Well Ventilated, See-Thru Window and Cool LED
Overall a very stylish tower case with transparent window with lots of cooling capabilities.
Stylish. Blue fan LED, and transparent window gives the tower a good look. Also Plenty of ventilation and room for five fans.
Poor Cable Management from I/O module to motherboard. Once you put the Hard drives in the case space is a issue. Not a lot of physical space inside the tower.
Today we are looking at the Cooler Master Centurion 5 II Mid Tower case. It has room for five fans and can hold approximately five 3.5 inch drives. Has black steel mesh design with a transparent window on the side, so that you can see inside of the case. The I/O panel consists of two 2.0 USB ports, One Audio port, One MIC port, and one IEEE 1394 port.
PACKAGING AND EXTERIOR
The box is the classic Cooler master purple and white colors with a picture of two towers I’m assuming the two designs that this particular tower comes in. All-black steel mesh and the black steel mesh with silver trim. Also on the other side of the box, you have the specifications of the tower. Pictures of the different views of the tower are also available on the box. It shows cases all the stand out features of the chassis. The features are also listed on the box. Inside the box, the tower was covered in a clear plastic cover and wedged inside of the box with Styrofoam to make sure that the tower was safely secured inside of the box. Inside the chassis was a box that had screws, zip ties, hard drive rails, a tray for your 5.25-inch devices, and the installation guide. The right side panel of the tower was made up of solid black steel, and the left side is also black steel trim with a clear plastic panel in order for you to be able to look inside the case. The Back is a plain steel design and the front of the tower is a black mesh design that has the I/O panel and slots for four 5.25 inch drives.
The interior of the case is all steel with the exception of the top which is a black steel design. At the bottom of the case is room for your standard ATX PS2 with a mesh design in order to supply proper airflow for your power supply. With the I/O port panel located at the front along with a fan, so space is a bit tight and I think that the cable could have been managed a bit better. It seems cluttered in the hard drive area because all of the cables have to be brought through that area. There is plenty of ventilation with air vents and space for fans on the top, bottom, front, back, and one of the covers of the tower. This case was designed with ventilation and airflow in mind. There are also slots for five 3.5 inch drives and four 5.25 inch drives. Included was also one 140 x 25 Blue LED fan 1200 RPM, 19 dBA.
I have installed an Asus M2E motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ dual-core processor with a Vortex Plus CPU cooler and an ATI Radeon HD5450 512 MB Graphics Card. Then I installed a Fusion 550 power supply. A Hitachi LG DVD writable/CD-RW Drive and a Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB SATA hard drive. I used the computer over the weekend with no problems. I connected my printer an Epson Workforce 500, My external Hard drive, and it worked beautifully. I synchronized my blackberry and iPod and transferred some pictures with my digital camera without any issues. The installation of the motherboard was a bit of a challenge because of the physical space issues, things were a bit tight inside trying to screw things in and install my video card.
Overall I think that the Cooler Master Centurion 5 II is a very stylish case and looks good. The Blue LED fan really adds a nice touch. It what designed for ventilation and airflow. With five fans blowing in a case that size, all of your components should stay fairly cool. If you are a user that has a big heat sink and wants to install a bunch of expansion cards you might want to go with something with a bit more room. If you are not adding a bunch of extras to your computer and don’t need that big heat sink the Centurion 5 II is a very nice case. I would definitely recommend this case.
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