Cooler Master step by step expands MasterCase line. New MasterCase Pro 3 refers to the mini-package. Although the name “Mini” is very conditional – Micro-ATX housing is relatively large, but the capacity and it provides a lot.
The initiative Maker and buildings MasterCase company Cooler Master is trying to go through innovation. The manufacturer promises an unmatched configuration flexibility and rich personalization opportunities. The reason is, inter alia, in the FreeForm system, which is based MasterCase family. Different parts of the body can be easily replaced by alternatives. We have already tested the body FreeForm a model ATX MasterCase 5, which can be converted into MasterCase Pro 5. The new building micro-ATX joined us already in the Pro version, so you can immediately focus on a review of the case, without an upgrade.
At first glance, MasterCase Pro 3 housing refers to Midi Tower format. Indeed, the dimensions of 235 x 505 x 467 mm (W x H x D) pretty close to a typical middle tower. For comparison, a popular body ATX Define R5 from Fractal Design has dimensions of 232 x 462 x 531 mm (W x H x D). In any case, the development MasterCase Pro 3 is clearly a manufacturer did not try to create a compact body. The aim was to another: MasterCase Pro 3 – the case Micro ATX, which has a variety of configuration options are available. The spacious interior allows you to set high tower coolers and long graphics cards. Inside provides mountings for five fans with a diameter up to 140 mm. Not without water cooling options. On the rear panel you can set the single radiator under cover – 240 mm in a heat exchanger, and the front panel – 240/280-mm radiator. There is also a mount for mounting the tank.
Price MasterCase Pro casing 3 is quite expected, considering the above options, and a modular structure. In Europe, the housing will be sold from 99 euros, the price is still unknown in Russia. For the price of housing is also close to the Midi Tower.
Along with the housing supplied user manual and warranty card, mounting accessories and cable tightening. Cooler Master also added two adapters and two angle brackets for the fan controller is installed in a 5.25 “drive bay This bay in the body is not quite common -.. It is designed to set the fan controller, instead of the optical drive casing depth insufficient, the optical drive will conflict with the motherboard.
For Micro-ATX casing in the line MasterCase Cooler Master remained committed to remain functional design. The front panel is made, for the most part of the grid that allows frontal fan to get fresh air without any obstacles. Above is the mesh panel I / O panel. To get to the ports is no problem. The design is also modern and clean. Cooler Master even dyed two USB 3.0 ports in the black.
Mesh inserts can be easily removed. Behind it you can see the pre-140-mm front fan, as well as space for a second optional fan. Both fans are mounted on a removable bracket. It can be inserted in two versions: a fan inside the casing, or between the steel frame and mesh insert.
On the cover of the case is also pre-installed mesh insert, thanks to its magnetic mount can be easily removed. For her, too, there is a removable mount that simplifies installation of the fans or heatsink. On the mount can be installed 140 mm fans, but limited to a heat exchanger 240-mm format.
The left panel is a large plastic window through which the views of the interior of the housing. To hide the power supply and drive bays, Cooler Master came up with a trick: at the bottom adds a second layer of tinted plastic.
Both side panels are fastened by two thumbscrews. The same applies to the fastening of the panel power supply. It’s nice that the thumb screws remain in their fixtures even after removing the side panels and power supply panel, so that they will not be lost. ATX power supply is screwed to the first panel, and then inserted into MasterCase Pro 3 from behind. On the side of his set is problematic because of the partition wall between the compartment of the motherboard and power supply. The partition does not allow to install and dual-slot video card in the bottom slot motherboard Micro-ATX (usually four). Behind you can see the second preset fan 140-mm format.
In the body there are several plastic parts, but Cooler Master, as far as possible, use steel. This also applies to the two handles in the lid and bottom of the two legs. Under the power supply is installed a dust filter which can be easily removed for cleaning the back.
In view of the interior is easy to understand why the side bottom tinted window. Cooler Master has divided segments of the motherboard and the power supply, but gave up in the last segment of the sidewall. The reason for the separation is clear: in the motherboard segment remains plenty of room for long expansion cards, the air flow of the front fans will not interfere with storage racks. Under the wall you can see the ATX power supply and drive bays. But MasterCase Pro 3 would not be a body MasterCase, if not flexible adaptation possibilities. The rack drives can easily be moved up, and the barrier can be removed.
ATX power supply is mounted on rubber feet, but from the back wall vibration isolation is not provided. 3.5-inch drives are simply inserted in the tray, then the insulating thin rubber rings. The trays are then installed in two available compartment. 2.5-inch drives have already screwed to the trays.
On partition can see two additional mounts for 2,5 “HDD / SSD. Fasteners bolted to a bulkhead with knurled screw, drive, in turn, is fastened to the mount. One fixture can be transferred for the motherboard tray. Expansion cards are fastened by conventional screws .
Under the hood it is clearly seen how far the motherboard is offset from the cover. The distance is about 6.4 cm. To the right of the motherboard tray can be seen off. It is with such a front bar allows you to attach storage compartments in the motherboard segment. But it is also possible to fix the tank and the NWO.
Storage compartments are secured to the front crossbeam thumbscrews. In the photo you can see and mount the partition between the segments of the motherboard and power supply. Here Cooler Master has used the usual crusades screws. They are also used for screwing the front of the fan, which can be adjusted in height so that it is better blew the necessary components of the system. Noticeable and hooks that secure the front panel. Before plastic hooks easily accessible, a screwdriver is required.
Behind the motherboard tray neatly stacked existing cables. Cooler Master has provided the main route for the laying of cables in which fasteners made bongs Velcro. The body MasterCase Pro 3 can only be installed motherboard format Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX, so the holes for cable management are located in appropriate places. Not without a large cutout for installation CPU cooler back plate. Beneath it is bracing for a 2.5-inch drive.
Thanks to the spacious interior to install “iron” is quite simple. The more that a screwdriver is not required for many components. Although here and there will have to sweat. This applies, for example, the power supply, which is first screwed to the mount. Replace the fans will also not very easy.
A few words about modularity. The partition between the two housing segments can be quickly removed. After that, the interior MasterCase Pro 3 looks a little different.
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:
The main components of the test system
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.
One of the advantages of a large body is that Cooler Master supports the installation of a 140-mm fan mounts in all, with two of these come with a fan MasterCase Pro 3. Design with two segments is optimized for good ventilation, so we get a nominally high performance cooling. Also lifting the front fan will reduce the temperature of the CPU and GPU. If necessary, it is possible to install additional fans.
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.
Two fans at full speed of 1,200 rev / min working pretty loud impact and open design of the housing. Noise levels above 40 dB (A) can be called the annoying hum of fans even though. It is a pity that there is no case fan controller. For customers, we recommend the use of any decision to control the fans.
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.
For enclosure micro-ATX we get a record-breaking tolerance to set the CPU cooler -. 19 cm Even in ATX cases like space – a rarity.
Cooler Master is no accident suffered storage rack in the lower segment. In the upper segment rack cards limits the length of 25.8 cm. Without rack cards are available for 37 cm, which allows you to set the longest model.
The average metal thickness is 0.8 mm.
Cooler Master new model MasterCase Pro 3 tried to create a body Micro-ATX, which minimally restricts the user. It seems to us, the idea failed. If other mini packages have to go to different compatibility sacrifices if MasterCase Pro 3 does not. Inside, you can set a high CPU cooler or a long graphics card with power supply problems, either. The cooling system is also impressive. There are five fixtures to be installed 140 mm fans, also has the ability to install two double-heat exchangers that meet not everyone Midi Tower housing. Standard cooling performance was quite convincing, though we would recommend reducing the speed of rotation of the two pre-installed fans that they are less noisy.
The body really offers flexible configuration options. Users can choose where to install the mount for 2.5 “hard drives or HDD / SSD bays. You can also use the body and without partitions between segments of the motherboard and power supply. Finally, thanks to the FreeForm system, you can change the appearance of the body. But as long as what’s in store Cooler Master is only the top cover is available. The standard configuration of the housing Mini Tower looks quite modern, it is quality made and user friendly. it can be noted, and a few little things, facilitate the work with the body. for example, a removable attachment for fans or heat sinks under the cover and front panel . The magnetic mount a mesh panel on the cover. Or the thumb screws that remain in their seats, so do not get lost.
In the future, Cooler Master will offer a variety of optional accessories. While you can only buy the cover, but in the long term it will be possible to purchase an alternate partition with LED different colors. Cooler Master is not going to stay out of the fashion at the moment the glass, so the corresponding side panel will be offered.
However, the spacious interior leads to a massive size. Housing MasterCase Pro 3 in size is almost on par with the Midi Tower, but inside you can install only the motherboard micro-ATX. This is unlikely to please those users who expect housing from the Micro-ATX compact dimensions. And many probably prefer ATX case with such dimensions. But if you already have a micro-ATX system, and the lack of space is not observed, the MasterCase Pro 3 can give much more than the standard Mini Tower case with many limitations. However, the market can be met more extreme approach, for example, the same casing Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL. The latter with the dimensions 260 x 550 x 480 mm (W x H x D) can be set not only the motherboard micro-ATX, but the second Mini-ITX format system. There are two places for heat exchangers 360 mm, and the fixings for the reservoir and pump. But Enthoo Mini XL belongs to a different price category, because of the housing will have to pay 160 euros. It may be noted and versatile Corsair Obsidian Series 350D, which is comparable with the model of Cooler Master. For aluminum façade there is space for the installation of two double heat exchangers of NWO, the rest of the body structure is more traditional than the MasterCase Pro 3.
With the “younger” model MasterCase manufacturer also managed to produce a modern modular housing. It belongs to the category of Micro-ATX, wherein configuration provides excellent flexibility, but also takes up more space.