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Disclosure: The review unit is provided by Coolermaster.
Introduction, Packaging, Specifications and Accessories
The Coolermaster MasterCase Maker 5 is the new variant of its MasterCase series. The case comes with certain additions while having the basic frame is the same as the previous variant reviewed earlier. Would few changes and additions make a difference?
The Mastercase Maker 5 is made of steel with certain modularity options for system builders, gamers and for modders. The idea is to give the ability to expand or limit oneself to what one needs. Hence, the catchphrase “Make it yours”. We reviewed the base model and few of its add-ons that converts into MasterCase Pro 5. The build quality of the MS5 is excellent. But at the time when other manufacturers are hitting it hard with radically new designs and aesthetics, it becomes difficult for any established product manufacturer to stand out.
At the time when Coolermaster introduced the maker concept, the only add-ons that could have been purchased at the time wasn’t really something to look at since the Pro 5 had it all. Regardless, the effort put to make a product better matters and certain additions were made eventually. If you’re curious to know the basic difference between the three MasterCase 5 variants, this should help you out:
Note that the Maker 5 provides everything that the two previous variants do not. There are some differences between the CM Master 5/Pro 5 and the Maker 5. Do not confuse ‘Lighting Support’ for Lighting connectors. The fan controller board also has an addition for LED controls.
Since the time the MasterCase 5 review was up, there are some aftermarket accessories added.
The specifications are as follows:
|Dimensions||528.6(L) x 235(W) x 548(H) mm /
20.8(L) x 9.3(W) x 21.6(H) in
|Net Weight||12.3kg / 27.2lb|
|M/B Type||ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX|
|5.25″ Drive Bays||2|
|3.5″ Drive Bays||5|
|2.5″ Drive Bays||2+5|
|I/O Panel||USB 3.0 x1, USB 3.0 (type C) x1, USB 2.0 x2, Audio In & Out (supports HD Audio)|
140x25mm fan x2, 1200RPM
140 x 25mm fanx1 (optional)Rear
140x25mm fan x1, 1200RPM
120mm fan x1 (optional)Top
120/140mm fan x2 (optional)
120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm
(requires removal of ODD cage)Rear
120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm
(max. 297mm radiator length)
|Lighting Support||Red LED strip x 1 (pre-Installed)
4 LED connections available
|Power Supply||Bottom Mount, ATX PS2
(maximum length: 200mm)
|Compatibility (Maximum)||VGA card length
(without 3.5” HDD cage)
(with 3.5” HDD cage)CPU cooler height
|VGA card length||412mm/16.22 inch
(without 3.5” HDD cage)296mm/11.7 inch
(with 3.5” HDD cage)
|CPU cooler height||190mm/7.48 inch|
The MasterCase Maker 5 allows motherboard support of up to ATX format with a reasonable support for case fan and radiator mounts. The VGA width of up to 16.22″ without HDD cage is very generous and 11.7″ with HDD cage is respectable. The case allows CPU cooler clearance of up to 7.48″, good enough for CPU coolers like the Noctua NH-D15S. The large PSU area allows you to mount a power supply up to 200mm.
Coolermaster ensured that everything is ‘All Black’ including the packaging materials. The top foam block has a useful metal box with a manual underneath. Just to point the effort CM has put, there’s a soft base for this metal case. how about that, huh? The storage box’s base is magnetic. Therefore, you can attach it on the sidepanel or anywhere with a steel surface.
The casing has sections to organize the included screws. It provides enough space to store other accessories, mounting plate and the left-over PCIe slot covers. CM provided two metal pieces where you can use them to mount 5.25” front panel fan controllers. This is better than mounting on a 5.25” ODD frame. Otherwise, it’s a challenge to install additional cables later, like I did with my Lian A70F and Lamptron FC Touch fan controller.
There’s also an included metal fan frame to install the third front fan once the 5.25” cage is removed. There are some strips of the usual cable ties and a couple of velcro-type reusable cable management thingies.
The screws are segregated in a single pack with labels. This is very noob friendly (and regulars) thing to do as it shows which screws goes where. I am surprised to see it took this long for something to think of a better way than having it labeled in a manual. I would really like to see Coolermaster provide a metal case badge like how MSI and Noctua provides.
It just that its a bit weird to see Coolermaster does not pre-install the brass standoffs. What’s stopping those guys???