Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini-ITX Case Review

Many enthusiasts now days are trying their hands at minimizing their PC footprint. Mini-ITX motherboards have progressed a long ways in terms of stability and feature set in the last three years. Cooler Master has a new solution for those looking to minimize while not giving up cooling or features in their Mini-ITX enclosure.

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Accessories

The Cooler Master Elite 110 has a small plastic bag full of accessories that is secured to the frame with wire ties during shipment. Inside you will find a variety of screws, zip ties, a system speaker and extra motherboard standoffs.

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Exterior

To give you an idea just how small the Cooler Master Elite 110 is, we placed it next to the Corsair Obsidian Series 250D mini-ITX for comparison shots.

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The Cooler Master Elite 110 features a steel construction with a plastic front panel and measures 8.2"H x 10.2"W x 11"L. The case is painted in black inside and out and weighs a hair under 6lbs.

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The top rear portion of the case features a 5" x 7" filtered fan hole that feeds cool air to the power supply. The entire front of the chassis is a metal mesh material that covers a single 120mm intake fan. The LED lit Cooler Master logo pulls double duty as the power switch. The surrounding edge of the front panel has a line of unfiltered vent holes that allow for additional air flow. Down the left hand side of the front panel you will find two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, HDD LED and reset button.

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The Elite 110 has 6.5" x 3.5" vents cut into both sides of the stamped steel cover to allow cool air to be drawn into the chassis. Neither location has support for fan filters. The cover of the Elite 110 is held in place by four standard thumbscrews. The bottom of the case is completely bare except for four round plastic feet.

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Around back, you will find a basic motherboard I/O area for a mini-ITX system. There are two expansion card slot openings to accommodate dual-slot graphics cards. There is an opening for a top mounted PSU that extends out of the back of the chassis about an inch.

The filtration system on the is a throwback to the days when adding a bit of foam behind the steel mesh was considered "filtered." Although the filters in the two areas that have these are technically removable, you can see from the images below that it is easier to just remove the panels and wash the whole thing at once. Removing the front panel is as easy as grabbing the bottom lip and pulling the panel away from the steel frame but, to actually clean the filter, you'll have to remove the two screws holding the front panel USB ports and power switch first.

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It is obvious that Cooler Master, in an effort to keep the cost of this chassis low, opted against a more robust filtration system. While it would have been nice to see magnetic filters used throughout this chassis, with a price tag of less than $50, it is pretty damn hard to complain about filter when these can easily be added by the end user.

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Although the "look" of a case is subjective and will vary from person to person, we think most people will find that the Cooler Master Elite 110 is an itty-bitty box of awesome when it comes to looks. The fit and finish is very good and the case feels nice and solid.