New Cooler Master mid-tower features red LEDs, cheap PSU


— 5:16 PM on December 22, 2009

Cooler Master has added a new enclosure to its lineup: the USP 100, an "enthusiast ready mid-tower chassis" with a $99 suggested retail price, a relatively roomy interior, and a lackluster-looking bundled power supply.

The USP 100 has a nice collection of enthusiast-friendly perks, like a hole in the motherboard tray to access the back of the CPU socket, a half inch of clearance for cable management between the motherboard tray and side panel, a bottom-mounted PSU, and six side-mounted 3.5" hard drive bays with a "tool-free" design. (The four, conventional 5.25" bays are also tool-free, according to the press release.)

Cooler Master hasn't splurged on the power and cooling aspects, though. The USP 100 comes with only a single front-mounted 120-mm fan, which has a red LED and a 19 dB noise rating. Users will have to populate the bottom, rear, and side fan mounts on their own. Also, the bundled 550W Extreme Power Plus PSU has a 70% efficiency rating, a two-year warranty, and as far as we can tell, only 384W of 12V juice split between two rails. There are two 6+2-pin PCI Express power connectors, though, so adventurous souls should be able to accommodate high-end graphics cards—just nothing too high-end, since the firm estimates 11" of clearance for expansion cards.

Cooler Master says the USP 100 will be available in North America next quarter. You can see some photos in the image gallery below.

   
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