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A blend of performance, function and style, the COOLER MASTER Elite 361 is a mini tower case that supports MicroATX and ATX motherboard in a compact footprint. Slim profile with matte black coat evokes an understated aesthetics. It supports up to 5 HDDs, which fulfills users’ demand for expandability. With the rotatable CM logo and four rubber stands, the case can be placed vertically or horizontally as users wish. Elite 361 also provides superior ventilation with the top fan (120mm x 1) and adding fans on front (80mm x 1), rear (80mm x2), and side panel (120mm x 1). Additionally, the vents on front panel can conduct airflows to offer improved cooling performance for HDDs.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling The COOLER MASTER Elite 361 features 1x 120mm top fan and air vents on both side panels for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Spacious Interior Although with mini tower form factor, the COOLER MASTER Elite 361 deliver ample space to accommodate Micro ATX/ATX motherboard, 1x 5.25" device, up to 5x 3.5" devices, 7x expansion cards and standard PS2 power supply for uncompromising upgradability. It also supports VGA card with maximum length of 312mm (without HDD cage) and CPU cooler with up to 122mm height for easy adoption of the high end components.
  • newegg Easy Installation Too-free design for HDD enables easy installation.
  • newegg Flexible Placement The COOLER MASTER Elite 361 can be placed vertically and horizontally with 4pcs of rubber stands, enabling users to manage the space in different way. CM logo can be rotated to present in different angles to match your case placement.
  • newegg Easy Front I/O Panel 2x USB 2.0 ports and 2x audio ports on front panel allow easy connection to a variety of peripherals.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • TIM E.
  • 3/19/2015 12:38:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Price - Very Good Quality

Pros: Rolled edges, good gauge metal, plenty of space, tool less design.

Cons: Routing of power cable was less than desirable. Front bezel flimsy

Other Thoughts: Its a good case ofr a good price. Plenty or room and cooling features.

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  • John B.
  • 2/25/2014 2:14:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood for the hard of hearing

Pros: Mid-level quality on steel and overall construction materials. Footprint is OK. Roomy and easy* to work with components during build.
CM badge rotates to accommodate how you position it.

Cons: PSU is very, VERY loud.
PSU installation makes no sense at all.

Cooler master is my go-to PSU for general builds. I have been very happy until this most recent purchase with all CM products. However, the power supply in this model - along with its placement - make the noise level absurdly loud.

The PSU sits up front so it sits immediately behind the front plastic panel. Given the sixe of the case and the lack of expansion cards I put into this build, this actually makes for really nice airflow - coolest air comes in front, exhausted by PSU fan across empty board and out the rear.

However, this PSU is quite loud, and having it right up front makes it even more noticeable. I am not talking a possible defect (loose bearings, broken blade, etc.) - this thing sounds like a vacuum cleaner. Right in front.

In addition, this is a switched PSU. Except you can't get to the switch without taking the front panel off. In addition, mine shipped with the power cord not connected - I am assuming this was a minor QC oversight. Because let me tell you, getting the thing plugged back in and the front cover back on was not very intuitive.

Finally, speaking of not intuitive - which every other CM case I have ever worked on is - this one is not. Despite having loads or room to work with the optical drive and slide it in from inside, you need to take the front panel off to do that as well. This is pretty common on most other cases, but again - since the layout inside is so nice, it just plain looks like you "should" be able to install the OD from inside out. On top of that, there was about 3mm of slack in the front I/O wiring to work with once I did pop the cover off. I was afraid the leads were going to pop off just turning it slightly to get in there.

Other Thoughts: Still like CM and will look to their name again. Not every company hits the mark with every product. This is a miss IMO.

2 stars off for the PSU and 1 off for the front panel/optical drive/PSU design.

BTW - generally the PSUs that come with cases are not as high quality as standalone units. I get that. But in this case, it is/was a CM PSU, so I expected more from them.

P.S. - this was for a client build. Knowing it was going to an older person, I did actually ask if she is hard of hearing (she is) so loud PSU is not an issue for her.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Masrcbf,

Thank you for your Cooler Master support and building with our products. We apologize that you came across issues on this build. We have a few troubleshooting guides available on our support page when certain issues arise. You can call, also, call us or contact us by livechat to help with troubleshooting issues on our cases. Please let us know if you have any questions in the future. Thank you for your informative feedback.

Phone: 888-624-5099

Best Regards,
Eric B.
CM USA Support

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4 out of 5 eggsThe only horizontal case I can find

Pros: The only case that has adequate cooling option AND allow a horizontal placement for the system.
I remember it was a rare case there the computer case were towers, and one had to pay extra to get tower cases. These days you don't see any horizontal cases anywhere. This is the only one I can find that is capable of horizontal placement and takes a full size ATX MB. The layout of this case has to be quite different to accommodate a PSU and a ATX MB. Given the constraints, this case does a good job of achieving that goal.

Cons: I had to use the 350W PSU that came with the case as my two spare PSUs (550 W and 1000W units) had modular cables and would not work with the MB I wanted to put into the case. The way the case is laid out the PSU sits in the front of the case in front of the MB, so any PSU with modular cable design (or just simply a longer PSU case with lots of cable) will have cables that interfere with the connectors on the MB to prevent a successful build. So the PSU in this case will need to be small and not have a lot of cables or have any modular connector for cables.

The built-in 350W PSU looks and feels cheap and flimsy, I hope it lasts.

There is actually a HD status light, but somewhat difficult to properly connect, and the LED was simply hot glued to the lens in front of the case. The LED on my case became unglued as I tried to pull the wire from the status light to connect it to the MB, now the front HD status light is very faint. it is also very hard to reach in and repair that LED light once it became unglued, I just left it alone even though I would very much like to have the front HD status light working like it should.

Other Thoughts: The PSU had to be placed up front under the 5.25' drive bay due to the need to take both a regular sized PSU and an ATX case. I used this for my HTPC rebuild, so the horizontal placement fits into the entertainment shelf a lot better. There're a few fan slots behind the case, but they're all 80mm locations due to the case size limits. I only use the build in case fan for my build which housed an overclocked C2Q Q9445 OC'ed to 3.2GHz with a slightly tweaked 400MHz FSB. I would not recommend putting a multiplier unlocked Corei5 or i7 in this as case size limitation prevent use of most after market CPU coolers (The GeminiII from cooler master maybe the only one capable of fitting into this case). I had to hack a Core-i7 cooler core into a socket 750 intel OEM cooler bracket to cool the little C2Q Q9445 to achieve the minimal OC in this build (from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz). Remember to use the after market thermal grease and point that case fan to the CPU fan if you hope to keep the CPU cool.
I used a Radeon HD5770 card in my HTPC build, it's a good performer that is small in size and power requirement. A larger high performance GPU would have trouble with this case again due to the size limits.
I was able to populate all my RAM slots with 8GB of DD2-1066 RAM along with their cooler attachment due to the small size CPU cooler used. This case will require careful plan and measurement for clearance for any component addition. Keep the build very simple, 1 or 2 HD (SSDs probably work best due to the size and heat concerns), a single optical drive and a smallish ATX MB with a stock cooler or a carefully selected aftermarket cooler, and a highly efficient GPU will be required. The PSU will need to be non-cable modular design to fit into case, and it will not take a monster overclocker kindly.
But even with all these constraints, this is a decent case given that you can use it horizontally and it takes a regular ATX size MB in a very small footprint.

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  • Brian P.
  • 9/17/2013 4:49:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCompact

Pros: -different layout that works
- cools well
- easy connections
- great case if your not overclocking and want a small home for your pc parts

Cons: - front plastic clips seem easy to break
- a little tight with a 6.4" long PSU

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  • David B.
  • 7/21/2013 10:08:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome little case

Pros: Small
saves space
decent air flow

Cons: only comes with one cheapo fan
front mount PSU
not roomy enough for a good CPU cooler

Other Thoughts: would be nice if it came with all the fines, and a list of recommended cpu coolers that can fit in this thing, my stock AMD heat sink fan is driving me nuts.

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  • Mark S.
  • 6/1/2013 9:03:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice box

Pros: Nice compact box with excellent airflow. Easy to move, assemble.

Cons: The power supply switch is inside the front case and makes it extremely hard to just flip the switch. You need to unplug it instead.

Other Thoughts: Would have liked the HD Fan location to have proper sized screw holes and to be able to put HD's in through the front.

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  • Jeremiah D.
  • 5/30/2013 3:56:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat HTPC case

Pros: *Smaller
*good layout
*Can sit vertical or horizontal

Cons: *PSU is garbage
*Comes with NO case fans

Not a con but a small annoyance:
1. If you need to work with the front fan or PSU you have to take the front panel off the case, which, means you have to take all the side panels off too.
2. If you have to change the PSU, you will need to remove the motherboard. Makes what should be a 10-15 minute job a a 45-60 minute job.
3. GPU cooling fan location on the side/top of the case is worthless

Other Thoughts: This is a great little case and despite it's quirks, I like it. If I were going to build a lan box to take around i'd consider this case.

Three things to do when you order this case:

1. a modular PSU is a MUST for decent cable management. This PSU is garbage.

2. It comes with no fans. you need to order 80mm fans at the same time you order this case

3. If you use a MATX board and GPU you need to also consider ordering a very thin 120mm fan for the top/side. The gpu only has about 15-20mm clearance between it and the side panel fan spot.

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  • Hung T.
  • 3/25/2013 4:30:54 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsfits full size mobo

Pros: Smallest case I've tried that'll fit full size mobo. can be desktop or tower orientation. take note that psu sits below optical drive. optional fan locations always good

Cons: no usb 3.0, need vertical loading or slot load optical drive in vertical tower position. newegg had sold it before $40 without the ps. give us free shipping!

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  • John K.
  • 3/23/2013 1:13:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Budget Case

Pros: A decent case for the money. If you're building a basic system, or a budget HTPC, this will do the job. The front USB ports are great for running a couple of controllers to it for some living room gaming.

Cons: As others have noted. The layout of the case is a little strange. The power supply is located at the front of the case, so you will need to make sure that your power supply switch is set to the on position before mounting it in there.

Other Thoughts: I recently rebuilt my main computer, so I stuck the guts from the old one into this case and turned it into an HTPC. Mine is set up in a desktop case configuration at the bottom of my entertainment center. It does the job nicely.

This does indeed come with a power supply included, which I removed in favor of a 500W.

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4 out of 5 eggsSimple improvments for v2.0 of this case would be awesome.

Pros: So I'm just going to give my thoughts on the case since there wern't any major drawbacks to this case since its such a small form factor, but a few minor changes could really improve the case for something suitable for a high end build.
-increase the width of the case by 12 mm and 10mm on the top or so
This allows several things, first the back to fans can become larger to 92mm, secondly the side case fan that is right above the graphics card can actually fit a standard width 120mm fan, also it will be able to fit other cards such at the larger sapphire 7970's that are a bit wide. On the top this will allow the exhaust fan to be off center allowing to have something like an H80i in the top without hitting the motherboard, which means significantly better overclocking and less cooling limitations. The extra width will also allow a larger front fan which would really help out a lot.
-something else that might help would be having a fan slot right above the cpu location, I only say this because my current cooler exhausts right out the side which is kinda weird, but would help if it could just go right out, might be moding that if I can't fit an h60/h80 inside.
- another change if would be to remove the dvd drive, not too many people use dvd drives anymore and it will only decrease in the future. as well as remove the top external drive bay and move the psu right to the top.
-better front ventilation and a filter, also might think about having more direct exhaust for the psu since it has to push it out the side
-filter for the psu intake
The last few aren't really necessary but would be really cool, now that I think about it, if the top drive bay and cd bay's were removed the PSU could exhaust out the top, which would defiantly increase cooling just based on natural air flow patterns, and possibly allow for larger psu's if the some of the HDD bay's were remove able

Cons: Can't find a good cooler to cool my 8350 at stock settings, that will fit in this case, currently using the noctua sideways one with one fan on the bottom. and about 60C with my own fans on it during full use.
This is really the only problem per say that I had, and would be easily fixable in the future if it was possible to mount any type of radiator.
Also just took another look at the case, and it might be possible to have a 2*120 rad on the side right over the motherboard(horizontally from the motherboard's i/o to a little over the ram, that would mean that the side would have to be pretty thick but it would be totally baller, if it were possible to fit a 2*120 rad in this case.

Other Thoughts: TLDR: I bought this case for college so I can easily carry my whole comp and monitor back and forth in a suitcase. It fulfills that role quite well, but has some cooling issues limited by the width of the case, some small changes could make this case very friendly to high end compact builds.

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