Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t
Cooler Master is a world leader in PC cases and gaming peripherals. If you are a PC enthusiast then you know their name quite well. Whether it be cases, gaming headsets, case fans, or other accessories Cooler Master is at the pinnacle of design and innovation. They have some of the most unique and cutting edge case designs in all of the enthusiast world. With cases ranging from your plain Jane type case all the way to way out designs that blow the mind. So with that said, today we are going to take a look at the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. This is a case that incorporates style, modular design, as well as ease of use. Once the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t is available for retail purchase around December 22nd it will carry an MSRP of $249.99
as well as a 2 year limited warranty. But enough about all of that, lets dig into this case and see what it has to offer.
Below we get a closer look at the retail box the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t is shipped in. It features a front and side view of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t.
Now we take a look at the back of the box and we can see it shows an exploded view of the removable outer parts of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t as well as information regarding specs and features.
Much like the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5 all of the accessories come in a nice metal box that clearly shows off the Cooler Master logo. Along with the box is the user manual as well as a cloth for wiping down the glass side panels of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t.
Inside the metal box we get a look at the two keys that are included for unlocking and removing both of the tempered glass side panels all of the screws needed to mount extra fans, your motherboard and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Below is everything that is included inside the cool metal box, plenty of zip ties, screws, and cable management tie downs.
Cooler Master Maker 5t Case Features
- FreeForm Modular System Technology
- Two-tone Color Scheme
- Dual Tempered Glass Side Panels
- MasterCase Red LED Light Strip
- Light & Fan Controller
- MasterCase Graphics card Holder
- Carry Handle
- ODD Support
Cooler Master Maker 5t Specifications
Let's move along and take a closer look at the Maker 5t and then build our system into it.
A Closer Look At The Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t
I have to admit that the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t is one badass looking case with a handle that is clearly inspired by by the Storm Trooper and Storm Stryker cases before it. The design of the handle has the ability to withstand nearly 63 pounds. I have to admit that my build comes really close to it's limit. Let just say with everything I built into it... it's heavy.
The back of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t looks fairly similar to most other PC cases, although it features a removable plate that allows you to inset your PSU from the back of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t and then use the thumb screws to attach the PSU and plate firmly to the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. Have I mentioned yet that with the exception of the screws to mount the motherboard and to remove the handle the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t requires no tools to mount anything else?
Now we get a good look at the smoked tempered glass side panels which are easily removable with the use of a key. Both glass side panels not only show off your killer build inside, they are also both completely reversible. Just be careful when you remove them.. If you drop one one and it breaks I don't imagine they are inexpensive to replace.
The front control panel features 4 USB 3.0 ports, audio inputs and outputs as well as fan control settings (High and Low) and also controls the on, off, and "Breathe" control features of the MasterCase Red LED strip. Oh hey, I almost forgot to mention it has a reset button as well.
That's just the outside of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. Lets take a closer look at the inside.
A Closer Look At The Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Cont.
Now we get to take a look at whats inside this bad boy. As you can see it has a two tone paint job that will make any build really stand out. You probably can't see it but there are actually metal flakes in the red paint that sparkle under the red LED lighting. Did I really just use the word "Sparkle" to describe the inside of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t? At the top right of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t is a 2 bay optical drive bay that can be moved up or down and can also be completely removed from the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. At the bottom right hand side you there is a 2 bay hard drive module that can also be move from side to side or can be removed to add more space for hiding your wiring. If you look closely on the panel right above the hard drive module you can see that Cooler Master has added two SSD mounting brackets at the left rear of the case that hides your SSD drives, ye allows easy access from the back of the case to run your SATA cables and power. So if you ren two SSD drives instead of the old school HDD you can remove the HDD module and give yourself a bit more room in the bottom to finesse and perfect your cabling.
On the reverse side of the of the motherboard tray you get a look at where the fan and LED control module is located, As you can see Cooler Master has done a killer job of securing and neatly routing all of the default cabling it has pre installed for you. There is ample room back here to run all of of your wiring and keep it hidden from the build side of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t, but lets be honest, how easy is it to hide cables with a glass side panel?
Below we have the LED and fan control module. It can be powered by both old school Molex power as well as SATA power. Out of the box the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t comes with one FreeForm LED lighting strip, two front 120mm intake fans, a rear mounted exhaust fan the control module allows up to 6 120mm fans as well as 4 FreeForm LED strips. All of the FreeForm LED strips have a magnetic backing that lets you place them anywhere in the case that there is a metal surface, The only drawback to the LED strips is that they only come in red at the current time. Not a problem for me since my current color scheme is red. So to me it fits in quite well.
What review wouldn't be complete without a nice view of the bottom of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. The rectangular rubber pads on the bottom will surely hold the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t in place on most any surface. The dust filter and exhaust opening for the PSU is also an added plus as it keeps the heat from rising to the top of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t and overheating the core compnents of your system.
As with the inside of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t we can clearly see that two tone red/black color scheme of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. I really like the one piece design of the legs themselves. If you are like me you hate the individually screwed on feet that are common on most PC cases that come loose after a while and have to be re tightened before the fall off and then you have a lopsided case.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Radiator Bracket
With the majority of the enthusiast community using liquid cooling these days we are all trying to save as much real estate as we can in our cases and we all know that a radiator can take up a lot of room as well as being an eye sore in some peoples opinion. The Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t has answered our prayers with their modular design of the radiator mounting bracket system. Here we see the carrying handle with the top plastic housing removed. The plastic housing is only held on bu magnets and is reall easy to take off. Once the housing has been removed there are 3 screws that secure that handle to the chassis. Just remove those 3 screws, push the handle forward and lift.... it's off. Easy enough.
Once the handle has been removed you can unscrew the 4 thumbscrews that hold the radiator mount in place. The top radiator mount can support from a 120mm radiator all the way to to a 280mm radiator setup with ease. You also have the option of being able to mount your radiator at the front or rear of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t with the front having the capacity for a 120mm or 140mm x3 capacity or the rear with a 120mm or 140mm x1 capacity. Plenty of liquid cooling options in the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t.
Once the radiator bracket has been removed you can mount any of the stated radiator capacities up top, As you can see with the bracket removed you have a huge opening that lets you adjust wiring or any of your components without hindrance.
If you choose to mount your radiator setup at the top of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t you can take advantage of one of it's really cool options in my opinion. Do you see that triangular plate? It's removable. Much like the top casing it is held in place by magnets and can easily be removed to improve air flow to you radiator/fan setup.
Here we see the plate removed and the mesh covering that will allow plenty of airflow to get to you radiator and liquid cooling configuration. pretty slick if you ask me.
As you can see this case was designed with liquid cooling in mind. AS you will see later in the review, the design of the top radiator bracket keeps your radiator out of view through the glass side windows. As well as giving you plenty of room to show off your new build.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t The Build
What's that? the front bezel pulls forward? why yes it does. Once pulled forward it gives you a clear vies of the actual front mesh bezel hidden underneath. With the front facade closed I was actually amazed at the negative pressure pulled in by the two stock front mounted fans. I thought this feature would impede airflow, but in all reality it adds a lot of pressure to the front intake which only adds to the airflow of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. The front panel does pull forward far enough to allow your optical drives to open and close without any hindrance.
With the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t being a mid sized case it allows enough room for most sizes of motherboards and gives you plenty of room to work on your build as well. I did not have a single problem with this build I had plenty of space to work and as you can see the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t allows enough room for most any graphics card, Speaking of graphics cards the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t has two MasterCase graphics card holders that can be adjusted to get rid of that card sag we all hate with a vertical case setup. With GPU's getting bigger and heavier we are all aware that our cards tend to give in to gravity and sag down which can cause our GPU's to come unseated or actually do damage to them. With the brackets you can set them up to support the weight and length of or GPU's and get rid of that sag.
I decide to leave the LED strip where it was although it can be moved to any metal surface inside the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t as long as it can accommodate the length. Below you can see that even with full daylight the LED light is still fully visible. There is nothing better than showing off the inside of your rig with some lighting. One thing you can't see is my radiator, all you see is the hoses going up into the top of the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t. It gives it a nice clean look that is not cluttered up.
With the tempered glass sides on you can still see your build as well as the bright red illumination of the LED strip.
Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Final Thoughts and Conclusion
With the mesh front. The two front intake fans as well as a rear exhaust fan and plenty of room for almost any build included stock the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t has the basis for a kickass gaming rig. With a 2 year warranty and a price tag currently of $249.99
MSRP I feel the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t may be just a bit over priced, but with it's stylish modern look and glass side panels that let you see the whole world inside of it as well as what looks so far to be a great airflow configuration... my rig has stayed nice and cool. I may be able to forgive the price. The majority of us do not have the kind of expendable income to afford a case like the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t, but if you can afford it it is well worth the money.
The GPU brackets are a great addition to an outstanding case and in the long run with help save the security and longevity of your graphics cards by giving serious support to GPU's in a world where they keep getting bigger and heavier. Think of them as a bra for you GPU investment.
The modular design and ease of movement and removal of the drive bays coupled with the room and ease of building most any configuration of system in the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t puts it at the top of my list for PC cases that I would recommend to anyone in the market for nice looking easy to build gaming rig.
The Legit Bottom Line
Although the Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t has a lot of perks and features, it is a no nonsense case that gives the PC enthusiast/gamer the ability to build a system that shows off their rig with style and the ease of build is one of the best I have come across. The price may set a lot of people back, but if you really want this case... It's worth it.