Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - An Entry-level Stalwart
7 April 2012
Excerpt: Cooler Master is breathing new life into their entry-level mid-tower line-up with the new Elite 431 Plus. We take a look to see if Cooler Master delivered on their promise of bringing premium features to entry-level casings.
Pros: Inclusion of USB 3.0 dock and X-Dock, Able to accommodate large graphics cards, Mostly tool-free installation
Cons: Only one intake fan, No space behind motherboard tray to tread cables
Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Mid Tower Case Review
Hi Tech Legion
29 February 2012
Summary: The performance of the Cooler Master Elite 431 PLUS Mid Tower Case is good and is based on having just the one front 120mm intake fan installed.
I was very impressed with the Cooler Master Elite 431 PLUS, despite it being in the budget category of cases. The 431 Elite PLUS is not only built well, but it brings with it some amenities not normally found at this level, such as on board USB 3.0, 3.5 External Docking station with built in dust cover, and a windowed side door.
Pros: Light weight, Price, Two external 5.25 ODD bays, Two external 3.5 drive bay, One external X docking station, On board USB 3.0, Toolless retention, Washable dust filters, Fits Up to 12.4" GPU with the HD cage, Large Motherboard Tray Cut Out, Fits Micro ATX and ATX Motherboards, Windowed side panel
Cons: Only one 120mm fan included, No real cable management behind MB tray
Conclusion: The Elite 431 sports some great features. The USB 3.0, along with the massive side widow for showing off your hardware, were good additions. The Elite 431 was able to hold our ASUS 480 GPU, which was another good feature, even if it does block a spot of a 3.5″ bay area. The tool free 5.25″ drive bays and the partially tool free installation of the 3.5″ drive areas is always a nice touch.
Conclusion: The installation process for the Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus is a relatively straightforward and easy procedure. I started off by installing my Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5-B3 motherboard before moving on to the Cooler Master GX 450W power supply unit. One quick thing to note here is that you will not be able to install a bottom intake fan into this case if you have a long power supply, such as the Seasonic Platinum 1000W .
Excerpt: Budget cases usually come with an expectation of poor build quality and thin metal sides. We're pleased to say that the Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus ditches all of those expectations with its excellent build quality. It feels tough and much more expensive than its price would suggest. The 'Plus' suffix comes from the extras you get compared with the original Elite 431 case, including a USB3 port on the front panel next to the two USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks...
Pros: Probleem met de front fan is keurig opgelost door Azerty. Had te maken met een weerstand die er tussen gezet was icm een BIOS setting (had toch bij de fysieke POST door Azerty aan het licht moeten komen, maar goed slip of the pen)., Samengevat gewoon een TOP-kast. Mooi formaat, goed opgezet. Aanrader !