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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced M-ITX Chassis Review (Page 7)

Chad Sebring | Nov 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm CST - 2 mins, 38 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

The Build and Finished Product

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Removing the front bezel to install the optical drive I found that none of the wiring is attached, and you also have easy access to the fan to clean it since there isn't a front dust filter. To remove the bay cover there are four clips to release and the cover slide out the inside of the bezel.

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Since this is the only time you will get this view inside of the chassis I thought I would get the board installed and run all of the wiring. I am really impressed with the ease that the Elite allows you to tend to all of the chassis wiring.

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I then mounted the PSU extension bracket onto the back of my trusty Silverstone PSU that doesn't typically fit in builds such as this.

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With the PSU in and everything wired and mounted tight, there is plenty of room for the PSU and its wiring, all the while still leaving room for the optical drive across from it.

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With the textured face of the optical drive matching the plastic and steel components of the chassis, I don't really miss the extra bit of aluminum dressing things up, nor does this look bad where the DVD drive takes away from the looks.

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Just to give you an idea of the space in here for video cards, I went ahead and threw in my 2.5 slot HIS Radeon HD 7950. Things are tight, but I had no issues completing the build with this card in place.

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Even in the back there are no issues to report. I did have to flex the fan grill a bit to slide in the PSU, but that was the only work required other than popping in the I/O shield and turning the screws to mount the video card.

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On the right you can see I allowed the PSU to draw air in through the top and not off the CPU cooler. You can also see how the 80mm fan is very well placed to help keep the CPU area as cool as possible. Any extra wiring from the PSU or the front I/O can be hidden in the bottom of the hard drive bays as there is little room elsewhere to do so.

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Once the top and sides were placed back on the chassis I had to have a look at how close the side was to the card. It's hard to see, but you are looking at the fan for the GPU while the shroud is resting directly against the side panel.

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Taking a step back, I thought we should absorb the Elite 120 Advanced in its entirety one last time before we power it up for testing.

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When you power the Elite 120 Advanced you get the constant blue glow of the power LED with an occasional flicker of the blue drive activity light. Since I wasn't able to catch that flicker when it was on, I opted for the initial boot image with the optical drive still illuminated.

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Chad Sebring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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