|Cooler Master Elite 343 RC-343-KKN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 19 April 2011|
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Cooler Master Elite RC-343-KKN1
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.
The enthusiast case market is replete with fancy cases brimming with exotic materials and features. It's not unusual for builders to buy "more case than they need", investing extra money in a case their system can grow into. But sometimes all you need is a basic case: a good-quality enclosure that will serve as a home for your components in a business, "grandma computer", or other non-enthusiast setting. Although Benchmark Reviews does not often look at cases like this, they make up the bulk of the case market. While Cooler Master's best known for its enthusiast cases, they serve this market as well with cases like the Elite 343 mATX computer case.
The micro-ATX (mATX) form factor is becoming more popular these days, and it's not hard to understand why: even most enthusiast systems use but a single motherboard slot (for the video card). Why pay for three or four extra slots you'll likely never use? And when it comes to a non-gaming machine, an integrated video solution is probably all that's needed. Micro ATX systems are smaller, less expensive, quieter, and cooler than full-sized systems, and especially for family or office computing needs, make a lot of sense. In these applications, bespoke aluminum cases with built-in fan controllers and LED lights are a waste of money; all you need is a good, basic case.
Cooler Master will be happy, of course, to provide you with an enthusiast level case if you wish. Their "High Air Flow" (HAF series) cases are popular, as are their gamer-oriented "Storm" series of cases.
Elite 343 Specifications