frontIs there anyone left out there that's old enough to remember when buying a budget case meant buying a rectangular ivory box?  Well, I do.  If you wanted a custom box with any sort of styling, you were going to be out big money, or be really good with a skil saw, grinder, and can of spray paint.  Things are a little different now.  There's some variety in budget cases and they have some style.  With the Elite 371, Cooler Master is aiming at that market.  Let's take a look at it, and see how they did.

Product Name: Cooler Master Elite 371

Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master

Review by: Shane Ede

Pictures by:  Shane Ede



Steel Body, (0.5mm / SECC), HIPS Plastic


(W)7.5 x (H)16.7 x (D) 18.9 inch

(W)7.5 x (H)16.7 x (D) 19.6 inch

Net Weight

10.1 lb

M/B Type

Micro-ATX / ATX

5.25” Drive Bay

3 Exposed

3.5” Drive Bay

1 Exposed

5 Hidden

Cooling System

Top: 120mm fan x2 (optional)

Front: 120/140mm fan x1 (optional)

Rear: 120mm fan x1, 80/90mm (optional)

Bottom: 80/90/120mm fan x1 (optional)

Side: 120/140mm x2 (optional)

Accommodates to CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus Cooler

Expansion Slots

Standard x7

I/O Panel

USB 2.0 x2, Mic x1, Audio x1, IEEE1394a x1 (optional)

Maximum Compatibility

CPU Cooler Height: 6.4-inch (163mm)

VGA Card Length: 12.4-inch (315mm) with HDD Cage

Power Supply

Standard ATX PS2 (optional)

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