MAS­TEROF ALLCASINGS

Cooler Master MasterCase 5

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For many years now, DIY en­thu­si­asts who as­sem­bled their own PCs had to work around the lay­out of a casing. But that's no longer the case, as Cooler Master has in­tro­duced the Freeform Mod­u­lar Sys­tem, and the first se­ries of cas­ings to fea­ture this sys­tem is the MasterCase 5. We were able to tinker around with one last month and here's what we think about it.

The best way to start this re­view with is by ex­plain­ing the Freeform Mod­u­lar Sys­tem. The idea be­hind this sys­tem is sim­ple – cre­ate a casing that can be cus­tom­ized both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally. Most im­por­tantly though, is that it can be up­graded when the cus­tomer de­cides to up­grade his or her sys­tem.

To this end, the MasterCase 5 sup­ports a num­ber of ac­ces­sories that en­hances its sup­port for var­i­ous com­po­nents. For ex­am­ple, there's the choice to go with ei­ther a 3-bay HDD cage or the bun­dled 2-bay HDD cage. With this choice, you have the free­dom to go with what­ever disk con­fig­u­ra­tion you'd like. If a multi-disk con­fig­u­ra­tion isn't your thing, you can opt to main­tain the 2-bay HDD cage, to make room for longer graph­ics cards or even a multi-graph­ics card con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Es­sen­tially, the lo­ca­tion of the 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch

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