119 and offer the standard Mastercase 5 for $89, or offer rebates that bring the cases to these costs, to make both cases more price-competitive with offerings from other manufacturers.  A lower price point makes the concept of purchasing and upgrading the standard MasterCase 5 later on more viable, as the initial investment would be under $90, which would have it in line with competing mid-towers offering similar features. mastercase5build13 While pricing isn't in-line with what I think it should be, it's hardly irrational and Cooler Master has a true winner with the Master Case 5 Pro.  It's easy to build in, highly configurable, has solid build quality and most interestingly of all, it remains an exciting product to own beyond the initial purchase, as Cooler Master expands the MasterCase ecosystem with new modules.  Cooler Master took aim to produce a modern case that PC enthusiasts would enjoy working with in the MasterCase series and they have taken a proper first step with the MasterCase 5 Pro.  Even though there are a lot of questions about the future of the Freeform Modular System and which modules may be released, the Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Pro is a great looking, well-built mid-tower ATX case with solid features and excellent cable management capabilities.  (Note: as of this review being posted, CoolerMaster is offering $15 off either MasterCase at their webstore when using the coupon code MASTERCASE5)   LR_Recommended Legit Bottom Line: Solid build-quality and updated styling, along with modern, enthusiast friendly features and extensive hardware support make the MasterCase 5 Pro a true winner.  We feel that the standard MasterCase 5 lacks value at its current price point, but we wholeheartedly recommend the Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Pro.