Date: October 19th, 2010
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 (cont'd)
The bottom features four plastic feet and a bottom fan placement that will support 80-, 92- or 120mm fans. A filtered PSU fan intake features a removable screen that can be serviced from outside the case.
With the side panel removed, we get our first look at the interior. Starting at the front, we have a somewhat conventional drive cage layout with the addition of some tool-free features for some of the drive placements. Realistically, these will be sufficient for the vast majority of users and finding these features in a budget chassis is a plus. We'll see how they work a bit later in the review.
Cooler Master provides a large access cutout in the mobo tray to facilitate CPU cooler swaps and the abbreviated tray design will also facilitate cable routing and management, although no overt cable management features are provided. Dust filters are included for the top fan placements, although the method that Cooler Master uses to secure the mesh leaves something to be desired.
Down on the floor of the case, there's the aforementioned fan placement, but this may be rendered unusable if a long-case PSU is employed here. The single rear exhaust fan is supplied with a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter to power the fan from either the mobo or directly from the power supply.
Front panel wiring is clearly labeled and comes with excellent support in the instruction sheet. The only thing different here is the lack of a small header usually labeled “power LED” in most cases. I'm assuming that the large Molex connector supplies this functionality. A small buzzer speaker is included should your motherboard lack an onboard speaker. That pretty much wraps up the walkaround, so let's get some hardware into the Elite 370 and see how it performs.