Exterior Examination Including Mods
One of the special features of the Mystique is the ability to change the look of the front by changing the door to the opposite side, like this.
Personally, I like the single wave look of the case on the left, but the advantage of the staggered wave on the right is that it allows a little more intake air to reach the fan underneath the front panel, which could be important if you tend to run with the door closed.
In the photo above you can see the front of the case with the door open; it is important to note that the door is constructed of aluminum while the whole front bezel and drive bay covers are constructed of plastic. You can remove the front panel entirely by pulling it out towards you from the bottom of the case. As you can see each wave is separated by a space about an eighth of an inch wide; that together with the crest of the wave (top and bottom) is how intake air for your hard drives enters the case.
Our next photo below shows our first exterior mod and that’s installing an 80 mm blow hole on the top of the case. You may ask, why an 80 mm instead of say, a 92 or a 120 mm?
By the way, the photo also shows the location of the external access ports; from top to bottom we have two USB2, two Audio and one IEEE 1394 Firewire ports.
To get back to our reasoning for the 80 mm hole; we wanted to use the top drive bay and we also wanted to use a modular power supply and as many of you know, some PSU’s just won’t fit with 120 mm fans installed in a top blow hole. Then why not use a 92 mm fan? Simple again, we wanted the maximum amount of space we could get and still have an exhaust fan on the top of the case.
But, we killed two birds with one stone or you could say, we had our cake and ate it too!! Look below to see how we accomplished this feat.
We used the Silverstone Premium 92 mm Fan cased in an 80 mm housing, works like a charm.
The back of the case is pretty standard as cases go with a few exceptions. The first is not immediately evident but once you start building a system into the case, you quickly realize that there is no need to remove the side panel on the left in our photo (which is actually the right front panel when looking directly at the front of the case, but Cooler Master includes two regular screws anyway.
The second and most notable can be seen more clearly in our photo below.
As is quite obvious the two holes pictured are retainers for liquid cooling kits of your choice. We are seeing more and more cases including this feature or one similar; I guess the Liquid Cooling Crowd’s voices have been heard by the powers that be!
The final exterior photo and most telling of them all can be seen below. Hank at Performance Pcs.com wanted to maintain the ability to use the factory installed duct system, but at the same time installing a window with fan, the results are what you are now looking at.
Please note that the factory installed handle is still in place and I can say that the side panels of the Wave Master II are the easiest to remove and reinstall of any Cooler Master case I’ve ever worked on.
In our photo above, you can see the inside of the window panel with the plastic duct in place and here as with the blow hole on top we choose the same Silverstone Premium 92 mm Fan housed in an 80 mm frame. The fan duct is viable for use with most heatsinks, but if you are using any of the tower type heatsinks, the duct will need to go and can easily be replaced with another fan or just a filter, the choice is yours!