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APEX MI-008 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply

  • Steel Mini-ITX Tower
  • USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 250W Power Supply
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 1 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Apex’s MI-008 case is a great choice for instances where you don’t have a lot of space for a system. It would work well in kiosks or as a video wall controller. You could also use it to control information signs in a hotel or airport. Its small size would also make it a good choice for a HTPC.

The drive bay housing tilts up for easy installation. There are two external bays, one 5.25” and one 3.5”. There is also a 3.5” hard drive bay. The front panel also has two audio jacks and two USB ports. Once everything is installed put the lid back on and you’re good to go.

  • newegg Stands Horizontally or Vertically The APEX MI-008 can be laid horizontally on your desk or vertically on the floor to fit your working space.
  • newegg HTPC System with 3 Drive Bays Featuring an external 5.25" drive bays and two 3.5" drive bays (one external and one internal), the APEX MI-008 provides sufficient expandability as an HTPC (Home Theatre PC) case.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The APEX MI-008 features a convenient front I/O panel for easy access to two USB 2.0 and two audio ports.
  • newegg Built-in 250W PSU The APEX MI-008 is equipped with a 250W power supply unit to handle typical power consumption for most Mini-ITX systems.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Victor H.
  • 5/9/2016 2:32:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice ITX case

Pros: Love the compact size, durability and material of the case. It doesn't feel cheap and it includes a PSU!

Cons: NONE.

Other Thoughts: APEX MI-008 with 250Watt PSU
2 x Cooler Master 80mm (modded on the side of the case)
Arctic Cooling Alpinte M1
AMD Athlon 5350
MSI AM1i
G. Skill 1600MHz (2x8GB)
ADATA 240GB SSD

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  • Eric W.
  • 5/7/2016 1:57:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat ITX Case

Pros: Small, included power supply is quiet and works great with an MSI AM-1 motherboard and AMD Athlon (Kabini) 5350. Has a Perfect size, nice rubber feet you can mount on the bottom, or on the left side so you can stand the case up which gives you convective cooling (heat out the top vent, cool air drawn into the bottom vent ). You don't need a cooling fan, whole system is 45 degrees centigrade or cooler. CD/DVD drive slot, button on face plate has an adjustable actuator you can line up with you CD/DVD drive eject button (see "Other" below). Very quiet setup; be sure and set the BIOS for AMD Cool 'n Quiet to "Enable" and Smart Fan Target to be enabled and choose a low temp and fan speed (or your CPU fan will run at 100% which is usually the default).

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Mount your CD/DVD drive from the front after you remove the face plate. When you put the face plate back on, gently open the case drive door open with your finger and look down and to the right and adjust the rectangular gray plate along the slider so it contacts the eject button of your CD/DVD drive. Also, the ICY DOCK EZ-Fit Lite MB290SP-B mounts an SSD in the 3.5" drive tray perfectly.

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  • Reid H.
  • 3/24/2016 1:28:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSemi-adequate case held back by a few limitations

Pros: - Room for full size DVD drives (not slimline)
- Included PSU gets the job done
- Preforated metal sides for some air flow
- Nice and springy power button
- Audio and front USB ports hidden behind attractive plastic door

Cons: - Everything to do with the placement of the PSU in this case is awful. Firstly, it hangs over the CPU with minimal clearance, blowing hot air down on top of it. Secondly, the entire weight of the PSU is braced by the rear plate, with no support from the metal frame of the case chassis. Because of this, the metal surrounding the PCI slot cut-out on the rear of the case was terribly bent on the unit I received. For the small price I paid it wasn't worth going through an RMA so I just bent it back in place with pliers. Ended up partially obscuring the ports on the GPU I installed which is a definite bummer.
- The layout seems to be an extremely bad use of space, with blank space underneath the DVD drive serving no purpose. You could probably install an SSD in that space but you'd have to secure it with tape or something
- Optional rail system for 3.5" HDD works but puts your disk drive directly in front of the case ventilation, affecting cooling performance
- The case frame and motherboard plate are too close together to even mount slimline 120mm case fans, so don't even try.
- The disc drive door spring flew out and was lost almost immediately after I started using it. It's now kept closed with clear tape.
- Seems to be some kind of voltage leak on the front headphone port, as it produces a high pitched whine on headphones.

Other Thoughts: I use this case for an Biostar A68N-5000 build and for this use case it's semi-adequate. If they had only addressed the issues with the PSU placement it could have been at least a 4 egger.

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  • Michael B.
  • 1/6/2016 9:40:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case for some situations.

Pros: -5.25" bay CD cover can make older beige drives like the one I'm using look presentable
-It has an external 3.5" bay and a separate place to mount a hard drive
-Extra space under the 3.5" bay for cable management or squeezing an additional 120mm fan in
-The case itself feels very solid and doesn't have any detectable flex.
-Free PSU
-Really nice feeling power button

Cons: -Rather cramped, especially if you've hooking drives up with PATA, but the case really wasn't designed with that in mind so I'm not knocking an egg from it for that
-Low quality PSU
-Limited space between the 5.25' bay and the PSU
-Limited space between the motherboard and the PSU
-Meh airflow at best
-No Reset Switch
-The first thing you should do when you buy this is remove the front panel (it comes off as one part then you have to remove another little front bit from that to get to the 5.25" bay fascia) and make sure the little spring that keeps the CD bay closed is aligned, then carefully hot glue or epoxy it down, otherwise the spring will fall off the hinge not long after you finish the build and you'll have to open it up and put it back on.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case for a VIA based MS-DOS build I did, and I love it, but this case isn't perfect for everything. The PSU isn't that high quality, but that wasn't an issue for me since being a VIA C3 computer the entire build draws under 75 watts, but if you were planning to build something that you could game with, even if you were just using an AMD APU or a GT 610 I would recommend upgrading the PSU or even better using an entirely different case.
The 5.25" bay CD fascia was great for me since the MS-DOS compatible disc drives I own are all beige and this keeps it looking sleek, which the Thermaltake Element Q wouldn't, the presence of a 3.5" bay also meant I could use a floppy drive with it which most ITX cases don't have. For me the limited space between the motherboard and the PSU was fine since the VIA M1000 board I used doesn't have or need that big of a heat sink and can cool itself passively, I put a small 50mm fan on the heat sink anyways since the airflow wouldn't really be there. As a result of the way the CD drive and the hard drive were placed I had to run two seperate PATA cables to connect them up, which isn't a big deal since this case wasn't really designed with PATA in mind anyways. However if you wanted to build a powerful media PC in a case like this or a daily drive gaming computer I would say get something else since the airflow isn't there and its only single slot PCI, some features like the lack of a reset button are strange but perfectly easy to live with. If you were building something with an ITX board that can passively cool itself like an Asrock Intel Avaton board or some embedded celeron board then go for it, but otherwise get something else.

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  • Nancy L.
  • 6/1/2015 4:41:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReplacement for blueray player

Pros: Somewhat small only having a little bit of height to it
has just enough space for an amd stock heatsink for the althon 5350
Power supply is somewhat unreliable but it works planning on replacing at somepoint

Cons: Broken front hinge but considering I need the front usb ports it couldn't have closed anyways so its fine.
Hard to build in if you have a dvd/blue-ray drive in makes you have to plan the wiring better with almost no room for anything

Other Thoughts: Power supply could have been better but at least it works just wish it had a little more wattage to is so I don't need to replace it

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  • Nathan T.
  • 5/4/2015 11:30:49 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice small case, but fit too tight

Pros: Small size.
Slots for two desktop hard drives.
Manages to stay cool.

Cons: 1. The biggest con for me was that you can't really use a full size blu-ray drive with the thing. It has the slot for it and my drive ALMOST fit, but because the power supply only has straight SATA power connectors and no right-angle SATA power connectors you end up crushing the wires coming out of the connector between the optical drive and the power supply. This may not be a concern to the manufacturer, but is of some concern to me. It is possible that I could buy a new blu-ray drive that isn't quite as long, but something buyers will need to consider.
2. I feel like they could have made the case smaller if they used an itx power supply.
3. Can only fit single slot video cards (was expected).

Other Thoughts: TLDR; Don't use dual-slot video cards. Be careful with optical drive length.

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1 out of 5 eggsvery poor

Pros: nothing

Cons: the finition is very cheap and the door for the DVD player is borker after 1/2 hours

no compatible with very much ITX motherboard

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  • Bret H.
  • 2/1/2015 7:38:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty small case, but nice

Pros: Enough room for BR/DVD drive, full size SATA drive and front panel 3.5" accessory. It can be used vertical or horizontal. Power supply has plenty of plugs. (1) 20+4, (1) 4 pin processor, (1) floppy, (2) 4 pin peripheral and (2) SATA. I was pleasantly surprised at the 2 SATA plugs, the other reviews referenced only ONE.
It has two places for 3.5" HDD's. Next to the MB or under the DVD drive. I did not install anything in the 3.5" front panel so I used that slot for the HDD.
The power management in BIOS shows the voltage from the PS holding steady, no variations +/-. I didn't expect that out of a case with PS that costs less than most power supplies by themselves.

Cons: Front panel is glossy black, it shows every finger print if you care about that kind of thing.

Other Thoughts: I had to "modify" the hard drive shelf under the DVD player. This really wasn't the case design fault. My MB came with 2 SATA cables, 1 end 90-1 end straight, and the SATA connections on the board were facing each other. If I had at least one with straight at both ends I would have been fine.
My MB configuration has the memory directly under/at the back of the 3.5" HDD shelf (that I had to use) and my memory heatsink was a bit too tall for the HDD SATA plugs. If I had short memory, low/no heatsink memory, straight SATA cables or a combination of these things everything would have went together in 5 minutes.

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  • Patrick G.
  • 1/23/2015 4:27:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case!!

Pros: This thing is small and I can see where it could be a little tight for some builds. I had no problems fitting a Biostar A68N-5000 in it. There were no problems with heat sink clearance because my board has a very short passive heat sink for the APU.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/30/2014 10:22:07 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood size for an m-ITX case

Pros: Compact, yet just enough room to maneuver. Very easy to assemble if you remove the power supply first. Just about as small as you can get for an m-ITX case.

Cons: No reset button. Upper bay for optical drive only, cannot remove panel to use for other inserts. Front USB ports 2.0 only. Ports hidden behind closed door which you have to leave open if you want to use USB bluetooth/RF adapter. Front bezel in glossy piano black which shows fingerprints. Power button hard to push (spring too stiff).

Other Thoughts: Front bezel has place to insert LED to provide a lighted side stripe (not mentioned in any description). Case too small for case fan but there are plenty of holes for ventilation. Power supply wires could be a little shorter. Caution: if you use CPU heatsink with fan, you have only 50 mm height clearance. (I am installing an ASRock Q2900-ITX motherboard which uses passive cooling.)

Have decided to return this case in exchange for a Thermaltake Element Q case (exact same case, just different front bezel) because I need to use the 5.25" bay for other purposes.

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