Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review :: Exterior

05-13-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Ben Sun

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Horizontal front

Horizontal front

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Horizontal rear

Horizontal rear

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Horizontal Right

Horizontal Right

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Horizontal Left

Horizontal Left


Starting at the drive bays, the case has two 5.25" drive bays in a sideways orientation that works when the case is horizontal or vertical. Below the 5.25" drive bays is a 3.5" drive bay for the floppy drive or Zip drive if you need it. This arrangement makes sense for the mid-tower ATX size as most people will have a maximum of two optical drives in this spot for burning and viewing DVDs or Blu-Ray Discs.


Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Vertical front

Vertical front

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Vertical IO

Vertical IO

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Cooler Master logo

Cooler Master logo

Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Power Reset buttons

Power Reset buttons


The top of the case has the Power and Reset buttons, with the HDD activity light and System activity light here as well. This positioning is kind of weird until you think of the positioning of the buttons when the case is horizontal. In that position the buttons are on the right side of the case, making it normal. The IO consists of two USB 2.0 ports, the Microphone and Speaker jacks. There is also a cut-out area for the Firewire port but that is optional.


Cooler Master Elite 360 Case Review Side panel

Side panel


The Top of the case has a position for a 120mm fan. Note that this would cool the system when it is in horizontal position. The rear of the case has the plug for the Power Supply, 7 openings for the PCI Express slots on the motherboard. There are also two grill mounts for 80mm fans if you want them. There are two areas for mounting feet. As the case is designed to be either horizontal or vertical the feet of the case can be placed in the normal bottom or on the left hand side of the case if it is horizontal.