|Cooler Master Elite 343 RC-343-KKN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 18 April 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
The interior of the case is plain unpainted steel. The motherboard tray does have the largest CPU cooler cutout I've ever seen, though! Visible here are the two 5.25" bays at the top of the case. The tool-less mounts for the drives snap on and off with the rotating lock knob in the middle. Below the 5.25" bays are two 3.5" bays (one with external access), and below those are four more 3.5" bays in a removable cage. The removable cage is secured by four screws on the bottom of the case, and a single thumbscrew that connects it to the two-bay cage above it.
With the four bay cage removed, the interior 120mm intake fan is exposed. In this configuration you still have room for two 5.25" devices and two 3.5" devices. Why remove the bays? Mainly to make room for long video cards. Cooler Master offers this same feature in the Storm Enforcer, and it's nice to see it available in an inexpensive case like this.
Here we can see the power supply mounting area, the mount for the optional exhaust fan, and the four card slot covers. Note that only the first cover is secured with a screw; the remaining three are knockout panels that can't be replaced. While many builders will have spare slot covers in their junk piles, I would have preferred Cooler Master spend a few more pennies here and made all of the slot covers replaceable.
Don't plan on running any cables behind the motherboard tray. With a bare 1/4" of clearance, about the only thing that would fit would be a SATA cable...flat.
There is, however, plenty of room behind the drive bays. If you removed the lower drive cage for your build, you'd want to take care to ensure that cables in this area didn't interfere with the intake fan.
Let's see what it's like to build a system in this case.