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Cooler Master Elite 130 Review

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Closer Look: Interior

The Elite 120 Advanced (right in this photo) had a single 5.25″ bay and a three-slot drive cage that could hold any combination of 2.5″ drives or 3.5″ drives mounted directly under it. The Elite 130 does away with the drive cage in favor of “mounting points” scattered about the interior.

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There are four places to mount 2.5″/3.5″ devices. Three of them involve the use of special screws and rubber grommets that press into place to secure the drive. There’s room for two 2.5″ devices in the 5.25″ tray if you’re not using something else there, and you can mount a 2.5″ or 3.5″ drive at the bottom of the case and on the removable vertical perforated panel in the right side of the case. There’s also a “slide-in” mount for a single 2.5″ device on the bottom side of the 5.25″ bay. All of these mounting points mean you don’t need a drive cage, and the lack of a drive cage frees up space for a single 120mm radiator and fan at the front of the case.

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The vertical perforated “drive mount” panel can be removed, as can the small 80mm fan to its right. The fan is useful for blowing cool are over your motherboard’s voltage regulators, but I found it to have an annoying high-pitched sound, so I removed it.

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That’s pretty much all there is to the interior. The removal of the drive cage makes the Elite 130 an open box for your system.

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So, can we really fit a water cooler and three drives in there? Let’s find out…


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  1. Nyks

    Hi,

    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:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998058

  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.

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