The Cooler Master USP 100 is not only a looker, but does seem to offer quite a bit of included power. Look at it this way; I was able to play around a bit on the rig and with antiquated hardware. The E6400 pulls a lot of juice when overclocked and I was able to get to 3.3GHz on the stock cooler and still have power enough to clock the card a fair amount. While running a couple of stress tests, the main issue came to light; chassis cooling! Better yet, the lack of any! They have supplied a single 120mm fan that does add some flow, but very little, as most of it is blocked by either the intake grid, or the hard drive bays. Things got hot inside too fast for my liking, but I am doing something most buyers wouldn't. I mean, not everyone likes to push parts just because they can. While at stock, temperatures were a few degrees warmer, but still very acceptable.
Moving on, there is a really sturdy well thought out and designed mid tower. All the bones are there for a strong build, whether it be a gamer or a PC to surf the internet, this chassis and power supply combination will keep the low end to mid range guys very happy. As I say, this is not an extremist setup; don't let the name on the power supply fool you. While it is quite capable, don't let it fool you into trying to add Molex adapters to power a pair of HD5850's or say GTX280's. I can solidly say a pair of HD5770's would do nicely or on the green side, maybe some single plug 250's or similar.
If red isn't your color of choice, then there is no need to bother. IF you have a slick, tricked out ATI/AMD build and want to accentuate it, then this may be the case and power supply combo for you. Even if you have a brown or green motherboard, this case offers a nice beginners platform to work from. The power supply isn't top notch, but it is plenty to do the job at hand. The case doesn't have the best air flow, but still offers the end user options for customization. For all you "builders" out there who like to find a good combo deal for customer builds, have a look! - In my opinion, this can get the job done, offers stylish looks and doesn't break anyone's wallet in the process. Like I said, to get both a power supply and a good foundation chassis that won't take hours with a Dremel and leave the taste of metal in your mouth; it isn't easy and is rarely cheap.
I think Cooler Master found a nice balance and the pricing at Newegg of $89.99 confirms that.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:29 pm CDT
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