The Cooler Master Centurion 5 (CAC-T05-WWA)

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Fan and PSU Impression


120mm rear fan

Cooler Master’s choice of fans was interesting to say the least. The front (intake) uses an 80mm fan placed between the case front and the lower drive bays, while the rear (exhaust) uses a 120mm fan of similar quality.

80mm intake fan

Both fans were extremely quiet, but very poor performers when it came to air flow. This is the same gripe I’ve had about all three Cooler Master cases that I’ve owned (Wave Master, CM Stacker, and now Centurion 5). In this day and age of high performance high temperature systems, Cooler Master needs to find an adequate trade off between noise and performance. I would have liked to see Cooler Master use two 120mm fans, and possibly mount a third fan on the side panel.


Power Supply

Centurion 5 350W PSU

PSU Label

Voltage 90V~132V or 180V~264V (selectable)
Current 10A @ 115V ac / 5A @ 230V ac
Frequency 47Hz ~ 63Hz
Hold-Up Time > 16ms @ Nominal Input Voltage
Efficiency > 70% @ Full Load
Dimensions PS/2-ATX form factor: approx 15cm x 8.6cm x 14 cm
Operation Ambient 0 to 50 degrees C, to 90% relative humidity, 10,000 ft.
Storage Ambient -20 to 60 degrees C, to 95% relative humidity, 50,000 ft.
MTBF > 100,000 Hours
Safety UL / CUL / TUV / NEMKO

The PSU is equipped with the following:
2 dedicated fan only connectors, which supply 12V only
2 SATA connectors
2 cables with 2 4-pin Molex, 1 floppy
1 AUX 12V connector
ATX connector

The review sample we received included a standard ATX PS2 350W PSU. I found this both surprising and disappointing. The case market is flooded with budget cases in the $25-50 range that include 350W PSUs like this. This is an issue for two reasons. first, I hardly consider Cooler Master to be a budget case manufacturer, and second, the price of this case ranges from $85-100, which does not fall in the “budget” category. Since most new systems are extremely power hungry, I think Cooler Master made an extremely poor choice here and would have been better served either offering the case with no PSU and dropping the price $20-25, or including at least a 400W power supply.

The included PSU is adequate enough for low end or older systems, but with most manufacturers recommending at least 400W to power todays power hungry systems, this power supply is in my opinion woefully inadequate.

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