Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced review: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Can contain quite a powerful system. Will take a full-sized graphics card. Extra room for long PSUs. Incredibly cheap.

The Bad Limited flexibility. Cooling options aren't great.

The Bottom Line At AU$59, it's hard to complain too much about the Elite 120 Advanced's lack of flexibility. A mid-ranged system should be perfectly happy inside it. Still, unless you're space challenged, it's worth springing more cash on BitFenix's Prodigy instead.

As components become smaller, and more things get integrated into the CPU, the desktop form factor shrinks down. We're at the stage where the diminutive Mini ITX is viable even for high-end gamers.

Cooler Master has thrown its chips in with the Elite 120 Advanced — a case that's slightly reminiscent of the old "shoebox" PCs from Shuttle, just a tad larger.

The power and reset buttons, and the USB 3.0 port. The other side has two USB 2.0 ports, and headphone/microphone jacks.
(Credit: Craig Simms)

Given that it's not as large as BitFenix's Prodigy, the Elite 120 isn't as flexible in terms of what you can fit in. Your options are limited as far as water cooling is concerned: a single 19mm diameter hole is provided at the back. This isn't especially useful, and, considering that the internal drive bays aren't removable (at least without drilling out rivets), if you intend to water cool you're going to have to indulge in epic modding.

The 5.25-inch bay quick-release mechanism works well.
(Credit: Craig Simms)

Getting inside the case is as simple as removing three thumbscrews, then lifting off the U-shaped lid. There's a grille on top, but this is for hot air escape only; there are no fan-mounting points. This is just as well, considering that your power supply is likely to be sitting flush with the top. It should be said that Cooler Master supplies no exhaust fan, nor is there facility to install one; it's essentially relying on a top-mounted power-supply fan to help with that job. You can optionally add a 120mm fan to the other side of the drive cage if you have room.

Larger power supplies can be fit in, thanks to Cooler Master's extended bracket, and you'll be able to jam in a full-sized, double slot graphics card as well.

 

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Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced

Part Number: CNETCooler Master Elite 120 Advanced

Typical Price: $59.00

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