Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review :: Centurion 534 Exterior

07-03-2006 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Tulatin

Peeling away the standard Coolermaster trappings (a box rife with information, set to a theme of scads of photos playing across a purple and white background), the Centurion 534 came face up to greet us. Right from the get-go, the view of that perfect brushed aluminum bezel brought back memories of so many sexy cases in the past - memories of entire panels full of this stuff of dreams.


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review C534 Bezel Finish

C534 Bezel Finish


Gliding down this beautiful front panel, it's not hard to garner a feeling of quality, as though the top of the bezel is essentially plastic, everything from there on down - the 5 exposed 5 1/4" bays, and 1 exposed 3 1/2" bay looks gorgeous. When you pass that divide between optical and floppy bays, there's something else to notice, and that's the divot in which the large power button and reasonably sized reset button nestle a pair of ultra bright blue LEDs between them. Pushing each button produces a second of scratching metal on metal, followed by a satisfying, meaty click. If you were to look across the expanse from here, you'd find the forward mounted ports - 2 USB, Azalia Audio and Fire wire - atop their own little part of the bezel, allowing it to be completely removed without a need to disconnect a single wire. Of course, the downside to this is revealed when the Bezel is pulled back. This downside, of course, is that a fair amount of that forward 120mm fan is now blocked by the buttons, as well as the front ports - and that's before the mesh grille, and limited intake options even come into play. It's a good thing, then, that the case can equalize it's pressure by pulling air through the perforated (and re-attachable) blanking plates, with that flow coming fresh from the dual mesh grilles - ones which would hold cathodes perfectly, if you were so inclined.


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Front Panel

Front Panel

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Problem area

Problem area

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Mesh

Mesh

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Front Panel Off

Front Panel Off

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Button Detail

Button Detail

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Bezel Tabs

Bezel Tabs

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Bezel Off

Bezel Off

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review IO Ports

IO Ports


Peeling back the layers around this point, the case's matte black finish stretches out like a desert, across the removable side panels, and the riveted top panel. This finish, though still vulnerable to fingerprints, should provide some resistance against scratches, dents, dings and all sorts of other little wonderful anomalies picked up during travel. This finish goes unabated along both top and right sides, and is only broken for an 80mm fan mount with duct attached above the CPU, as well as a mesh filled cut-out to allow the videocards to breathe on the left hand side. It should be put to note that this finish only coats the outside of the panels - the inside is still the typical primer grey that you find on all SECC (steel) casings. As to the duct itself, it is attached with jet black screws, which can be reversed so that a fan can be attached here if needed (well that, and if the resistance the cheese grater grille causes can be tolerated). Turning the case to its rear, the view is basically the identical version of what you'd see in many modern Coolermaster cases - a PSU cutout with a sizeable amount of room next to it for anything you'll need, hovering above a normally oriented I/O and expansion card cutout. As per before, there is a 120mm fan grille to be found with a raised center, so to allow air to escape the case with the minimal amount of noise. Further below this, the seven black plastic locks which hold all expansion cards in place can be seen, and, as noted, are unfortunately un-removable. Next to these locks is a small perforated area which will help to bleed excess air from the chassis. Turning the case to its unbroken top, the bottom comes into play, looking identical to the Ammo with the exception of cheap feet being used in lieu of rubber ones. For those of you who didn't catch the Ammo 533 review, then click through to the next page, but for those who did, then just click through to the conclusion - you're not going to miss much.


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Exterior


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review CPU duct

CPU duct

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Panel bottom

Panel bottom

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Panel top

Panel top

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Left door

Left door

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Left angle

Left angle