1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Cooler Master Intros Elite 344 Silver Entry-Level Case

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,873 (11.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,716
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Cooler Master rolled out the Elite 344 Silver entry-level micro-ATX case. Made entirely of SECC steel and glossy plastic, the case measures 183 x 436 x 356.8 mm, weighing about 4 kg. Its storage area includes two 5.25-inch drive bays, one exposed and four discrete 3.5-inch bays, which are split into two cages. The bottom one is detachable, and creates room for graphics cards as long as 36 cm. Ventilation includes one 120 mm front intake fan, and a rear 80/90 mm spinner, in addition to fan mounts on the side panel. Its front-panel includes a USB 3.0 port (cable), two USB 2.0/1.1, and HD audio front-panel jacks. It is expected to be priced around $60.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. adulaamin

    adulaamin

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    722 (0.37/day)
    Thanks Received:
    292
    Location:
    Baguio City, Philippines
    Looks nice... No place to hide cables though... You could get the Antec 300 or the HAF 912 at the same price... :)
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  3. Mckertis New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2012
    Messages:
    15 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    You could, but it's ATX, this one is mATX, with quite appealing dimensions. Everything else doesnt look that great, but size is okay.
    If we're talking same price, Aerocool 200 or Fractal 1000.
     
  4. SeventhReign

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2012
    Messages:
    54 (0.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5
    A beautiful case. I'm guessing since there is only 1 of them, that the port/hole on the back is not for water cooling. I'm no expert but I think you need 2.
     
  5. xxdozer322

    xxdozer322

    Joined:
    May 16, 2012
    Messages:
    437 (0.47/day)
    Thanks Received:
    133
    Location:
    Santa Ana, Ca.
    ^usb 3.0 cable
     
  6. TRWOV

    TRWOV

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2011
    Messages:
    3,652 (3.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,236
    Location:
    Mexico
    I guess it's the USB 3.0 cable passtrough.


    So this basically is a mATX Elite 310? *snore*
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  7. micropage7

    micropage7

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    Messages:
    6,099 (3.57/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,418
    Location:
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    for entry level market it aint bad
    maybe if we can put some fans on it
    it would be better
     
  8. james888

    james888

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    4,668 (3.73/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,880
    The haf 912 is incredible for the price. I did decide to upgrade though, and now it just sits there unused. Any case that is in this price range needs to be as good as the haf 912.
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  9. hellrazor

    hellrazor

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,580 (0.91/day)
    Thanks Received:
    319
    I'm not a fan of glossy, but that would look horrible in matte.

    Eh, 4/10.

    Is that a haiku?
     
  10. Mckertis New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2012
    Messages:
    15 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    If only it wasnt so damn huge. 50x50x22...too much. Its funny that way, in 10 years hardware got smaller and colder, yet cases get bigger and bigger. I'm not sure why would anyone actually want to buy these huge coffins without a very specific reason, yet there is very little real selection in mATX cases. And why is it that generally mATX costs more than huge ATX, huh ?
     
  11. ironwolf

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2011
    Messages:
    271 (0.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    31
    Location:
    Pensacola, FL, USA, Earth
    +1 for the HAF 912! Much better case @ $60 price range IMNSHO.

    EDIT: derp derp, this Elite 344 is a uATX case. Coffee hasn't kickstarted my melon yet LOL. :cry:
     
  12. Fourstaff

    Fourstaff Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    9,204 (5.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,985
    Location:
    Home
    Smaller market, more innovation going there etcetcetc.

    You can find lots of good (and cheap) mATX cases out there, as long as you are willing to look for them. Also, quite a lot of them are well built, much better than full towers for the same price.
     
  13. m1dg3t

    m1dg3t

    Joined:
    May 22, 2010
    Messages:
    2,247 (1.36/day)
    Thanks Received:
    513
    Location:
    Canada
    Not a bad lookin' case, wouldda been nicer with bottom mounted PSU :eek:

    If I was building in that case I'd be searching for a "push/pull through" PSU as opposed to the common "blow through"... Would'nt want the CPU HSF fighting the PSU for air :eek:

    My $0.02 anyways

    Regarding prices of the mATX/iTX stuff; Supply/Demand.
     
    de.das.dude says thanks.
  14. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Messages:
    10,899 (3.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,417
    I've had several Elite cases and I'm not a big fan. They're cheap and they are good for what you pay but if possible I would get something from the higher tiers.
     
  15. tacosRcool

    tacosRcool

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Messages:
    860 (0.93/day)
    Thanks Received:
    71
    Kinda expensive
     
  16. camoxiong

    camoxiong

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2010
    Messages:
    655 (0.45/day)
    Thanks Received:
    58
    Location:
    Fresno, CA
    still look the same as the old one
     
  17. Mckertis New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2012
    Messages:
    15 (0.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    No you cant. There are a few, but "lots" is not true. Many of them are just labeled mATX, but are just regular size. Or those weird HTPC cubes that dont really fit anywhere. People love their huge useless coffins.
     
  18. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Messages:
    10,899 (3.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,417
    I'd say more than a hundred qualify as "lots". And I'm not sure why you don't like cubes, they fit in a lot of places and they have their palce in the market.
     
  19. Fourstaff

    Fourstaff Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    9,204 (5.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,985
    Location:
    Home
    Give me an idea and I will dig up some for you. The most common ones which you can find are:

    Silverstone FT series
    Thermaltake Armor A30
    Lian Li PC 35x series
    Fractal Design Core 1000
    Fractal Design Arc Mini
    NZXT Vulcan

    If you are truly looking for small consider mITX, you can get really small.
     
  20. blibba

    blibba

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2009
    Messages:
    831 (0.44/day)
    Thanks Received:
    184
    Location:
    Oxford, UK
    Fractal 1000 all the way for budget builds.
     
  21. de.das.dude

    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    7,895 (4.84/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,115
    you can hide cables in one of the 5.25" bays. this is a top mounted PSU one. you will be surprised how clean things look when the cables are hid like his!
     
  22. de.das.dude

    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    7,895 (4.84/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,115
    the cpu hsf will hardly ever feel out of breath. if one thing it will be the PSU sucking in warm CPU air. :pimp: <- it willl be like smoking a cigarette :p
     
  23. MrMilli

    MrMilli

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2008
    Messages:
    216 (0.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    35
    Location:
    Antwerp, Belgium
  24. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,741 (9.81/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,220
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    Thinks that jump out at me is the top mounted PSU which would make it harder for tower coolers to be installed. Also design is OK at best but looks more like a prebuilt case. If I had to go entry level, I would get a white or black NZXT Source 210 which is HALF the price of this case.
     
    Crunching for Team TPU

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page