Inside The Elite 430
A giant access hole in the Elite 430’s motherboard plate allows easy installation of CPU cooler support plates, while heavy ribbing in the remaining metal makes this lightweight part somewhat rigid.
Break-away EMI shields cover 5.25” external bays, and are replaceable using screws. We wish Cooler Master had afforded us the same courtesy in its non-replaceable expansion slot covers.
Two out of three 5.25” external bays, one of two external 3.5” bays, and two out of five internal bays have screw-free drive clips.
A single, lighted 120 mm intake fan is found up front for aesthetic reasons. The front mount is also compatible with 140 mm fans, and we know that moving this fan to the rear (as exhaust) can lead to far lower CPU temperatures.
A screen-type dust filter protects the intake fan of power supplies, though it's not easily removable for cleaning. An extra intake fan ahead of it can assist case cooling, though longer-than-standard power supplies (most units over 600 W) will at least partially block this location.