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Written by Tim White   
Thursday, 05 February 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master Elite 330 Case RC-330-KKN1-GP
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Cooler Master Elite 330

Benchmark Reviews has been on the web for over a year now. In that time I've had the pleasure of reviewing some very nice higher end computer items, including mid and full tower cases. While I love the high end market I realize for every high end part sold, there are probably 100's of mid to lower end parts sold. So who's buying these parts? Everyone is that's who. So where do they get their pre purchase information from? Hopefully here at Benchmark Reviews. Cooler Master recognizes there is an audience at this price point and so should we. Today Benchmark Reviews will look at the Cooler Master Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Chassis. A mid tower computer case that appears to be big on features but small on price.

Cooler Master is a well known computer chassis manufacturer. Many of their gaming cases are world renowned but they do cater to more than the gaming scene. They offer a complete line of mid towers that would definitely fit the part of corporate computing with classy conservative style on the outside with performance features on the inside. A wolf in sheep's clothing if you will.

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In this review we'll look at both the outward appearance and the inside features a little closer. Maybe this really is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Lets continue and see if a case at this price point really is worthy of consideration for your next computer or maybe your first computer build.

Cooler Master Elite Series Features

Stylish CM LED lights
Front I/O panel for easy access
Rear fan supports 8, 9.2 and 12 cm fans
120mm rear fan (front fan optional)
5.25" tool-free for easy installation
3.5" and HDD screw-less for easy access
Add-on card tool-free installation
Side panel chassis air duct v1.1

RC-330-KKN1-GP SpecificationsCooler_Master_Logo_400px.png

Model RC-330
Available Color Black
Dimension (W)7.4 x (H)16.7 x (L)19 inches
Weight 13.22 Lbs
Material SECC
Motherboards ATX, Micro-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 4(exposed)
3.5" Drive Bay 1(Exposed); 6 (Hidden)
I/O Panel USB 2.0 x 2, MIC x 1, SPK x 1
Cooling System One 120mm front fan(optional),
One 120mm rear fan
Expansion Slots 7
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 (Optional)
UPC Code RC-330-KKN1-GP - 870423003113
RC-330-KKR1 (w/ 350W PSU) - 870423003434
Warranty 2 years

About the company: Cooler Master

Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.

In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for companies around the world seeking thermal solutions, and seeks to build such a reputation through outstanding technology, sophisticated design, and superior service.

Cooler Master's current business encompasses a comprehensive lineup of thermal solutions for a full range of applications. Its products range from heat sinks and fans to component housing, chassis, and ducting for computers, industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment, and many other devices.

A critical component of Cooler Master's ability to successfully pursue its mission is an unstinting commitment to quality, as demonstrated by the ISO 9001 certification granted to its main manufacturing plant in Taiwan. It has also enforced ISO guidelines and is in the process of applying for ISO 9002 certification at its second and third plants, located in China. Cooler Master has also implemented a number of analytical and testing protocols to ensure top quality, including at subcontractors, to further ensure thorough quality control. Moreover, Cooler Master's dedication to quality extends beyond manufacturing to every aspect of its operation, including service.



 

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# Coolermaster Elite 330 Power ButtonDarrin De May 2010-08-04 11:54
Unfortunately, the power button on the Coolermaster Elite 330 is its weak point. They really need to sit down and redesign the button and make it far sturdier. I bought two of these cases on NewEgg to build for clients, and they've both broken their power switch buttons. I just ordered yet another replacement. Hopefully Coolermaster won't run out of replacements anytime soon, I'm going to keep requesting more every time one breaks...
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# Button ReplacementRyan 2010-09-13 12:34
did you had to replace the case or just the button?
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# Yes, it is the blue & silver, cheap, power button!Rev. John A. Rish 2011-06-21 08:29
Ryan, you don't have to replace the case, just that cheap piece of plastic (blue & silver) with screws at each end. The actual electrical switch in the metal case is fine and sturdy. The cheap blue & silver thing reminds me of the old, "Made in Japan" stuff that gave rise to that insult. Now, the Japanese have changed their image for the better, while the Chinese have a long way to go, in my opinion. This item needs a quick re-working by Cooler Master to beef it up. Almost everyone who has this case has the same complaint: this switch. Another problem is the metal thing that rotates to keep the add-on cards (sound, video, etc) in place (instead of screws). There is a quality-control problem when something like this comes off in your hand.
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# Good caseRon 2010-09-04 12:02
I disagree regarding the comment about the TAC vent not matching up to AMD processors. I have a full ATX Asus A7V8X-X with a athlon xp2000+ and the vent matches up perfectly. I have had no issues with my power button and overall I'm happy with the case. I'll probably order another one for my next build.
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# RE: Cooler Master Elite 330 Case RC-330-KKN1-GPTim White 2010-10-06 15:38
After nearly two years of daily use my power button is still intact. I will say that it does sometimes stick a bit. I've only noticed that recently though.

As far as the TAC vent goes, I guess I should have specified I was using a modern AMD board as reference. I did not check this with an obsolete socket A motherboard but an AM2+ board. The socket A cpu socket is not placed on the MB the same as AM2/AM2+. The TAC vent is as I stated in the review on AM2/AM2+ boards; off center.
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# RE: RE: Cooler Master Elite 330 Case RC-330-KKN1-GPColly 2010-10-27 08:09
The reason your power button sticks a bit sometimes, is probably because it is HALF broken.... On my case (soon after I got it almost a couple of years ago) one side of the power button 'hinge' broke, meaning it sometimes stuck. Now unfortunately, the other side has broken meaning I couldn't unstick it.

Anyone know where I can get the power button only? I don't want to get a whole front cover as that's just a waste.
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# Yes, from Cooler Master support!Rev. John A. Rish 2011-06-21 08:37
Colly, you can fortunately get any replacement parts from Cooler Master support on the home website. But you need your case model number first. Just look up the case description, as it is still produced. The model number is vertically inscribed on the case itself, not the removable cover, near the old-style mouse and keyboard slots on the back of the case.
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# RE: Cooler Master Elite 330 Case RC-330-KKN1-GPcaptain Ron 2010-10-27 09:50
Its a simple 2 way micro-switch, I dont see why you couldn't find a replacement over at CompUSA or Radio shack for a few bucks.
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# Wrong switch!Rev. John A. Rish 2011-06-21 08:43
Captain Ron, we are not talking about the electricl switch, but the switch actuator. It's just that cheap piece of plastic (blue & silver) with screws at each end. The actual electrical switch in the metal case is fine and sturdy. The cheap blue & silver thing reminds me of the old, "Made in Japan" stuff that gave rise to that insult. Now, the Japanese have changed their image for the better, while the Chinese have a long way to go, in my opinion. This item needs a quick re-working by Cooler Master to beef it up. Almost everyone who has this case has the same complaint: this switch. Another problem is the metal thing that rotates to keep the add-on cards (sound, video, etc) in place (instead of screws). There is a quality-control problem when something like this comes off in your hand.
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# RE: Wrong switch!Captain Ron 2011-06-21 09:17
oh ok, i misunderstood. well in my case the PWR button still works fine after one year of daily use. After reading this review and comments regarding this case i did look at the button assembly and yeah, it does look kinda flimsy. But Im guessing that yours was probably just defective from the start, it happens. good luck!
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# Power key fixKoen 2013-02-28 15:26
My parents had a broken power key on this case too (not the electrical switch, but the actuator). It basically broke the first week, but i never took the time to fix it. I finally did and it seems to be a common problem too!

This is what I did: I removed the remains of the weak plastic parts holding the key in place. Then I removed the screws and the plastic parts they were holding in place. Then I looped some tight rubber bands over the power key and around the screw-holes and refitted the screws with the plastic parts (which in turn keep the rubber bands in place).

The key now works even better than before!

Hope this helps anyone.
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# No problems with mine! Elite 330Ben 2013-03-09 06:59
I've had my case for 2yrs and nothing has gone wrong. The only problem I had was the tight fit for the new video card. Wouldn't hurt if the case had at least another half inch of room.
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# POOR QUALITYalex 2013-05-20 12:49
1 of 10!!!
Cooler Master produce poor quality parts. Well known issue with 330 Power Button, hundreds of thousands people had to pay them for part replacement,cose it is brakes after few month of use.
$10,sometime i think that they make more money from this small plastic part then from cases itself.
Buttons made to be used often.How come Cooler Master don't know about it???
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# CoolerMaster Elite 330 Power ButtonDarrin De May 2013-05-20 16:16
So far I haven't had to pay for the replacement buttons, I've called them up twice to complain, and both times they've sent out a package with two replacements for free. Too bad that's not the story with the hard drive rails in my CoolerMaster Mystique case that break every time you try to pull a hard drive out. I've had to pay for those...
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