|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 Detailed Exterior Features
Looking more closely, the Cooler Master Elite 430 has two USB2.0 ports and audio/mic jacks. They also offer an optional 1394a port, presumably on the left side where the shape has been carved out. The three 5.25" drive bays are covered with replaceable mesh that can be easily be removed with the front cover taken off.
The Elite 430 has plastic feet on the bottom, and a easy hand grip for tearing off the front cover. Two vents are located at the rear, one for the PSU and one for an optional fan. To install a bottom fan would require routing cables along the sides of the case as all the wires stick out of the PSU right next to it.
The top allows two more spots for installing fans. While this seems to give the impression that this case can install up to six fans, it is only possible with great cable management and a relatively conservative system. While the case has no problems installing a large CPU fan, it immediately becomes a trade off because many large CPU fans will take up too much space and make it impossible to install any top fans.
Next Benchmark Reviews will be looking into the interior of the Elite 430, which houses some of the simplest and best tool-less designs.