Cooler Grasp put its new midsize MasterBox-family PC case, the MasterBox MB350P, on the slicing fringe of PC DIY trendiness by loading it with three panes of tempered glass and a tower of addressable RGB (ARGB) LED followers. The brand new, brightly coloured followers will not hook up with the majority of motherboards available on the market (ARGB assist could be very new), however a built-in controller ensures you can energy and alter the lights no matter your motherboard mannequin. And with a value of $109.99, the MB350P makes it very tempting to see what all of the ARGB fuss is about. PC builders seeking to deck out a tower of glow-and-glass will discover this a high-quality worth.
The Design: Radical Transparency
Most ATX instances additionally assist smaller motherboard sizes, however not all assist each MicroATX and Mini-ITX. The MasterBox MB350P handles all three sizes, making it a flexible PC case. Though avid gamers will likely be interested in the MasterBox MB350P in spades, I can see what number of DIYers would really like this case for a home-entertainment PC, too. These techniques can get by on smaller motherboards.
In case you appreciated older fashions in Cooler Grasp’s MasterBox sequence, the brand new designs will in all probability really feel like a pure development to you. The MasterBox MB350P retains the sturdy, hard-cornered form of earlier fashions, but it surely sports activities a revamped entrance face that showcases your entrance consumption followers whereas offering loads of (considerably hidden) area for airflow.
As a result of the MasterBox MB350P is a mid-size tower, it does not take up an unreasonable quantity of desk area. The case measures 18.5 by 9 by 19.25 inches (HWD). As slim throughout because the case seems, these 9 inches purchase you loads of respiratory room, together with cable-management area behind the motherboard tray and respectable clearance between your video card and the facet panel.
Earlier than I dig additional into the case’s internals, I’ve a couple of ideas in regards to the exterior. The entrance panel would look nice even with a typical clear-plastic slab, however the tempered-glass panel’s smoky look is an actual head-turner, particularly when paired with the pulsing colours of the ARGB followers. The slanted entrance panel leaves room for big consumption grilles, all of which have a mesh filter to maintain out particles.
The entrance panel’s sloped design creates a great spot for the ability button and ports. Cooler Grasp opted for 2 USB 2.zero, two USB three.zero, and two audio ports right here. It additionally added a button that permits you to management the lighting for the MasterBox MB350P’s ARGB followers. You press it repeatedly to cycle by modes, which vary from static to pulsing.
Cooler Grasp opted for tempered-glass facet panels, as effectively. Glass facet panels will be difficult to deal with as a result of they are much extra fragile than typical metallic panels. They’re additionally heavier and vulnerable to accumulating fingerprints on the within, which you solely discover once you’ve constructed out the PC and fired it up. And, I am unhappy to say, I do know from expertise that tumbler home windows can shatter spectacularly when dropped. Fortunately, I hung onto the MasterBox MB350P’s panels with out incident.
The tempered glass is not darkish sufficient to obscure your PC’s parts, significantly if they’ve built-in lighting. The glass is a good characteristic for the MasterBox MB350P’s left facet (assuming you are going through the case from the entrance), offering a window into the PC. I would say that it is among the many greatest tempered-glass panels I’ve seen and dealt with, based mostly on its transparency and the benefit with which I can connect it to the case.
I am not as excited in regards to the different facet panel, which exposes an space historically hidden in PC instances: the world behind the motherboard tray. That is the place all however essentially the most demanding of us DIYers are likely to let aesthetics slide. It is commonplace for the world behind the ability provide to have a rat’s-nest look, nor can we shoot for perfection when operating cables alongside the tray. It is the DIYer’s behind-the-scenes area—till you place a glass panel over it.
To its credit score, Cooler Grasp did extra than simply drop a glass panel on the case’s facet. The corporate payments the MasterBox MB350P as “Showroom Prepared” and clearly put thought into how this space ought to look. It did DIYers a favor by including a detachable metallic cowl that hides a large chunk of the cabling. It additionally ensured that your SSDs are seen, which can get the eye of customers who’ve invested closely of their storage and need to exhibit the . So, the third tempered panel is an asset, if you wish to exhibit your whole PC’s parts and in the event you’re keen to be extra-diligent about cable administration.
Take off the MasterBox MB350P’s proper facet panel, and also you’re wanting on the motherboard tray. The “ground” of the inside is especially near the place you may set up an ATX motherboard as a result of the MB350P has a power-supply compartment that separates it from this facet of the case. Cooler Grasp places cable passthroughs (with rubber grommets, a pleasant contact) close to the motherboard tray and the power-supply compartment, providing you with loads of choices for sneaking wires in from the opposite facet.
The facility-supply compartment additionally has a big cutout close to the entrance of the case to accommodate your liquid-cooling gear. The MasterBox MB350P helps radiators from 120mm to 360mm up entrance with out making you sacrifice these shiny ARGB consumption followers. The highest of the case helps radiators in 120mm or 240mm varieties, and the again of the case handles simply 120mm radiators (which is typical). The case ships with a 120mm fan mounted within the again vent place.
As for inner area, the MasterBox MB350P has a most graphics-card size of 410mm and a CPU-cooler peak most of 165mm. That is loads of room for typical .
The opposite facet of the MasterBox MB350P offers entry to the power-supply compartment, with as much as 180mm of room there. The close by onerous drive cage helps two three.5-inch drives or two 2.5-inch drives, relying in your wants. Every drive sled has a sliding mechanism that makes it straightforward to snap a three.5-inch drive into place.
CoolerMaster additionally provides two spots for two.5-inch drives on the again of the motherboard tray. Due to some thick rubber grommets, all it’s important to do is connect the included drive sleds after which push your drives into the motherboard tray.
When you end the construct, you may cowl a lot of your cables with the MasterBox MB350P’s metallic shroud. The shroud goes a good distance towards making this facet of the case look clear, but it surely does not do a lot to make this facet of the case very thrilling, both. If it had an array of LEDs or some type of seen design, that might give this facet far more persona.
Taking On the Check Construct
In relation to the MasterBox MB350P’s equipment package, Cooler Grasp retains issues easy. A bag of screws, motherboard standoffs, and plastic ties accompanies the ARGB splitter and a handbook.
The handbook sports activities loads of illustrations, however little or no textual content. A picture-heavy handbook may be sufficient for primary PC instances, however the MasterBox MB350P ought to have a handbook that features higher textual content directions. The pictures that depict the 2 methods to attach the ARGB cables, for instance, would actually profit from written explanations. I feel just about all laptop merchandise ought to embody manuals with written directions, however at this value, the case actually ought to.
Eradicating the facet panels (and placing them again in place) is a simple activity, because of a small shelf that helps the decrease finish of every panel. Place the glass panel on the shelf, press it gently to the case, twist the 2 thumbscrews, and also you’re executed. It is price noting that I can take away the entrance panel with minimal effort. Entrance panels are notoriously tough to take away from many instances, however Cooler Grasp nailed it on the MasterBox MB350P.
ARGB connectors do not assist normal RGB LED headers. Until your motherboard is a cutting-edge mannequin, it will not have the suitable headers, which implies you will not be capable to use the motherboard’s lighting software program to regulate the MasterBox MB350P’s three front-panel followers. That does not imply you are out of luck, nonetheless.
The case features a splitter and controller for the followers, so all you may must do is present energy out of your energy provide, and the followers will gentle proper up. I discovered it straightforward to cycle by the built-in gentle settings with the button on the entrance panel. In case you merely should have full management of each gentle in your case, you may need to be sure to have an ARGB-compatible motherboard. (The case is designed to adjust to ARGB headers on boards by main manufacturers.) In any other case, you may in all probability be very proud of the built-in controller.
A Clear Editors’ Selection
The MasterBox MB350P hits all of the excessive notes. It is attractive, it has loads of area for cumbersome gaming , and it makes constructing a PC a enjoyable expertise. Simply as essential, all three panels detach (and re-attach) simply.
I actually just like the ARGB followers and the best way that the MasterBox MB350P’s entrance panel showcases them. It is a case that is going to get loads of consideration in the event you take it to LAN occasions, or anyplace else public, for that matter. Even so, I can see how some PC builders will get a way of improve fatigue when studying that the majority motherboards will not have headers for the ARGB followers. Making an attempt to maintain up with must-have parts (comparable to video playing cards and processors) is difficult sufficient on one’s pockets. With new lights requiring new …it is easy to see how some avid gamers will say, “Eh, I am going to persist with normal RGB LEDs.”
As for the MasterBox MB350P as an entire, it is a very strong purchase. Midsize instances not often look imposing, however with its tempered-glass panels and that front-panel stack of followers, the MasterBox MB350P brings on the beast on an inexpensive funds. Issue within the cable-management choices and the beneficiant area for liquid-cooling gear, and you’ve got a clear PC case that is…watch for it…clearly a bit higher than the remainder of the pack.