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Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Case Review

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Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Computer Case Detailed Features

Unlike similar Mini-ITX cases, Cooler Master chose to go with a single 3 sided cover instead of individual panels. This is a fitting option seeing as how nothing is attached to the cover and the frame underneath is self contained.

With the cover removed, you can see hard drive mounting points across the cross member and down the right side of the inside of the case. Cooler Master utilized some proprietary screws and grommets for mounting the hard drives, so make sure you don’t loose or throw away your extras.

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Here is a closeup of the cross member on top of the case frame. This easily comes off with the removal of the four screws pictured below. There is a catch though, it does not readily indicate as to the correct positioning for reattachment to the frame. Hopefully my photos will help you orient it correctly!

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One of the things Cooler Master has done with this case that I absolutely enjoyed was having the USB 3.0 ports, headphone, microphone jacks on the side of the front bezel, and not attached to the door/cover itself. This allows easier servicing without having to worry about those wires getting in your way upon reattachment of the door/cover.

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As you can see here, there is one slight caveat to the PSU placement, you’re forced to use the extruded bezel in order to attach the PSU to the case correctly. It does, however, help balance the weight of the PSU so that you don’t have as much weight being suspended solely by the 4 standard PSU screws. The extended PSU bracket does have a specific orientation, which is marked by the engraved word “TOP” on one side.

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Now let us get to the build inside this mighty Mini-ITX case!


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2 comments

  1. David Ramsey

    This is why I like SilverStone Strider modular power supplies. For $24.95 you can buy the “PP-05″ short cable kit, which is perfect for building inside mATX or mini-ITX cases.

    1. Jason Vaught

      Yes, SilverStone does offer short cables! You just have to make sure about dimensions of the PSU as the Cooler Master Elite 110 supports a max of 180mm depth and the 1500W (although I can’t fathom someone needing a PSU this big in this case) is 220mm in depth.

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