First up a quick little introduction, I'm Richard Lumb a Marketing Executive here at CCL Computers. Ive been looking to build a new PC to replace my old Core 2 Duo system housed in a Cooler Master CM690 Case for some time. I rather like the idea of having a small yet powerful PC instead of a large tradtional tower PC, leading me to investigate the world of ITX.
I first learned about the Elite 110 back in Jan 2014 and I’ve been waiting for them to officially arrive here in the UK so I can get my hands on one and see what they are like. As soon as they arrived I rushed down to our warehouse and grabbed myself one to test out.
Once it’s all unpacked and out of the box I noticed straight away it was a little wider than I had imagined, a quick check with the tape measure reveals that Elite 110 is 260mm wide whereas the Elite 120/130 cases are just 240mm a small difference of just 20mm, however it’s the length that really makes this case different from the others at just 280mm long making it 121.4mm shorter than the Elite 120 and 118.5 shorter than the Elite 130.
The front panel of the case is made up of a single mesh panel covering the whole front, there is no 5.25” bay on this case so no exterior holes and bays to spoil the looks, the Cooler Master logo on the front is made from a semi-transparent plastic, and also doubles up as the power switch, glowing with the obligatory blue LED when the power is connected. The side profile of the front panel is where you will find the reset button, headphone and microphone 3.5mm ports, 2x USB3.0 ports and a blanking plate that serves no purpose that I can see, (maybe it was for a 3rd USB port)
Round the back we have the space for the motherboard IO plate, 2x PCI bracket spaces and the PSU mounting cage, just like the Elite 120 there is around 20mm protruding from the rear of the case. The sides and top are in the traditional format, a single piece of metal sheeting bent around the corners to form the sides secured in place with 4 thumbscrews. All three sides have a vent spaces, none of which appear to have any screw mounting for cooling fans.
So without further ado, let’s get the sides off and see what we have got inside.