The MasterBox 5t is a new, upgraded edition of the Cooler Master's MasterBox 5. The 't' stands for Turbo, apparently, and is indicative of these upgrades as well as the new black and red color scheme. The chassis is geared towards gamers, especially LAN goers, that want a case with an eye-catching design and solid performance. With that in mind, let's see what it offers.
The dual-tone design, whereby the front mesh, roof dust filter and motherboard tray inside are highlighted in red, certainly adds interest to a design that previously was safe but somewhat bland. Whether it works for you or not isn't for us to decide but red and black is a common combination in the gaming world.
Probably the biggest change between the MasterBox 5 and 5t is that you can now install a 360mm radiator at the front without any need to faff around with adapters or brackets. The front part of the top of the case (where you might expect to find an optical drive bay) have been extended upwards to form a carry handle. You could also, if you choose, stash your USB flash drives in that area.
In the world of gaming computers, it is probably a pretty safe bet to say a majority of users prefer the color red. So it’s really no wonder why Cooler Master chose to go with a red and black theme on the 5t series. Cooler Master did a great job of putting color accents in just the right amount of places. The Masterbox 5t doesn’t come off as tacky or gaudy. The simple but aggressive styling teamed with the red accents and red LED lighting give the MasterBox 5t a mean stance. We do hope to see color options in the future.
Meanwhile, up top a reworked I/O panel gives you the usual buttons and ports but also a little slider to toggle fan speed between a high and low setting. The controller is fairly basic, only being able to control three fans, but is still a welcome addition. The ports are embedded into the top of the case's carry handle; another new feature. This allows for relatively easy and upright case transportation. It's said to support up to 30kg of weight and it certainly feels like it could – it's very secure. There are no sharp edges, so you shouldn't hurt yourself, but there is no padding or rubber to make things extra comfortable. A 140mm/120mm fan mount in the roof is also new and thankfully Cooler Master has seen fit to include an external magnetic dust filter here.
Around back we find some well-thought design. Between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel, there is a sufficient amount of space (Max 35mm) to run your wires. The 8-pin CPU cutout is also a generous size. There is also a good amount of wire tether points to help with wire management. One thing that did throw us off is the choice of Cooler Master to use a 4-pin for powering the controller. Some users based on personal configuration may have to install a 4-pin wire on the PSU solely for that purpose. You may also choose to mount your SSD in one of the back mounting positions.
- Dimensions (mm) 220 x 541 x 514 (W x D x H)
- Material Steel, plastic
- Available colours Black with red
- Weight 7.7kg
- Front panel Power, reset, 2 x USB 3.0, stereo, microphone, 2-step fan controller
- Drive bays 2 x 3.5in/2.5in, 1 x 2.5in
- Form factor(s) ATX, Micro-ATX, mini-ITX
- Cooling 2 x 140mm or 3 x 120mm front fan mounts (1 x 120mm fan included), 1 x 120mm rear fan mount (fan included), 1 x 140mm/120mm roof fan mount (fan not included)
- CPU cooler clearance 167mm
- Maximum graphics card length 410mm
- Extras Removable dust filters, fan controller, rotatable front LED lighting, carry handle
Some notable features in the interior of the MasterBox 5t include:
- Support for 240/280/360mm radiators up to 50mm thickness without fan
- Support for ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards
- Six SSD mount locations
- Removable / Multi-location HDD cage
- Space for extra large GPU
- Removable PSU cover
Some features we wouldn’t have minded seeing standard:
- Rubber grommets on wiring holes
- Two SSD mount trays. One is included standard
- Top mount Radiator support
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