Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Chassis Review :: Interior

07-20-2010 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

One very cool feature normally found on more expensive cases is the all-black interior. The motherboard area of the case has the mounting holes for the stand-offs. There is a large hole where the CPU cooler is normally on the motherboard, allowing for easy removal of the CPU cooler without removing the motherboard form the case.

The rear fan is optional on this case but you can fit a fan of 80/90/120mm of your choice here. The expansion slot covers are of the push out kind which is a compromise but an acceptable one on this case. The bottom Power Supply area has two grilled areas. One could be used for a 120mm fan and the other cools the PSU with a dust filter.

The drive area of the case is rather spectacular in the fact that the there are two drive bays with tool-less mechanisms for the 5.25" drives. Simply slide the drive into the bay and flip the lock to locked position. The third drive bay requires screws which are included. The floppy drive lock is slightly different with a handle you turn to lock. There are two HDD tool-less locks and a single FDD tool-less lock. You can install five 3.5" HDDs in the HDD rack. The front of the HDD rack has a 120mm fan.