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Coolermaster Centurion 530 and 531

Coolermaster Centurion 530 and 531 Centurion 530 and 531
Coolermaster have always been known for their outrageously good high-end cases, made entirely of aluminium. However, these are often priced out of reach for the average consumer.
In response to this, Coolermaster have developed a range of aluminium-steel hybrids to deliver those award-winning looks in a kick-ass chassis that anyone can afford.

The Centurion line is a perfect example of this. It has what we refer to around these parts as 'nu-skool' styling (because we're hip, obviously, and because it's in the vein of Coolermaster's newer cases, rather than its older ones). Forgive Wil, folks - he's forgotten his medication again - Ed

Coolermaster Centurion 530 and 531 Centurion 530 and 531 Coolermaster Centurion 530 and 531 Centurion 530 and 531
These two cases are the Centurion 530 and 531. The differences between them are mostly aesthetic - they sport almost identical interiors. The cases have a steel frame with aluminium panels. The 530 has a metal grille front, whilst the 531 has an aluminium and plastic front.

Both cases feature:
  • 5x 5.25" drive bays
  • 1x 3.5" external drive bay
  • 6x 3.5" internal drive bays
  • 120mm front intake fan
  • 120mm rear exhaust fan
  • Front USB / Firewire / Audio ports
The obvious omission from this list is a removable motherboard tray. Whilst these are a fantastic feature, they cost extra money, and CM are evidently trying to keep these cases a little more affordable. The Praetorian range has a removable tray, as do many of the older models.

The 530/531 costs £42 or $70 in the US. We're going to look at the exteriors and unique points of each case, before looking at the common insides and seeing how good the case is in use.