Legit Case Reviews
Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower PC Case Review
|Product:||RC-430-KWN1 Elite 430 Black|
|Date:||Thu, Sep 09, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Austin Hamann -|
Retail Package & Bundle
The front of the retail box is very simple with one product picture and the 'Cooler Master' and 'Elite 430 Black' logos for identifiability.
The rear of the box again has the logos, as well as images for some of the primary features.
Cooler Master packed the Elite 430 just as with any other case; a plastic bag cover to prevent scratches and two big chunks of Styrofoam to keep it from moving in transit.
The great big piece of lexan (Plexiglas) comes covered by static plastic for more protection. The sheet measures in at 11" wide and 14" tall.
Ever wonder why some cases come with little bags inside bigger bags, sometimes also in even bigger bags? To prevent this: when I pulled the case from the box a few screws fell back into the box, and as I started to take the styrofoam and plastic off, screw after screw kept falling out of the chassis! Even after opening the chassis and picking out all the screws that I could see, several more screws fell from where they sat almost every time I handled the case. The culprit of this problem is shown below:
In transit from California this one bag managed to spring a dime-sized leak (who would have guessed, having a lot of screws and other hardware just in one thin baggie which was not tied down or in a box), so every screw included with the case was free to roam around the chassis and wreak havoc. I was lucky here as I see no distinguishable scratches throughout the chassis or cracks in the lexan from the hardware flying around the case in the back of the UPS truck.
For hardware you get:
- 9x Motherboard stand-offs
- 31x Coarse-thread screws
- 29x Fine-thread screws
- 10x Black 5.75" cable ties (zip-ties)
- 1x Security lock mount with additional coarse-thread screw
- 1x Buzzer (motherboard speaker)
- 1x screwdriver adapter for standoffs
The included manual folds out with installation instructions with text as well as images and lists the features and included hardware. The manual also states that Cooler Master backs the Elite 430 with a 2-year limited hardware warranty, for those wondering.
Next Page - External Impressions
Page 1 - The Cooler Master Elite 430
Page 2 - Retail Package & Bundle
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Internal Impressions
Page 5 - Installing Components
Page 6 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions