Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (RC-431P) Mid Tower Case

Jan 30th, 2012 | By

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Now it is time to get to some testing. The following system was installed and used to gather temperatures:

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CPU: Intel i5 760
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
MB: MSI P55-GD65
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Video: HIS HD 5870 iCooler V Turbo 1GB
PSU: Ultra X3 1000W
HD: WD 250GB SATA
DVD-Rom: Lite-On 18x DVD Burner – SATA
OS: Microsoft Windows 7
Ambient Temperature: 22-24C

Comparison Cases:
Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus
Cooler Master HAF932

For idle temperatures, the system was allowed to stand at idle for 3 hours before temperatures were taken. To achieve load temps, OCCT was run for 30 minutes and the average peak temperature was recorded using CPUID HWMonitor.

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus

I want to get out of the way that going into this pitting the Elite 431 Plus against the HAF932 is not a fair fight so I fully didn’t expect it to win but to rather just give a point of reference. Under idle temperatures seem a bit high and I think the Elite 431 Plus would benefit a lot with an added 120mm exhaust fan on the back as one intake just won’t cut it.

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus

Putting the system under load just further emphasizes the need for more airflow as the GPU and motherboard chipset temps reached temperatures I am just not very comfortable with.

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