|Cooler Master Elite 430 Case RC-430-KWN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 22 July 2010|
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Cooler Master Elite 430 Case Review
Usually high-end cases are the ones that attract all the excitement, but the majority of people will be looking for a well-priced mid tower case like the Cooler Master Elite 430. Cooler Master's newest addition to the Elite series retains an identical interior build existing since the Elite 370, but gave it a unified paint job and new exterior shell on the RC-430-KWN1 model. The Elite 430 is small and light, yet maximizes interior space to fit even the longest graphic cards. This new release is aimed to be competitive among the mid tower market, Benchmark Reviews investigates whether the Cooler Master 430 succeeds or not.
The CM Elite 430 can be purchased for $54.99, a very competitive price for features listed on its spec sheet. Up to six fans, seven expansion slots, three 5.25" drives and seven 3.25" drives can be installed in this compact but space-efficient case. The Elite 430 only comes with one blue LED fan, as additional fans are bound to drive up the price. The size of the case is close to bare minimum for a full ATX motherboard with room to install an 11" graphics card.
The Cooler Master Elite 430 targets budget-oriented buyers looking for the basic functionality of a mid-tower computer case. It offers plenty of space by slimming down components such as the drive bays. Cooler Master made a bold statement and declared that the Elite 430 can house even two HD 5970s in crossfire. Putting aside the question of whether or not the owner of two HD 5970s will buy this case, the Elite 430 would need some serious cooling and space management to make such a build actually viable. But for this price and size, simply having this capability is amazing.
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.
Cooler Master Elite 430 Features