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Cooler Master's Elite 430 targets Antec Three Hundred

Cooler Master's Elite 430 targets Antec Three Hundred

Cooler Master's latest Elite 430 case will take on the budget market.

Cooler Master is aiming right at the heart of the budget case market with its latest Elite 430. The black case is designed to take on the very popular Antec Three Hundred, and should certainly give it a run for its money in terms of build quality and use of space.

Despite its cost, there's still (just enough) space for a large CPU cooler such as the upcoming Cooler Master V6, and it'll even handle three GeForce GTX 480s without turning into a fiery ball of mess, we were told. The system shown had such a setup but the case sides were off to show the PC inside, which would have helped the cooling.

With space for two 120mm fans in the roof, one 120mm fan at the rear, one 120mm fan in the floor and another 120mm fan at the front, there's plenty of scope to add more cooling if you need it. There were no side panels for us to look at, so there might even be a mount or two more for GPU-specific cooling.

However, considering that the graphics cards installed in the system were already very close to the side of the case (thanks for those overhanging heatpipes, Nvidia) you'd need to use a very thin fan if you planned to install and GTX 480.

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To keep things simple, the hard disk cage isn't sideways facing, so it'll be awkward to fit or swap disks once the system is built. However, Cooler Master does throw in some nice tool-free clips to secure your disks and the optical drives above.

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The case even supports extended PSUs such as the giant 1.2kW Silent Pro Gold shown above, although this has meant that the demo system couldn't use the extra floor fan mount. The Elite 430 actually looks quite smart, with a neat and clean aesthetic. Unfortunately Cooler Master couldn't confirm a final price or a launch date, so you'll just have to keep checking bit-tech for updates!

Is this an Antec 300-killer? Or just another choice in the budget market is good for everyone? Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

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mi1ez 4th June 2010, 16:12 Quote
Theme of Computex: Ugly PC cases!
wuyanxu 4th June 2010, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Theme of Computex: Ugly PC cases!
indeed.

where are the sleek cases. ask Antec to try again with their p183's exterior look.
Zero_UK 4th June 2010, 16:19 Quote
I like aggressive cases. I think their interesting.

But I do have a Stacker 832.
CharlO 4th June 2010, 16:24 Quote
Why not 140 fans in the roof, the two 120 de-centered look really awful. And so does the front plate. If I Could get the one from the Antec 300 with the two fans with dors. That would be THE rocking mini tower. (If anyone mods it that way, was MY idea.) Still loving my Antec 300
rickysio 4th June 2010, 16:38 Quote
The two fan mounts on the roof should be closer - it could allow for a 2X120rad.
RedFlames 4th June 2010, 16:44 Quote
it's not antec 200/600 ugly... but close... I'll stick to using 300s methinks...
13eightyfour 4th June 2010, 16:50 Quote
would somebody really be looking for a budget case to house their tri sli 480's?

its not the ugliest case ive seen, but from the front it has the look of a cheap 'gaming' case imo
Bindibadgi 4th June 2010, 17:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by 13eightyfour
would somebody really be looking for a budget case to house their tri sli 480's?

its not the ugliest case ive seen, but from the front it has the look of a cheap 'gaming' case imo

Many PC Gamers.

Cheap mobo, cheap case, cheap PSU + tons of fans and graphics = typical scenario for the uninformed at LAN parties I've seen.
13eightyfour 4th June 2010, 17:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Many PC Gamers.

Cheap mobo, cheap case, cheap PSU + tons of fans and graphics = typical scenario for the uninformed at LAN parties I've seen.

When you put it like that i suppose it makes sense. How long before we see no name 1200w PSUs:(
Jipa 4th June 2010, 17:41 Quote
Can't compete with the Three Hundred with those pesky quick locks on the drive bays. Seems they aren't too impressed with the locks even themselves, seeing they still used screws to mount the hard drive :D

The gaming case markets are so damn over crowded a case really needs to pack something extra and do everything right to stand from the crowd. By the looks of it, this is just another generic chassis.
FelixTech 4th June 2010, 17:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
where are the sleek cases. ask Antec to try again with their p183's exterior look.
I think airflow is becoming more of an issue, so there are more and more holes/vents/meshes, which mean less sleekness. Although the designers tastes don't seem to help either :P
pimonserry 4th June 2010, 18:13 Quote
Too cramped, just like the Antec 300. :(

I have 3 HDDs, a 4870, a TX750 and there is no room to manoeuvre at all.
Teh C 4th June 2010, 18:16 Quote
it looks both crampt and untidy
Furymouse 4th June 2010, 19:48 Quote
I do like how black it is. ( thinks about powder coating his p182 )
GravitySmacked 4th June 2010, 21:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
Theme of Computex: Ugly PC cases!

Yep.
Anfield 4th June 2010, 22:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by CharlO
Why not 140 fans in the roof, the two 120 de-centered look really awful.

If it would be different there would be a problem with mainboards that have PWM heatsinks at the top of the board like for example the Gigabyte UD5 Intel boards or the Asus P6X58D Premium.
Cupboard 5th June 2010, 01:11 Quote
Having put my computer in a case with sideways facing hard drive caddies, it is so useful. Makes adding the drives so much easier, along with the cable routing.

It can't surely add *that* much to the cost?
pimonserry 5th June 2010, 01:14 Quote
I think the case has to be wider for sideways HDD cages. I wish the 300 had them :(
general22 5th June 2010, 02:21 Quote
Antec 300 is a terrible case and it is cheap for a reason, this looks slightly less cramped though.
Akuman 5th June 2010, 06:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Furymouse
I do like how black it is. ( thinks about powder coating his p182 )

Agreed.

After seeing so many cases with that black interior, I've constantly thought about powder coating my Lian Li case.

But yeah that case is the oooglay and so is the antec 300.
IanW 5th June 2010, 06:29 Quote
Much prefer my Centurion 590
Jipa 5th June 2010, 10:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Antec 300 is a terrible case and it is cheap for a reason, this looks slightly less cramped though.

Sorry but you're just plain wrong. The 300 is THE cheap case to get. End of story. Pretty much the ultimate one size fits all as well, just add some fans if it gets too toasty.
azrael- 5th June 2010, 12:18 Quote
Looks-wise the Antec 300 wins the contest with the CoolerMaster 430 hands-down.

I agree with the previous statements that pc cases tend to get uglier at the moment, whether introduced at Computex or not.
Jack_Pepsi 5th June 2010, 20:04 Quote
I was just managing my hangover and thought I could handle a little bit of browsing but unfortunately this case pushed me too far and made me vom.

Nah I'm only messin'. Even though it is ugly it's not that ugly.
Quattro D 5th June 2010, 20:21 Quote
I dont thinks its fair to say the antec 300 is crap tbh, fair enough if you have a high end gaming system it would be crap, but you have to remember at that price point, you will be hard pressed to find as case like it. Its a case for people on a budget
leslie 6th June 2010, 01:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Quattro D
I dont thinks its fair to say the antec 300 is crap tbh, fair enough if you have a high end gaming system it would be crap, but you have to remember at that price point, you will be hard pressed to find as case like it. Its a case for people on a budget

Exactly, it's not fair to compare a high end case with a low end case, however the 300 has shown itself to be quite capable even with a high end system inside it. I use it and I wouldn't shun anyone for using one regardless of the hardware inside. It's a safe, smart buy.

If the 300 was junk, it wouldn't have taken this long for a viable competitor to emerge.
general22 6th June 2010, 02:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
Sorry but you're just plain wrong. The 300 is THE cheap case to get. End of story. Pretty much the ultimate one size fits all as well, just add some fans if it gets too toasty.

Um no, I have actually used and assembled within one, sure it is acceptable for the price but objectively speaking it is a terrible case. It desperately needs some kind of sideways HDD cage but then you may as well step up to the 900 to get some kind of room.
sleepygamer 6th June 2010, 03:00 Quote
Hee, everyone hates on cases like this, but I like it! It's kinda aggressive looking, but not too tacky. If it can cool like a 300, and costs about the same, I'd buy it.

I kinda prefer this way round of hard drive mounting, as the airflow from a front intake is less obstructed (when using one or two drives) than with a sideways cage. Sure it's a pain to fit and change hard drives after a full system is built, but after I've stuck in my drives, I'm not likely to add any more for a good while. And when I do, I'll probably take then whole thing apart anyway, because it'll probably be rather dusty in there, and thermal paste might need changing anyway.

Edit: For those of you looking for a sideways mounted HDD cage, good cooling and a low price, the NZXT M59 (which I have) is awesome. Not much more than a 300 in price, and a lot more unique looking. Note how I say unique... some people (most people) call it ugly. I like it. Maybe I have a soft spot for uglyass cases, but I really like it. It's covered in flashy blue LEDs, but it cools really well (especially if you fill up the fan mounts, of which there are twin 120/140mm in the roof, and one 120mm in the front) and has a big ol' smoked side window for showoffs. Black interior, too. The cable management is... a little weak, but nothing that an extra 15 minutes of routing won't cure.

The only problems I have had with it are niggles. One is that the top 5.25" drive bay is covered by a flip down drive cover thing. It's decent if you want to cover up a cheap silver drive, but make sure the motor on that is good enough. My DVD-RW didn't have the power to push it down. It's kinda flimsy too.

The other niggle is that the right side panel (non windowed) is a bitch to get off. I had to employ a little WD-40 to loosen it before it would come away. And finally (this is tiny) the fan mounted in the window has 4 blue LEDs (which I like) but one of them started to flicker, and eventually shut off. Which is a shame, no doubt. Also, the fan wires from that are red and yellow, and stick out no matter how you try and hide them. I wrapped the bit that is visible through the window in gaffer's tape.

But I think it's a damn good case if you like the looks. If you don't, then you will hate it and my opinion is moot.
LordPyrinc 6th June 2010, 03:16 Quote
I have an Antec 300 and its a good case with plenty of room. That being said, I'm not trying to stick three video cards on my MOBO even though it can handle it. Unless you are into 3D rendering or similar, I think more than one (maybe two) video cards is a waste of money. Today's high end system is a midrange one six months from now.
Jipa 6th June 2010, 05:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by general22

Um no, I have actually used and assembled within one, sure it is acceptable for the price but objectively speaking it is a terrible case. It desperately needs some kind of sideways HDD cage but then you may as well step up to the 900 to get some kind of room.

No, it just isn't. It's sturdy, easy to install and offers enough cooling for most. Also I'm pretty sure you can slide the extra hard drives in place through the front panel, easy peasy. What is it with "room" that some seem to obsessed with, extra space inside the case doesn't make ANY good. Usually it's in the wrong place to even make the installation any easier.
general22 6th June 2010, 12:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
No, it just isn't. It's sturdy, easy to install and offers enough cooling for most. Also I'm pretty sure you can slide the extra hard drives in place through the front panel, easy peasy. What is it with "room" that some seem to obsessed with, extra space inside the case doesn't make ANY good. Usually it's in the wrong place to even make the installation any easier.

It seems to be marketed as a gaming case yet a 5850 squeezes in, so while the room would suffice for most it gets a bit cramped if you want to go for the longer graphics cards. I would agree that cooling options are good.
Jipa 6th June 2010, 14:03 Quote
Oh indeed the current highend cards may not fit, sorry I didn't really think of that. At the time it came out it fit all cards...
Bindibadgi 6th June 2010, 15:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jipa
No, it just isn't. It's sturdy, easy to install and offers enough cooling for most. Also I'm pretty sure you can slide the extra hard drives in place through the front panel, easy peasy. What is it with "room" that some seem to obsessed with, extra space inside the case doesn't make ANY good. Usually it's in the wrong place to even make the installation any easier.

Not a reply, but an addendum: Extra space = extra material = extra cost. You won't find that for £40-50.
Jipa 6th June 2010, 23:13 Quote
Aye, but in my books the extra price simply doesn't necessarily add any value.
johnniecache 7th June 2010, 05:13 Quote
Another case with ugly window side panel. The Antec 300 is 1000s better them this because there no window can't we let the window/LED fan trend of 2000 die.
general22 7th June 2010, 05:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jipa
Aye, but in my books the extra price simply doesn't necessarily add any value.

I would agree but I tend to see cases as an investment, keep them across upgrades and to make replacing stuff easier which is why I like space. It is also why I may have raged at the Antec 300 when I used it because my friend was a cheapskate and wouldn't spend a bit more on the case to make things easier for me to build.

I would also suggest a modular PSU if you want to put long graphics cards in and don't get motherboards with dodgy layouts.
Jipa 7th June 2010, 06:43 Quote
IMO modular PSU is a must anyway. Also I simply don't agree with extra space making installation any easier. Guess it's just an opinion as well. I've reviewed huge cases such as Antec 1200, Lian-Li PC-X2000 and Corsair Obsidian, but still don't see what's the point :) As long as the parts physically fit, smaller is better (given the layout is about usual..)
[USRF]Obiwan 7th June 2010, 09:40 Quote
Why don't they all make the room between top motherboard and roof 4cm, so we can fit a radiator with fans on it?
Sizomu 5th November 2010, 15:18 Quote
I like this case. Compactness FTW. Made A hybrid. Because i loved the Black interior of the Elite 430 but loved the Front of the Elite 370.
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