m-ITX Cases: SEED MA-280B and Cooler Master Elite 100

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Cooler Master requires no introduction. The massive manufacturer out of Taiwan has a significant presence in various markets such as cases, power supplies, and cooling products. They don't just sell retail products either — they are a major OEM for various companies.

The Cooler Master Elite 100.

Their Elite 100 case is a slim enclosure with an utilitarian aesthetic, as evidenced by the ugly metal plate sitting on top which is designed to hook the case onto a VESA mount. Even with the mounting piece removed, it still has a rather plain appearance thanks to the exterior matte finish and the lack of a stealthed optical drive bay cover. While thin , its footprint is rather large as it supports both mini-ITX and microATX motherboards and it's quite deep due to the presence of an internal FlexATX power supply. Such PSUs usually offer plenty of power, but are also poor when it comes to acoustics. When you add all these details up, it seems the Elite 100 is suited more for an office environment rather than at home.

The Elite 100's low 70mm profile gives it a volume of just 5.8 liters, which is substantially smaller than the Luxa2 LM100 (9.3l), the Silverstone SG05/06 (10.8l) and even the Antec ISK300 (6.7l).

Accessories include padded case feet, a slimline SATA adapter, and a power cord.

Coolermaster Elite 100: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Available Color Black
Dimension (W / H / D) (W) 262 x (H)69.6 x (D) 318 mm = 5.8l
(W) 10.3 x (H) 2.7 x (D) 12.5 inch
Weight Net Weight: 2.6 kg / 5.6 lb
Gross Weight 3 kg / 6.5 lb
Material Steel Body ; Plastic Bezel
Motherboards Micro ATX / Mini ITX
Device Space With Micro ATX board: Slim ODD x 1 , 2.5” HDD x 2 /
With Mini ITX board: Slim ODD x 1 , 2.5” HDD x 1 , 3.5” HDD x 1 /
With Mini ITX board: Slim ODD x 1 , 2.5” HDD x 3
I/O Panel USB 2.0 x 2 , SPK x 1 , Audio x 1
Power Flex ATX 150W , Active PFC
Optional Component SD / MS card reader
4 pin to 4 pin power supply Y cable

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