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Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini-ITX Case Review

Introduction With Mini-ITX gaming systems on the rise lately, it’s no wonder why more and more manufacturers are getting into the Mini-ITX market. Cooler Master is a name that I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with. They have been around for a LONG time and make TONS of different PC-related goods including cases, CPU coolers, laptop coolers, keyboards, mice, headsets, and the list goes on. A year or two ago, Cooler Master came out with the Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX case that was small on size but big on room and features. Cooler Master has just released their latest Mini-ITX in the series, the Elite 130! The Elite 130 takes the base setup from the Elite 120 Advanced and removes the internal HDD bays in favor of 120mm water cooling support. It also adds in a unique drive mounting system to make up for it. They were kind enough to send us one to check out so let’s get it on the bench for testing!     A little about the Elite 130 from Cooler Master: “One of the most compact, yet fully featured chassis for high performance M-ITX computing. Included is a large mesh front panel that offers reserved styling while allowing extreme airflow. It’s designed to fit in the most minute available desk space while supporting high performance hardware. Elite 130 supports: the largest VGAs from NVIDIA or AMD, 5 x HDDs and/or SSDs, a full-sized power supply, and even a thick 120mm DIY or AIO watercooling radiator.” – Cooler Master Le...



 
 
 
 
 

Cooler Master V8 GTS

I'm sure every one who reads this is familiar with Cooler Master's "V" series of engine-themed CPU coolers. It consists of the V6, V6 GT, V8 and the TEC-cooled V10. Cooler Master has added another cooler to this award-winning lineup, dubbed the V8 GTS. It brings eight heat pipes and Cooler Master's horizontal vapor chamber to the table. The entire lineup of V series coolers has been very impressive thus far. Can the V8 GTS live up to the standards set by it's predecessors? Cooler Master was kind enough to send us one to check out so we can answer that question. Without further adieu let's get to it.



 
 
 
 
 

Cooler Master i700

The Cooler Master i700 is an affordable mid-range power supply, and while it's not a beast like one of Cooler Master's premium V-Series units, the i700 is 80PLUS Bronze certified and comes with a very attractive price tag of $80 ($69 after rebate that we've currently seen). Seems like a very enticing budget-oriented unit, so let's take a closer look at this Cooler Master i700 power supply and see how it fares.



 
 
 
 
 

CM Storm QuickFire Stealth Mechanical Keyboard

We've got the latest mechanical keyboard from Cooler Master: the QuickFire Stealth. It's part of their growing Storm lineup that's geared to gamers, and this board features the vaunted Cherry MX switches. It comes with an attractive price of $85 as well, and a few other nice features to boot. Let's take a closer look at the Cooler Master QuickFire Stealth Blue and see what it can do.



 
 
 
 
 

CM Storm Havoc Gaming Mouse

The Havoc is the latest in Cooler Master's gamer-oriented Storm series of products, with an 8200 DPI laser engine and a fabulous finish. With an attractive price $55, this is a highly competitive segment in the gaming peripheral market for those who want a new rodent for their system. Question is: can this mouse wreak Havoc on the competition? Let's find out.



 
 
 
 
 

Cooler Master V Series 850W and 1000W

Today we're looking at a couple of units from Cooler Master, specifically the V Series power supplies, which come with a fully modular design, 80Plus Gold certification, and attractive price tags at $189 for 850W and $210 for the 1000W model. Toss in a single +12V rail and a 5 year warranty, and we've got something very enticing here. The real question, however, remains: how do they perform? Let's find out.





 
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