MasterBox 5 from Cooler Master with strict design features a modern interior with a well configuration. But what’s even better, Midi Tower chassis is available at a price of 65 euros. Can it be called the best option for your money if you need a modern building?
Cooler Master promotes Maker initiative that will change the range of the company. The buildings sector initiative led to the separation into two price categories. On the one hand, it can be noted the housing premium MasterCase, for example, the same Midi-Tower MasterCase 5. On the other hand, in the family represented MasterBox housing with an attractive price / performance ratio. And this family begins with the housing Midi Tower MasterBox 5.
The outer housing is allocated strict design also catches the eye mesh front panel, closed on four sides bevelled plastic elements. Design MasterBox 5 can not be called spectacular, but still in front of us the body for the mass market. As for the interior, there is minimalism reigns. Cooler Master has not provided any nominally classical rack drive, no additional mounts for fans or heat exchangers. But inside it left a lot of room for tall CPU coolers and long high-end graphics cards. Users wishing to install large radiators or 5.25 “drives, will have to buy a MasterBox 5 optional accessories. With the optional front mount can be installed 360 mm radiator instead of the standard 240-mm provided the heat exchanger. You can also use the space at the top of the front panel for optional rack mounting 5.25 “drives. For the price of 65 euros MasterBox 5 chassis offers excellent flexibility of the interior configuration.
Along with the body, you get a set of mounting accessories. In addition to the user guide and warranty card supplied our sample attended ten puffs of black cable and a Molex adapter fan.
Housing front panel open, with large mesh insert, which is not the cover – it is completely closed. Therefore, from the optional ceiling fan would have to give. To install radiators and fans remains front and rear panels. On the slant between the front mesh panel and the cover Cooler Master has established controls and ports. There noticeable attention to detail producer – two USB 3.0 ports have a black color, they fit perfectly into the black coloring of the body.
Mesh inserts can be easily removed by releasing the fastening at the bottom. Then you can easily clean the built-in dust filter or install an additional fan (120 or 140 mm). With additional mount you can install a third fan (only 120 mm) or 360-mm coil. If you plan to install in the NWO building with double or triple radiator, you should pay special attention to the length of the tubes. Yet the distance to the front mounting more than to cover. Pre 120mm front fan is located in the lower position, it provides, including, cooling the storage rack. Yet for cooling the processor and graphics card fan is better to move to the upper bracket. The front fan is attached with plastic pins, so the installation / removal is very easy, without the aid of a screwdriver.
Despite the low price, the manufacturer has added a large plastic box. Both side panels are fastened to the body of thumbscrews. Cooler Master has thought and pen, with which the panel can be easily removed.
The second pre-120mm fan runs in 5 MasterBox building on hood. As might be expected, the fan is mounted on the rear panel. Note the extra vertical expansion slot. It can be set, for example, the plug fan controller.
Housing Midi Tower firmly based on two broad plastic feet, which added to the bottom rubber pads. Dust the power supply filter is conveniently goes back to cleaning.
The components are arranged in the housing classically, but the interior is very unusual for this price. For example, we do not get a solid vertical rack storage behind the front panel. This step improves the air flow inside the case, and also frees up space for long graphics cards. But the manufacturer had but a small HDD / SSD racks in the lower part of the body to add the ability to install a 2.5-inch mounts next to the motherboard tray. Moreover, Cooler Master offers optional additional storage racks, including rack for 5.25 “drives. As a result, you can build a fully rack drives, up to four racks (three racks for 3.5” hard drives, each on two drives and a 5.25 “rack actuator for two or four poles for a 3,5” HDD). For the 5.25 “rack, you can purchase an optional front panel with cutouts for the two external drives.
power supply cover is not quite common for budget housing. Typically, such a cover, we met only in high-end buildings, they can hide the jumble of cables from prying eyes. Cooler Master The decision also serves this purpose, but it is very user friendly. The plastic cover is fixed with a single screw and can be easily removed. Less we liked the process of installing expansion cards, because it requires a Phillips screwdriver.
The frontal area of the body is completely modular. Even a complete rack for 3,5 “HDD is also modular, it can be removed from the case or move further away from the front panel. In case there is nominally mount for a 2.5” drive. If you do not want to install an additional 3.5 “rack, then a 2.5” mounting set with two more optional 2.5 “mounting. As in the case of the power supply cover, mounting is very easy to install and are fixed with one screw knurled head.
In HDD / SSD drives or rack mounted SSD trays made of flexible plastic. 3,5 “HDD can be installed in trays without the aid of a screwdriver, vibration isolation provided by rubber buffers. But the 2.5” drives have to fasten the bottom of the tray.
Also, the 2.5 “drive can be installed behind the motherboard tray. The motherboard tray there is a large cut-out for CPU cooler installation. It can be seen, and for laying the cables holes, which are offset in the forward part of the hull and are deprived of the usual plugs. Therefore, to completely hide the cables will not work.
Of course, the body must not only be functional and easy to assemble. It should also provide efficient cooling.
We used the following test configuration:
For measurement of the maximum temperature of the CPU test, we used the free tool Prime95, which loads the system for 30 minutes. We chose the Small FFT load that maximizes heat dissipation, and then fixed the maximum core temperature using the system utility Lavalys Everest. We have combined temperature for the individual nuclei, and then divided them by the number of cores. At the same time we loaded the graphics card a demanding test Furmark.
Temperature evaluation mode in idle mode (single operation of the system) is not so interesting, because processors and graphics cards manufacturers have long implemented a very good power-saving mechanisms. For example, reduce the CPU core voltage and frequency in the event of inaction. Therefore, the heat generation components is significantly reduced.
Cooler Master nominally equips MasterBox 5 with two 120-mm fans with low rotation speed of 1,200 rev / min. With our semi-passive cooling system performance can be called, at best, moderate. Yet, for high-end configurations MasterBox 5 is not intended. But for typical systems of primary and secondary levels of cooling performance will be quite enough. Since the housing Midi Tower is available only one place for the installation of an additional fan, the expansion possibilities are limited. However, we recommend that you change the position of the front fan. Staffing Cooler Master has established it in the lower bracket. Therefore, the air flow is spent on cooling drives and power supply. If Smet fan on the top fastening, it would be better to cool the graphics card and CPU cooler. And the temperature will drop slightly.
Evaluation of noise:
To measure the noise level, we used the Sound meter Voltcraft SL-400, which is located at a distance of 20 cm from the front of the housing.
To moderate the speed of rotation of the fan case, two working too loudly. The reason lies in the chirping of the bearings, which at full speed significantly affect the general noise level. If the voltage is lower, the noise level is reduced, but even at 5 in the chirping does not disappear completely.
Other measures in the review:
We measured a maximum height of CPU cooler, and the maximum length of a video card with a tape, as well as the distance between the motherboard tray and the side panel. To measure the thickness of the walls we used a micrometer. We also take into account the data published by the manufacturer. Of course, at the same time we made a certain measurement error. For this reason, we recommend that you consider the values given below for comparison purposes only, and do not take them as the ultimate truth.
The height of the CPU cooler:
Usually inexpensive enclosure space for the CPU cooler is limited significantly. But in the case of 5 MasterBox experience is not necessary – the space of 16.7 cm will be enough for most tower coolers.
Length restrictions on video even less. Without optional HDD rack for your video card is up to 41 cm of space. If you set the HDD rack, the video length is limited to 28.5 cm.
Space for cabling:
The space between the motherboard tray and to see
Behind the motherboard tray is 2.5 cm space for cabling that this price range is uncommon.
Housing MasterBox 5 is not only spacious, but also durable. Cooler Master has used steel thickness not less than 0.8 mm. Many steel housing with a close price are content steel thickness of 0.6 mm or less.
If you thought that Cooler Master uses Maker initiative only for high-end products, then you are wrong. Housing MasterBox 5 may be a potential hit with a price of about 65 euros. With it the manufacturer has implemented some very interesting ideas that we did not even expect to find in a budget model. A modest yet stylish design is not inferior to many high-end housing. But MasterBox 5 we are particularly pleased with functional interior, which can be flexibly customized to the needs of users. In standard configuration, the housing provides significant space inside – you can even set the “iron”, which typically requires more expensive and large buildings. A small number of storage compartments fits well with today’s realities, as most users prefer to store files and play online, so the HDD / SSD abundance in the past.
But if you want to install more drives, including 5.25 “drives, then worry not worth it. It MasterBox 5 you can buy optional attachment that will provide such an opportunity. If you want, you can even collect classic rack drives, though will have to accept the restriction the length of the video card. the cooling system in the standard configuration is not as flexible as you get three or four places for the installation of fans (with optional attachment). disappointing cooling performance out of the box due to the fact that the front fan is unsuccessful. If you move it above, the cooling capacity will be more than adequate. airflow noise can be reduced by reducing the fan speed, but the bearing noise is always present, even when applying for a reduced voltage fan. If you are sensitive to noise, we recommend that you replace the fans higher quality.
The strongest advantage MasterBox 5 is an excellent price / quality ratio. Other housing in this price range usually are too small thickness of materials, limited space for components and cabling, the lack of flexibility in the configuration or lack of protection from dust. At 5 MasterBox all these disadvantages there is, on the contrary, you will get benefits such as the cover of the power unit or the black ports are USB 3.0. Although complaints we also have. Despite the numerous holes in the motherboard tray, completely hide the cables will not work. And to install expansion cards without a screwdriver can not do, even though many competitors offer the thumbscrews.
MasterBox 5 Success depends on the advantages over competitors. Many of the body in this price range is much inferior models Cooler Master for flexible interior configuration. Of the alternatives can be noted AeroCool 1000. This Midi Tower chassis equipped with classic rack storage and nominally holds more HDD / SSD, than MasterBox 5. In addition, it can be installed under the cover of the two fan or a double heat exchanger. But MasterBox 5 still provides more flexibility for storage racks, and look at it more strict and stylish.
According to the results of tests the new case Cooler Master is able to give a new impetus to the segment of entry-level buildings. Of course, the body has some drawbacks, but we get a lot of innovation in the budget segment. If you are not too demanding on the bundled fan and are ready to abandon the expensive accessories, then MasterBox 5 you get a stylish and modern ATX chassis at an affordable price. For their quality we award our prize housing “price / quality.”