Date: November 24th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Inside, there is a floppy-sized bay and a side facing HDD drive bay that will accommodate six hardies. Otherwise, the interior is very Spartan and finished in the same blue/gray color seen in many steel chassis'. As one would expect in a budget case, there are no tool-free installation features and minimal wire management aids. Inside, this is a no-frills chassis with basic features that will allow a user to get a system installed, but offer none of the more advanced installation features seen in more expensive offerings.
The plastic front panel snaps off easily to reveal the external bays and the empty 120mm front fan placement. The big bay covers are of the break-out variety, but they can be replaced with screws, something I'd have liked to have seen with the expansion slots at the rear.
Four specialty screws are included that will make installing a 120mm fan in the front a breeze, but the fan breeze will have a difficult time getting through the HDD cage just behind it.
The wiring, while minimal, is well executed and the cables terminate in well marked and documented connectors. Note that the power LED leads are separate, making them compatible with both 2- and 3-pin mobo headers without modification. The rear fan has a 3- to4-pin adapter to make installation easier for the user, too. Speaking of which, let's put some hardware in the Elite 310 and see how it does.