Introduction

Quick Look
Cooler Master Centurion 5 The Good


+ Front panel audio/USB/FireWire
+ Included 350W Cooler Master Power Supply
+ Five 5-1/4" drive bays
+ Five 3-1/2" drive bays (1 exposed)
+ Tool-less drive bays/expansion slots
The Bad
- No removable motherboard tray
- Unclear documentation

We have seen many variations in the external look of desktop and mid-tower cases. Some of these had clean, elegant designs that were extremely attractive, while a handful of others were designed with themes that were extremely unattractive and did not appeal to AnandTech readers at all.

From the comments posted, we came to the conclusion that the majority of our readers, instead of having a fancy-looking product lacking the features that they need, would rather have a case with a very simple look and with only those certain features that they can't do without during their regular use.

Cooler Master has five mid-tower chassis in their line and all have a design that is simple, yet tasteful. They were kind enough to send us a sample of the latest in their Centurion series, the Centurion 5, to test out and compare with past products that we have reviewed. The Centurion 5 is similar in internal design to NZXT's Guardian. We will look at what puts Cooler Master's product apart from the Guardian and others.

External Design
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  • Macattak1 - Friday, September 21, 2007 - link

    Went to put in a 4th HD. Does not accepts. Case only comes with 3 HD slides mounts or what ever they are called.

    So now I have to email CM and hope they respond and I don't find out that I have to pay $10 s/h and $5 per or something like that.

    Peace and Blessings
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  • serval - Thursday, February 24, 2005 - link

    Thanks for the review, I'm curious how this compares with the Caviler 3 since they are about the same price at SVC right now (under $60 shipped w/o power supply)?

    Any contrasting information or thoughts?
    Reply
  • boogietronix - Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - link

    I just bought this case and couldn't be happier... Isn't it funny how personal opinion differs on cosmetics because this case was won hands down for me. (I have the black/silver model with perspex window).
    My only gripe is with the front fan as it runs a little loud, though I replaced it with the CoolerMaster Ultra when I ditched my P4-3.0 hetsink/fan combo for a Zalman 7000B-AlC. (On another note, the supplied power source is very quiet for a case priced in this range, and I haven't had the need to change it). Even though the drive bay clamps do look a little weak they are very sturdy when pushed into place and I haven't had any probs when swapping my drives around.
    If you're thinking about buying this case and have any questions or want to know my specs for comparrison please feel free to email.
    Cheers,
    Jeremy
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  • Dantzig - Sunday, September 05, 2004 - link

    Finally, a case that doesn't look like a toy. Thank you! Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    AnnoyedGrunt: Good point. The I/O ports all connect directly to the motherboard. We have seen many instances where the FireWire port would pass out through the back and attach to an external port but in this case all ports attach to a capable motherboard.

    We will try to mention this in future reviews.
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  • AnnoyedGrunt - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    I have a few suggestions to add to the article:
    1. Please mention exactly how the front ports are attached to their repsective components - For example, do the cables attach to headers on the MoBo, or do they use pass through cables and plug into the ports on the back of the MoBo?
    2. The PCI slot covers are knock offs, instead of separate pieces, and cannot be replaced easily once they are removed (as far as I can see). I think this should be mentioned as a negative if it is indeed true.
    3. The HDD clamping system is nice, but it would be even nicer (IMO) to use rubber isolators on the drive. I think you should mention that as well.

    I am most curious about how those I/O cables attach to the MoBo, so if you could answer that I'd appreciate it.

    BTW, I think this case looks very nice.

    -D'oh!
    Reply
  • whitelight - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    #2 - some ppl prefer steel cases because they dampen sound better than aluminum cases. Reply
  • PuravSanghani - Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - link

    Mday:
    Manufacturer: Cooler Master
    Product: Centurion 5

    Hope that clears up some confusion! :)

    Purav
    Reply
  • SilthDraeth - Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - link

    Adul I guess he might of thought that Cooler Master Centurion 5 was the entire name of the case, and didn't realize that Cooler Master is a company.
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  • Adul - Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - link

    case is made by cooler master. Did you miss that? Reply

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