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I/O ports are located at the top of the Elite 430 above the topmost 5.25" bay. The location gives you easy access to 2x USB 2.0 and 1x Mic, and 1x Headphone, Just about anything a mainstream system will need.
The top of the Elite 430 has opening for 2 x 120mm fans with proper spacing for 120mm dual fan radiators. Perforated mesh is a great way to make a fan grill and works well to protect the location when nothing is installed.
Both Micro-ATX and regular ATX motherboards can be installed.
We installed a Micro ATX motherboard into the Elite 430 to give you an idea as to the scale of this case. As you can see there is plenty of room to spare.
The front grill is one of the most prominent pieces found on the Elite 430 and works to cover the 120mm/140mm fan location underneath.
The front of the case is removed with an easy yank at the base of the case. Underneath is a large 120mm Blue LED fan, and the ability to install optical drives as well as card readers as well. The 120mm fan can be replaced with a 140mm fan as well in this area.
Most of the drive locations come equipped with easy to read tool less drive mechanisms.
To remove or install a drive simply flip the switch to the proper position. The open position will live the retention pins whereas the closed position locks the drive in place.
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