The Centurion line was launched along with the Wave Master, and has so far received mixed reviews from various journalists. It has been criticized for its awkward looks and lack of features, but Cooler Master’s newest Centurion, the Centurion 5 is here to silence the critics.
Over the past few years, the Cooler Master brand has become a top name in the cooling and enclosure sectors of the computer industry. The company traditionally targeted the mainstream markets for the majority of its revenue, starting off with economic heatsink fans that were surprisingly effective despite their low costs. However, it was not until Cooler Master launched their high end series of cases the company got attention from the enthusiast community.
The Cooler Master line of cases became popular because of their unique looks and great quality. The cases were under the ATCS or Active Thermal Convection System family, and included many non-standard features such as removable motherboard trays, 100% aluminum skeletons, and no sharp edges. These unique qualities landed Cooler Master large contracts with very big gaming PC OEMS like Falcon Northwest, but things really started to pick up for Cooler Master in the fall of 2003 when they released the Wave Master, the company’s most popular case to date. We took a look at the Wave Master hear last year.
Since last fall’s huge success in the enclosure market, Cooler Master has pretty much kept a low profile. Sales of the Wave Master have remained very high, and we haven’t heard much from the company.. that is, until Computex. At Computex, Cooler Master showed off some brand new cases, including the latest case in their mid-ranged Centurion line of cases. With the ATCS family, Cooler Master only really hit the enthusiast sector with cases costing up to $ 170 without the power supply, but now the company is trying to keep the level of quality we saw with the ATCS line and release cases on the market for less than $ 100, including the power supply.
The Centurion line was launched along with the Wave Master, and has so far received mixed reviews from various journalists. It has been criticized for its awkward looks and lack of features, but Cooler Master’s newest Centurion, the Centurion 5 is here to silence the critics. Using an entirely different body than any other Centurion, the Centurion 5 is a good looking case, bundled with a reliable 350W power supply, all for under $ 100.
How is the Centurion 5 to work with? Let’s take a closer look…
|480mm x 202 mm x 435mm|
|Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis|
Power Supply Form Factor
|Standard ATX PS2|
|One exposed, four hidden|
|One 120mm rear fan|
|One 80mm front fan|
Front Panel Inputs
| Two USB 2.0 |
One IEEE 1394
•Cooler Master 350W Power Supply
•Bag of Screws
The Centurion 5 is one of the first Cooler Master cases to come with a bundled power supply. Since the Centurion family is more of a value line, a mid ranged power supply is included to give the case a better overall value. Aside from the power supply, the rest of the bundled contents are the standard items you would need to start working with a new case: instruction manual, screws, and power cable.