Cooler Master has revealed its grand plan for the future of PC cases, with the new MasterCase line putting the user in charge.
The MasterCase can be bought like any other case, as a complete, ready-to-go, mid-tower. However, users will also be given the option to remove and replace almost the entire chassis.
The front, side and top panels can all be removed and replaced as can the front IO most of the interior features such as drive bays and reservoir mounts. You can even add or remove handles from the top.
Extra parts will be available to buy online from Cooler Master as well as through high street stores.
Two baseline options will be available at launch. The MasterCase 5 will support up to six 140 mm fans (three in the front, two at the top and one in the rear) and can carry up to three graphics cards. The sides of the case will be plain steel while the top is covered by a grill and has two handles for carrying.
The interior includes a partition near the bottom, so your PSU and cables can be stored without creating a tangled mess. There are also two small pockets placed above the partition, which serves as space for SSDs. Two additional SSDs can also be mounted behind the motherboard. The drive cage, featuring two slots, is located beneath two 5.25-inch external drive bays, but with the click-and-clip components it can be removed to make extra space for graphics cards or a reservoir for water cooling systems.
The other option will be the MasterCase Pro 5, which looks almost identical but has extra storage and cooling features as well as the addition of a covering panel for the top.
Under this panel sits the extra 240mm water cooling radiator mount. Also the drive cage below the external drive bays now has room for three drives instead of two. Additionally, there is a second drive cage, which has room for two drives, located below the partition and placed towards the front of the case away from the PSU. The grill at the top of the case is also replaced with a larger covering panel and a water cooling bracket for a 240 mm radiator.
Release date and price of the MasterCase range is yet to be announced.
Cooler Master also revealed the next possible phase of the modular concept with its MasterConcept case, which looks rather similar to the Cooler Master Cosmos but which again can be pulled apart and customised. Moreover, it can even have its size changed to fit different motherboard form factors.
Sadly Cooler Master was being coy about showing off the MasterConcept, half-heartedly asking for no photos to be taken but without any actual NDA being used to restrict access. The upshot being we only got a snap* of the half-way version of the concept and not the final product, even though it was clearly shown on the poster behind the display table.
* - Cooler Master has now asked us to remove the image we took of the MasterConcept case.