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Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

  • Steel Mini-ITX Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0, Audio input/output Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 (1 from 5.25" drive bay) Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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  • Michael S.
  • 1/24/2015 3:35:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLots of space

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Definitely lots of space to work with in this case. The full-size PSU slot is nice, as is the 5.25" bay which doubles as an SSD tray / place to shove all the power cords. "Officially" there is space for 3 3.5" drives, but with some hacking you could easily fit 4. The dual-slot video card mount is also a nice feature if you're making a media PC. Personally, I paired this with a Kabini processor to make a super-low-power NAS. Everything runs nice and quiet. If you're not using the 5.25" bay then you can shove all your power cables up there, like I did. I used a modular PSU but cable routing shouldn't be too hard with a traditional one.

Cons: If you're air-cooling there's not a lot of ways to mount extra fans, so you'll have to work with the 2 case fans (there's a 120mm on the front and an 80mm side fan included). The brackets for the 3.5" drives do not agree well with right-angled SATA cables and power cables, since they force the cable out towards the bottom or side of the case wall.

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  • Jason G.
  • 1/16/2015 7:54:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFabulous little case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: I love this little case. Sure it is tight, but who doesn't like a nice tight fit? ;)
Throw in an ASUS H97I-PLUS with an i7-4790k and a Cool Master Seidon 120V liquid cooler and you have a great little box. It will fit a GTX 750 Ti no problem.
Good construction - solid feel.
As I said, things go in tight, but it is like a little puzzle - once everything is in its place, you are golden. When the Seidon is set up properly there are absolutely no cooling issues.

Cons: Such a small case means your friends may not think you have a big pair.

Other Thoughts: Just buy it

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  • Chad D.
  • 1/15/2015 3:03:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMakes a nice HTPC

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: LOTS and LOTS of space for SSDs. Toolless, of course. Sharp edges are broken, so I didn't spring a leak during assembly. Nice airflow layout, I put in a SilverStone fanless PSU and a 120mm PWM case fan, stays super cool, usually only a degree or two above ambient. Most bracing and brackets can be removed for assembly.

Cons: Small for big hands... but I *wanted* small.

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  • Hazel R.
  • 1/9/2015 9:23:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for a small gamer case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Small design. Will fit large video cards (with a few exceptions - see below). Supports multiple storage drives. Looks great when assembled. Front USB 3.0 is nice, but only a single front USB 2.0 is just odd, unless you're already using a half-header for a card reader. Still, front USB 2.0 helps for updating the BIOS on motherboards that have compatibility issues with updating over USB 3.0. Vents on the case cover allow cool air intake for PSU, video card, and a small provided interior fan for extra CPU cooling.

Cons: Nice size for mini-ITX, but beware of 2 concerns with this case (otherwise I would've given it a full score):

1) Make sure you use a modular power supply (or semi-modular) because there isn't a lot of room for tying back cables. I bought a Cooler Master Extreme 2 PSU and had to tie-wrap cables to the bar that sits in front of the power supply at the top, leaving it somewhat messy and crowded looking. I assume that's the reason why it's there though, because there isn't really any other space to tie down excess power supply cables. Cooler Master V series or GxxxM are a better match. Also, be sure to orient the power supply fan UP so that it doesn't suck in hot air from the processor. There is a vent on the top of the case cover so the PSU can get cool air from outside the case. The CPU gets lots of cross-flow air from the small side fan and the front fan, and there are vents below the PSU on the back of the case to which CPU heat can be blown out.
2) If using a long video card, you'll have to do one of two things: either make sure it isn't one of those EVGA-style extra-height video cards, or else you might have to remove the 5.25" drive bay bracket because a video card would be touching it (and it's metal, so that's not a good idea at all). I installed an MSI GF 760 ITX video card in this build, and if it were any longer, it would touch the back corner of the drive tray.
3) Does not support large air coolers. Most modern stock coolers for moderate CPU's should be fine, but large after-market heatsinks are not going to fit.

Other Thoughts: For extra length (and breathing room inside), you might want to consider the HAF 915 as an alternate. However, it's somewhat longer than this one, but you can get it in either a traditional rear-mounted PSU model (like the Elite 130), or in a new front-mounted PSU model if you have a tall CPU heatsink (I'd say go with cheaper liquid cooler than a large after-market air cooler, but YMMV). Sometimes the HAF 915 is cheaper than the Elite 130 - sometimes it's not. I got the Elite 130 for ~$55 on sale from NewEgg Canada without needing any mail-in rebates, but watch for rebates on either one as the prices fluctuate - at the time of this writing, the HAF 915 has a $30 mail-in rebate that brings the price down to $50 while the Elite 130 is $82 and has no rebates. Newegg is recommending the HAF 915 as an upgrade over the Elite 130, but they are two different series of cases from Cooler Master, so do your homework for your build. This may indicate that Cooler Master is going to deprecate/discontinue the Elite 130 soon though.

Next time, I may use the HAF 915 with front PSU mount to see if the different space allocation makes it easier to build with. I built a complete system (*see specs below) with the Elite 130 and left the PSU installation to the end. The case starts getting a bit cramped at that point, but I've dealt with far worse.

System specs:
AMD A10-7850K with stock cooler
MSI A88XI-AC motherboard (the non-gamer model)
MSI Radeon R9-270X 2GB DDR5 OC (Mini-ITX size)
8GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3-2133 (2x4GB)
Seagate 1TB Desktop SSHD
ASUS DVD Burner (DRW-24F1ST)
Cooler Master Elite 130 case
Cooler Master Extreme 2 525W PSU
Windows 8.1 Core 64-bit
side case fan connected to on-board system fan header for fan control
front fan connected to Molex adapter
Lots of tie wraps ;)

System is fast, and makes for a decent, small gaming machine on a budget, with platform uniformity as a chief concern (same vendor for mobo and vidcard, same vendor for PSU and case, same vendor for CPU and GPU - AMD).

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  • Shawn N.
  • 1/8/2015 6:17:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMore pros than cons

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Small
Fits long graphics cards
Fully painted interior
Support for 120MM water coolers
Great price

Cons: Cooling issues
Cable management
Not many air cooling options

Other Thoughts: This is a nice case but I had issues making a gaming rig in it. I had an older graphics card that heats up more than newer ones. Also, I did not have a modular power supply so the cable mess was very hard to clean up. Cable management and air flow is so rough with this case. If you are not using a graphics card or overclocking then this would be awesome for HTPC build however, if that were the case I would get one even smaller than this since this one is meant for mounting large video cards.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,

We are sorry to hear you are having trouble with our case. May we ask, what sort of temperatures were you getting with the graphics card? We generally recommend a modular power supply with a case like this given the tight nature of ITX motherboards. Would you be able to contact us so we can further assist you given the dilemna you have regarding your cable management and temperatures?

Respectfully,


CMUSA Support.

Phone:
1-888-624-5099

Site:
http://account.coolermaster.com

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  • Roland W.
  • 1/3/2015 9:12:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRocks with Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Great chassis for a fully equipped Mini ITX build. I put in an AsRock Z97 board Z97E-ITX/ac, along with an Intel Devil's Canyon Core i7 4790K. Intel 530 240GB SSD, Asus full size DVD burner/reader. Intel closed-loop CPU water cooler from Aztec, and a MSI double wide nVidia full power graphics card, along with a RX-535AP modular PSU from RAIDMAX. It all works great, and there's space inside for additional HDD's or SSD's if you needed more.

Cons: Power and reset button are a little odd. They share the same elongated plastic switch - with two different mechanical switches behind the single plastic button, so pressing one end of the button is power, the other end is reset. It works fine and they are labeled, but if you're trying to press the button without looking at the label, i.e. tucked under a table, it's not intuitive.

Other Thoughts: Great chassis, my second Cooler Master case.

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  • William S.
  • 12/29/2014 9:37:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGet one

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: - Relatively easy to work in/around
- Flexible mounting options for SSDs
- Accepts full size optical drives
- Big GPU? no problem.

Cons: I'm nit-picking with these...

- I'd hate to put a HDD in it
- I question the effectiveness of the front 120mm fan.
- PSU sticks out the back... meh

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  • Ryan G.
  • 12/28/2014 4:11:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Compact, roomy on the inside, lots of attachment points for drives. Good airflow.

Cons: Wish fans had inside covers

Other Thoughts: This is an amazing case for a good price point. It's very sturdy, and has plenty of room to build a powerful rig. Don't make my mistake: get a modular power supply.

Also, there's not much to help with cable management, and there are no screens on the inward side of the fans, so I'm worried I might end up with a fan hitting a wire if I bump it just right.

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  • Kevin S.
  • 12/22/2014 1:30:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat case if you're a bit creative, and patient.

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: for such a small case, you can pack a ton of power into this thing. I have a decent motherboard powering a 4690k OC'd to 4.5ghz with a 120mm AIO water cooler. you can fit pretty much any single GPU in here. even most of the 2.5 slotted coolers will fit, but will be very close.

Cons: cooling isn't great in any ITX case. I found that if I turn the front fan toward exhaust and create negative pressure inside the case my temps dropped quite a bit. I have a radiator in the front with a push/pull config exhausting out the front. my PSU is also mounted with the fan down, so it helps to exhaust as well. I removed the 80mm side fan because its useless. you don't really need any intake fans. this thing is full of holes. it'll get its air just fine.

Other Thoughts: cable management. it is my opinion that a modular power supply is a must with this case. with a bit of creativity and a ton of patience you can run your wires around this thing so that there is almost no obstruction to air flow through it, aside from the 24 pin atx power coming down from the power supply. its hard to hide that, but the bulk of the wire can be tucked on the back side 'behind' the power supply so its out of the way. be prepared with tons of little black zip ties.

this isn't an issue with the case itself, but Cooler Master's own seidon 120m water cooler (which is one of their recommended products to use with this case) comes with a fan which has a cord that is about an inch or two too short to plug into a CPU fan header if its in the most common location on your motherboard (upper left corner) EVEN if you use it as an inner fan on a push/pull in the front of this case. that's kind of silly, but not at all an issue with this case, just a heads up for anyone planning on pairing this with a 120m. take note of fan header locations on your board.

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  • Robert M.
  • 12/22/2014 7:03:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMissing Components

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: Good price.

Cons: Case not useable as the manufacturer failed to supply the drive mounting bracket hardware. So, now I have to jump through all the hoops to get this corrected as the manufacturer doesn't seem to have any type of QA setup.

Manufacturer Response:

Good Morning Valued Customer,

I apologize you're missing the drive mounting bracket hardware as you can apply for a Parts Request through our CM Fanzone along with your purchase invoice and serial number at the following link below.

I look forward to your response.

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

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