Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master USP-100 (RC-P100)
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Cooler Master USP 100 Mid Tower Case Review
Hi Tech Legion
26 December 2010
Summary: The Cooler Master USP 100, with it's stock single fan as an intake bundle, produced high temperatures for the CPU in particular. Adding an extra fan as an exhaust is highly recommended, especially when overclocking.
The Cooler Master USP 100 is an interesting piece of hardware. There are plenty of features inside, even for the nitpicky enthusiasts.
Pros: Spacious interior, 550w power supply with support for 2x8-pin VGA power connector, Tool-free drive installation., Tool-free panel removal via thumbscrews., Tool-free add-on card installation, Price, Support for aftermarket heatsinks up to 160mm tall., Support for VGA up to 270mm long, Excellent cable management options
Cons: Thin plastic cover on top/front area, Some edges inside the case are sharp and can cause cuts, Only one fan bundled as intake, Very high thermal environment with stock cooling bundle, No support for mounting 2.5" drives
Conclusion: Cooler Master set out to create a case for gamers looking for the best value. I have no doubt that they did that. The USP 100 has great styling and an amazing power supply included. To top it off the USP 100 is a perfect candidate for a few small case mods to give it your own style (as seen with our “LanOC” version). I know next time I am looking for a case for a cheap gaming rig I know where to look.
Excerpt: In just over two years of reviewing I have seen many cases come and go, loads of ideas and implementations of some really creative solutions. I am pleased to say I have had the pleasure of working with some of the more expensive models as well as the majority of midrange and budget models. Rarely do I run across cases that cross those borders, but every once in a while you find that deal that you just can't pass up.
Conclusion: The USP 100 is a diamond in the rough. It is a well thought out case design with top notch craftsmanship to boot. The front honeycomb mesh panel will certainly stand out in any room or any event you may take it to. The elegantly painted red and black design of the case flows well together with nothing looking out of place. The dust filters lining the front panel are also a welcomed addition.