Coming so soon after we reviewed the massive BitFenix Colossus, the Cooler Master Elite 430 Black almost felt as light as a feather. Indeed, at less than 5kg, the Elite is but a third the weight of the Colossus. Unlike the Colossus, which has a smooth, rubbery exterior, the Elite felt rough to the touch and we found that we could easily leave white 'scratch' marks on its surface with just our fingernails. While these marks could be rubbed out with any cleaning cloth, we weren't too impressed with the thin, albeit light side panels on this chassis.
On the other hand, given its entry level pricing, the choice made by Cooler Master to keep its costs down is understandable. At least the chassis is decent looking, with a front facade that reminded us of a car grill. The basics are covered, with the front panel I/O having the usual USB and audio/microphone jacks. Like quite a few chassis nowadays, the Elite 430 Black comes with a transparent side window, the better for users to show off their components, or simply just to check that their cooling fans are still running.
So far, from its exterior design, Cooler Master has played it safe and the Elite 430 Black looks like a competent, conventional mid-tower chassis. It won't stand out in the crowd if that's what you're looking for.