Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case

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The Elite 120 Advanced measures 24.0 x 40.1 x 20.7 cm or 9.4 x 15.8 x 8.2 inches (W x D x H), with a total volume of 20 liters. Note that the depth measurement includes the bump at the back (the power supply is installed jutting out by about an inch); discounting this, the interior volume is only 18.6 L. The chassis doesn't feel particularly strong but you'd be hard pressed to find a better built case with similar dimensions for US$45.

The front bezel consists of brush aluminum panels at the center surrounded by black. The sides are angled inward, making the power and reset buttons and front ports more prominent. The two USB 2.0 connectors on the left side are separated getting around the problem of bulky USB dongles interfering with the adjacent port. Unfortunately there is only one USB 3.0 port on the right side.

The case appears be well ventilated with numerous slits cut into the sides and the top for the power supply fan.

To make a little more room on the interior, the power supply is designed to mount to a frame that leaves it sticking out at the back by about 2.7 cm. This feature doesn't make the case look bigger but the overall footprint remains the same as it requires some clearance behind it for the power cable.

The case has a front 120 mm intake fan but we doubt its effectiveness as its intake source is a small slit at the bottom. The other noticeable characteristic of the case bottom is the littering of cable tie-down points.

The case cover is secured with three thumbscrews at the back and comes out with relative ease thanks to the presence of a pair of small handholds. The cover is only about 0.8 mm thick which is as good as can be expected for a case in this price range.

The power supply vent has a thin mesh filter accessible on the inside but it's held on with metal tabs that have to be manually bent upward.

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