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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Next Benchmark Reviews will be looking into the interior of the Elite 430, which houses some of the simplest and best tool-less designs.



 

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# 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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