Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Chassis Review :: Exterior

07-20-2010 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

The front of the case is where the optical drive bays are located. Cooler Master has included three 5.25” drive bays on the case, sufficient for every user. Most people have no need for four optical drives, a Blu-ray drive and a DVD burner is all most people will require. Below the 5.25” drives are two 3.5” drive bays for the floppy disks. To the left of the FDD bays are the Power and Reset buttons. Below that is a 120mm fan in front of the HDDs that lights up blue in operation. You can also fit a 140mm fan here.

Above the drive bays is the Front I/O of the case. This consists of the HD Audio jack, a Microphone jack, two USB ports and a spot for the Firewire port if you wish to install it as an optional item. The top of the case has two grilled areas for two 120mm fans. Cooler Master rightfully figures that this is a great optional add-on to an inexpensive case. The Left side panel has a clear window with a spot for another 120mm fan.

The rear of the case keeps with the black theme with an all-black finish. The Rear I/O is here with a 120mm fan grill area above it. In keeping with the high-end features of this case, the PSU is bottom mounted. The expansion area of the case consists of 7 PCI slot covers, typical of most motherboards on the market. The side panels are held into place by two thumbscrews, allowing easy access to the interior of the case.