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CoolerMaster CPU Chassis Buying Guide
  

CoolerMaster is one of the leading manufacturers of cpu chassis, cpu fan, power supply and other accessories. This is a short buying guide who will provide you detailed description and information on CoolerMasters' cpu cabinet. We really do not put much pressure on our mind to buy a cpu case. Call it a cpu case, or cpu cabinet, or chassis, etc all goes to one big box which consumes your every hardware. The only thing we prefer to see is the look. And hardly we matter about the design. But today due to ever increasing requirement it has become necessary to check the cpu cabinet also. There are specification and details offered by CoolerMaster. I choose to go with CoolerMasters model because of a particular reason. First the cabinet comes with awesome design and features. Second you can buy that easily in your local area or from any online site. CoolerMaster offers cpu cabinets under Full Tower, Ultra Tower, Mid Tower, and Mini Tower & Mini ITX. You can choose from the range which you want and begin making your own new system. Full Tower cabinets are meant for gaming work and high end systems. They offer you more hard drive bay, liquid cooling support, larger area and some of them are equipped with customized design also. Second Ultra Tower cases. Ultra Tower cases are bit different than any other. In one word you can make a beast out of it. Awesome design and heavy body offers you a durable high end system build. Mid Tower is regular size cpu case which you get in desktop system. Mini Tower is a bit smaller than Mid Tower which looks compact and meant for personal desktop. And the last one Mini ITX offers you a thin small cpu case where you can simply decorate your desk. A very nice small cpu case meant for regular systems.

There are certain points you will need to understand when you are going to buy a cpu case. Why I am emphasizing on cpu case buying stuff because in future if you plan to upgrade then at that time I had noticed many has to change the case also. That is really a waste of money. If you buy a high end system and do not think about the cpu case in future to add up a number of hard drive or gpu or liquid cooling will led to add-on expenses. I am listing a number of models with specification below. Try to have a look on the best one you like. Before that I will also advice you read and understand certain points before buying any cpu case. Usually it depends on your need of system. Mostly in custom build system we prefer to put our interest towards the hardware i.e. the cpu, ram, motherboard, etc. But later in future if you plan for an upgrade or add more number of hard drives then find that there is no space left. Many upgrades are halted because of a lower cpu case model. Second stuff, today overclocking is another important trend in the market. For overclocking you need a better cooler management. This entirely depends on the cpu case you had purchase. Some cpu case comes wit pre-configured liquid cooling setup. So there nothing is much left to do.

Points to choose right CPU Case:

There are many points converted here. You can go on the same a bit by bit. First thing you must know that to choose a cpu case you must get a rough idea of what you want. Do you want front port usb support, or a higher power supply, or a better management of cables inside, or easy to carry, etc. This are some points which we really do not care to think about. So by default the vendor sells you the cheapest case he has to fit your budget needs. But adding up a few more bucks in your existing budget can give a trendy look to the desktop system. Other than this high end cpu case are equipped drive bays. These bays are easy to manage a number of drives. In the same way low end mini cabinets allows you easy movability. Leaving this behind lets discuss the point to be taken in mind before choosing a cpu case :

1. Size :

You must know what are the current sizes in the market. The reason behind this depends on your future upgrades. For example you purchased a mini case and prefer to put it on your desk. Later on you decided to put a graphic card in it, then the issue appears. A mini case is very thin. A cpu will not fit inside the case. Either you will need to leave one part open forever which makes it ugly. So here you have a good board, good monitor, good cpu, but because of mini case you cannot fit a gpu in it or use a bigger fan or add more drivers. So size is what really matters. The regular desktop which we see in the market is mid range. This size is common and easily found. I will advice you not to go for small until you are not planning for upgrades. Second thing also do not go for full size cpu case. Full size cpu case are heavy and bigger. They are made of heavy metal and they will not fit on your desk. This type of system are usually recommended for gaming pc or servers. They are also very costly. So as per your need you must choose the right size for your system.

2. Bays and Connectivity :

When you are deciding to go for a mid tower case then I will recommend you to have a look on the number of connectivity options you have + the bays in front. Basically we can see by default 2 or 3 cd/dvd bays in old models. They are replaced with 1. A front port usb support with audio jack. I will advice you to have at least 3 bays for CD/DVD support with minimum 2 bays for a drive. They can be kept separate and used when needed.

3. ATX vs Micro ATX :

At the time of purchase do not forget to check this. ATX is regular motherboard size while Micro ATX is recommended for smaller motherboards. It is necessary to check that which type of board you are going to have.

4. Other Component & Material Used:

Today manufacturers are providing additional component on the cpu case. Like extra fans, led, cables, etc. So this are some add-on which can be helpful. An extra fan is good to have with better power supply support. Do not use leds or any other stuff if not needed. To some extent it is also important to check what material is used in the cpu case. Commonly manufacturer uses a mixture of steel and aluminum. Steel give more durability to the system offering easy heat management and a cooler setup. There are other more metal used which offers better thermal conductivity. But those add-on to the cost.

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Re: CoolerMaster CPU Chassis Buying Guide

CoolerMaster CPU Case Models :

FULL TOWER CPU CASE

1. ATCS 840


Features :
  • Independent GPU cooling
  • High-end graphic cards temperatures can be reduced by 3~5oC
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Dual PSUs System.
  • PSU could be mounted on top or bottom for flexible installation or dual PSU configuration
  • Advanced Cooling System.
  • Support high end CPU cooler (the cooler should be lower than 200mm)
  • Support the radiator with three 120mm fans
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Cable Management system for better cable routing and neatness
Specification :
  • Color - Black / Silver
  • Dimensions - (W) 243 x (H) 580 x (D) 630 mm / (W) 9.57 x (H) 22.83 x (D) 24.80 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 13.25 kg / 29.21 lb / Gross Weight: 15.75 kg / 34.72 lb
  • Material - Aluminum
  • Motherboards - Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 6 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5" drive bay)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 6 Hidden 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
  • I/O Panel - USB x 4, IEEE 1394a x 1, eSATA x 1, Mic x 1, Audio x 1
  • Cooling System - Front: 230 x 30 mm fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA. Top: 230 x 30 mm fan x 2 /700 RPM / 19 dBA (can be swapped for three 120 mm fans). Rear: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM, 17 dBA. Bottom: 120 x 25 mm (optional). HDD Module: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional). External Air Duct: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Dual Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
2. COSMOS S


Features :
  • Intelligent user interface with concealable I/O panel featuring a built-in touch sensor
  • Cooler Master's flagship aluminum alloy gaming chassis
  • Design inspired by the sleek contours of the hottest dream race cars
  • Side panel comes with a 200mm fan(150CFM) for maximum VGA cooling
  • 120mm x 3 radiator can be mount inside the top of the case (radiator is optional)
  • Meshed front panel with red LED fan to enhance airflow
  • Independent air intake designed for bottom-mounted PSU
  • Patented button design for easy maintenance of 5.25"drive devices
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 266 x (H) 598 x (D) 628 mm / (W) 10.47 x (H) 23.54 x (D) 24.72 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 13.8 kg / 30.4 lb / Gross Weight: 17.8 kg / 39.2 lb
  • Material - Chassis: Al / Side Panel: Al (1.5mm)
  • Motherboards - Micro-ATX /E-ATX / ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 7 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 4 Hidden (converted from 3 x 5.25 inch drive bays)
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 4, IEEE 1394 x 1, eSATA x 1, MIC x 1, Audio x 1 (support Intel HD / AC 97 audio)
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1 / 1200 rpm / 17 dBA. Top: 120 x 25 mm x 1 / 1200 rpm / 17 dBA (supports 120 mm x 2) (optional). Rear: 120 x 25 mm fan 1 / 1200 rpm / 17 dBA. Side: 230 x 30 mm fan x 1 / 900 rpm / 150 CFM
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
  • Optional Component - Transparent side panel, Fan bracket
  • Other - CPU cooler setup requirement: Minimum 6.1 inch (154.9mm) spacing between motherboard and the side panel
3. HAF 932


Features :
  • The HAF932 features a fully-rugged appearance and is housed in a tough casing to offer outstanding protection.
  • A rugged HAF932 comes equipped to operate with unparalleled thermal performance
  • Patented finger-press buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25 inch drive devices
  • Removable HDD racks and cable management system for better cable routing and neatness
  • Easy access to liquid coolant fills port
  • Meshed back slot for providing passive cooling
  • Independent air intake designed for bottom-mounted PSU or installation of two 120mm fans
  • Retaining holes for easy installation of CPU coolers
Specification :
  • Available Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 243 x (H) 560 x (D) 564 mm / (W) 9.6 x (H) 22.0 x (D) 22.2 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 13.2 kg / 29.1 lb / Gross Weight: 15.85 kg / 35 lb
  • Material - SECC, Plastic
  • Motherboards - Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 6 (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch drive bay)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden / 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch drive bay)
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 4, IEEE 1394a x 1, eSATA x 1, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports HD audio)
  • Cooling System - Front: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1 / 700 rpm / 19 dBA. Side: 230 x 30 mm standard fan x 1 / 700 rpm / 19 dBA (supports 120 mm fan x 4). Top: 230 x 30 mm fan x 1 / 700 rpm / 19 dBA (supports 120 mm fan x 3 / 120 mm fan x 1 + 230 x 30 mm fan x 1). Rear: 140 x 25 mm fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA (supports 140 mm fan).
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply -Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
4. HAF 932 AMD edition


Features :
  • The HAF932 AMD edition features a fully-rugged appearance and is housed in a tough casing to offer outstanding protection
  • AMD dragon on acrylic side panel
  • Patented finger-press buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25 inch drive devices
  • Removable HDD racks and cable management system for better cable routing and neatness
  • Easy access to liquid coolant fills port
  • Meshed back slot for providing passive cooling
  • Independent air intake designed for bottom-mounted PSU or installation of two 120mm fans
  • Retaining holes for easy installation of CPU coolers
Specification :
  • Color - Red
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 243 x 560 x 564 mm / 9.5 x 22.04 x 22.2 inches
  • Weight - Net Weight: 13.2 kg / 29.1 lbs / Gross Weight: 15.85 kg / 35 lbs
  • Material - SECC, Plastic and Mesh bezel
  • Motherboards - Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 6 without the use of exposed 3.5”drive bay.
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25” drive bay)
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 4 , IEEE 1394a x 1 , eSATA x 1 , MIC x 1 , Audio x 1 (supports HD / AC97 audio)
  • Cooling System - Front: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA. Top: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA (supports 120 mm fan x 3 or 120 mm x 1 + 230 x 30 x 1). Rear: 140 x 25 mm fan x1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
5. HAF X


Features :
  • SATA Dock for easy installation without the need of removing side panel
  • USB 3.0 on front I/O panel
  • Air duct to cool the latest graphic cards
  • Up to 1 x 230 mm red LED fan and 3 x 200 mm fans
  • 9 slots support triple VGA cards
  • Adjustable VGA card holder to support heavier GPU cards
  • Power supply partition to conceal cables
  • Advanced cable management with rubber grommets
  • Spacious interior for larger component parts
  • Rugged black coated interior
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Steel + Plastic
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 230 x 550 x 590 mm / 9.1 x 21.7 x 23.2 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight:14.35 kg / 31.6 lbs. Gross Weight:16.08 kg / 35.5 lbs
  • M/B Type - M-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / GIGABYTE XL-ATI
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 6 (2 converted SATA HDD drive bay available)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden
  • SATA HDD Drive Bay / 2.5" Drive Bay - 2 (converted from 5.25” drive bays)
  • I/O Panel - USB 3.0 x 2,USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394a x 1, e-SATA x 1, Audio x 1, Mic x 1
  • Expansion Slots - 9
  • Cooling System - Front:230 x 30 mm red LED fan on/off x 1. Top:200 x 30mm fans x 2 (one optional). Side:200 x 30mm fan x 1. Rear:140 x 25mm fan x 1. VGA Fan Duct:120 x 25 mm or 120 x 38 mm fan x 1(optional). VGA Holder:80 x 15 mm fan x 1(optional)
  • Power Supply - Bottom / Standard ATX PS2(optional)
6. HAF X NVIDIA edition


Features:
  • SATA Dock for easy installation without the need of removing side panel
  • USB 3.0 on front I/O panel
  • Air duct to cool the latest graphic cards
  • Up to 1 x 230 mm Green LED fan and 3 x 200 mm fans
  • 9 slots support triple VGA cards
  • Adjustable VGA card holder to support heavier GPU cards
  • Power supply partition to conceal cables
Specification :
  • Color - Black / NV Green
  • Material - Steel + Plastic
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 230 x 599 x 550 mm / 9.1 x 23.6 x 21.7 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight:14.35 kg / 31.6 lbs ; Gross Weight:16.08 kg / 35.5 lbs
  • M/B Type - M-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / GIGABYTE XL-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 6 (2 converted SATA HDD drive bay available)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden (2 in 1 2.5" and 1.8" SSD drive support)
  • 2.5"/3.5"- SATA HDD Drive Bay - 2 (converted from 5.25” drive bays)
  • I/O Panel - USB 3.0 x 2,USB 2.0 x 2, IEEE 1394a x 1, e-SATA x 1, Audio x 1, Mic x 1,
  • Expansion Slots - 9
  • Cooling System - Front:230 x 30 mm Green LED fan on/off x 1. Top:200 x 30mm fans x 2 (one optional). Side:200 x 30mm fan x 1. Rear:140 x 25mm fan x 1. VGA Fan Duct:120 x 25 mm or 120 x 38 mm fan x 1(optional). VGA Holder:80 x 15 mm fan x 1(optional).
  • Power Supply - Bottom / Standard ATX PS2(optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - VGA Card length :342.0mm. CPU cooler height:190.0mm
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Re: CoolerMaster CPU Chassis Buying Guide

ULTRA TOWER CPU CASE


1. COSMOS II


Features:
  • Stylish and streamlined race-car inspired design
  • Brushed aluminum and steel for strength and elegance
  • Airflow Optimized Design
  • Supports up to 10 fans and 13 HDDs (2 from X-dock)
  • Supports 4 Way SLI/CF
  • Supports XL-ATX / SSI CEB / SSI EEB boards
  • Advanced Control Panel includes 4 channel fan speed control
  • Rich I/O support: USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 4, e-SATA x 1, Audio In and Out

Specification :
  • Color - Midnight Black
  • Material - Exterior: Aluminum, Mesh, Synthetics. Interior: Steel-Alloy, Synthetics, Rubber.
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 344 x 704 x 664 mm / 13.5 x 27.7 x 26.1 inch.
  • Weight - 22 kg / 48.5 lb
  • M/B Type - Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, SSI CEB, SSI EEB
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 3
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 13 (2 from X-docking with key locks, 5 HDDs in the Middle cage, 6 HDDs in the bottom cage)
  • I/O Panel - USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 4, e-SATA x 1, Audio In and Out
  • Expansion Slots - 10+1
  • Cooling System - Front: 200mm LED fan x 1, 700 RPM, 19 dBA(converted from 120/140mm x 1). Top: 120mm black fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA (200mm fan x 1 / 140mm fan x 2 / 120mm fan x 3). Rear: 140mm fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 19 dBA. Side: 120mm fan x 2 (optional). HDD: Mid.HDD: 120x25mm fan x 1 (optional); Bottom HDD: 120mm fan x 2, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA.
  • Power Supply - ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - CPU cooler height: 190mm / 7.48 inch. VGA card length: 385mm / 15.15 inch 2.5"/3.5"- SATA HDD Drive Bay - 11 (converted from 3.5" cages)
MID TOWER


1. CM 690 II


Features:
  • Oversized front and top mesh design for superb ventilation
  • Accommodates 120 x 240 mm radiator inside the top and bottom
  • Dust-control filters for all meshed areas
  • Front blue LED fan on/off switch
  • Rear retaining holes for water cooling kit
  • Cable management and CPU retaining hole for easy maintenance
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 214.5 x 511.8 x 528.8 mm / 8.4 x 20.1 x 20.8 inches
  • Weight - Net Weight: 9.19 kg / 20.3 lbs. Gross Weight: 11.19 kg / 24.7 lbs
  • M/B Type - Micro - ATX / ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 Exposed (encloses with two tool-free systems)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 6 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2 , eSATA x 1 , MIC x 1 , Audio x 1 (supports HD / AC97 audio)
  • Expansion Slots - 7 + 1
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 x 25 mm Blue LED fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA. Rear: 120 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA. Top: 120 / 140 mm fan x 2 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA (optional). Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional). Right side: 80 x 15 mm x 1 (optional). Left side: 120 / 140 mm fan x 2 (optional). HDD cage: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
2. CM 690 II Advanced

Features :
  • Oversized front and top mesh design for superb ventilation
  • Accommodates 120 x 240 mm radiator inside the top or bottom
  • Dust-control filters for all meshed areas
  • Air cooling support for up to 10 fans (with support for up to 5 x 140mm fans)
  • External SATA X-dock
  • Front blue LED fan on/off switch
  • Rear retaining holes for water cooling kit
  • Includes 1.8" & 2.5" HDD and SSD adapter
  • Cable management and CPU retaining hole for easy maintenance
  • Includes VGA card bracket (supports triple GPU card)
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 214.5 x 511.8 x 528.8 mm / 8.4 x 20.1 x 20.8 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 9.56 kg / 21.08 lbs. Gross Weight: 11.56 kg / 25.49 lbs
  • M/B Type - Micro - ATX / ATX / Mini-ITX(supports)
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 (without the use of exposed 3.5”drive bay)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 6 Hidden. 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25” drive bay)
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2 , eSATA x 1 , MIC x 1 , Audio x 1 (supports HD / AC97 audio)
  • Expansion Slots - 7 + 1
  • Cooling System - Front: 140 x 25 mm Blue LED fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA. Rear: 120 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA. Top: 140 x 25 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA (supports 120 / 140 mm fan x 2). Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional). Left side: 120 / 140 mm fan x 2 (optional). Right side: 80 x 15 mm x 1 (optional). HDD cage: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional). VGA holder: 80 x 15 mm fan x 1 (optional). Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
3. CMP-350


Features :
  • Includes SMPS
  • Front panel with grill design for rugged look and excellent air intake
  • Stylish front panel blue LED
  • Front I/O panel for easy access
  • Dual side ventilation for unsurpassed ventilation
  • Rear 120mm fan provides excellent airflow
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 180 x (H) 408 x (D) 454 mm (W) 7.08 x (H) 16.06 x (D) 17.87 inches.
  • Weight - Net Weight: 4.7 kg/ 10.36 lbs. Gross Weight: 5.4 kg / 11.90 lbs
  • Material - Steel body , ABS plastic front bezel
  • Motherboards - ATX / m-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 6 Hidden 1 Exposed
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2 , Spk x 1 , Audio x 1 , IEEE 1394a x 1 (optional)
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1 (optional). Rear: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA (pre-install) ; 80 / 90mm x 1 (optional).
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2
4. Elite 310


Features:
  • Front vent provides superior ventilation to maintain constant cooling
  • I/O panel provides easy access for users
  • Multi-color front panel for individual preferences
  • Side panel security lock hole for higher security
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance
  • Rear 120 mm fan provides the best cooling solution
Specification :
  • Color - Orange, Blue, Silver
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 191 x (H) 437 x (D) 468 mm (W) 7.5 x (H) 17.2 x (D) 18.4 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 5.8kg / 12.8 lb. Gross Weight: 6.9 kg / 15.2 lb
  • Material - Steel Body ; ABS plastic front bezel
  • Motherboards - ATX /Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 6 Hidden 1 Exposed
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports HD audio), IEEE 1394a (optional)
  • Cooling System - Rear: 120 x 25mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA (pre-install) ; 80mm / 90mm (optional). Front: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1(optional). Side: 80 / 90 / 120 mm fan x 1 (optional).
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2
5. Elite 311


Features:
  • Front steel mesh intake increases airflow and improves cooling tremendously
  • Bottom mounted PSU results in better thermal profile and aids rapid heat dissipation
  • Removable HDD cage to install longer VGA cards. This feature makes the case future proof (It supports even ATI's HD 5970)
  • Excellent cable management features to keep messy cables at bay and improve ventilation
  • Option of installing multiple 120mm fans to improve airflow and thus cooling
  • Multi-colored front bezel for individual preference
Specification :
  • Available Color - Black/Blue, Black/Orange, Black/Silver, Black/Red
  • Material - Steel body, ABS Plastic, Mesh front bezel
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 190 x 450 x 477 mm / 7.5 x 17.7 x 18.8 inches
  • Weight - 5.6 kg / 12.3 lbs
  • M/B Type - ATX / Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 3 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed 5 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2, MIC x 1, Audio x1
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Cooling System - Front: 120/ 140 mm fan (optional). Rear 120 x 25 mm fan x 1, 1200 rpm, 17 dBA. 80/90 mm fan x 1 (Optional). Side: 120 mm fan x 1 (Optional)
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - CPU cooler height: 160 mm. VGA Card Length: 281 mm. 422 mm (Without HDD cage)
6. Elite 311 Plus

Features:
  • USB 3.0 port for blazing fast data transfer speeds
  • Full black interior and transparent side panel window for showing off your creative side
  • Font 120mm fan with blue LED light. It improves airflow and directs cold air on the HDDs
  • Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance
  • Supports Long VGA cards including ATi's HD 5970, * (HDD Cage will need to be removed when installing VGA in the 4th slot and below)
  • Rear 120 mm fan provides the better cooling performance
  • Bottom mounted PSU results in better thermal profile and aids rapid heat dissipation
  • Removable HDD Cage
Specification :
  • Color - Black/Titanium
  • Material - Steel body, ABS Plastic, Mesh front bezel
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 190 x 450 x 477 mm / 7.5 x 17.7 x 18.8 inches
  • Weight - 5.9 kg / 13 lbs
  • M/B Type - ATX / Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 3 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed. 5 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 3.0 x1, USB 2.0 x3, MIC x1, Audio x1
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 x 25 mm blue LED fan x1, 1200 rpm, 140 mm fan x1 (Optional). Rear: 120 x 25 mm fan x1, 1200 rpm. 17 dBA; 80/90 mm fan x1 (optional)
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (Optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - CPU cooler height: 158 mm. VGA Card Length: 281 mm. 422 mm (Without HDD Cage)
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7. Elite 330


Features:
  • Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance
  • Meshed front panel design provides the superior airflow and maximum cooling performance
  • Built-in washable front air filter 120mm front and rear fans provide the best ventilation while maintain silent cooling solution
  • Solid construction makes the chassis durable and sturdy
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - Main unit: (W) 189 x (H) 425 x (D) 485 mm (W) 7.44 x (H) 16.73 x (D) 19.09 inches. Without front panel: (W) 185 x (H) 411 x (D) 450 mm (W) 7.28 x (H) 16.18 x (D) 17.72 inches.
  • Weight - Net Weight: 6 kg / 13.22 lb
  • Material - SECC
  • Motherboards - ATX / Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 1 Exposed 6 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x1 (supports AC97/HD audio)
  • Cooling System - Rear: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1. Front: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
8. Elite 334


Features :
  • Tool-free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance
  • Meshed front panel design provides the superior airflow and maximum cooling performance
  • Built-in washable front air filter
  • 120mm rear fan provides the best ventilation while maintain silent cooling solution
  • Solid construction makes the chassis durable and sturdy
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - Main unit: (W) 187 x (H) 421 x (D) 485 mm (W) 7.36 x (H) 16.57 x (D) 19.09 inches. Without front panel: (W) 185 x (H) 411 x (D) 450 mm (W) 7.28 x (H) 16.18 x (D) 17.72 inches.
  • Weight - Net Weight: 6 kg / 13.23 lb
  • Material - SECC
  • Motherboards - ATX / Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 6 Hidden 1 Exposed
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x1 (supports AC97/HD audio)
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional). Rear: 120 mm fan x 1.
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
9. Elite 370


Features:
  • Rear 120 mm fan for high-efficiency ventilation.
  • Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance.
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance.
  • Easy access front I/O panel.
  • Supports long graphics cards including HD Radeon 5970.
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Steel Body ; ABS Plastic
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 190 x 424 x 481 mm / 7.5 x 16.7 x 18.9 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight:4.7 kg / 10.3 lbs. Gross Weight: 5.8 kg / 12.78 lbs
  • M/B Type - ATX/Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 3 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 1Exposed, 5 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x2, Mic x1, Audio x1, 1394a x 1?optional?
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Cooling System - Top: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional). Front: 120/140 mm fan x1 (optional). Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x1. Side: 120/140 mm fan x 2 (optional). Bottom:80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional). Accommodates to Hyper 212 Plus cooler
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2(optional)
10. Elite 430 Black


Features:
  • Interior black coating makes stylish inside looks.
  • Front 120mm fan with brilliant Blue LED provides the best airflow to HDDs.
  • Rear 120mm fan for high-efficiency ventilation.
  • Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance.
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance.
  • Large transparent side window included.
  • Supports long graphics cards including Radeon HD 5970.
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Steel Body ; ABS Plastic
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 190 x 424 x 490 mm / 7.5 x 16.7 x 19.3 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.3 lbs
  • Gross weight - 5.8 kg / 12.78 lbs
  • M/B Type - ATX/Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 3 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed 5 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x2, Mic x1, Audio x1, 1394a x 1,(optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Cooling System - Top: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional). Front: 120 mm blue LED fan x 1,140 mm fan x 1 (optional). Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional). Side: 120 mm fan x 1(optional). Bottom:80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2(optional)
11. Elite 431


Features:
  • Front 120mm Blue LED fan for better airflow and cooling
  • Tool-Free design for quick assembly and maintenance
  • Front I/O panel for easy access
  • Supports long graphics cards including HD Radeon 6990
Specification :
  • Color - Full black
  • Material - Steel Body, (0.5 mm / SECC), ABS plastic
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 192 x 427 x 499 mm / 7.6 x 16.8 x 19.6 inch
  • Weight - 4.8 kg / 10.6 lb
  • M/B Type - ATX /Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 3 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed, 5 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1 , Audio x 1
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Cooling System - Front: 120mm Blue LED fan x 1, 140mm (optional). Top: 120mm fan x 2 (optional). Rear: 80/90/120mm fan x 1 (optional). Bottom: 80/90/120mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - Transparent side window
12. Gladiator 600


Features:
  • Ventilation on top and side for improved airflow throughout the case
  • Top mount 140 fan for better airflow
  • Supports up to five 120 mm fans
  • Front I/O panel for easy access
  • Retaining hole for easy CPU cooler installation
  • Cable management for quick cable routing and neatness
  • Front fan Blue LED switch
  • PSU bottom fan can be set up facing up/down (filter included)
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - SECC (case body) ; Mesh (front bazel) ; Electroplate (I/O Panel)
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 202 x (H) 440 x (D) 485 mm (W) 8 x (H) 17.3 x (D) 19.1 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 7 kg / 15.4 lb. Gross Weight: 8.5 kg / 18.7 lb
  • Motherboards - ATX / Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 5 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden 1 Exposed
  • Cooling System - Top: 140 x 25 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA (support 120 mm fan). Front: 120 x 25 mm Blue LED on / off fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA (support 140 mm fan). Side: 120 / 140 mm fan x 2 (optional). Rear: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - PS2 / Support high wattage PSU (maximum 190 mm fan)
  • Optional Component - Transparent Acrylic Side Panel
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13. HAF 912 Advanced


Features:
  • HAF 912 Advanced is built in aggressive design and stylish interior black coating.
  • The compact interior able to accommodates 12 devices.
  • Supports long graphics cards including ATI Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 480.
  • Superior cooling performance support up to two 200 mm and two 120 mm fans.
  • Front 200mm fan with brilliant Red LED provides the best airflow to HDDs.
  • Removable 3.5”HDD cage provides enthusiasts more convenient installation.
  • Customized neat cable management.
  • Front I/O includes USB 3.0 for easy access
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Case Body: Steel / Front bezel: Plastic and mesh
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - Main unit: 230 x 480 x 496 mm / 9.1 x 18.9 x 19.5 inch (with stand)
  • Weight - Net: 8.7 kg / 19.2 lbs
  • M/B Type - Micro-ATX / ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 4 Exposed (one could be converted to 3.5” bay)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 1 Exposed ( converted from 5.25” bay) / 6 Hidden
  • I/O Panel - USB 3.0 X2, USB 2.0 x 2, e-SATA x1,Audio x 1, Mic x 1
  • Expansion Slots - 7+1
  • Cooling System - Front: 200 mm red LED fan x 1, 700RPM,19dBA (can be swapped for two 120mm fans). Top: 200 mm black fan x 1,700RPM,19dBA (can be swapped for two 120mm fans). Rear: 120 mm black fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA. Side:120/140 mm fan x 1 (optional).
  • Power Supply - Bottom –mounted / ATX PS2 / EPS 12V
14. Scout


Features:
  • Fierce exterior design inspired by military weapons.
  • Reinforced carrying handles for fast and efficient mobilization.
  • Menacing all black interior and window side panel for striking visuals.
  • Stealth panel for tuning your lights.
  • StormGuardTM - ground-breaking security system for safeguarding your gaming peripherals.
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W)219 X (H)495.5 X (D)489 mm (W)8.6 x (H)19.5 inch x (D)19.2
  • Weight - 8.7 kg / 19.23 lbs
  • Material - Steel, ABS Plastic, PC, Mesh bezel
  • Motherboards - Micro-ATX / ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay)
  • Cooling System - Front: 140mm Red LED Fan x 1 (included). Top: 40mm Fan x 1 (included) or 120mm Fan x 1 (optional). Rear: 120mm Red LED Fan x 1 (included). Side: Acrylic window; supports 120mm x 2 (optional).
  • Expansion Slots - Standard x 7, Special x 1
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
15. USP 100 Black Edition


Features :
  • Fully meshed front panel provides super ventilation to maintain continuous cooling.
  • Bottom fan installation to reinforce airflow performance.
  • Spacious interior supports high-end CPU coolers and VGA cards.
  • PSU placed at the bottom creates the independent cooling environment for power supply system.
  • Retaining hole for easy CPU cooler installation.
  • Cable management for quick and clean cable routing.
  • Front I/O panel for easy access.
  • Tool-free design for simple installation and upgrade.
Specification :
  • Color - Black / Red (Black interior)
  • SATA HDD Drive Bay USB 2. Front: 120 x 25 mm Blue or Red LED fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA
  • Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x 1(optional)
  • Bottom: 80/90/120 mm fan x 1(optional)
  • Side: 80/90/120 mm fan x 1(optional)
  • Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility VGA Card length :290.0 mm / 11.417 inch
  • CPU cooler height:170.0 mm / 6.69 inch

MINI TOWER



1. Elite 342

Features:
  • Front mesh design provides superior ventilation to maintain constant cooling
  • Front I/O panel provides easy access for users
  • Side panel security lock hole for higher security
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance
  • Front 120 mm fan provides the best cooling solution
  • Removable HDD cage
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 180 x (H) 352 x (D) 440 mm (W) 7.08 x (H) 13.85 x (D) 17.32 inches
  • Weight - Net Weight: 4.0 kg / 8.84 lbs. Gross Weight: 5.1 kg / 11.24 lbs
  • Material - Steel Body ; ABS plastic ; Mesh Front bezel
  • Motherboards - Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden 1 Exposed
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2 , Spk x 1 , Audio x 1 , IEEE 1394a (optional) , e-SATA (optional)
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 x 25mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA (pre-install) ; 80mm / 90mm (optional) Rear: 80 / 90 mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 4
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
2. Elite 343
Features:
  • Front mesh design provides superior ventilation to maintain constant cooling
  • Front I/O panel provides easy access for users
  • Side panel security lock hole for higher security
  • Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance
  • Front 120 mm fan provides the best cooling solution
  • Removable HDD cage
Specification
  • Color - Black
  • Material - Steel Body ; ABS plastic ; Mesh Front bezel
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 183 x 356.7 x 445.8 mm / 7.20 x 14.04 x 17.55 inches
  • Weight - Net Weight: 4.0 kg/ 8.84 lbs. Gross Weight: 5.1 kg / 11.24 lbs
  • M/B Type - Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 Hidden 1 Exposed
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2 , Spk x 1 , Audio x 1 , IEEE 1394a (optional) , e-SATA (optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 4
  • Cooling System - Front: 120 x 25mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA (pre-install) ; 80mm / 90mm (optional). Rear: 80 / 90 mm fan x 1 (optional).
  • Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - CPU Cooler height: 148 mm. VGA Card length: 250 mm ( with HDD cage ) / 363 mm ( remove HDD cage )
3. Elite 360

Features:
  • Top I/O panel provides easy access for users
  • Front panel PSU vent provides superior ventilation to maintain constant cooling
  • Compatible with ATX and micro ATX motherboards in a compact enclosure
  • Tool-free drive bays for quick and easy setup
  • Rotatable Cooler Master logo to present in different aspects
  • Able to place vertically and horizontally for users to manage the space in different way
Specification
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 148 x (H) 360 x (D) 439 mm. (W) 5.8 x (H) 14.2 x (D) 17.3 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 4.4 kg / 9.7 lb. Gross Weight: 5.1 kg / 11.2 lbs
  • Material - Plastic (front bezel), SECC (case body)
  • Motherboards - ATX / Micro-ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 2 Exposed
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 1 Hidden. 1 Exposed
  • I/O Panel - USB x 2, MIC x 1, SPK x 1, IEEE 1394a x 1 (optional)
  • Cooling System - Bottom: 80 x 20 mm fan x 1 (optional). Rear: 80 x 20 mm fan x 2 (optional). Side: 120 / 90 / 80 mm fan x 1 (optional). Top: 120 mm fan x 1 or 90 / 80 mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Power Supply - ATX PS2 (optional)
4. Elite 361

Features :
  • Special Design for Space Management: can be placed vertically and horizontally with rubber stands
  • Rotatable CM logo to present in different angles
  • Compatible with Micro-ATX and ATX
  • Front I/O panel for easy access
  • HDD compatibility up to 5 drives and 7 expansion slots provide great expandability
  • Vent on front panel for improved cooling performance of HDDs
Specification :
  • Color - Black (interior non-coating)
  • Material - SECC, Plastic
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - 150 x 368 x 464 mm / 5.9 x 14.4 x 18.2 inch
  • Weight - 4.8 kg / 10.6 lb
  • M/B Type - Micro-ATX, ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay - 1 (exposed)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay - 1 (exposed), 4 (hidden)
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports AC97 / Audio)
  • Expansion Slots - 7
  • Cooling System - Top: 120mm fan x 1, 80/90mm (optional). Front: 80mm fan x 1 (optional). Rear: 80mm fan x 2 (optional). Side: 80/90/120mm fan x 1 (optional)
  • Power Supply - PS2 (optional)
  • Maximum Compatibility - VGA card length (w/HDD) : 227 mm / 8.9 inch. VGA card length (w/o HDD): 312 mm / 12.3 inch. CPU cooler height: 122 mm / 4.8 inch
MINI ITX


1. Elite 100


Features:
  • An ultra slim chassis accommodates both micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards
  • Multi-device support: With micro-ATX board: Slim ODD x 1, 2.5" HDD x 2 or With mini-ITX board: Slim ODD x 1, 2.5" HDD x 2, 3.5" HDD x 1
  • Excellently cooled slim enclosure to support up to 65W CPU
  • Passive mini-ITX case with silent constructional design
  • Flex ATX 150W with Active PFC included
  • Front I/O panel for easy access (including USB 2.0 x 2 and HD audio)
Specification :
  • Color - Black
  • Dimension (W / H / D) - (W) 262 x (H)69.6 x (D) 318 mm (W) 10.3 x (H) 2.7 x (D) 12.5 inch
  • Weight - Net Weight: 2.6 kg / 5.6 lb. Gross Weight: 3 kg / 6.5 lb
  • Material - Steel Body ; Plastic Bezel
  • Motherboards - Micro ATX / Mini ITX
  • Device Space - With Micro ATX board: Slim ODD x 1 , 2.5” HDD x 2 / With Mini ITX board: Slim ODD x 1 , 2.5” HDD x 1 , 3.5” HDD x 1 / With Mini ITX board: Slim ODD x 1 , 2.5” HDD x 3
  • I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 2 , SPK x 1 , Audio x 1
  • Power - Flex ATX 150W , Active PFC
  • Optional Component - SD / MS card reader . 4 pin to 4 pin power supply Y cable
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