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Computer enthusiasts are always looking for the best bang for their buck, and with the cost of processors, ram, graphics cards, and other various components drastically lowering, the drive for case manufacturers like Cooler Master to create low cost, effective chassis has never been higher. Enter the Centurion 590, which as the specifications indicate offers a professional design and elegant features all for a low price.
• Accommodates up to eight 120 mm fans for efficient cooling
• Removable HDD rack provides for easy assembly
• A fully meshed front panel provides superior airflow and maximum cooling performance
• Tool-free user-friendliness for quick maintenance and upgrade
• The roomy interior allows for dual or triple graphics card setups
• (W) 210 x (H) 440 x (D)510 mm
• Net Weight : 8.5 kg ; Gross Weight : 9.3 kg (18.7 lbs for all of you patriots out there)
• Chassis: SECC, Bezel: Metal mesh+ABS
• ATX, Micro-ATX
• 5.25" Drive Bay: 9 (Exposed; without the use of exposed any 3.5 inch drive bay)
• 3.5" Drive Bay: 4 (Hidden; from one 4-in-3 device module (included), 1 (Exposed; converted from one 5.25 inch drive bay)
• USB 2.0x2, IEEE 1394 x1, MIC x1, SPK x1 (supports HD / AC’ 97 Audio)
• One 120x120x25 mm front fan (blue LED), 1200 rpm, 17 dBA (included), One 120x120x25 mm rear fan (exhaust), 1200 rpm, 17 dBA (included)
Cooler Master's Product Page
Price $69.99 @ Newegg
Like most boxes I'm sure you've seen in your life, Cooler Master has plastered helpful information all over the packaging. Such as neat pictures showing you that fans blow air using giant arrows. Seriously though, I'm sure seeing this in a colorful violet and white box versus seeing the Centurion 590 protected inside of a brown package would likely influence your purchase in a rather positive direction.
Thankfully, this giant box does serve a purpose besides looking pretty, Cooler Master very snugly secured the case using large sytrofoam panels, and a thick plastic wrap, which while modest, does a decent job keeping the case from moving around. So effective infact, we had to use two of our staff to extract the contents from their shell. In testing, we found that a well placed knee helps to quickly remove the case.
Besides the usual contents like the case, Cooler Master was also kind enough to include an instructional manual written in actual English, and a large bag with various screws and zip ties. I've never seen a case include zip ties, so I'm going to give Cooler Master props here on making cable organization just that much faster.
Thank you so much Cooler Master, it's nice to finally see a budget case include pre-cut mounts for a radiator on the top, and the proper holes in the back. Not only that, but if you're a real air cooling pro, there's room on the top and sides for four fans anywhere from 80-140mm.
On the front of the case itself CM opted for an airflowtastic mesh cover, and included a 120mm blue fan at the bottom. The power button & co. are situated at the top and movable centurion drive bracket graces the mesh, allowing you to move, or remove the corporate branding. I'm also happy to report that the placement of the firewire, usb, buttons, and audiojacks really help keep your cables sorted, as only knaves plug stuff in at the bottom. However you'll notice something very odd, where's my damn reset button?
Another damn cool design choice was putting a vent on the back of the motherboard mount allowing for much better motherboard/cpu heat dissipation.
They also kindly made room for any extra ports you need, from HDMI to serial, they're pre-cut.
One of the first things you'll notice about this case, is that the power supply mounts at the bottom of the case, which has some negatives, and some positives. While you'll be able to much more easily set everything up, keeping your cables organized might be more difficult.
Another thing Cooler Master took into consideration with this case was ease of installation, the PCI brackets easily pop in and out, the HDD tray is removable, and the drives mount without any real effort, unfortunately CM didn't make the motherboard tray removable, which we would like to see in the future.
As for the actual installation process, as shown in this video we made, mounting cards is very easy.
The only difficult part about installation is the large number of jumper cables CM kindly included, we advise stealthing these under the motherboard tray, and reading the manual very carefully.
We will however forgive this, as CM has gone out of their way to way installation a breeze, floppy drives easily install into the included 2.5 adapter at the top of the case, and to install a harddrive, you simply remove the cage at the bottom of the case, they were also kind enough to include molex-to-3pin adapters, giving you the choice of motherboard control, or a direct PSU connection.
While, you might dislike the layout, or the thin steel construction, you'd have to be crazy to pass up this deal if you're into extreme air cooling, or water cooling. Cooler Master has very carefully thought out this case, and has made it extremely easy to setup, even though we would like to see a removable motherboard tray. However, the lack of a reset button and dust filters make me wonder if buyers should hold off until Cooler Master reworks this case. If you're tight on cash though, and you're planning on water cooling your rig then the 590 is right up your alley.
Special thanks to Cooler Master's Marketing Deaprtment (Hilda)
Elegant and clean design
Supports large graphics cards easily
Drive mounting (DVD/CD) could be a little easier
It would be cool to see a window included
Mounting can be flimsy
$50 would be a much more logical price
Did the factory forget how to properly paint? (Airbubbles)
No reset button, what the hell, that has to be a joke?
The case can get VERY dusty