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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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  • cindy n.
  • 5/23/2015 7:04:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot the best case

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

Pros: Price, sturdy, and look.

Cons: No exhaust fan. The side window.

Other Thoughts: I hate the window, on the first day I took a dampened washcloth and wiped the window from the dust on further exception I scratched the hell out of the window.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2015 8:18:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat if under fifty

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

Pros: Plenty of space
Window of course
Many fan mounting points counted 5
Liquid cooling mounting points

Cons: Front usb cable to motherboard is to short
Power supply fan locations do not line up if power supply is to big(bottom)

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  • Michael M.
  • 3/16/2015 7:52:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

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

Pros: It is a nice all metal case with easy tool less drive install

Cons: Not worth the price. It only has 1 case fan in the front. It has no drive hardware for SSD install. It has the front openings for smaller drives like a Card Reader that I ordered, but again, no hardware to actually install anything other than a standard sized hard drive.

Other Thoughts: I build alot of computers and love Cooler-Master, but this case was very disappointing for the cost and lack of what it is. It could be a great case at this price if it had a few more fans and the proper hardware for SSD and such.

Manufacturer Response:

Good Afternoon Valued Customer,

As you may already know this chassis Elite 431 is one of our value lines which was designed for basic system integration as SSD's and current emerging technology such as SSD's have now become widely available now then they were when this chassis was initially released. I appreciate the constructive feedback and will keep this in mind for a possible revision for the features you have requested.

Please let me know for further questions through our CM Fanzone Live Chat, Support Ticket, and Phones at the link below.

Regards,
Felinni M.
CMUSA Support
1-888-624-5099

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  • Emmanuel R.
  • 3/10/2015 8:26:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCase=good

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

Pros: Quality case. Nice design. Plenty of vents in well chosen areas. Neat side glass panel exposing the goods. Comes with an oh-so sci-fi slick blue LED lit fan. Solid for its price. Worth the value.

Cons: I have the ASUS Radeon R9 as my chosen GPU. The card is 11.80 inches long just shy of the cases's max 12in range. While it DOES FIT it leaves very little room for proper cable management. Lot of cable are mostly bunched under the main hard drive. It gets the job done but if you're ocd about good clean cable management this is something to consider

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  • Connor H.
  • 2/26/2015 9:29:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe Brass Standoffs are worn

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

Pros: The case has a nice appeal.

Cons: The holes where you install the brass standoffs stripped after the first installation....

Other Thoughts: I honestly regret buying this case....

Manufacturer Response:

Good Afternoon Connor,

I apologize your Elite 431 is not working correctly as you can submit an RMA Request through our CM Fanzone along with your purchase invoice and Serial Number. You can also exchange it through New Egg as long as you're within the 30 day return exchange policy.

Please let me know for further questions.

Regards,
Felinni M.
CMUSA Support
1-888-624-5099

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  • Christine N.
  • 2/24/2015 7:38:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case for price

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

Pros: I bought this case because of it's price and look. I wanted a case with a window and this was the perfect one for the money.

Cons: The cable management is terrible. Since it doesn't have those holes to loop to the back it is very difficult to make it look nice.

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  • Shanahan f.
  • 2/24/2015 3:02:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice n compact but some flaws!

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

Pros: Sharp looking!
I find Cooler Master always makes good products, so I stick with what I trust.
Nice case, I wanted to make this build nice looking, compact, simple, and powerful.

Cons: Audio & 2.0 usb cables from front panel jacks too short!!!

Maybe if you skipped the nice video card they would make it, but that would even be close.
* I would think to make them universally fit they would make them to the furthest corner of a motherboard with loaded slots. :(
Guess I'll have to find an extension of some sort, or re-solder a new longer line all together!

Other Thoughts: A tad disgruntled, but I would still buy Cooler Master Products.
I use their CPU coolers, case fans, cases, on a majority of my builds.

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  • Terry C.
  • 1/23/2015 8:10:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsNot good, but definitely not bad

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

Pros: Pros --

1) Cheap
2) Lots of space
3) Not a bad looking case
4) Plenty of fan mounts

Cons: Cons --

1) Cheap
2) Back panels are not ones you can put back in (beware)
3) Poor cable management
4) Comes with only one fan -- with a very short power cable, so you will likely not be able to connect it to your motherboard from the front

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm pleased with this case. For the price it's hard to complain about.

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  • Alexander H.
  • 1/22/2015 9:21:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case for the money

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

Pros: Used this to build my last rig. It is solidly built and I like the medium size and form factor of it. There is no cable management so making it look clean is tough but possible with some work. The 120mm fan on the floor of the case isn't mountable once a power supply is installed so that is frustrating. I has to use a 90mm fan to cool my GPU cards. I get compliments on the case often and I would consider it again or recommend it to others.

Cons: Cable management, bottom fan mounting

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  • David K.
  • 1/21/2015 6:09:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

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

Pros: Lightweight, Easily removable front panel, bottom-mounting power supply location, screwless 5.25 bays, several blank fan locations, front-loading 3.5" SATA port, front-facing USB's (2x2.0, 1x3.0), easy to run wires behind right panel, easily accessible power/reset buttons

Cons: My only complaint is the power of the LEDs... I leave my system on 24/7 and the blue LEDs penetrate the night! See below...

ULTRA-BRIGHT blue HD activity indicator:
You could use this light to project 35mm slides on the wall! I pulled off front panel and taped a 1/2" square of white paper over the LED to dampen the flash. It's perfect - You can see the indicator just fine, but now its dimmed and has an "indirect lighting" effect as opposed to the "flashlight beam" it was before.

Bright Front-facing Blue LED fan:
Also bright - The 4 points where the LEDs are attached inside the clear fan have a prism-effect and project light from the case like little floodlights. I did 2 things. First, I used white-out on the clear plastic just in front of the LEDs that was acting like a prism. That stopped the beams from projecting out of the case, but didn't effect the fans illumination. (No, you can not see the white out!)
Second, I tacked a second piece of mesh to the inside of the front panel. That helped dim the rest of the light and seems to have done the trick without hindering the fans operation.

Other Thoughts: This case is great! Easy access, super lightweight but durable, lots of blank fan locations, 2 liquid cooling ports on the back, stylish shaped window, front SATA port... I know I carried on about the LED's, but it is a minor point. For many, it won't be a big deal at all.

Other notes:
Just an FYI - the 3.5" SATA port in the front of the case isn't hot-swappable. Pop a drive in there and after a quick reboot, the drive appears.

The case comes with a single blue LED case fan (in the front.

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