Cooler Master Centurion 5 II ReviewCompxpert - May 18, 2011
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The inside looks a lot better with the side panel removed. A quick glance shows this case features many tool-less solutions. However, there seem to be few holes to use for wire management. Included on this case, as with many new cases, is a large hole in the motherboard tray. This hole makes it simple to swap out your heat sink or water block by eliminating the need to remove the motherboard. The first tool-less solution that I'll be taking a closer look at is the 5.25" tool-less sliders. To install your 5.25" device, simply pull off the front panel and insert your device into the bay. Locking it in place is as simple as sliding the slider forward and moving the lock switch down to lock your device into place. The tool-less solution for hard drives use sliders that, once attached to the side of the drives, allow you to simply slide the drive in and lock it into place. If you happen to need space for a few HDDs this case provides the capacity with up to five 3.5" drive bays.
The final included tool-less solution uses feet to apply pressure to expansion devices in order to secure them in place. Here we have a picture of the interior of the 5.25" bays. Five bays are available if you remove the I/O module. The rear of the case has plenty of room for wires to run behind it. Finally, we have the front of the case with the front panel removed. The front includes a 140mm red led fan to go with the red interior.
The front panel features foam mesh on the 5.25" punch outs, as well as much on the area where the fan is present to filter incoming air into the case. Next, there is a picture of the side panels of the case shot from the rear. In case you were wondering, the side panel window also includes a fan filter. Lastly, we have the front I/O module connections.
The fans that are included with the case are two red LED fans: 120mm and 140mm. The rear 120mm appears to be constructed from a translucent black while the 140mm is clear. Each of these fans produces a unique look when observed with the red LEDs on. The included accessories are a 2.5" to 3.5" bay adapter, tool-less brackets for 3.5" bays, fan filters, hardware, and 3.5" drive sliders. The case looks absolutely stunning with the red interior and the hardware components. The build went very smoothly with no problems, but I did have to consult the online manual to figure out how the tool-less solutions for the 5.25" bays work. The overall wire management was easy but it could have been better if there were a few more holes in the motherboard tray. The tool-less solutions for expansions slots were a little hard to work with; when installing my video card and sound card I had to tuck a portion under each of cards outer cover just so I could close them down. However once under each of the covers they easily locked in place.
Installation was fairly painless and it looks nice to boot. Looks aren't everything though, let's see how well this one performs.