Page 1:When A $50 Chassis…Isn’t
Page 2:AeroCool VS-9
Page 3:Inside The VS-9
Page 4:Building With The VS-9
Page 5:Antec Three Hundred
Page 6:Inside The Three Hundred
Page 7:Building With The Three Hundred
Page 8:Cooler Master Elite 430
Page 9:Inside The Elite 430
Page 10:Building With The Elite 430
Page 11:Enermax Staray ECA3171 / ECA3170
Page 12:Inside The ECA3171-BR-AP
Page 13:Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
Page 14:Test Settings
Page 15:Test Results
Page 16:Antec Wins?
Cooler Master Elite 430
A stylish design with multiple fan grilles, metal mesh bay panels and a side window make Cooler Master’s part number RC-430-KWN1 appear as though it belongs in a higher price class, while an amazingly low 10.5 pound weight reminds us the Elite 430 is just as thin as most other budget-oriented enclosures.
Moderate rigidity can only be attributed to good design, as the case has bracing ribs on nearly everything but the outer skin. A look around back reveals the ribs there, along with an empty 120 mm fan mount that includes 92 mm and 80 mm mounting holes.
Another clue to the Elite 430’s low cost are break-away, non-replaceable expansion slot covers. Cooler Master still provides the convenience of thumb screws in spite of costs, and even equips the case with breakouts for water-cooling hoses.
Dual 120 mm fan mounts atop the Elite 430 are offset to the outside, allowing fans to clear the oversized heat pipe assemblies of most enthusiast-class motherboards. A liquid-cooling radiator might also fit here, but adding one creates DIMM clearance issues for most platforms.
Though no version of this case is produced with FireWire, an outline of its port is found next to the Elite 430’s dual USB 2.0 ports and headset jacks.
- When A $50 Chassis…Isn’t
- AeroCool VS-9
- Inside The VS-9
- Building With The VS-9
- Antec Three Hundred
- Inside The Three Hundred
- Building With The Three Hundred
- Cooler Master Elite 430
- Inside The Elite 430
- Building With The Elite 430
- Enermax Staray ECA3171 / ECA3170
- Inside The ECA3171-BR-AP
- Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
- Test Settings
- Test Results
- Antec Wins?