Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review :: Centurion 534 Interior

07-03-2006 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Tulatin

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review C534 Left Side

C534 Left Side

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review C534 Right Side

C534 Right Side


Well, I see that some of you have made it in. Welcome to the case, then. Starting up in the top left of the case (and wasting no time, I may add), the 5 (mostly) tool free optical bays are clearly visible, and though they offer a solid slide-n-lock solution, drives can be screwed down fully from the right, and partially from the left if paranoia ever attempts to set in. In terms of depth, your drives will hang far enough out to the front of the case that even using incredibly long Pioneer drives should leave you with plenty of room to play with up there - which means that there's room for a PC-Power and Cooling giant, if you should so need one, or, if you plan to use the inbuilt support rail (which power supplies such as Enermax's Liberty can be affixed to), perhaps a top 120mm fan.


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review C534 Front Inside View

C534 Front Inside View


Gliding downward, it's fairly obvious that this same slide to lock system is implemented on the external/internal 3 1/2" bays, both of which can accommodate a hard disk thanks to this, one which can be tied down on its other side, if need should be. Flipping the view down to the lower cage, the two screws which affix it to the motherboard tray can be seen - and swapped to any 6-32 threaded screws if you wish. In order to install drives in this cage, just snap two plastic rails on (one a side) and slide them on in - beautifully simple and great work indeed. These three drives are cooled by a 22dbA, Blue LED lit, and dead silent 120mm fan, which also serves as the case's main point of intake. Users who are in the mindset to hide wires should take note that there is quite a bit of room behind the screws to tuck wiring, making it quite possible to make the entire bundle near invisible. Also to note is that the accursed bracket (the cause of never ending clearance issues) which kept the front panel wires neat in the Ammo 533 is gone, making motherboard installation a snap, though the tray is not removable.

Panning across the top of the case, one will find a purely primer grey expanse, broken only by a riveted on support rail with two threaded holes, intended, as previously stated, to mount a standard sized PSU with a support to. As I tilt the camera downward, the same back panel that was utilized in the Ammo 533 comes into place. In place of the I/O shield, a token one is used, which follows an age old (and now dormant) standard. This shield, though removable with two simple screws, will do nothing more than clutter up the box of goodies that comes with this case (which we will discuss later). To the left of the I/O shield is the 80/92/120MM fan hole, which will allow one of any of these three, dependant on what level of cooling you'd like to achieve. Buyers beware, though - tall motherboards in the area won't fit. Leaning down just a little more, the actual mechanics of the black holders can be seen, along with the re-usable, self retaining back plates can be seen. The operation of each holder is simple - push down on the dot to release it, insert your expansion card, and then push the arm down so that the dot "clicks" past the internal metal. Unfortunately, there is no manual securing here, so paranoid users do need to watch out.


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review C534 Rear Inside View

C534 Rear Inside View


Finally, I come to a little brown box that keeps everything from rattling about the case. Inside, there is a bevy of screws in one bag, and a cadre of standoffs, a zip tie, a ferrite coil, and a stick on zip tie loop. These two bags will come in handy when assembling the system based around Cooler master's excellent included manual. Also found inside this little box are the six white rails with magnetic nubs that will be needed in order to mount your lower hard disks. With the box covered - there's just one matter left - the front panel I/O and interaction. For the most part, the cables are clearly labeled, and long enough that they can be hidden, so that they'll stay out of sight and mind. The problem here, though, is with the "universal" audio cable. Featuring two header blocks (Azalia, AC97) and two sets of free pins (Again, Azalia, AC97), this results in one hell of a mess when it's time to plug the cable in. My solution? Simple, I just taped the extra headers to the damn cable and plugged it in. Sure, the bumblebee yellow may not fit in, but when this becomes a real system, nobody will ever, ever see down there. With that complete coverage of the interior complete, it's about time to shoehorn a motherboard and company into this case, and wrap this show up.


Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Box of Goodies

Box of Goodies

Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review Goodies Laid Out

Goodies Laid Out