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AeroCool M40-BK Black 0.6 SECC Steel MicroATX Cube case Computer Case

  • 0.6 SECC Steel MicroATX Cube case
  • USB / Audio Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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The AeroCool's M40-BK is a compact and dynamic cabinet ready for a Standard Micro-ATX Mobo. The cube case with separable upper and lower chamber structure provides you an easy way to install components. The chassis has a 120mm front intake fan for cool operation. To keep track of the internal temperature, there is a LCD temperature display with red back lighting in the front.

The cabinet has two 5.25" external drive bays, one external and two internal 3.5" bays. It has four expansion slots for upgrades. On the front, there are 4 USB 2.0 ports and two Audio ports,. The chassis has every thing you need to build a micro, performance cube system!

  • newegg Usable Expandability with 5 Drive Bays The AeroCool M40-BK provides usable expandability with two external 5.25" and three 3.5" drive bays (one external and two internal).
  • newegg Easy Installation This modular chassis features a separable upper and lower chamber structure for easier installation of motherboard and hard drives. Neither would be in the way when your are install them.
  • newegg Front LCD Temperature Indicator The front LCD temperature indicator provides instant readouts, safeguarding your system and components from overheating.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The AeroCool M40-BK features a convenient front I/O panel for easy access to four USB 2.0 and two audio ports.

Learn more about the AeroCool M40-BK

Model

Brand
AeroCool
Model
M40-BK

Spec

Type
MicroATX Cube case
Color
Black
Case Material
0.6 SECC Steel
With Power Supply
No
Motherboard Compatibility
MicroATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
4
With front LCD display
LCD display to monitor case temp and HDD/Fan working status

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB / Audio

Cooling System

120mm Fans
1 x 120mm front fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
14.96" x 11.61" x 9.17"

Features

Features
Fully meshed lower deck front panel for greater air flow
Tool-Free drive rails for 5.25" devices
3 x 8cm vent and for maximum air flow
Heat source separation for greater heat dissipation
Make cable management easier and tidier

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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  • Tor J.
  • 2/8/2011 3:37:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBigger than expected

Pros: Plenty of room, could easily accomodate more drives. Works great as home server enclosure.

Cons: Bulkier than expected, given configuration with folding upper half, would be a good idea if appropriate cables were supplied and/or if there was convenient points by which cable could be easily routed.

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  • James D.
  • 2/1/2011 8:15:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy new favorite case

Pros: The flip top design made this case very easy to work with. It's larger than the typical microATX case I've encountered, but that's not a bad thing (just be aware of the dimensions ahead of time). There was plenty of space to work with. Air flow is great. The fans are quiet.

I'm not a pro system builder, so when I say the case was easy to use, I mean it from an average joe builder way. I had no issues putting everything together except 1 minor inconvenience (see the con #2).

The front dvd panel lined up perfectly with my $18 dvd drive. My case's top floor had an opening from end to end that was not shown in the pictures here. This opening made it extremely easy to feed the power cables to the mb and video card without getting in the way of the fans.

It holds a full size psu easily, but be careful. (see con #2)

Cons: 2 complaints, both minor, and not worthy of an egg loss:
1. The animated fan on the LED display is tacky and distracting. I'm debating unplugging the led display because of it.
2. The hard drive cage is placed a little too close to the psu area. If you use a full size psu, INSTALL YOUR HARD DRIVE FIRST or use a 90' sata cable. If you don't (I didn't), you will have to make sure to route the psu's power cables under the hd sata connector.
WARNING: If you are using a full size MODULAR psu, you will almost certainly need to use a 90' sata connector. (due to the modual plugs sticking out from the psu).

Other Thoughts: I'm very impressed with this case. I'm using it for a HTPC, and it's perfect.

I more thing to add: I've seen several pictures of this case and 3 different layouts.
There is a large unused space next to the psu (behind the 5.25 bay area). There is another large unused space behind the motherboard towards the front of the case. You can definitely use that space for stuff (I bundled all my extra psu cables there)

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  • Anthony S.
  • 11/23/2010 11:01:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: - Exceptional aesthetics
- Front mount connectors
- Solid/durable design
- Flip open dual layer design

Cons: - 14cm PSU limitation but this could be fixed by changing the HDD Cage location

Other Thoughts: Watch the metal edges while building... I slit my thumb open popping open the kickstand on the second layer.

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  • Christopher S.
  • 11/19/2010 12:51:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFor compact gaming rig; VERY nice! But...

Coming Soon!

Pros: Solid, Well built. Nice air-flow. Attractive 2-tone black color scheme. LED Front temp display. Can hold full sized PSUs no problem. Just check for 140mm or smaller conventional standard size PS. Plenty of room for a full gaming rig even with a single double-bay video card.

Front air intake is filtered. Simple pull-off lower front face allows easy access.

I also had no problem mounting two HDDs (both WD By chance) in the HDD cage as some others have suggested. I'm not sure what they are doing wrong unless they're putting them in upside down. It's very carefully crafted.

Cons: - LED Front temp display is animated. Can get annoying.
- USBs are not the conventional solid 9-pin connectors were used to. Not a huge deal though. They are also upside-down in the face. Again, not a deal breaker and I think I can modify that with a bit of effort...
- This one lost the egg. Audio header is NOT HD! But only AC97. I'm sorry but IMHO, every modern case made today should have HD connections if it has front-panel audio... No exceptions.
- Use screws; forget the screw-less optical bay system.
- bent sata cables are not an absolute requirement but they did make life a lot easier.
- No heat-sink rear access panel so if I ever need to change the CPU with this particular heatsink on, it would require removing the entire MB. Not huge but... ehh..
- This case does take some careful planning. Even what order items go in could be important. But it can be done clean, open-able, and fully-loaded no problem.

Other Thoughts: Relevant parts list:
* AeroCool M40-BK uATX Case
* Rosewill RFA-80-RL Red LED Case Fans (x3)
* Corsair CMPSU-550VX Power Supply
* Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 Motherboard
* AMD Phenom II X3 740 3GHz 95W AM3 CPU
* Cooler Master GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm full-bolt-on CPU Cooler
* G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2x2G) DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
* ASUS DVD/CD Burner
* Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640G HDD
* D-Link DWA-525 N 150 Wireless NIC

Still room for a dual-bay video card and the PCI-e connectors are ready and waiting with plenty of power supply to do the job for all but the very hottest single-gpu setups.

8-hour Prime95 Torture = 37degC on CPU with the top on. Even with all three 80mm red fans going, case is EXTREMELY quiet. GeminII S works great.

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  • clay h.
  • 10/23/2010 11:03:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNice little case.

Pros: * Case divided into two section
* Has front LED
* Looks nice, solid, and compact
* Has good cooling design

Cons: * The HDD cage should of really been shifted forward to allow using full size PSUs easily. I am using a 620W power supply, so even with right angle sata and power it would still be a tight fit, but I don't have right angle power, so I had to extend the mounting holes for the hard drive some to move the HDD about a cm forward. This allowed me to use a right angle sata cable easily and normal power cable (power cable is still cramped, but works). I would have moved the hard drive forward a little more then I already have, but there is a hinge in the way, but everything works now, so whatever. I really wanted to take an egg off because of the HDD cage, but nothing else seems to have any issues, so I decided not to.

Other Thoughts: The cooling design works out nicely for me. The cold air comes in from the front of the bottom section and out the back part of the power supply. What I have in my computer this works out good because there is not much heat produced, but if I had more heat in the case I would add two 80mm fans in the back of the bottom section and replace the front 120mm fan. The 120mm is silent and works though.

I would recommend this case and it was interesting putting the computer together (not in a bad way). Also right angle SATA cables for HDD is a must!

AeroCool M40
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB

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  • Richard G.
  • 9/10/2010 8:40:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW!

Pros: VERY HIGH QUALITY! This case is worth the $$$!
The materials are very strong and sturdy.
I love the separated sections which made installation and upgrades very easy.
The sealed case makes controlling airflow and reducing dust easy. The screen on the front of the case catches dust before it enters the case so I don't have to worry about frequently cleaning dust out of my case.
The 120mm fan moves plenty of air and is pretty quiet.
I like the 4 USB ports on the front of the case.
The LCD display looks VERY COOL!
The supplied clips to hold drives in the drive bays makes installing DVD drives very easy.
Overall this case had a lot of thought put into the design.

Cons: Will support a full size power supply however if you do use a full size then you will need 90 degree power and data cables for you hard drives if you use the hard drive cage since you will only have about a 1cm gap between the power supply and the back of your hard drives (you can however install a hard drive to the underside of the top cage and set one to the side of the power supply behind the 5.25" drive bays or you can buy a 3.5" to 5.25" adapter and put a hard drive in one of the drive bays)

Other than the hard drive bay placement with a full size power supply there is nothing else I can complain about with this case.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you tighten the screws holding on the feet to the bottom of the case because one of mine fell off and when I checked the others they were all loose.

I wish they offered this case with side panel windows so I can show off the guts of my computer (although I can make my own later if I want)

Case was a little larger than expected, but not by much.
WOULD BUY THIS CASE AGAIN IN A SECOND!

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  • Eddie A.
  • 8/29/2010 3:38:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case for the $$$.

Pros: I would recommend to anyone thinking about buying this case to read the reviews and save yourself some time and frustration. This is a great choice if you prepare yourself. READ THE REVIEWS! This case has plenty of room for most high end gear. Using as a HTPC. Case fans are very quiet. Case looks like a home theater component. Very happy with purchase.

Cons: This case could probably sell a lot better as a HTPC case with its great looks. With that being said wish it had come with a remote. The red digital readout (fan,hdd and temp) is weird.

Other Thoughts: This case is not a SFF case. It is a BIG CUBE! But still great looks. Purchased a solid state drive to mount in HDD cage because I am using a modular 600w PSU. Mounted a second HDD in the 3.50 drive bay (floppy drive).
Win 7,Intel I5-750,GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 MOBO, GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3, Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB SATA II HDD, WD Blk Caviar 1TB HDD, A-DATA Gaming Series 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600 mem.,HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 sound card, Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital Speakers, HP 2709m 27" Full HD 1080P Widescreen

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  • Claud R.
  • 8/27/2010 12:20:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsCute little thing

Pros: Nice and neat design. Came with a few screws and beep code speaker. Kickstand on upper deck seems OK; whenever open, I blocked with cardboard boxes for extra safety lest it fail. All holes on mine lined up properly with standard components (mobo, hdd, etc) Pulled hdd cage to insert PSU and to attach cables to 2 hdd. Drive door works fine with my CD/DVD burner.

Cons: Limited options for PSU: fan should probably face down; follow company advice not to exceed 140mm in depth if you intend to use hdd cage. The hdd cage mounts securely, but it slips from your hand when mounting, it will crash down onto your mobo. Tight: cable management can be tricky -- and Aerocool recommends against modular PSU. Still need to double-think cables so nothing gets pinched when closing up. Fully loaded, the top probably requires gentle handling so plastic latches line up with holes and don't get broken

Other Thoughts: Bought it for my 3rd build: 3 hdd, floppy, dvd burner, low end GPU. Mounting 3rd hdd in 5.25 bay required work. Working off front panels requires some patient manipulation of plastic snaps. LED panel's silly but has thermometer. Replaced 120mm fan with one that moves more air and stuck an 80mm in the back. Haven't yet attached IDE ribbon cable to floppy: round floppy cable I got didn't play nice with connector orientations.

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  • Amy L.
  • 8/25/2010 2:40:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case if you don't want a tower

Pros: Great looks and form factor. Cooling is decent for its stature. It was exactly what I was looking for in a case design.

Cons: Hard drive mounting was really poorly considered, and requires some workarounds. Easy to tip case over while opening top tray.

Other Thoughts: I thought I was going to have to do some case modding to get a hard drive in, then I discovered that I could mount a single 3.5" hard drive on the bottom of the top tray; it fits perfectly into the slot below. If you have more than one hard drive, you're going to need to need to do some cutting somewhere or use rails to mount a hard drive in one of the 5.25" bays.

You'll need to add at least one case fan unless you're doing the multimedia box thing, and if that's the case, you'll probably want to replace the front case fan with something quieter.

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  • David D.
  • 7/16/2010 11:36:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: The case is wonderfully designed with the two tier stack making easy to install all components and giving plenty of room for fitting your hands or tools to install all necessary plugs and wires. The top half is well constructed with a great hinge to support the heavy weight of a CD drive, Power supply, and Hard Drive which is what I put into mine.

Cons: The only con with this product is the hard drive mount. I had a little issue with the hard drive cables bumping into the power supply so I had to custom drill additional holes to move it back about 2cm. This is not a big deal for me but for someone else that does not have these tools accessible it could be a possible return.

Other Thoughts: Don’t install the thermostat on the processor. When I did this it broke the Thermostat tip causing it not read the temperature. I e-mailed the company to see if they could send me another wiring harness but no response yet.

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