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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

  • Steel Body (0.5mm SECC), ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Jason R.
  • 1/9/2016 7:59:38 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case!

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Comes with blue lit fan, lots of fan mounting options, see through side.

Cons: back of motherboard access to cpu mount could be bigger, but I think that's more of Coolmaster evo cooler and its cheap uni-mount instead of two mounts for AMD vs. Intel.

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  • Michael A.
  • 1/5/2016 7:03:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIts no storm

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Plenty of room. All black finish done very well. Looks great

Cons: Fit was not exact but workable for motherboard I purchased. Mounting rails for drives are lose and not snug like the previous storm version which was one of the best cases I ever purchased

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  • Nethaniel W.
  • 1/1/2016 2:06:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor materials, but has room.

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: It's light weight, and has room for just about everything you need for a basic PC to a mid range gaming PC.
The buttons are well responsive, and there is a nice amount of front ports.
Nice fan options.

Cons: First off, others have said a number of things I will say. I'm saying ti again as this is off MY PERSONAL experience, and acts as validation for others clams.
To start, the case itself is flimsy. It takes almost no real effort to bend the metal out of shape, so bee careful when working on it. My top panel is permanently bent, and no longer flush with the side panels.
The back plates for expansion slots are made to be either left on, or leave a hole. The worst part is that you need to take them out before installing a motherboard. Any board will block the ability to remove them. I had to spend more money of some PCI slot covers.
The side panels can be difficult to re-install if the case is up-right. They don't line up well, and usually involves gently pressing on it and trying to slide it into place.
The side panel with the window is especially flimsy/week as it's been bent in the back where the thumb screws are from me removing it. The plastic window is more of a place holder and helps keep the stability of the panel as a whole.
The front LED's are not the same brightness. This doesn't seem like an issue until you see how bright the HDD activity is. It's so bright, it lights up my room. I picked up some LightDim'sto lower it, and it's now slightly dimmer then the power LED.
The plate that holds the motherboard will hold an ATX motherboard, but the mounting screws don't line up on the last column. Not the worst thing, but now you need to hold under the board to connect things on the far right side if they go straight down.
I had to buy accessories for this case. No one should need to buy expansion slot covers for a case this day in age.

Other Thoughts: This is unfortunate as I have a Cooler Master Centurion 5 that is a little over 5 years old that was amazing. The only reason I got this is because it doesn't support a front 120MM fan.
I can't say anything about the included fan, as I removed it and installed a different one before turning it on.
Things I knew before getting, but could have been fixed are no cable management, and only one front USB 3 port.
I wanted to like this case, but I just cant. It will be replaced later this year.
I wound not buy this case again, nor would I suggest it for beginners or experienced builders. I have built over 10 systems, and worked on over 50 with different cases and this it the worst one I have personally seen.
The only reason it's not one egg is because it seems to hold everything well enough for temporary usage, and I will be able to trash it eventually.

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  • Michael V.
  • 12/8/2015 5:57:46 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCooler Master What Happened?

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: ...Nice looking case

Cons: Poor Cable Management
Cables too short for full sized ATX mobo (HD Audio Cable)
USB 2.0 Cable could be too short depending on Mobo I lucked out
USB 3.0 Cable is very long
Thin metal
No SSD Drive bracket
Video Card / Optical drive slots need broke out watch out for sharp edges
No rear fan
The thin metal means the brass standoff holes for the mobo have very few threads. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!
Blue LED is very bright.

Other Thoughts: I am a Cooler Master Fan Boy!! I love the products but on this case the engineering department went full Hodor.

I will not use this case again, but still have faith in the brand for now...Don't let me down next time!

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  • William D.
  • 12/1/2015 6:49:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCooler master Elite 431 Plus Case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Nice, sturdy case with lots of room. I especially like the fact that you can plug a hard disk drive in from the front without having to remove the sides.

Cons: Only comes with 1 fan, need to purchase extra fans for cooling of performance systems. The slot panels for plug in cards are hard to remove.

Other Thoughts: I would buy this case again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/26/2015 3:24:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDefinitely better options elsewhere

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: -This case looks really slick and really nice on the outside
-The blue fan looks amazing
-Just everything about the outside looks really nice

Cons: -The inside is all kinds of awful, really no positives
- The wiring is a funny joke. No wires even reach anywhere in the case.
-Installation of parts was no better
-Added at least an extra 2-3 hours to my build time
-Would never buy again

Manufacturer Response:

We apologize for the trouble you are having with the Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus

Please contact us through CM Fanzone for further trouble shooting.

Respectfully,
Nichole
CMUSA Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/17/2015 1:24:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot too bad

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Everything works just fine. Isn't too heavy and has a nice big window. The front panel comes of fairly easy to make changing the front fan a lot easier. Make sure if you are buying other fans to buy 120mm instead of 140mm. Metal material it's made from is very sturdy. Is fairly big for a mid sized case.

Cons: There is NO cable management whatsoever. The slots for the graphics card have to be broken out and is some what of a task. Had some trouble with some of the screws for the motherboard, but got it sorted out later.

Other Thoughts: I haven't used the SSD hot swap port, but other than that I like it a lot. I really wish it had better cable management but it still gets decent airflow. Works really well for big cheaply priced.

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  • Aaron N.
  • 10/21/2015 8:03:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Case/Needs Fan Modification

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Good size case for your typical computer user.

Cons: Does not come with rear fan. You will need to add one yourself. This is imperative. I used this case for my nephew's build. I used it without modifying the case and ended up with a damaged processor due to poor airflow. If you want this case that is fine just 100% definitely add a fan to the back before even powering on once.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/15/2015 10:01:47 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs431 Elite plus updated review

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: -Hot Swap Drive Bay
-Plenty of Fan Cooling options
-Fits full size Video Card (up to 11.5 inch)
-Plenty of Drive bay options (6x3.5, 2x5.25)
-Pretty solid construction
-Windowed side panel
-Fan dust filters
-3 Front USB ports (2xUSB2, 1x USB3)
-3 external 5.25 drive bays (2 available)
-2 external 3.5 drive bays
-Will fit a large CPU fan (up to 6 inch tall)

Cons: -NO CABLE MANAGEMENT AT ALL!
-Not enough "tool free" brackets for 3.5 drive bays, only came with 2, of 6 available. Had to purchase 4 more at extra $20. Cool Master should have included all brackets for all available drives.
-Be careful when installing motherboard standoff screws, one stripped on me (but I got it to work).
-PCI add in Card brackets on back of case are not replaceable once removed.
-Bottom fan mount is not usable once you install PSU, wires get in the way.
-Bit of a dust magnet (but most casers are)
- No side vent or fan mount.

Other Thoughts: Good case for first time builder. Components are fairly easy to install.
Case is NOT suited for a high end PC or Gamers. Cooler Master has better designed cases out there.
I don't think I would buy this case again. But, I would recommend this case for a basic build.

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  • Nolan D.
  • 9/26/2015 9:13:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIts good

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Has a large area to work with

Cons: Nothing bad about it

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