Coolermaster Centurion 6

Installation & Testing:

For demonstration purposes we installed following parts in the case:

Asus P8P67 Motherboard
Intel Core I5-2500K Processor
4x2GB DDR3 1600MHz memory
Enermax ENM750AWT PSU
4x1TB Hitachi HDD
120GB Verbatim SSD
Asus Radeon 6850 GFX
E-MU 1820M Sound Card

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We began our installation process with the installation of the power supply unit. PSU is located in the lower back corner of the case. This is a usual place for PSU in nowadays PC cases and it allows the PSU to take fresh air from below the case instead of using the already “hot” air inside the case.

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The next step was the installation of our motherboard, processor and processor cooler. We used Antec H2O 920 cooler with two Noctua 120mm fans in it to cool down our CPU. The motherboard and cooler did fit nicely inside the case. There seems to be enough room for cable management and normal size graphics cards.

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5.25″ devices are installed by pushing them from the frontpanel and locking them using the hatch in the left side of the 5.25″ tray. The process is completely toolless.

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Installation of the system was an easy process. Everything fit in nicely and there’s plenty of space for everything. You can even remove the upper hard disk bay if your graphics card is too long to fit in. (Centurion 6 supports graphics cards up to 405mm length when the upper HDD bay is removed). With the fans included in the case the temperatures of motherboard and processor were about the same as within the Antec P280 case we had the system installed before.

One could argue that Centurion 6 isn’t the most silent case on the market. Fans definitely make some noise when running at maximum speed, but with 5-7V voltages they are very silent, yet powerful enough to provide enough cooling for our system to keep it within reasonable temperatures.

Conclusion:

Priced around 60€ the Centurion 6 definitely seems like a promising case. It has all the basic features well covered and there are some nice things which just might justify the choose between Centurion 6 and other cases in the same price range. There are enough 2.5″ and 3.5″ slots for todays needs and the case is compatible with 120x240mm water cooling radiators. However, our sample unit case did come with only four sets of HDD connectors. Personally, I like the conservative look of the case, but some of us might want a little more bling in their case. Considering the price the quality of Centurion is astonishing. There are no sharp edges, no resonating noises and enough preinstalled fans (with optional slots for many more). These are things that make Centurion as good of a case that it is. If the looks please you and you are going to buy a case, consider Centurion 6. You won’t be disappointed.

Pros:
+ Enough HDD slots (both 3.5″ & 2.5″)
+ Cooling
+ Compatible with 120mm x 240mm radiators
+ Looks
+ Price

Cons:
– No on/off switch for front panel fans LED.
– A bit loud with preinstalled fans running @ 12V
– Comes with HDD trails for only 4 HDD:s despite having 7 HDD slots

 

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Comments

  1. Horrible on off switch. Mine lasted 1.5 days. Now dead.

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