In this review we looked at the Cooler Master MasterBox 5. This is a Mid-Tower case with traditional design cues on the outside and a real attempt to build a modular box on the inside. Much like the MasterCase 5 the new MasterBox 5 has created a modular system that really does allow you to build the case you want, at least on the inside.
From the outside you will see traditional square chassis with design queues and a familiar angled front bezel. On the inside you will find a traditional case layout that favors SSD storage with places for three surface mounted SSDs in plain view. While our review unit has no external 5.25” drive bay you can purchase the missing brackets from Cooler Master which is a clear indication that external bays are becoming less popular but that is no reason to abandon them completely.
Maybe one of the coolest features is the removable 3.5” drive rack. This rack is normally located at the bottom of the case and can be repositioned forward or back of its current position or can be lifted up to occupy a more traditional location higher in the case. Some benefits of this could be to allow unobstructed airflow from a bottom mounted 240mm radiator or to provide additional space for pumps and radiators.
In terms of future modifications there is very little I can suggest that hasn’t already been done. Obvious mods include custom paint and LED fan replacements which brings up an interesting point. Casemodding is all about modifying a case and with the MasterBox 5 there is nothing to mod, and in a way that is the whole point. The modular aspect of the MasterBox 5 gives end-users the chance to spend more money on their components and put together a really nice looking system without having to break out the Dremel.
Traditional Case Design
Lots of Support for Watercooling
Ample Room for Cable Routing
Would like to see a full bottom completely covering the PSU
No top fan options