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Coolermaster Centurion 534 Computer Case Review

Former staff writer    -   April 16, 2006


Testing
Modern computer parts give out heat, and lots of it. This is the number one killer of components. When dealing with this subject, Cooler Master has a good reputation for cooling solutions. I compared the temperatures between a generic ATX mid tower case and the Cooler Master Centurion 534 enclosure. Each case tested was fitted with one 120mm intake fan. The hardware used was as follows:

  • Motherboard: Asus CUSL2-C
  • Processor: Intel Pentium III 866MHZ
  • RAM: 256MB generic RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA Riva TNT2
  • Power: 350W generic PSU


The results showed that Cooler Master did in fact make a thermally efficient case as they claimed to have, overall providing a few degrees drop in temperature.

Conclusion
The Cooler Master Centurion 534 proved itself a good case, both in looks and performance. It has some flaws, but the build quality, features and aesthetics more than make up for it. Most other cases at this price range provide a lot less features and quality, but gladly Cooler Master did not follow the same road. If you want an inexpensive, hassle free case that is extremely easy to work with, you might want to give the Centurion 534 a try.

Pros

  • tool-less hardware installation
  • excellent cooling performance
  • CPU duct in side panel for better cooling
  • quality construction
  • provides decent room
  • aluminum front bezel and pleasing aesthetics
  • front access panel provides all necessary ports
  • comes with one blue 120mm LED fan
  • good and detailed instructions

Cons

  • not enough space behind the motherboard tray as I would have preferred
  • plastic feet tend to be a bit slippery
  • fingerprints leave marks easily
  • non-removable drive cages
  • difficult to remove drive bay covers



  1. Introduction &Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Contenued
  3. Specifications & Installation
  4. Testing & Conclusion
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