Cooler Master Mystique 632 Case

ccokeman - 2007-03-16 22:13:51 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: ccokeman   
Reviewed on: March 20, 2007
Cooler Master
Cooler Master
Price: $119.99 US

Introduction:

Is it time to upgrade that old case of yours? Have you thought about the Cooler Master case line-up? If not, you should. Having used several of the Cooler Master cases in the past, I was looking forward to getting my hands on this case. From the front door assembly, to the anodized black appearance that drew me in, I knew I had to get this one. This case features 120mm fans in the front, back and a side intake. Today we will be taking an in-depth look at the Cooler Master Mystique 632.

The Cooler Master business philosophy revolves around three key areas: Innovation, Speed and last but not least, a substantial commitment to Customer Satisfaction. Now let’s dig into this product.


Closer Look:

The box was a little beat up, but nothing more than any other I have received. The package illustrates some of the features of this case that we can look at first hand.


After opening the packaging we find that there is no damage due to the large Styrofoam inserts. Its always nice to see your new hardware packed well.


Closer Look:

Here we finally have this case unwrapped to see what it really looks like. I was particularly interested in the door mechanism.



 


Here is a closer look at the door mechanism.

Closer Look:

The front of this case is all mesh, to promote excellent airflow through the chassis. Included behind the mesh, is a removable filter material to help reduce the amount of dust getting into your case. This case uses 120mm fans in the front and rear of the case, to move a large volume of air without a lot of noise.

 

 

 

 

On top of this case we have the power and reset buttons, power and hard drive activity lights and an assortment of inputs, including USB, 1394, mic and headphone connectivity.

 

The tool-less accessory card hold down will come in handy. No more stripping screw holes out while installing video cards.

 

All of the drive bays feature tool-less mounting methods - a feature I am really beginning to get used to.

 

Closer Look:

There is a channel beside the 5.25in drive bays, that is a perfect pathway to hide the top panel wiring.

 

 

 

 

The Mystique come with the usual assortment of screws, stand-offs and wire ties.

 

One of the things I appreciate in a case is no sharp metal edges. With this case I couldn’t find any. If the edges were not rolled over, they were at least ground smooth. This is just one of the things that I think about when installing hardware into a chassis. Now let’s get the parts in the case.

 

Installation:

Because this is a Mid-Tower case, I wanted to choose larger components to see if the increased size of some of today’s performance parts fit well in the confines of a mid-sized case.

Installed Hardware:

Installing the parts in the chassis is a fairly simple process. I start with removing the pre-installed I/O panel and installing the one for the motherboard I am installing. Next up is installing the motherboard stand-offs to prevent you from shorting out that new motherboard.

 

The largest power supply I had in physical size, was my 520 watt Powerstream. It fits without any of the 'persuasion' that is sometimes needed in a mid sized case.

Installation:

After the power supply, I move to the motherboard. I typically install my CPU and heatsink outside of the case just because it is easier for me. As you can see, the heatsink is a tight fit with about an 1/8 of an inch in clearance between it and the power supply.




The hard drives just slip right into place.


Once you finish installing the major components, just finish off with your system memory , optical drive(s) and complete all the wiring connections and you are ready to enjoy your new case.


I had to put the gratuitous picture of how the light on the front panel looks in the dark. Let's take a look at the case specifications and features.

Specifications:

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Specifications

 

Available Color

Silver / Black

Dimensions

18.9 L x 8 W x 17.5 H (inches)

Weight

13.9 lbs

Material

Aluminum

M/B Type

ATX, m-ATX

5.25" Bays

4 (Exposed)

3.5" Bays

2 (Exposed); 4 (Hidden)

Cooling System

One 120x120x25mm front fan (Intake)

One 120x120x25mm rear fan (Exhaust)

I/O Panel

USB2.0 x 2; MIC x 1; SPK x 1; IEEE1394 x 1 (Support Intel HD Audio)

Power Supply

Standard ATX PS2 (optional)

UPC Code

RC-632-KKN1-GP (Black) - 870423003137

RC-632-SSN1-GP (Silver) - 870423003120

RC-632-KWN1-GP (Black w/ Window) - 870423003519

RC-632-SWN1-GP - 870423003496

 

Side Panel NOT Sold Separately



Features

 

  • Meshed front panel design provides the superior airflow and maximum cooling performance.
  • Screw-less design for easy assembly
  • Built-in washable front air filter
  • 120mm fans in the front and rear to give your PC the best ventilation while maintain silent cooling solution.
  • Rear retaining holes for liquid cooling kits
  • Solid constructer makes the chassis durable and sturdy
  • Aluminum alloy design greatly reduces the weight of the chassis
  • Front panel opens to the left or to the right for easy access

Testing:

For the testing phase of this review, I wanted to show what kind of temperatures you can expect to get with a large cpu heatsink, power supply and video card taking up a good portion of the space in the chassis. The chipset on this motherboard tends to run on the warm side of the temperature spectrum. Idle temperatures are taken after 15 minutes of idle time. Load temperatures are are taken after 15minutes of Orthos blend test running at priority 8.

Testing Setup:

Here are the results of my Testing.



Conclusion:

With its good looks, clean design and features, this case is one that you will enjoy working with. I particularly liked the door mechanism, tool-less installation of the drive bays and the fact that in a mid-sized case, I came out of the installation phase of this review without any cuts to show for my efforts. The only thing I could wish for is fans that pull a few more cfm, to really increase the airflow through this case. That said, the fans installed are very quiet compared to the fans I am used to using. I am still just as impressed with this case after working with it, as I was before I received it.


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