Cooler Master MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 Modular Desktop Casing Review

At the back there’s ample space for hiding cables. The cables from the front panel are neatly tied to the casing structure as seen in this photo.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 Modular Desktop Casing Review

Here’s what the interior looks like with a full-sized ATX board and the PSU in place.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 Modular Desktop Casing Review

A view from the back for those interested, notice how the large cutout underneath the motherboard works great for practically any CPU socket location.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 Modular Desktop Casing Review

We’re coming to the end of the article and I think some of you might be concerned by the lack of window for the side-panel – Don’t worry, the windowed side panel is available as an accessory. For those opting for The MasterCase Pro 5, the windowed side-panel is part of the package.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 Modular Desktop Casing Review

What this means is that you modify the side panel and other components as much as you want – tired of the theme? Get a new side-panel and make it something else. The frame of the MasterCase 5 is such that it has minimal holes around, I’ve no avenue to place LED strips on the top and front panel area unless I punch some holes.

User Experience

The USER EXPERIENCE segment is often not part of my casing reviews but I feel like I can’t end this casing review without it.

You see, Cooler Master’s theme for the Master Case 5 is “Make It Yours” and they promoted MODULAR SYSTEM and it would be a shame if I didn’t experience that myself, after all I grew up with Cooler Master and have been a Cooler Master user for almost 20 years now and seeing how they mentioned “Going back to their roots” – well, I’d like to experience what I experienced back then.

I still have my Centurion 2 casing, back then I didn’t have much skills nor resource to modify it but I still spent a fair bit to hire a friend to cut that casing to it could have a fan on top and a side panel with 2x 120mm fans.

Moving forward to 2015 – I decided to MAKE IT MINE with the Master Case components Cooler Master sent to me and here’s the final outcome.

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 & Pro 5 Modular Desktop Casing Review

It was a rewarding experience, I’m not an expert case modder myself but I am very happy with the results. The modular system of MasterCase 5 made it a lot easier for me to get the paint job done. The content is spacious that I’ve enough room to place lights and have custom made the GPU cover and also a base-plate for the system. The panels were easy to remove yet sturdy when secured in place, it makes modding so much more fun when you need not worry about breaking any components during removal.

Notice that the side panel is huge but bottom area of the side panel window is covered so you need not show the ugly side of the system. 😛

System Specs

Processor : AMD FX-9590
Motherboard : ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
RAM : AVEXIR Core Series DDR3 2x4GB RED
Graphic Card : PowerColor R9 390 8GB
PSU : Cooler Master V750
Cooler : Cooler Master Nepton 240M running 2x JetFlo 120mm White LED fan.
SSD : Intel SSD 330 180GB
Extender Cables : UnequalTech

The Verdict

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 retails at RM 479 while the MasterCase Pro 5 at RM 599. Both casings are great but I think the MasterCase Pro 5 would be a more attractive option if you intend to perform some case mod on it.

Regardless which model you choose, they’re both great for modding. I made the MasterCase Pro 5 mine, you should consider making one yours too! 😀

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Short of funds? You could always settle for the MasterCase 5 first and upgrade with the available accessories much later.

Side Window Kit : $24.99
Top Cover Kit : $16.99
3.5” HDD Bracket 3-Bay : $14.99
3.5” HDD Bracket 2-Bay : $12.99
2.5” SSD Bracket : $4.99

*Above price is in USD. And I do hope that Cooler Master would consider making the front panel an accessory.

The Cooler Master MasterCase 5 is available from Cooler Master’s Channel Partners as listed below :
1. Jayacom Information
2. Viewnet Computer System
3. C-Zone
4. All IT Hypermarket
5. Thunder Match Technology
6. Ideal Tech PC
7. PC Image
8. E-Tech Computer Accessories

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