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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs 431 Elite plus updated review 10/15/2015

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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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Review after 4 yrs use; Cooler Master 431 Elite Plus case 11/26/2014

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 for cooling fans (5). c/w one installed. Water Cooling "openings" if required
Plenty of room for HD's (5), or more if you use ext 3.5 and 5.25 bays
Tool Free
Fits full size Video card (12 inch), depending what other hardware you.
Quality of case is good (compared to some mid range mid tower cases) install.
Hot Swap Bay!
Looks good!

Cons: 1 - Poor cable management!
2 - HD and Rom drive tool free brackets are lacking. 2 for ROM drive (that's ok), however Cooler Master should have included brackets for all available int 3.5 HD bays (5 available, came with 2). I had to purchase 3 sets separate at a cost of $15.00 extra.
3 - Rear slot covers are not replaceable once you have removed them. If you need to replace, you must buy separate.
1 Mobo "Stand off" screw stripped, Be careful when installing

Other Thoughts: Overall, after 4 yrs of use; I am happy with this case. Lost 2 eggs for above cons,however, I would still recommend this case. If you are going to install lots of hardware, buy a bigger case with better cable management.
My rig;
Z68 mobo
i5, 3.3, second gen. CPU
8 GB's ram
550 PSU
550ti GPU
3 - 3.5 HD's (1-primary 10,000 rpm, 2 - 7200 rpm storage
With stock CPU fan and 3 case fans, PC idles at 34-38 deg C. Under load 55 deg C (max)

My rig runs like a top!

Happy with case (other than cons above). I would recommend, depending on usage.

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WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Plenty of storage space.
Very quiet
Stays cool
PRICE (less than .50 cents per GB)

Cons: Transfer/Copy rates;
Large files (10 GB or more) approx 100mbs/sec or less
Small files (3 GB or less) approx 140 mbs/sec or more
Read rates are a bit lower than some other drives, but not that noticeable.

Other Thoughts: After 2 yrs of use for video/music/photo storage files, runs great, no problems so far, lost one egg for transfer rates.
BE AWARE! If you are using an older Mobo, you may have to partition this drive, as some older Mobos will only recognize 2TB HD's or less.
Actual space reads 2.72 TB's after installation. Still lots of space!

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Date Joined: 10/12/12

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 12/18/12
  • Last Review: 10/15/15
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