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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.

Learn more about the APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) MI-008

Model

Brand
APEX
Model
MI-008

Spec

Type
Mini-ITX Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
Yes
Power Supply
250W
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini-ITX

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Expansion Slots
1

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB 2.0 / Audio

Physical Spec

Dimensions
11.80" x 8.70" x 5.1"

Features

Features
Sturdy construction
Thermally optimized
Excellent EMI shielding
8.5 liters

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Cody K.
  • 3/9/2014 3:31:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Case... little power problem

Pros: This is a great little case, and I was able to fit all of the parts nicely. I added an extra fan by just setting it on the side and enclosing the case right on it such that it doesn't touch any wires. This way, I was able to remedy that little problem of the PSU and CPU fans being so close. My little Gelid pulls the hot air right out the side.

Cons: A HUGE Con, and the reason for only three stars, is the issue I've been having with the power supply. When I first built my HTPC, the plug was touchy. If I even moved the PC a little, it would shut off, and I would have to reach back there and push it in to turn it back on. It's been just over a month now, and the darn thing won't even turn on at all now. I've tried using different plugs, different outlets, checked the I/O connection to the motherboard... all but break that precious little warranty seal to get inside and take a look. Guess I'll be sending this one back. Shame.

Other Thoughts: Fix the power supply?

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  • Jason H.
  • 3/4/2014 9:15:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case- has worked extremely well

Pros: This case worked great for my HTPC PC development and build. Contrary to what others say, there is adequate space for the stock fan on an i5 or i7. I think those that claim issue or suggest you need a low profile fan just aren't that skilled at assembly or wire routing.

Cons: none

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  • Edward B.
  • 3/3/2014 7:24:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy

Pros: Cheap, comes with PS. Had enough connectors for drives as well. The DVD drive door works well too, doesn't hang up or catch and the case button is the right length and in the right spot to engage the drive tray button. I have to say it's nice when stuff lines up and works on the first try. Plastic front is nice and shiny looking. I would have preferred a USB 3.0 socket in the front as well. No sheet metal cuts.

Cons: The drive adapter rails weren't for a 2.5" drive I guess, since I tried using them to mount a flash HD into the 3.5" bay and couldn't get the rails to line up properly. So the 2.5" drive is only mounted using 2 screws, which is fine in this case since the SSD drives weigh next to nothing and doesn't wiggle much, but I prefer things solidly bolted in as a general rule. A provision for an IR sensor would have been nice as well. I'm sure a lot of people would consider using this as a low end HTPC case (I am) and an IR option, or a deluxe version with a media center remote would have been nice. I ended up using a Rosewill MC remote but it has a dongle which kind of ruins the look of the front if it's left plugged into the USB port there. <shrug>

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  • Accounts P.
  • 2/22/2014 10:56:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Small.

Cons: Of course everything is very tight inside, often you have to remove one part to get to another. The plastic front feels cheap. The little door over the USB ports broke off in the first two months.

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  • andrew G.
  • 2/20/2014 6:58:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot for me

Pros: looked nice until I went to put the PSU back in

Cons: this thing is over 5 inches tall and you cant put a stock cooler on it. plus its for a itx board so you cant use a wider low profile cooler. what are people using this case for. I have had many apex cases and this thing is the first one I have ever had a problem with.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2014 11:29:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMediocre

Pros: It's a cheap mini-itx case $30 after rebate.. Everything functions fine and the PSU is low output so the fan wasn't too noisy.

Cons: A couple of minor complaints. 1. The metal structure isn't the sturdiest thing out there, it isn't flimsy to the point that things wobble but could've been built better. The plastic was also a little on the cheaper side. 2. I should've noticed that it doesn't have a reset button. 3. Not noticeable in the pictures but there is a sheet metal spacer plate between the underside and where the mobo sits, meaning it adds a little more rigidity to the case but also less clearance for a CPU fan.

Other Thoughts: It was OK to build in an old AMD E-350 Mobo into. Almost impossible if you want to use any regular CPU cooler, as clearance between the PSU and mobo is very low. This could've been built more sturdier but again it's only $30 and is being used as a Harddrive format / error scan / erase machine so I didn't need and wasn't expecting much. If you're going to build a Mini-ITX media center or something I'd go with a better case.

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  • David P.
  • 1/25/2014 2:05:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI want to love this case

Pros: Looks slick, but only after all the pain is over. It does include a power supply. Solid construction, they didn't skimp on the metal in the frame.

Cons: The power supply is mounted so close to the motherboard that it won't even really fit a low profile after market heat sink over the processor. Upon getting it in there the airflow is an issue. There are no mounts for additional fans, just the back power supply fan and vents on the sides, so there is no bottom-to-top air circulation. Too little space between the power supply and the drives so cable management is a mess. The front panel CD eject button is too stiff to actually reach the button on the drive (using a typical ASUS DVD drive). There is dead space on the right side, if they shifted the MB to the right there would have been space enough for a wider video card on the left (even the 1 slot video cards often have fans or heat sinks that need 1.5 or 2 slots).

Other Thoughts: I really want small form factor PCs to succeed, but this isn't the case. Bit it isn't completely their fault. They are using standard parts (power supply, ITX mother board, 3.5" bay, 5.25" bay), and there are only so many ways to align these without causing problems. Unfortunately the solution here causes too many headaches.
Minor items: Holes in the frame for a screw driver above the MB mounting holes would be nice. The 3.5" drive should be mounted perpendicular to the 5.25" drive bay to relieve some space issues, but leave the 3.5" front panel punch-out for shallow 3.5" bay items like card readers.

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  • Gawain T.
  • 12/4/2013 4:22:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsVERY tight fit

Pros: Attractive design, compact and well built

Cons: Very low clearance between PSU and motherboard. The new Intel CPU coolers do not quite fit without shimming up the power supply.

Other Thoughts: The PSU fan and CPU fan end up being right on top of each other. They will pull in opposite directions and overheat the system unless you flip one of the fans around. I did that by opening the power supply (bye warranty) and reversing that fan so it would draw air in and blow it down on the cpu. Now my i3 idles around 38C which is still a little warm but acceptable.

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  • David M.
  • 12/2/2013 1:01:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCompact but cramped

Pros: Compact, nice construction, price is nice.

Cons: Cramped internals present a significant challenge when positioning components as well as reducing the overall effectiveness of internal cooling fans.

Other Thoughts: I had to customize a low profile cpu fan to fit between the psu and cpu as well as add an additional fan to help direct outside air towards the cpu cooler. Cpu, hdd, internal air temp are still on the high side when the system is used for watching youtube videos, etc. Will spend the extra money next time to buy a better configured case.

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  • Terry B.
  • 12/1/2013 8:12:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Deal

Pros: Compact. Easy to install items into. Lots of airflow. I did not find this build difficult at all. Small footprint on desk or hutch.

Cons: PS pretty close to MOBO. Rout cables under DVD and airflow is good to go.

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