Cooler Master’s current chassis line prioritize function and its design aim is to provide users with the flexibility to make any system they want inside. As part of Cooler Master’s massive streamlining process beginning from last year, the simplified look is a distillation of what a Cooler Master case is at its core. Going forward, gone are the wildly varied CM Storm gamer line or the military inspired HAF series or the conservatively practical styled N-series; there is only the MasterCase and now the MasterBox, catering to a wide variety of users through a highly modular layout.
In a way, this move by Cooler Master is refreshing in the sense that for the first time, a manufacturer is showing respect for the user’s intelligence. What really makes a case a gaming chassis or an overclocker’s case or a productivity case after all? It is all about what kind of components you put inside, not what the manufacturer tells you or how many LED’s it has that determines what system it is. A lot of what most manufacturer marketing has been doing to users for the past few years has had an air of condescension, throwing labels carelessly with no regard to whether it even makes sense.
The MasterBox 5 is a mid-tower case with a straight-forward, no-nonsense design on the outside and a highly configurable modular system inside. It supports two 5.25″ drives, two 3.5″ drives and has a 2.5″ bracket for SSDs by default but can be expanded and configured with additional accessories to support up to eight 3.5″ drives in a workstation setup, or cleared of its drive mounts to install a 360mm radiator-based custom water-cooling loop. That is the entire point of this case, the user gets to decide what kind of case it will be.
This particular release is the Canada Model version, and while it does not come with a bottle of Maple syrup or a Tim Horton’s gift card, it will be available nationwide for only $89.99. That is the launch price in Canadian dollars without the baggage of severe cross-border market markup that all Canadians are familiar with (thankfully).
It will be available on launch day (June 21, 2016) in Canada from the following retail locations:
- Canada Computers: http://bit.ly/1Qc3oFf
- Memory Express: http://bit.ly/1WRDCIv
- NCIX: http://bit.ly/1UEgZ4d
The MasterBox 5 ships in a brown box with black print, a classical approach to packaging as is expected of a case under $100. The foam padding is specifically customized for the MasterBox 5 case with a small cutout at the top for the accessories and manual that are exposed upon opening the top. The case itself is wrapped in a large plastic bag with the warranty information sheet also sitting on top.
The manual is a simple fold-out sheet illustrating the various combinations and flexible functions available with the MasterBox 5. The accessories are not sorted as is common with Cooler Master case accessories.
Contents of the accessory pack:
- 13x motherboard mounting screws
- 7x motherboard stand-offs
- 1x motherboard stand-off mounting adapter
- 1x security lock accessory with 1x mounting screw
- 8x 2.5″ screws
- 8x matching pairs of tool-less fan mounting pins
Other accessories pre-installed inside the case:
- 1x 120mm 3-pin fan
- 1x CM StormGuard theft-prevention security tool
|Product Number||MCY-B5S1-KKYN-06 (Canada Model)|
|Materials||Steel body, Plastic mesh bezel|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||All Internal Structures||500 x 220 x 475mm
450 x 220 x 440mm
|Motherboard Support||E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
Combo 3.5″ / 2.5″
|I/O Port||USB 3.0 x 2, Audio in / out|
|Pre-installed Fan(s)||120mm x 1|
|120mm / 140mm x2
120mm / 140mm x1
|Liquid Cooling Support||Front
|240mm / 280mm radiator, up to 50mm thickness without fan
|167mm / 6.5″
180mm / 7.1″
285mm / 11.7″ (w/ 3.5″ HDD cage)
410mm / 16.1″ (w/o 3.5″ HDD cage)
|Cable Routing||Behind Motherboard Tray||25mm – 35mm|
|Dust Filters||Front, bottom|
|Power Supply Support||Bottom mount, ATX|