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COOLER MASTER Elite 311 RC-311B-SWN1 Silver Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Elite 311 (RC-311) , successor of Elite 310, with improved PSU placement for better cooling, it accommodates micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, built with a modern black design body and multi-color frame on the front panel. This chassis maintain Elite's pedigree of compact-sized and quality build that would look great in any space. To express more character to the product, Elite 311 will also have the multi-color selections demanding for the customers in the future release.

  • newegg Multi-color front panel The Elite 311 features multi-color front panel for individual preferences.
  • newegg Front vent The front vent provides superior ventilation to maintain constant cooling.
  • newegg Scalable cooling Preinstalled with one 120mm rear fan, the Elite 311 supports optional 1 x 80/90mm rear fan, 1 x 120/140 front fan and 1 x 120mm side fan for upgraded cooling.
  • newegg Long VGA card support The Elite 311 supports Long VGA cards including ATi's HD 5970. (HDD Cage will need to be removed when installing VGA in the 4th slot and below)
  • newegg Improved PSU placement The bottom-mounted PSU design provides an improved air circulation for the most effective PSU ventilation.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • 1/16/2013 11:15:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case for a great price

Pros: -fit's all my stuff to include CM 212 (barely)
-comes with several sata cable
-like the see thru side

Cons: -not free

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  • El Scorcho
  • 12/5/2012 8:04:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUnimpressive

Pros: + Not filled with gaudy LED fans
+ Recognizable brand at a reasonable price
+ Front panel Buttons, USBs and Audio jacks are at the top
+ Mostly rolled internal edges
+ Good cable routing options, long front panel leads

Nice looking, silver trimmed front panel.

Cons: - Bottom PSU
- Missing quick mount brackets for 3.5" and 5.25" bays
- Build quality (bent/warped/crooked/gaps)
- Expansion slot covers not removed
- Cheap 120mm 3 pin fan
- No 2.5" drive mount
- Glossy fingerprint prone plastic
- Unpainted interior and back panel

This is the second machine I have built with a Bottom PSU case, and likely my last for a while. PSU manufacturers have not lengthened their P8 power cables for this layout, and motherboard manufacturers haven't moved the connector to the bottom edge of the board for easy access, so you invariably have to deal with a short cable stretched across your video card and CPU cooler. Case manufacturers could also install a P8 extension cable in Bottom PSU cases.

All the drive bays are formed and keyed for quick release drive mounts, however none were installed in my case.

Back side of case was bent and misaligned. Non window side panel is wavy. The windowed side panel is excessively flimsy and hard to align. Hooray for thumbscrews, but they are still cheap junky ones. 5.25" drive bays have obvious gaps on both sides of the drive.

I know CM sells 120mm PWM fans for $5, why didn't CM install them on BOTH fan positions?

Other Thoughts: Don't know what people are on about with their problems installing a front fan. If you remove the 3.5" drive cage and the front panel, it's easy as pie.

If this case had any other brand name on it, it would be a sub-$30 case.

Overall, I'm surprised to be disappointed with this. There is more to a computer case then the name, that is for sure.

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  • mikehd
  • 12/2/2012 10:23:49 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood looking, but misleading specs on newegg

Pros: Sturdy steel, easily removed front panel, high gloss finish well protected during shipping. Had plenty of hardware for installation of mobo and drives. Silver accent is a nice design detail without excessive bling. Removable hard drive cage is essential for installing a front fan and the drives.

Cons: newegg's detailed description is inaccurate for this specific model. There is no provision for extra 80 or 90 mm rear fans, nor for a side fan due to the see thru side panel. Regarding the front fan, the front cage design inhibits direct air flow across the drives.

Other Thoughts: Compared to the CM HAF912, this case is much less designed for avid gaming due to the lack of spots for extra fans. Have an extra fan on hand to mount in the front area. Overall a well built and attractive case.

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  • hootal
  • 11/27/2012 6:20:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCooler Master is #1

Pros: Alot of bang for the buck!...... I am always amazed at the quality Cooler Master builds in to their products, even the lower end products.

Cons: It's was not free!

Other Thoughts: I have never been disappointed on any Cooler Master product that I have bought.

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  • N/A
  • 11/23/2012 9:52:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent.

Pros: I think this case is pretty great. has pretty decent air flow and enough room for everything. I even have put an Hyper 212 Evo Cpu cooler in there with a millimeter to spare, and an extra fan.

Cons: Nothing so far.

Other Thoughts: For a on budget case, this case is great.

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  • N/A
  • 8/18/2012 7:53:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscase

Pros: Nice case, nothing wrong with it, looks great.

Cons: none

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  • whiteturbo
  • 7/4/2012 1:27:14 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: This case is a great case, one of the best cases i had.

Cons: None.

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  • Debi
  • 6/28/2012 5:19:33 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs*sighs* Missing parts

Pros: Great case for the price, nice clean lines.

Cons: The plastic clips for mounting the hard drives were missing. I was very disappointed. Received my case and other parts for a new build in time for a long weekend, but couldn't mount the drives *sighs* From the reviews this is not unusual. I was surprised as this is not my first cooler master case.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Debi,

We apologize for any inconveniences we have caused you. You can get a replacement for the missing materials under warranty. Please fill out a parts request, link below for your reference. If you have any questions, or need an update on your product, please feel free to contact us on live chat during our regular hours of 9-5 pacific time.

CMUSA Customer Support

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  • Vuvu
  • 6/19/2012 11:08:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNicer than expected

Pros: For this price point, it has

- Decent cable management
- Transparent plastic side panel
- Thumb screws for the panels
- Eye-catching looks
- Less weight than most cases I've owned

Cons: Limited cooling options: Only front and rear fans available.

Other Thoughts: The removable hard disk bay is a nice touch.

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  • N/A
  • 6/16/2012 1:11:45 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCoolermaster elite 331

Pros: Good quality
Paint doesn't scratch easily
Metal interior and most exterior
Transparent side, not glass, plastic.

Cons: Actually only supports 2 fans, the included exhaust and a 140 or 120mm front intake fan thats behind the mesh and coolermaster logo. Bought others fans expecting a side fan and another exhaust fan.... nope.

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