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Cooler Master WaveMaster Black Aluminum Case Review

Cooler Master WaveMaster Black Aluminum Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Cooler Master are showing us that they can design their products not only for appearances, but for functionality as well.
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External Mfg. Website: Coolermaster Feb 26 2004   Colin Sun  
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Looking around inside

The inside of the WaveMaster is most impressive, there's a lot of space to work inside and all the edges have either been rounded or sanded down. I was happy that I didn't find any sharp edges when I went looking inside the case; it's good to see that CoolerMaster's workmanship and level of quality is high.

The WaveMaster is up to any task even if you're a SCSI person, the four 3 1/2" drive bays are 1 1/2" tall which should handle even the tallest drives.

Hard drives generate a fair bit of heat on their own, so to keep them bathed in a fresh supply of cool air the WaveMaster case has two 80mm case fans at the front of the case. I was not able to dig up any information on the 80x80x25mm Sleeve Bearing case fans (A8025-51CB-3BN-PI) but they were quiet enough that I didn't hear them running. They seemed to push a decent amount of air but I cannot say exactly how much.

Again, if you don't expect to use the top mounted ports, you can remove the whole unit and replace it with another 80x80x25m case exhaust fan.

Anyone who has used an aluminum case before knows that threads made in the aluminum itself don't last very long. Thumb screws are especially bad at distorting threads cut into soft aluminum panels, and with time will eventually widen the threads so much that they won't hold anything. Coolermaster take the high road here, and instead of simply threading holes in aluminum panels, use steel thread inserts.

While that might seem like a trivial thing to talk about, I wish Lian Li would have done the same thing to my PC70. After a bit of use the threads on that case got so large that I eventually had to replace the thumb screws with larger diameter screws. The steel thread inserts ensure you won't have that problem with the WaveMaster.

On a side note, none of 5-1/4" or 3-1/2" drive bays have rails to help you guide devices in. This makes installation of drives, or devices like the Coolermaster Musketeer a bit more difficult for no real reason. What is the Musketeer you ask, well read on and we'll tell you!

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Contents of Article: Coolermaster Wavemaster
 Pg 1.  Cooler Master WaveMaster Black Aluminum Case Review
 Pg 2.  It's in the details
 Pg 3.  Removable Motherboard tray that sticks
 Pg 4.  — Looking around inside
 Pg 5.  The CoolerMaster Musketeer
 Pg 6.  A case anyone would be proud to own

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