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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.


No dust filters
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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Installation Continued:

I love what they have done here with the power supply bracket and how it extends out the back of the Elite 120. This not only gives additional support but also more room up front for good cable management. All I needed to do was slide it in on the bracket and lock it down with the four screws provided. As you can see I have already installed my video card and MB I/O panel dust cover, which popped right in and fits like a glove.


Let’s install some drives
Want to go with standard hard drives? No problem, just pop the toolless rails off the trays and push them onto your HDD. Better yet, lets add some SSD’s (or you can mount combinations of SSD’s & HDD’s). With this setup there can be a total of up to five drives in this case with the special side mount and bottom mount trays. It’s your choice.

To acheive five drives, you install four SSDs, two to each tray, and one 3.5 HDD for a total of five. If you have no 2.5 drives, or no SSD, no worries. Just remove the rails from the two trays, then clip them to the 3.5″ drives to install up to 3 of them.

After the Drives and Power supply were installed, here are my six and eight pin pci-e cables, sitting on top waiting for the HD 5970 to be installed. I specifically chose a power supply with fixed cables to see how this case would fair under those circumstances. I have to say I was very surprised as to how well it went. The install of the additional 120mm fan did not suffer as I was able to route all the cables without any difficulty leaving room inside for good airflow through the case and over the bottom mounted motherboard area.


And as you can see from this shot of the other side, the HD 5970 went in with no problems and both the six and eight pin cables are up and out of the way leaving room for great air flow below. I do want to point out here that when considering a standard sized power supply it would be best to buy a modular unit. This would leave you with a lot more room by plugging in just what is needed, and will make your install that much easier.


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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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