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Athenatech Black Steel A100BB.270 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • Steel
  • Power Supply 2 x 60mm rear fans
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When asked just how small a case could be and still be worth buying, AthenaTech created the A100BB.270 for their answer. Despite delicate dimensions of only 5.8" x 13.5" x 14.5", this case still has room for plenty of punch. Setup for both Micro ATX and Flex ATX motherboards, it will keep them cool with the two 60mm fans in the rear. Unlike many mini towers out there, this case doesn't forget the value of a 3.5" external drive, placing it just below the 5.25" optical drive bay.

Don't take its small stature as a sign that it must be fragile, either. This case was built with top quality SECC steel to be sure that all you put into it is safe. Then they finished off by giving this case’s future owner the flexibility of choice between a tower and a desktop, and made it look stunning in both.

  • newegg Convertible Case Featuring a convertible case design, the Athenatech A100BB.270 can be placed either horizontally or vertically in your work space or room for the best fit possible.
  • newegg Micro ATX/Flex ATX System with 4 Drive Bays Featuring one external 5.25" drive bay, and one external and two internal 3.5” drive bays, the Athenatech A100BB.270 provides a high level of expandability as a Micro ATX/Flex ATX case.
  • newegg Effective Airflow The Athenatech A100BB.270 features dual 60mm rear fans and vented side panel to deliver optimal airflow for Micro ATX/Flex ATX system.
  • newegg Built in 270W PSU The Athenatech A100BB.270 is equipped with a 270W power supply unit to handle typical power consumption levels in Micro AT/Flex ATX systems.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel he convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.

Learn more about the Athenatech U.S.A. Inc. A100BB.270

General

Brand
Athenatech
Model
A100BB.270

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
Power Supply
270W
Motherboard Compatibility
Mirco ATX / Flex ATX
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front Audio Ports
Yes

Cooling System

60mm Fans
2 x 60mm rear fans

Features

Features
Blue LED Light (Standard)

Dimensions&Weight

Height
13.5"
Width
5.8"
Depth
14.5"

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


Customer Reviews of the Athenatech U.S.A. Inc. A100BB.270

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  • Bret G.
  • 5/18/2010 9:09:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIs good case

Pros: Nice for full height cards (video sound, tuner) but small enough to work as a media machine. Plastic face just a bit flimsy and a heavier gauge metal would have been nice. Over all a good budget piece for the average user.

Cons: As with others who purchased this case... Buy a better, more updated power supply. The one supplies has no SATA or 24 pin power connectors. That wasn't a deal killer for me; just be aware.

I purchased a SeaSonic SS-350SFE 350W SFX12V V3.1 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply from NewEgg and that works well for me.

Other Thoughts: Plan ahead, do your research and you will be happy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/11/2010 6:53:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhat might have been

Pros: Nice looking case

Cons: Busted in shipping. Front Bezel was completely sheared off. The box looked to be in good shape, but the internal styrofoam was too flimsy. The manufacturer needs to better protect the case for shipment.

Other Thoughts: Thanks for the rapid RMA process Newegg!

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  • David H.
  • 1/28/2010 8:31:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Last year about this time, I as looking to build a smallish, but powerful media center and light gaming rig. This case was about the only thing I could find at the time that fit my small entertaiment shelf and my budget (sale for $29 at the time). I was worried about the power supply being 270W, but I am able to run all of the stuff listed in other thoughts and I use the front USB and audio ports without issue.

I was surpised how easy this small case is to work in....The top/side comes off with two thumb screws removed and the center placed 5.5"/3.25" combo cage comes out with the front panel easily pulled off and two thumb screws behind it removed. The hard drive cage comes out too if needed.

I use the system for entertainment with Windows Media Center, family MP3/MP4 players, video editing, web/email, and modern games (NFS, AOEIII, NHL/NFL 09,COD series, MW series). Future upgraded PS and vid card, and I should be able to keep this system going for several more years.

Cons: My Cons: Small PS wattage if you have many add-ons or periphs. No front case fan. Hard drives are far right (from front angle), but many main boards put SATA and IDE connectors on the left. Crowded if many cable, but that is typical of most HTPC cases.

Other reviewers con claims:
- 99% of CPU coolers will not fit - true with normal size optical drive. Need shorter than usual optical drive, they do exist. With shorter drive, typical profile stock provided CPU coolers works fine. Many better-than-stock coolers fit fine with a shorter optical drive too.

- Power Supp. not fit Micro-ATX - many Micro-ATX boards have the larger main power connector, but they often still work with the smaller one provided by this PS. Not all do so check.

This case, not unlike any other product you buy, requires good research before buying for you to be ultimately satisfied. Hoepfully this review will help you do so.

Other Thoughts: BIOSTAR Micro-ATX MB oN-board USB, LAN, Sound, Vid(not used)
AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ CPU (with BB RocketFish AMD CPU cooler)
2 2GB DDR2 PC-6400 DIMMS
500GB SATA HD
Short (length-wise) DVD RW drive
Front 80mm Case Fan
2 60mm Back Case FansNVIDA 7600 GT 512MB (no external power required)
Windows 7 64-bit

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  • Paul S.
  • 12/4/2009 7:36:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case, Replace The Power Supply

Pros: I have had this case for over a year now and am completely satisfied with the overall layout and construction. I removed the hinged door for the optical drive and moved the drive forward,(there is a set of mounting holes provided to do this as an option). Plenty of room inside this case for everything your HTPC needs.

Cons: Outdated, noisy power supply. I replaced mine with an "A-Power AK420M" 420watt mATX / SFX12V-H form factor power supply I found at a different vendor site.

Other Thoughts: SFX12V-H power supplies are not as common as many others but are not really hard to find. Generally the dinensions are 2.5 x 5 x 4-inches (H x W x D, approximate). I have 2 suggestions to look for that I know will work in this case. A-Power AK420M, 420watt, and A-Power AGS350M, 350watt. Both of these have a flush, side mounted 80mm fan. These A-Power power supplies are not silent but are quieter than the one that comes with this case, and have higher power, 8pin +12V connector, and SATA connectors. BUY THIS CASE!. You won't be disappointed. Thanks New Egg.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/6/2009 3:46:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Finish looks really nice in entertainment center... I was a little worried about the light but its not to bright... Holds everything, like with most mATX cases its a pretty tight fit...

Cons: Definitely get some tools on this build.... read the little cheat sheet on how to take this thing apart.

Other Thoughts: Really good case for the price.... I could not of been happier with it. I took an egg off though just because it was a little difficult getting everything in there.

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  • James K.
  • 9/1/2009 10:19:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot great

Pros: everything fit

Cons: power button cord is too short and fails eventually. Power supply failed.....

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  • Khoa N.
  • 8/6/2009 12:01:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice compact design.

Cons: The included power supply died after 3 years of light web browsing usage. Paint scratches easily. 2x60mm case fans are noisy, but the power supply fan was noisier.

Other Thoughts: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor
BIOSTAR TForce 6100 AM2

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  • Ilya T.
  • 7/19/2009 11:13:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCompact and yet extensible HTPC case.

Pros: Very solid case (except for front bezel). Easy to build, good layout. Very quiet case fans (can’t hear them at all from 1 feet), reasonably quiet PSU case with noise killer which slows down PSU fan if temperatures are low.
Size is really small for a case which allows 4 fill size extension cards, 3 HDD (one can go into floppy space if needed) and 5” optical drive. Good ventilation despite compact size thanks to nice looking ventilation grill on the side.

Cons: Front bezel is poorly made out of cheap plastic. Buttons are pretty much unusable as they would stuck (not what I care – it’s HTPC and I’ve remote). HDD activity LED is barely visible. PSU does not have modern connectors.

Other Thoughts: Built it with ASUS P5QPL-VM EPU MB. This MB (as all modern MBs) has 24 pin power but works just fine with 20 pin connector this case PSU provides. In most cases 24 pin MB would work with 20 pin PSU, so don’t worry about it too much. Just make sure not to overload the connector by putting in 70W PCIe cards (not what you really can with low power PSU). Do worry about SATA power adapters as this case PSU has none. Front DVD cover (and entire front bezel) is flimsy and not working very well with some drives. Remove it and go for DVD drive with black front panel, that looks great and works much better. Also allows you to move DVD forward solving issue with DVD getting in a way of CPU heat sink. Front panel audio is old style AC 97 in this case. Modern MBs usually default to HD audio style. So don’t forget to switch it in BIOS (if your MB supports it) or front panel audio won’t work.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/2/2009 10:16:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Good clean case layout was easy flipout dvd tray,thumb screws on the slide out drive trays made install easy.

Cons: loud power supply fan.goes from hardly noticable to jetsrteam mode have to turn volume on speakers up.

Other Thoughts: none

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/2/2009 2:44:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case, weak power supply

Pros: The case is very solid, buttons are good. No issues, install was easy, accessible front ports and good ventilation. There is room to add a 120mm fan that I did and it increased air flow dramatically.

Cons: The case is small, which is to be expected of a MicroATX, but if you are doing any decent video card, you will have to replace the power supply, as the stock supply has a very low 12V amperage (I think it was around 15A) and decent Micro PSUs are hard to come across.

Other Thoughts: In one the reviews, someone mentions the case is easy to scratch, as long as you're careful, you'll be fine.

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