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Cooler Master MasterBox 5t Review

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Cooler Master MasterBox 5t Conclusion:

The MasterBox 5t is an attention getter - just walk by a row of cases at your local electronics store and you will definitely notice the red and black two-tone theme. It is not overwhelming, but you can't miss it. The red LED bar is another cool feature that makes the case stand out. Stick three 120mm red LED fans in the front and it becomes almost irresistable. And the red motherboard tray - just wow! OK, yes I am a big fan of the red and black theme. Can you guess what series of motherboards I use? If you guessed the familiar red and black ASUS ROG series, then you'd be correct. They would definitely look sweet in this case. Alright, enough on the red and black. Let's move on!

So what else does this case have to offer? First, there is the flexibility for all the ways you can mount your hard drives. And with the absence of the old standard optical drives, you have even more room up front, particularly for liquid cooling. This case can handle up to a 360mm front radiator. You don't see many cases this size that can do that. But I have mixed feelings about the optical drives going away as many new case designs seem to be leaving them out. Same thing happened with the old floppy drives, and I don't miss them at all. Next is the power supply (PSU) cover. This is a cool way to keep some of the cable clutter out of view, and it definitley works, if you don't mind covering your PSU. There is also room for large CPU coolers, up to 167mm, and long graphics cards, up to 410mm.

Then there are the little things like the notch at the top of the motherboard tray for the CPU power cable. That is a really nice feature that is often overlooked in other cases. And the top carry handle - another small, but welcome feature. Over the years, there have been a few times where a case hit the floor before I knew what was going on. A carry handle would have kept that from happening, so I am happy to see that feature on this case. Don't forget the StormGuard™ bracket that can keep your peripherials from disappearing. And then there is the two-speed fan control switch. You can hook up to three case fans for better control of fan speed - quiet or performance.

The MasterBox 5t retails for $89.99 and I believe that is a good price for a case like this compared to similar size cases. You can certainly spend more and get fewer features and less flexibility. So, if you are in the market for an affordabe case with a full feature set, then take a look at the Cooler Master MasterBox 5t.

 

Pros:

  • Red and black theme (if you like red and black)
  • Red LED accent lighting bar on bottom front of case
  • Quiet operation
  • Mirror finish dark acrylic front cover (would look great with red LED fans)
  • Highly modular hard drive mounting options
  • Support for up to a 360mm front radiator
  • PSU cover
  • Top built-in carry handle (yes!)
  • Fan speed control switch for up to three fans
  • Reasonable price

 

Cons:

  • Red and black theme (if you don't like red and black)


 

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  1. Cooler Master MasterBox 5t: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Cooler Master MasterBox 5t: Specifications & Testing
  3. Cooler Master MasterBox 5t: Conclusion
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