Case Cooling

Air Cooling

The Cooler Master Elite 110 mini-ITX case comes with one 120mm intake fan installed behind the front grill and offers several options for increased cooling if you need it.

(Courtesy of Cooler Master)

The Elite 110 case relies on the pre-installed 120mm intake fan in front to bring cool room air into the case and uses the power supply fan to help push warm exhaust air out the back.  This basic configuration should provide adequate airflow for modest builds.

The bundled low speed fan is very quiet. The following table lists the noise generated by the fan while operating at different speeds.  Sound Pressure Levels were taken 3’ from the front of the case.  The ambient background noise level was approximately 27 dBA in a quiet room.

With the fan running at full speed the noise is barely noticeable but while providing adequate airflow into the case.  Slowing the fan down by reducing the voltage (by adding your own fan speed controller) still keeps air flowing but virtually silences the fan.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to use a power supply that incorporates a quiet fan that runs all the time to assist airflow through the case.

If you want more airflow than the pre-installed 120mm fan provides, you have several options:
•    Replace the 120mm intake fan with a higher speed 120mm fan
•    Replace the 120mm intake fan with a 140mm fan of your choice
•    Add one or two 80mm fans on the left side panel

Depending on what hardware you install, the optional 80mm fans can be configured to blow cool room air into the enclosure or exhaust warm air out (however, the side vents do not have dust filters).

Liquid Cooling

The Cooler Master Elite 110 case also supports installing a 120mm radiator behind the front panel if you want to go with water-cooling.

Here are a few photos of a Corsair Hydro Series H80i Liquid CPU Cooler installed into our build. Cooler Master also offers a couple CPU water-cooling systems in their Seidon Series that will work in the Elite 110 case.

The Corsair H80i and Cooler Master Seidon 120XL coolers both use dual fans, which as you can see is doable. Installing a water-cooling system with a full size PSU can be a challenge – it can be done, but cable management quickly becomes very difficult the more hardware you pack inside the cube.

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