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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Ultra Mini ITX Compact Case

Posted September 7, 2012 by Vinny Petronio in







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Price at time of Review: $49.99


Excellent air flow, small footprint, supports standard size PSU, USB 3.0 MB header, tool-less HD cage, 5.25 ODD bay, good cable management, Supports Up to 3 x 3.5” / 4 x 2.5” HDD/SSD (converted from 2 x 3.5" HDD bay) Great looking brushed aluminum front bezel, Supports the largest Video Cards.


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If you are looking for a great HTPC or Gaming Rig that small in size but large in stature, The Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced should definitely be on your short list .
by Vinny Petronio
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Features, Specifications, and Package:

  •  Unprecedented airflow for a Mini-ITX case
  •  1/3 the size of a standard case
  •  Supports standard length ATX PSUs with innovative rear mount
  •  Supports Ultra High-End VGA’s (HD7990/GTX690)
  •  Stylish Aluminum front panel
  • USB 3.0 Super Speed Support
  •  Features a Full Size 5.25” Drive Bay
  •  Supports Up to 3 x 3.5” / 4 x 2.5” HDD/SSD (converted from 2 x 3.5″ HDD bay)



CoolerMaster has taken a new direction with the packaging of the Elite 120 Advanced HTCP case, and I will speculate on a couple of very good reasons. The brown corrugated box is the first reason. It shows that the company is becoming more Eco-Friendly by shipping in a biodegradable container. The other might be a substantial cost savings for the manufacturer. We grew accustomed to seeing the printed pictures in four colors on a white gloss box, but the new changes are still understandable and appreciated, especially since the box typically just gets thrown away anyway. Hopefully some of those cost savings are passed on to the consumer or applied to the product directly.


Some features are listed on the front but the majority of information is listed on the back in several languages to help you make a decision on whether it will fit your needs.


The CoolerMaster Elite 120 comes wrapped in plastic to protect from scratches. It is covered with two large Styrofoam inserts on each side of the case to protect it from damage during shipping. There is a very comprehensive and easy to understand installation manual, also written in several different languages.


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One Comment


    congratulations for review .. beautiful case .. nice price!

    I want to ask you something about the vga ..
    using 2 slots reference bracket, you can install a aftermarket heat sink of 3 slots, as the arctic accelero xtreme plus?


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