Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Review
When the case’s side panel is taken off, you can see that there are a lot of things going on inside the Centurion 5. You might notice that the 5.25″ and 3.5″ bays look a little strange, let’s take a closer look at the drive bays.
Cooler Master went the “slide and lock” route with the Centurion 5, allowing you to just slide hardware into the case’s bays and just lock them in. It does make installing drives a little easier, but will look like a cheap replacement to the standard screw-in design of most cases.
Here we take a closer look at the cases front panel design. Notice all the small holes that will allow for better airflow inside the case. You can also see that the Centurion 5 has a dust screen that basically covers the entire front panel, which will help reduce the amount of dust inside the case.
The 3.25″ drive bays use the slide and lock mechanism as well.
A Cooler Master 80mm fan is included inside the 3.25″ drive bays, acting as both an intake fan and a cooler for today’s hot hard drives.
As we look toward the back side of the case, we can see the cases large Cooler Master 120mm exhaust fan. Opting to not include two 80mm fans with the Centurion 5 was a good choice for Cooler Master because they are able to run the 120mm fan at a low RPM, keeping noise down while still maintaining good airflow inside the system.
Another new addition to the Centurion 5 are the PCI slot grabbers. These are a pretty good idea, allowing you to install PCI and AGP devices without the need for screws, but actually in practice are not that effective. While installing a graphics card in the case, I held down grabber to release the graphics card, and the grabber broke. Fortunately, you can still use screws to screw your cards into the case, but in reality, this is one feature that has to be improved in future models.
Another bad thing about the PCI cover design was the fact that the actual PCI covers can’t be re-attached to case. Once taken off, they aren’t able to be screwed back on, another feature that should be improved in future models.
Now let’s take a look at the bundled 350W Cooler Master power supply. The PSU included is of a standard variety, with only one 80mm fan and no special features.
The PSU has four regular four pin molex power connectors, two floppy power connectors, two fan only four pin molex power connectors, a SATA power connector, and the standard motherboard power connectors. It’s nice to see that Cooler Master has included a SATA power connector with this supply, eliminating the need for molex to SATA power converters.
And here is another shot of the case. We went ahead and installed a system inside the case with no major problems, but experienced a few minor setbacks as noted earlier.