Here I sit really torn as to which way to go with the Elite 120 Advanced. Its main competition the BitFenix Prodigy is better equipped, and in my opinion, it took the design to the edge, without making things look gross. On the flip side, that chassis is much more expensive, and doesn't fit into the realm of "normal" designs like the Elite 120 does.
The Elite 120 Advanced keeps things simple and widely appealing on the outside, while on the inside there is a high level of detail to include features that really will make any build inside of it easy to do, and it offers options to adjust the cooling levels to fit your specific needs. If you plan things out well, you can have up to five storage drives in here, an optical device, wire management, and the optional fan placement for a 120mm fan and the additional 80mm fan were things I did not expect in such a small chassis.
The chassis is really solid, even with the door off of it. Once all of the hardware is installed it actually seems to make the case more rigid and solid feeling. Moving into the testing there were a few things I was pleased about. First off, I was really happy not to have to dig out my five year old PSU to fit in this build; I was able to stick in a 750W PSU that doesn't care about size restrictions. Then there is the amount of air inside of the chassis and the way everything gets a cool delivery of cooler ambient air flow.
The PSU can draw through the top of the chassis, the card draws through the left side, and doesn't vibrate against the chassis in my build either, and with the 80mm fan your CPU is also supplied with fresh air from the right side. When I got to the testing, everything in the chassis reported better that average temperatures, especially for a chassis as compact as this.
Since the aesthetics might turn some away, the performance being better than expected from the fans and design of the Elite 120 Advanced should draw in buyers. To sweeten the deal you have really good options and a really well thought out interior. The coup de grace has to be the pricing of this chassis. I don't care who you are or what sort of SFF chassis you want to take with you to a LAN, it is really hard to pass up a chassis like this with a $59.98 price tag.
With no issues to report with my time working in, building with, or testing of the Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX chassis from Cooler Master, I see no reason why anyone would have sufficient reason enough not to make this you next choice of affordable, yet very accommodating SFF cases.
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