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Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master Elite 430 Case RC-430-KWN1
CM Elite 430 Closer Look: Exterior
CM Elite 430 Detailed Exterior Features
CM Elite 430 Closer Look: Interior
CM Elite 430 Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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
Product Name: Elite 430
Manufacturer: RC-430-KWN1
Price As Tested: $54.99

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.

Cooler_Master_Logo_250px.pngCooler Master Elite 430 Features

  • Interior black coating makes stylish inside looks.
  • Front 120mm fan with brilliant Blue LED provides the best airflow to HDDs.
  • Rear 120mm fan for high-efficiency ventilation.
  • Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance.
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance.
  • Large transparent side window included.
  • Supports long graphics cards including Radeon HD 5970.

RC-430-KWN1 Specifications

Available Color



Steel Body ; ABS Plastic

Dimension (W / H / D)

190 x 424 x 490 mm / 7.5 x 16.7 x 19.3 inch


Net Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.3 lbs
Gross weight:5.8 kg / 12.78 lbs

M/B Type


5.25" Drive Bay

3 Exposed

3.5" Drive Bay

2 Exposed
5 Hidden

I/O Panel

USB 2.0 x2, Mic x1, Audio x1, 1394a x 1,(optional)

Expansion Slots


Cooling System

Top: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)
Front: 120 mm blue LED fan x 1,140 mm fan x 1 (optional)
Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)
Side: 120 mm fan x 1(optional)
Bottom:80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)

Power Supply

Standard ATX PS2(optional)



# Nice New VersionEnigma8750 2010-07-25 15:43
This new CoolerMaster Elite 430 is a great Budget Buy for a gamer. I noticed that it has a lot of thing in common with the CM Storm Scout.

I am very impressed with the new upgrades.. Good work CoolerMaster.
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# RE: Cooler Master Elite 430 Case RC-430-KWN1socrates key 2010-11-01 19:53
just purchased it from newegg for $40.00!
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# CPU fan/top fansShaun 2013-11-14 08:06
I'm using both top fans with a CM V6 GT, which is one of the largest CPU coolers I've ever seen, and it clears without issue.

On that note, I've read many reviews that said the V6 GT wouldn't fit. It does, with room to spare between the top of the cooler and the side glass.

I've owned this case now for a little over 8 months and I've built 2 rigs in it. I'd build a 3rd in this case in a heartbeat. I'm honestly awe-struck at the value.
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