George Ross, January 18, 2009
This case is well packaged with enough insulation to protect the case from the riggers of the shipping process. This case does come with everything you need to set it up some hardware, a manual, and a few ty-wraps and that is it.
At first glance it is plain to see that this case has plenty of ventilation with the ability to have four additional 80-140mm fans added. I used four 120mm in this review. The front face is also well ventilated having meshed and filtered drive bay covers. The front also has two USB ports, one FireWire port, and audio in/out. One thing that is missing is a reset button. I am pleased with the looks of this case.
Looking at the rear of the case reveals that this case has a bottom mounted power supply. It also has an included 120mm fan and two holes to allow for water cooling. Something else worth noting is that this case is fairly light.
This is where the Centurion 590 barrows the most from the CM Stacker 810 is in the inside. There are nine slots for installation of hard drives, optical drives, floppy drives, and the like. The tool free design of the drive bays works well, but I would strongly suggest using at least one screw on the other side of the hard drive cage, floppy drive, and optical drives.
The hard drive cage is well designed allowing for four hard drives to be installed. It has rubber washers to help keep your hard drive from shock. The included blue LED 120mm fan helps to cool those hard drives and bring in yet more air. I replaced the blue LED fan with just a regular 120mm fan for this review.
The 3.5' to 5.25' adapter works well it is not too hard to install floppy drives or flash readers.
Like I said earlier this case has a bottom mounting power supply. So you will want to make sure that your 4 or 8-pin CPU power connector is long enough. Cheaper power supplies often come with shorter CPU power connectors.
The build quality of this case is very good. The case feels solid and there are no sharp edges. Cooler Master has done a good job with this case.
The Centurion 590 has plenty of room to install components hassle free with enough room to work with. The bottom mounting power supply could be a problem if your power supply comes with a shorter 4 or 8-pin CPU power connector. If that is the case then you can cannibalize an older power supply and get the needed length of wire and solder onto the new power supply's leads as I did.
All of the tool less mechanisms worked well and trouble free. The PCI bracket holders are very well done. I really like how this case works and feel that it barrows from the CM Stacker 810 in all the right places.
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