|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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Elite 430 Closer Look: Exterior
The Cooler Master Elite 430 came in pretty standard packaging, shipped with an abundance of screws but minimal instructions (screw diagrams were impossible to distinguish). Only the front fan was included, 120mm blue LED fan.
Out of the box the Elite 430 looked pretty plain, but visibly a step up from the past Elite series. Mesh has pretty much became an industry standard to place everywhere. It increases airflow, traps dust, and allows internal lighting to fully decorate the case. While currently a little dull, once the blue LED fans start turning the Cooler Master Elite 430 looks pretty awesome.
Most people would prefer if their computer case had a positive visual effect on their room. To do that, cases now either need a wicked exterior design, or a see-through panel for showing off the components with lighting. The Cooler Master Elite 430 comes with a plastic window with ventilation built in, allowing the attachment of a 120mm fan should additional cooling be required.
The Elite 430's rare end has seven expansion slots, a place to install an optional fan of 80mm/90mm/120mm, and even two ports for liquid cooling. In order to use one of the expansion slots or ports, the metal plate would need to be physically twisted and yanked off with the help of a screw driver. Accidently yanking out the wrong one will cause a permanent mesh-less hole. Many cases have replaceable plates but the Elite 430's design offers simplicity and possibly a bit of savings.
The back uses thumb screws compatible with a screw drivers. The unified paint job goes with the market trend. Numerous vents and meshed surfaces should give the Cooler Master Elite 430 great cooling. This is a pretty good update so far and many of the exterior changes work well.