|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: Interior
After taking off four thumbscrews, both the front and back panels come loose after a tug giving us full access to the interior of the Cooler Master Elite 430. The build for the panels is a little flimsy and "bendy", and always takes several attempts to place back the panels.
The Elite 430's interior is fairly spacious thanks to the narrow drive bays. A mini cheat-sheet for screw arrangement for ATX and micro-ATX motherboards is engraved into the center of the motherboard tray. However there's no cable management features noticeable anywhere. Cooler Master provides a bunch of easy-to-use cable ties that can help, but there's a lack of places to tie cables to. With a packed system and a couple fans installed things could get pretty messy.
The back reveals a cut-out for the CPU to offer additional cooling. To lock a 3.5" drive in place both sides need to be clipped on with the tool-less lock design. The large vertical gap between the drive bays and the motherboard tray is essentially the only route available for twisting and turning wires. The Elite 430 is fairly compact so very little can fit between the back of the motherboard tray and the exterior panel.
The Cooler Master Elite 430's front 5.25" drive bays are the easiest to access and install. The metal pieces need to be torn out before any drive can be inserted. Less consideration is needed for these slots as the front cover's mesh helps trap most of the dust, unlike the PCI-slots in the back. Taking off the front cover also reveals the only fan that came with the case. The 120mm blue LED fan blows cool wind right onto the internal drives to keep them cool.
The Cooler Master Elite 430 retains most of its ancestor's interior features, but made modifications to allow graphic cards larger than 11" to fit. One of the biggest concerns here is cooling and cable management. Benchmark Reviews takes closer look at the Elite 430's interior in the next section, installing in components to see how well this case works.