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Cooler Master Elite 100 RC-100-KKP1-GP

We will start off with a system case from Cooler Master. This company’s large cases have earned users’ recognition through a lucky combination of price and consumer properties. Now, let’s see how Cooler Master is doing in the sector of compact products.

Perhaps it is hard to see in the photo how small this system case is but it is a mere 262 millimeters wide, i.e. just some 15 millimeters wider than a microATX board. And its height is a mere 7 centimeters. The exterior design is nice. This computer is going to look appropriate both on an office desk and at home.

Easy to guess, the Elite 100 is designed to lie flat as is indicated by the vent holes in its side and top panels. There is no stand in the kit for positioning it upright, either, although it would be handy to place this compact system case upright. A simple plastic stand wouldn’t make this product much more expensive.

All the I/O connectors are grouped at the side of the front panel to the left of the Power button located in the center. There is no Reset button here. The connectors are two audio ports and two USB ports. Judging by the blank square nearby, this system case may also come with four USB ports.

The back panel is ready to impress with its minimalism. There is no room on it for anything other than an I/O shield and power supply. You won’t be able to install an expansion card even if your mainboard has an expansion slot.

The feet of this system case may provoke a laugh as they look like a piece of ribbon with four rubber cylinders. It’s pure do-it-yourself. Their places are not even marked on the case. On the other hand, such feet are better than those punched out of the metal of the case or made from stiff plastic.

After full-size enclosures, it seems that you can install nothing into the Cooler Master Elite 100, so small it is. Most of the interior is for a mainboard next to which there is a power supply. A flat plate for installing disk drives goes along the front panel. The metal is not thick. Most of the elements are 0.7mm steel and the drives mounting plate is 0.5mm steel, but the case is rigid thanks to its small dimensions. The top panel is the only one to undulate just a little.

The small height of the case imposes tough restrictions on optical and hard disk drives you can use in it. Particularly, it only supports slim optical drives like the ones you find in notebooks.

Our kit (KKP2) did not contain a power adapter for a slim SATA optical drive (they use a shortened power plug) which is only included with the KKP1 version of the system case (and the KKP3 version also comes with a VESA mount to hang the case on the back of your monitor). So, you should be ready to purchase that adapter separately. It is a cheap but rather rare item.

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