Cooler Master released the USP 100, a new case for gamers that ships with the Extreme Power Plus 550W power supply. The steel case features a flashy red front bezel and a black case body, it supports micro-ATX and ATX motherboards and features seven expansion slots, four 5.25" drive bays, a floppy bay and six 3.5" HDD bays. Cooling is provided by a 120mm red LED front fan, 80/90/120mm bottom, rear and side fans are all optional.
Special features include a cutout in the motherboard plate to make it easier to swap your CPU cooler, a top I/O panel, a red power-on LED indicator bar, Cooler Master logo as power-on button, PSU at the bottom for better cooling, tool-free design for the 5.25" and 3.5" devices and thumbscrews for add-on cards. The case measures 214mm x 483mm x 508mm (W x H x D) and weighs 7.2kg.
The included Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550W features a 120mm fan and has two PCI-E 6+2-pin connectors. Unfortunately, the specifications reveal this power supply has a typical efficiency of only 70 percent. That's very poor performance considering we're now seeing the first power supplies with an efficiency of over 90 percent. The Cooler Master USP 100 will start shipping in Q1 2010 for $99.
Wide Body Design
USP 100 offers a no compromise interior including many popular innovations from Cooler Master high end chassis. The wide body design includes over 11 inches for VGA card length and over 6.5 inches in CPU cooler clearance height for class leading support of the mainstream CPU coolers and graphics cards. A chassis width of over 8.4 inches makes cable management easy, allowing system cables to be hidden in spacious .5 inch clearance behind the motherboard tray. USP 100 includes a CPU retention hole for easy CPU cooler installation, hassle free tool-free drive bays, and an easy to clean front filter air intake.
Powered by 550W Extreme Power Plus
Answering increasing requests for more value, USP 100 combines a spacious, high airflow chassis with a quality 550W power supply. The Extreme Power Plus 550W has been field tested for both durability and performance with major graphics cards and CPUs. The combination of a power supply and chassis provides a stable, all-in-one solution perfect for mainstream system building. The USP 100 is exclusively available as a complete chassis and power supply solution.
Air Cooling Aesthetics
Taking cues from enthusiasts, the USP 100 is factory painted in crimson. Using proven all mesh front panel design, the USP 100 provides enhanced airflow to keep internal temperatures minimal. Front air filters increase dust management while reducing system maintenance. A hidden power button, red themed LED front fan, and crimson LEDs add a bold and edgy flair to any system.