Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Elite 330 (RC-330)
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10 good ones
12 June 2011
Summary: TIP: Either screw down the front 5.25" metal covers or remove them. Otherwise, they will eventually start to rattle or buzz. TIP2: If you have it, mount a 4X4" square of sound dampening material to the inside center of the side panels and ceiling to remove the "hollow" sound.
Pros: I bought ten of these at a local retailer. All ten were perfect, no dead PSUs, no dents. Front cover looks nice and feels solid, The side panels are flimsy, but the paint is good, no scratches.120mm fan mount up front to cool the hdd's, 120mm fan in the back. I really like the way the I/O panels ...
Cons: Nowhere to mount a case badge or CPU sticker, Thin sheet metal, silver paint looks dull, power supply may not last long, throw-away expansion slot covers. Wire management could be better. Minus one egg.
Summary: I bought this a couple of years ago for my own build and use it for gaming. Im about to upgrade my card and space is going to be tight. The case has held up very well for the price. One question though, is that a spot for another 12mm fan in the front?
Summary: This is the third computer I've built with this case. After 8 months of use, the front of my first customer's case had dust and hair built up on the front of the case which I easily wiped away with a damp cloth. The inside of the computer was 100% dust free. For the cost, you can't beat this case.
Pros: The case is sturdy and light. Only case for this price that includes tool-less drive bays. Air filters line the entire front of the bezel so hair and dust builds up on the outside of your computer where it's easy to wipe off, not the inside of your computer.
Cons: The PSU only has ONE sata connector. I had a SATA burner and two SATA hard drives. I had to drive 90 minutes to the nearest radio shack that had power adapters in stock. One SATA connector for a modern system is unacceptable.
Summary: All in all this is a decent case. Yes it has its problems, but it is very inexpensive so you can't really complain much about that. The PSU is iffy but I will probably replace it soon, anyway. I used this for my wife's computer and she is happy with the look of it so its all good.
Pros: Cheap. Nice looking. Mostly tool-less. Plenty of front panel connections.
Cons: Rather flimsy. Only has thumbscrews on the left side panel, regular screws for the right side. Right side panel must be removed to mount a hard drive (but not for an optical drive). Side panel air duct/cone must be removed to use a decent cooler. Front panel connections (USB, etc.) feel rather fl...
Seemed like good deal with M-S 7 Home 64 bit bundle
Lawrence W., Newegg
10 August 2010
Summary: Buyer beware of quality of PSUs that come with Cooler Master. The case is decent, but the power supplies both had issues.
Pros: Decent case and workable Seemed like a good deal with M-S Windows 7 64 bit bundle, this was $39.99 Bought two of them
Cons: 1 Power Supply was DOA Other Power Supply's connector broke. Ended up getting two add'l Corsair CMPSU650TX PSUs that had very high rankings on Newegg and got for local store that had them on sell for $79.99 each, so no shipping time to wait for them, since we were in time crunch.
Summary: For the $55 special that we bought in bulk it's a great deal.
Pros: Very good system case that my company uses for our Business level systems. The mesh front is nice for air flow, but I would recommend installing an additional fan on the front of the case to beef up the circulation. Very professional look, with easy access to the insides of the system.
Cons: Power supply only comes with one SATA power plug. Not sure if I'm sold on the bay locking mechanisms yet, then don't exactly keep the devices snug like I would want them.
Summary: Great for general office PCs. Great alternative to the "plain white box".
Pros: Nice looking. Cheap. LIGHTWEIGHT, this really makes a difference if you have to lug PCs up and down stairs ;) Drives pop in and out easily. Room for anything you would need to put in. Always come with enough screws and the front panel connectors make sense.
Cons: I have bought about 30 of these over the last couple of years. Almost sent the last two back because I thought the power supplies bad...like the other posters said make sure the power supplies are set to 115v in U.S. and not 220v that the last few have defaulted on.
Summary: Good case, I would recommend as an entry level server case or any installation where there is not a need for frequent on/off of unit.
Pros: I have owned 2 of these cases for over 3 yrs now. They have accomodated the numerous components I have placed in them without a problem.The front mesh with dust filters and general airflow allow me to O/C with ease.The tooless feature was a definite plus for all the changes made.
Cons: The Power button assembly has issues. It is held onto the face of the case with a thin plastic paper clip like bracket, that has failed on both units. This in turn has forced me to order replacement cases(from another Man.) as Cooler Master refuses to send the replacement parts.
Summary: Obviously the psu is drek...none are any good when included in a case with this kind of price tag. Just bothers me that a company that makes psu's found it cheaper to bundle another company's product in their cases. Let's you know just how cheap these are.
Pros: Low price. Good airflow with a 120mm fan added to the front. Decent construction....didn't cut myself once. Fairly roomy and can route cables for a nice clean look.
Cons: Kind of flimsy until you get everything mounted. Power supply is totally worthless and not even made by coolermaster....is a "Thermal Master" that is made by some Chinese company and are so cheap that coolermaster decided to bundle these in with their cheaper cases to save money.