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Cooler Master MasterFrame 700 Review

Cooler Master MasterFrame 700 Review

Cooler Master is a brand known for high airflow enthusiast gaming focused cooling, cases, and power supplies. The MasterFrame 700 we are looking at today and is more of a test bench/open air case hybrid.

The MasterFrame 700 is designed as less of a “case” and more a platform to mount your components to, this product is for a very specific market, with people like myself who will use it as a test bench to swap components easily and quickly when testing or benchmarking, or for those who want to showcase their custom loop liquid cooled set-ups.

Unfortunately that means that this $200+ case isn’t designed for everyone in mind. Most of our readers won’t really find a purpose for it except the few who are actively looking for a case like this that is along the lines of the Thermaltake P5.

Cooler Master MasterFrame 700 Case
Developer: Cooler Master
Release Date: October 2021
Price: $219.99

The first thing I would like to cover with the MasterFrame 700 is the experience building in it, now unfortunately all the pictures I took of the building process were lost when the SD card I had got corrupted.

The case doesn’t come assembled like most cases do and this is partly due to the fact it has several optional parts you can install depending if you want to use the glass and treat it like an open air case or as an open air test bed.

I ended up choosing the latter for my personal use and it took about 30-40 minutes or so, about half of that I spent trying to understand the directions. If there is one critique is to have some sort of video or better instructions.

I assume the MasterFrame 700 comes unassembled to save on packaging costs since the box is rather compact but a bit awkward to hold and transport. I ended up getting it in the process of moving and had to pick it up and move it around a few times. Either way, it might be something you want to be careful of since there is a large sheet of glass in the packaging.

Case VS Test Bench Mode – MasterFrame 700

As for the two types of uses lets get into the more common one that I think has some drawbacks. The case is quite heavy and when mounting it to a wall, rough napkin math tells me that with the power supply, graphic cards, a hard drive or two and you’ll be close to the weight recommended for the VESA 100 mount.

This doesn’t include really exotic water cooling, so this might mean you have to get some extra hardware to mount it properly and a few screws driven into the studs in your wall. This is partially due to the fact they used such strong and heavy steel for the application, but there are trade offs here and I will say this thing is quite solid once its built.

That means this is less than ideal for the guy trying to run a really high-end water-cooled loop through this case and mount it on his wall, you could however put this on your desk and use it as a showpiece and in that way this case is still useful for the user looking to have 2 large radiators in this case.

In this case you have the option to use up to dual 360mm radiators in the “case mode” on the left and right wings of the case which should be enough to cool just about any system. There is also some quite nice cable management features in the main PSU slot (it can house two if necessary).

I didn’t end up actually using this for my purposes but was quite nice and will be able to properly fit most power supplies and just about all mid to high end PSUs without a problem. Cable routing was surprisingly well done, and would have been miles better than my old test bench.

Overall, my experience in this as a case is quite good though at the $200+ price point its definitely a lot to spend, but it is a very unique product and might be something to look into for the enthusiast type.

A Contender For Top Tier Test Bench – MasterFrame 700

As a test bench I feel is where this product shines and while it is expensive compared to some of the $50 ones you’ll find on ebay, those dont include spots for AIO radiators.

This one removes the ability to use the wings on the side for your standard AIO liquid cooler, but gives you a bracket to install a cooler on the top, it says “up to 360mm” but honestly you could probably go bigger if you wanted.

The side “wings” now being opened up allowed me to strap extra SATA SSDs when needed with zip ties to the side for quick access, there are spots all along the case, up to 7 in total.

However my test bench doesn’t have to look pretty, it just has to work and work quickly. Also, SSDs don’t have issues like spinning hard drives do with noise or breaking when not properly secured.

The one singular issue you might have with the MasterFrame 700 besides the price is the fact its not easy to access the underside of the motherboard to get to the CPU socket, which is useful when changing the CPU cooler on some motherboards.

I personally don’t have an issue since it would be awkward to get under the system when it’s sitting flat and it would just be easier to remove the whole motherboard and fix it that way.

I really liked the sturdy construction, sleek looks with the polished almost mirror finish of the hinges, and options with the Cooler Master MasterFrame 700.

It is quite large as a test bench so for those who are looking for something smaller and are space constrained this might not be the best option for you, but for my purposes it did everything I was looking for and then some.

Personally I found the Cooler Master MasterFrame 700 a great, if not expensive option for a “showpiece” style case to show off a high end water cooled build and as a test bench. Cooler Master might have tried one too many different things with the MasterFrame 700 but I give it high marks personally with such a niche product.


The Verdict: 8.0

The Good

  • Fantastic build quality
  • Great flexibility allowing system to switch from case to test bench
  • Tons of storage support
  • Visually attractive
  • Great Functionality

The Bad

  • Incredibly niche use
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to wall-mount with full watercooling setup
  • A pain to assemble

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