Closer Look: Exterior
The Cooler Master Elite 130 case is comprised of black-painted steel and black plastic. Rather than the solid front panel of the Elite 120 Advanced (with hidden side air inlets), the front panel of the Elite 130 is mesh. The accent panels on either side appear to be black brushed aluminum. On the left are two USB 3.0 ports and the analog audio ports; on the right is the power/reset rocker switch (with an integrated power LED), a drive activity LED, and a single USB 2.0 port.
Both sides of the case are identical: plain black steel with ventilation holes.
On the bottom of the case we can see several tie-down points as well as mounting holes for a single 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive.
At the rear of the case are the power supply mount, which extends outwards about an inch from the case body, the cutout for the mITX motherboard I/O panel, and two card slots. The grommeted hole above the cards slots that’s present on the back of the Elite 120 Advanced case is missing here.
The front panel pops off easily to reveal the recessed intake fan, which is secured by plastic push pins and very easy to remove.
Compared the the Elite 120 Advanced on the right, the only functional difference is that the Elite 130 has two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port on the front, while the older case has two USB 2.0 ports on the front and only one USB 3.0 port.
So, from the outside, there’s not that much difference. The real changes have taken place on the inside, as we’ll see in the next section.