|Cooler Master Elite 343 RC-343-KKN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 19 April 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
The Cooler Master Elite 343 is a small, micro ATX ( mATX) computer case rendered in black-painted steel and ABS plastic.
The included accessories are sparse: a multi-language manual as a single folded page, several neatly-labeled re-sealable bags of screws, and a dozen or so zip ties (not pictured).
At the front of the case are two 5.25" drive bays and a single 3.5" drive bay. Below the 3.5" drive bay is the I/O panel, which has two USB 2.0 ports as well as microphone and headphone jacks. A space for an IEEE 1394 port is visible at the right side of the I/O panel, but the connector and cable are not included with this case. Just to the right of the I/O panel are the power and reset switches. As you can see from the image below, the front plastic is very glossy. The bottom front of the case is a metal mesh covering a non-removable foam filter for the included 120mm intake fan.
The left side of the case has a mounting point for an 80mm fan, with extra ventilation holes below. The fan mounting point is positioned to blow air on the CPU area of the motherboard, rather than the video card area, and oddly, only two of the four fan mounting screw holes are actually holes. The right side of the case is a plain black steel panel with no vents or other embellishments.
The rear of the case shows the power supply opening, a mounting area for an 80 or 90mm exhaust fan, the motherboard I/O area, and the four slots. Both side panels are secured by thumbscrews.
The bottom of the case shows four plastic feet and four screws near the front feet. The screws secure an internal drive bay assembly I'll discuss in the next section.
Now let's take a look at the interior of this case.