We’re sure not too many people reading this article will have much interest in computer cases that cost below $60 but that’s simply because this category has been left nearly barren when it comes to quality and features. Somehow though, Cooler Master has effectively released a product that turns the entire lower-end enclosure market on its head. A quick glance at the Elite 430’s direct competitors reveals a list of bland, windowless and featureless cases which do nothing other than to make this enclosure look like a diamond in the rough.
Nearly everything about this newest iteration of the Elite family makes us wonder how it can retail for a sub-$60 price. It features tool-less drive installation, more graphics card space than any ATX-sized case should rightfully have and a sensible layout that aides in an easy installation process. One thing that particularly suck in our minds was how good Cooler Master’s pint sized case looked with an all-black interior. It also routinely snubs higher-end cases in the cooling department and makes Antec’s much-loved $80 Sonata Pro look like an overpriced lump of coal.