Cooler Master’s MasterBox Lite 5 is attractive and affordable

Cooler Master latest entry in its MasterBox series of cases is the MasterBox Lite 5. Like other cases in the MasterBox series, this ATX model has a wide open interior to provide lots of room for big components and water cooling hardware, or just to keep the cheap jerseys path of airflow clear. The MasterBox Lite 5 also comes with a clear acrylic side panel that is attached with thumbscrews, much like many recent cases with tempered glass side panels.

Unlike the MasterBox 5, the Lite version only comes in a “DarkMirror” finish. That means that the front panel is a translucent plastic fascia with a high gloss finish. Cooler Master offers swappable trim components in three colors white, and red also has schematics for download so that you can 3D print your own. Between the trim and the transparent side panel, it clear that Cooler Master intends the MasterBox 5 Lite for case modding aficionados.

Behind the DarkMirror front panel, you can mount three 120 mm or 140 mm fans. The case includes a 120 mm fan in the rear. Liquid cooling proponents will be able to mount a single radiator up to 360 mm in length in the front, and a 120 mm unit in the back. The top panel is solid, so the only possible path for airflow in this case is front to back.

Despite being a budget case, the MasterBox Lite includes a non removable partition that separates the power supply and storage bays from the rest of the case. Underneath the plastic shroud, you can mount two 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives. There additional space to mount another 2.5″ SSD as well. Regardless of what else is in it, the case will accept graphics cards up to 16″ (40 cm) in length and CPU coolers up to 6.3″ (16 cm) in height.

Steel and plastic aren our favorite materials for cases, but they have their advantages. The MasterBox 5 Lite should be fairly sturdy, and it cheap: pre orders are already up on Newegg for just $50. The case releases on May 19.

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