Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Mini-ITX Tower
The Cooler Master Elite 120 mini-ITX tower accommodates standard-sized components, such as ATX power supplies, dual-slot graphics cards, a full-height optical drive, and up to three 3.5” hard drives.
Airflow is provided by a 120 mm front fan, an 80 mm side fan, along with vented side and top panels for the graphics card and power supply. One USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 connectors, and audio I/O are all accessible from the enclosure's front panel.
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX500 500 W
Our beefy Radeon graphics card doesn't come with any power adapters, so we're using Corsair's 80 PLUS Bronze-certified CX500, sporting a single 38 A, 12 V rail and a pair of 6+2-pin auxiliary power leads.
Optical Drive: None!
We could have added a standard-height 5.25” DVD burner for $17 more, but instead funneled that money into a more powerful graphics card.
However, life with more mobile platforms has come to mean that more folks are using optical media less frequently. Only you can decide if a desktop without a DVD drive is acceptable.
- Colliding Interests Shape Our Mini-ITX Effort
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Just Enough Overclocking To Game...
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Can We Really Call This Better For Gaming?