Cooler Master, a leader in design and manufacturing computer components and peripherals, present two new mid-tower cases designed specifically for gamers. Depending on how far they want to go with their rig’s look and hardware, people can choose from the more modular MasterCase Maker 5t and included accessories or the more straightforward MasterBox 5t (more details to follow).
Both cases are adaptations from Cooler Master’s decorated MasterCase and MasterBox lines.
“We wanted to go for a sharper, bolder look, like a sports car,” said Mark, member of case department. “In the case of the MasterCase Maker 5t, we added a few extras that cater specifically to gamers.” So, what does the ‘t’ stand for? Turbo of course.
So, what’s new with the MasterCase Maker 5t?
- Dual-tone red and black finish
- Two tempered glass panels
- Red LEDs
- Greater I/O fan and lighting control
In line with the colour combination that shows up on many gaming-focused motherboards and components, the two 5t cases are lined in red. The MasterCase Maker 5t’s internal detailing is especially obvious with double tempered glass side panels. The panes are tinted but allow just enough light to give whatever’s glowing in your case an air-brushed, showcase look on both sides. For those looking to display their build in public, the thick panes come with key locks.
Sharp angles, red LEDs and metallic paint highlights give these cases the feel of a sports car. An included magnetic red LED Strip with the Maker 5t gives you that same street-racing glow from the bottom (or top, or anywhere else) of your build. MasterBox 5t’s LED is fixed to the bottom front, but the angle can be rotated.
The Maker 5t’s controller board lets you control fan and lighting settings straight from the I/O panel. The board supports up to six fans and four LED strips, with settings for high (12V) and low (7V) fan speeds and continuous or breathing effects for LED lighting. The MasterBox 5t’s I/O panel supports two fan speed settings.
MasterCase Maker 5t’s Extra Gaming Goodies
- Rubber grip handle
- Graphics Card Holder
Aside from dual tempered glass panels, there’s the Maker 5t’s handle. Wrapped in rubber, this extra steel shaft can supposedly handle sweaty hands for up to 28.5kg of cargo when you’re lugging it around at a LAN party.
Anyone considering a case at this price will be thinking about two or even three graphics cards, for which Cooler Master has provided a Graphics Card Holder in the package. It hangs out on the motherboard panel to ease the load on any excess weight from the cards that could otherwise bend and damage your motherboard.
FreeForm Modular System and Internal ConfigurationIf you’re really planning on loading up the ‘engines’ of these cases with heavyweight parts, the MasterCase line’s FreeForm Modular System or the MasterBox’s Internal Configuration should provide plenty of options for how you want to lay out your hardware. The FreeForm Modular System in the Maker line offers greater options for customization, adjustments, and upgrades. The MasterBox’s Internal Configuration is for those who want a more straightforward approach to assembly.
Maker Made & FreeForm Accessories
The MasterCase Maker 5t’s Graphics Card Holder and LED Strip are just two of an ever-growing range of accessories created by Cooler Master’s design team and its “Makers.” As it fills out, the options to really put together an altogether unique look and layout becomes more possible, with the idea of swapping and upgrading through the years rather than buying all new equipment every time technology moves forward. Check out the full range of Maker Made or FreeForm Accessories here.
The MasterCase Maker 5t is available for pre-order on the official Cooler Master website and is expected to ship on 22 December 2016.