Packing 2 drive bays, 1 full-height expansion slots, 1 80mm exhaust fan, 2 USB and 2 audio ports into a compact cube steel case, Athenatech’s A1089BB.150 gives you a powerful platform for building a solid mini-ITX system. Bearing a 150W PSU that acts as a second exhaust fan, this compact case has many of the features you'd expect from a larger box, all orderly arranged to do the job neatly and efficiently.
The front 5.25" bay is equipped with an optical drive cover, to keep things clean and equipment hidden. The side panels have large areas of vents for optimal air flow, so you can keep you computer components cool for system stability.
Athenatech gives you the box to put it all together, but lets you have the joy of customizing your own private little powerhouse!
Excellent for small desktop
Pros: Great desin and quality. Everything works as expected incl the DVD player door and button. Sturdy and both power supply and case fan are very quiet.
Cons: was hoping to get it for 20$ less.....
Other Thoughts: needs quite a bit of attention with cable management to keep all cables out of the fans...... it is tight, but works easily with one full size ODD and one 2.5 or 3.5 inch disk drive (I used a SSD).
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Cute little case
Pros: Doesn't show fingerprints nearly as badly as I feared. Not cramped (another fear I had, as this is my first mini-ITX build). The front panel (LED/power button) connectors are sensibly designed so that I can tell the ground from the... other wire/pin. Also, very small! Quiet fans!
Cons: The optical disk drive tray sometimes (but not usually) gets caught on the case. The cables from the PSU are hard to reroute around some components installed in the case.
Other Thoughts: It's so cute! Lightweight, but seems sturdy (not that I plan to move it much).
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really nice Mini ITX
Cons: have to open the case to select input voltage.. but that's really not a con as they place the PS
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Neat, but what about the heat?
Pros: Put my first Atom 330 in this case. If you love arranging wires and playing with tie wraps (like me), then this is a ton of fun! I replaced my old file server hw (Linux, Ubuntu 8.04) w/ this setup.
Cons: The included power supply exhausts INSIDE the case, this could be a deal breaker depending on your heat concerns. After getting it all setup, I closed up the case cover and left the room - came back 30 mins later and the fans were screaming loud. Apparently they kicked it into high gear trying to cool things down. I checked my hard drive temps and they were significantly higher than before.
Other Thoughts: This case appears to be the same make/model as the Rosewill one, only the other one was two dollars more.
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“Put my first Atom 330 in this case. If you love arranging wires and playing with tie wraps (like me), then this is ...”— Nefarous 10/16/2009
“Doesn't show fingerprints nearly as badly as I feared. Not cramped (another fear I had, as this is my first mini-ITX ...”— ScottyB 1/4/2010