Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini-ITX Case Review
OverviewHardware: Cases & PSU
WHAT WE LIKED:Low price, room for 120mm AiO solution, room for large PSU's, unique HDD/SSD mounting system
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Can be a little tight to work in, but that's the nature of most Mini-ITX cases.
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Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Cooler Master Elite 130 packs a ton of features and options into a very Mini-ITX footprint.
Making room for a 120mm AiO CPU cooler was a great idea. In settings where noise is a concern (like an HTPC usage) this can help keep the overall system noise to a minimum as most CPU air coolers for Mini-ITX setups tend to be on the noisy side due to their small size.
Making room for a single high-end GPU gives the Elite 130 potential to be a mini gaming powerhouse.
All of the unique drive mounting options allow you to customize your installation to suit your needs.
All in all, Cooler Master definitely has a winner with the Elite 130. Improving upon the Elite 120 Advanced chassis they removed the HDD mounting system in favor of supporting 120mm AiO CPU coolers and also swapped from one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 to one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 – both a sign of the changing times in the PC world. Cooler Master also created a unique HDD/SSD mounting system, seeing how the typical rack system found in the Elite 120 Advanced was now long gone. One thing didn’t change though and that’s the price – the Elite 130 has the same $49.99 MSRP of the previous generation Elite 120 Advanced.
This has also brought down the price of the Elite 120 Advanced at most sellers as well, so you’ve got a pair of great Mini-ITX offerings to chose from. The Elite 130 packs a ton of innovative features into a small footprint to let you build the perfect HTPC unit, or a sleeper of a powerhouse gaming rig – or anything in between – the choice is yours. I’m happy to award the Elite 130 our PureOverclock Editors Choice award!