Cooler Master Elite 130 Review


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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.


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  1. Nyks


    thanks for the nice review.

    I’m looking for a case in these dimensions; before seeing your image above, I missed a possibility build a DVD-RW and a cardreader into the Elite 130.
    Which components are needed for the this combination? A slim-DVD-drive and a 3,5″-Cardreader … and anything else? Do I need to buy a “mounting frame”?

    PS: Sorry for al the certainly existing mistakes … I’m not a native english-speaker.

    1. Olin Coles

      There are too many options to list, but we did just review this: http://benchmarkreviews.com/15508/fractal-design-node-804-micro-atx-case-review/

  2. David Ramsey

    Hi Nyks,

    Yes, I like an optical drive and card reader in all my computers. To mount both a slim optical drive and a 3.5″ drive adapter in a single 5.25″ bay, I used this adapter:


  3. Nyks

    @Olin: The Note 804 doesnt sound good: it isnt jet relased, the dimensions are unknown, there are no front-mountingtrays, and the estimated price is rather high (99 EUR).

    Thank you David Ramsey! A mount like this (SLIM + 3,5″) seems to be very rarely available. But I could find the “SLIMCDFDCAGE” at least from one german amazon-marketplace-retailer.

  4. Ludewig Kepler

    Nice review and plenty of pictures ! Excellent ! My case is on it’s way and already planning to build, as you did, an hackintosh for my self and your review has inspired me 🙂 One question though, what motherboard model you’r using ?
    I guessing it’s a Gigabyte but which model number ?
    Thanks for the answer

    Ludwig K

  5. David Ramsey

    I’m using a Gigabyte GA-Z77N mini-ITX board.

  6. Dominik de Lioncourt

    Could you please recommend a few Water Cooling 120mm AIO units that will fit into this case? Thank You!

    1. David Ramsey

      Virtually any 120mm AIO cooler should fit, although those with double-thick radiators like the Antec Kuhler 920 might be tight. Any of Corsair’s 120mm AIO coolers will work fine.

  7. Josh

    I bought an SFX power supply but it’s too small. How did you fit it in your build? Thanks!

  8. David Ramsey

    The Silverstone SFX power supplies I’ve used come with ATX adapter plates so they can be mounted in ATX mounting holes.

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