Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini-ITX Case

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Assembly proceeded without any difficulties. Aside from attaching the power supply to a frame and inserting it through the back, the procedure is similar to putting together a typical tower. Our only piece of advice is to hook up the motherboard headers and power connectors before installing the power supply as it hangs over most of the board.

Drives are mounted using drive sleds which secure to each side of the drive. Two 2 x 2.5 inch drive frames are included as well using the same system.

The most effective compatible heatsink we had on hand that wouldn't interfere with our motherboard's PCI Express slot was the Noctua NH-L9i (37 mm tall). We measured 39 mm of clearance above it, making the maximum height 76 mm, though it's best to leave some room underneath the power supply.

Fully assembled.

There's plenty of room for a discrete graphics card, about 33.5 cm before hitting the front cable connectors. The gap between our dual slot ASUS HD 6850 and the side panel was about 9 mm.

Installing a 17 cm long optical drive and a 15 cm long power supply left us with a comfortable 4 cm of space between the ends of their respective connectors. It would have been a much tighter fit if the power supply hadn't been moved back.

A standard thickness 120 mm fan on the right side would have been preferable but there simply isn't enough room. As you can see in the image above, there is little space between the 15 mm thick fan and the side, and keep in mind the fan is tucked slightly underneath the power supply as well.

The front LEDs are a mild shade of blue that doesn't distract.

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