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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - White

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  • Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 1 (int.), USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports AC97 / HD Audio) Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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The Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced is an ultra compact case with support for full size, high-end desktop components. Unlike conventional mini ITX cases, the Elite 120 Advanced boasts more affordable, quieter, and more efficient full size ATX PSUs. It can accommodate even the largest, ultra high-end VGAs, a 5.25” optical drive, and up to five HDDs or SSDs. Thanks to a smart airflow system featuring two pre-installed fans, the case remains cool and quiet. Topped off with a stylish brushed aluminum front, this is a compact case you won’t want to hide.

  • newegg Stylish Appearance Meticulously crafted steel alloy body with brushed aluminum & polymer front face endows this mini-ITX case with a stylish and elegant feel, making it an ideal companion to your home theater system.
  • newegg Little Footprint, Massive Capability At 1/3 the size of a standard case, the COOLER MASTER Elite 120 mini-ITX tower case features a sophisticated and smart interior layout to take full size ATX PSU, ultra high-end VGAs (HD7990/GTX690) up to 343mm long, a full size 5.25" drive, and up to three 3.5" and four 2.5" HDDs/SSDs (when converted from two 3.5" HDD bay).
  • newegg Excellent Cooling An 80mm side fan (1200RPM, 20dBA), a 120mm front fan (1200RPM, 19dBA) and a perforated side panel deliver efficient ventilation and effective cooling for the entire system.
  • newegg USB 3.0 Multimedia I/O Ports A USB 3.0 port (internal), two USB 2.0 ports, and mic & headphone jacks on the front panel offer easy access to a range of peripherals.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Decent inexpensive case for basic workloads 4/20/2014 4:20:41 PM

Pros: - Lots of room to work, not overly huge
- All internal front panel wires are black, matching the inside and making them easier to hide
- Lots of internal drive expansion and 2 full-size rear I/O slots
- Build quality higher than expected for the price

Cons: - Larger than it looks in photos
- Terrible front fan cooling design (at least it comes with a fan)
- Truly awful side fan - noisy and awful design
- At time of purchase. only the white version was on sale - I wanted the black one :)

Overall Review: - Using this for a router build. It's a bit bigger than I would like, but looks like a good size for an HTPC or for a LAN box with a videocard. I need the two full-size rear panel slots for IO expansion, others will need it for a videocard.

- Use a modular PSU if you care about tidy wires. If you don't use the 5.25" bay and have a fixed-wire PSU, extra wires from the PSU can be bundled there nicely.

- Not much room for wire management but that is to be expected in a case this size. There are cable tiedown points however and a couple of places where wires can be routed to and hidden.

- The side 80mm fan is pathetic. Has a terrible tonal quality and is loud. In my case, the fan is controlled by the passively cooled board which keeps it off most of the time, and has it spin very slowly when on. For others building a standard use machine, I would recommend replacing the fan.

- The fans with my unit came with header-to-molex adapters. The side 80mm fan is a 4-pin PWM type, and the front a 3-pin type.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
SOLID case! 4/14/2014 8:23:29 PM

Pros: There is a difference between something being cheap and inexpensive. Cheap implies that the product has questionable quality for the sake of saving money. Inexpensive gives you great bang for your buck all the while still providing a good experience, which is what this case does.

I bought this case for my girlfriend as I wanted to build her a low powered hackintosh system for her birthday since she's a graphic design major and was in desperate need of a new computer. I was on a strict budget and needed something inexpensive, but didn't want to completely cheap out on the case. Needless to say, I am VERY impressed. Here are the system specs

Intel i3-4330
Gigabyte GA-B85N
GTX 750 Ti
8gb's Corsair Vengeance 1600 memory
64gb Samsung SSD
x2 Seagate 500gb drives in a RAID 1 array
430 watt PSU


Some of my favorite highlights are:

1. The case just feels solid. It's all metal with very limited plastic parts, but even the plastic feels sturdy and not the flimsy junk you find on the really, really cheap cases. The front is white plastic with brushed aluminum in the middle - a nice touch especially since I'm going for a "Mac-like" build.

2. For the size, the layout is nice and, depending on how creative you are, gives you some cable management capabilities. You can tell that Cooler Master put a lot of thought into this case.

3. I think one of my favorite features is how easy it is to access everything. The front panel can be easily popped off to reveal the 120mm fan, which is attached using long screws. Unscrewing them disconnects the fan from the front instead of having to fumble around in the back. I have used cases that cost three times as much as this one that did not feature this.

Cons: Nothing is really worth deducting an egg for other than I wasn't too crazy about the fans. They really aren't that bad for stock fans; I am just super picky about how loud my systems are, but the fans would be very adequate for your average user though. I replaced the 80mm fan with a SilenX EFX-08-12 and the 120mm with a Cougar CF-V12H to those interested.

Other than that, the only real thing I can complain about are some of the reviews on here. I don't understand the trend of small systems with GTX 780 Ti's and i7's. I can sorta understand if you're mobile a lot for LAN parties or something, but please understand that these cases are really meant for low powered, HTPC type builds. You can't honestly expect to cool a system that consumes 500-600 watts of electricity with just two fans. If you're worried about temperatures then the answer is simple - get a bigger case with better air flow. I would NEVER want to move my own system into a mini-ITX build just for the sake of looking "cute."

Overall Review: One of the reviewers noted that the front fan was held together with "four little plastic sticks" - this is not the case. It uses four metal screws. Perhaps Cooler Master changed this?

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Pleased with CoolerMastrt 4/7/2014 12:04:19 PM

Pros: This case gives you a nice amount of space for an itx build. Plenty of room for your drives and even accommodates enough room for a 280x.

Cons: There are two things that bothered me a bit and that was the front. Why didn't they choose to go with a mesh from like alot of companies are doing so. (I do know they released the 130). And my second concern is the side fan which is just to loud.

Overall Review: The placement of the PSU isn't the best if you are doing air cooling instead of water cooling. Other then that great little case.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Usable Space 3/22/2014 8:29:55 AM

Pros: Spacious for a mini-ITX box (while still being reasonably compact). Bought it for its ability to hold 3 3.5" drives, which it does nicely, with the bonus ability for two of the bays to hold a 2.5" drive in addition to the 3.5", which was exactly what I was after. The steel frame is nice and sturdy, and cable management is eased by plenty of little metal loops around the edges to secure wads of cables with twisty-ties or zip ties. Accepts a full-size ATX power supply.

Plenty of fans in case you wanted to fill it with roasty components.

USB 3.0 port on the front is nice.

Cons: It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that to get the 5.25" bay cover off, the entire front panel of the case has to come off first. Would have liked the front fan to have a 3 or 4 pin PWM connector so that the motherboard could control its RPM.

Overall Review: It's not the smallest "shoebox" computer case, but its extra bulk means I can cram more stuff in it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Don't Lose the Rails 2/17/2014 8:40:50 AM

Pros: This is a pleasantly looking case and overall a good value.

Cons: DO NOT lose your rails. After several months I went to add a hard drive. It would have been simple, if I knew where I put the rails. I can understand the whole no screwdriver needed appeal. However, this is the very first case in my life (and I owned a hardware store!) that I found a case that did not have a work around if you didn't have rails

Overall Review: For those of you who are very attentive to keeping all your parts together, great! For those of you who 6 months or so later need to add a drive - and you aren't attentive - enjoy the scavenger hunt!

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Very Good Product 2/13/2014 1:07:32 PM

Pros: I found the case to be very well built, I only had it for a day before sending it back (I changed my mind and wanted a smaller case). The video card spot would be very useful to upgrade to having a full operating system.

Cons: The problems I saw where when I tried to open the case, the screws were really tight (needed a screwdriver and almost stripped the screws). Go slow and use the right size.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Looks Great for my HTPC 12/18/2013 9:16:57 AM

Pros: Compact, Nice Finish, Available Ports, Blue LED looks good with the White case.

Cons: None Yet

Overall Review: I bought this case to build my Home Theatre PC. The dimensions were perfect to fit in my entertainment center(After I removed the Four Stand Pegs on the bottom). It had more than adequate cooling for what I and available front ports were a big +. Being able to accomodate a full size ATX PSU is nice but very tight depending on the length of the PSU power Cables. PLENTY of drive space(I have a 3.5HDD, 2.5 SSD and a BluRay Optical. I could still put more storage drives if I needed to. Very good looking case if machine is going to be on display. Also A great value. Definetly consider if your building an HTPC.

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
nice case 11/10/2013 7:35:11 PM

Pros: nice little case, can be carried around as a gaming mini itx lan box. space is limited inside but with proper cable management and a modular power supply you will not even notice. i bought 2 of them one for my gf and one for my sister, they both agreed on how light and space saving it is.

Cons: none

Overall Review: can be moded a bit for more cooling

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