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ASRock M8 Mini ITX Gaming PC 4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon/Pentium/Celeron Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87 1 x HDMI Barebone

  • Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87
  • 2 x 204Pin DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • Standard Mini-ITX Chassis
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ASRock M8: A New Barebones Mini-ITX Gaming PC Designed in Collaboration with BMW

This is not your typical gaming rig. This barebones system has every essential component packed inside a designer mini-ITX case with advanced flexibility for your future upgrades. Customize your own gaming machine by simply adding a CPU, memory, PCIe x16 graphics card, a set of 3.5" hard drives or four sets of 2.5" solid state drives, powered by a compact 450W SFX power supply unit. Experience the best visual performance through a discrete graphics card (dual slots supported), and a sensational audio experience through built-in Creative Sound Core3D 7.1-channel technology.

Aluminum alloy body, sturdy handles, and Grade N48 magnetic side panels design exude simplicity and portability. For heat dissipation, four built-in chassis fans are included to simultaneously cool off the system while in maximum performance.

A multipurpose controller with an OLED display panel and integrated G-Sensor adds more convenience for users to tune or check the system's status.

Altogether, the M8 has redefined barebones PC systems with its innovative, elegant design for a perfect solution for every need at home, at the office, or at the LAN Party.

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Overview

side and rear view of the barebone
  • M8 is sold as a barebones system, including only a chassis, power supply, mini-ITX motherboard, fans and optical disk drive
  • Standard Mini-ITX Chassis
  • Accommodates Standard PCIe x16 Graphics Cards
  • A-Command with G-sensor integrated
  • Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1-ch. HD Audio
  • 2T2R Wi-Fi 802.11ac + BT v4.0 support
  • XSplit Three-Month Premium License
  • Supports ASRock Key Master
 

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Features

Standard Mini-ITX Case for Endless Upgrade Options

Standard Mini-ITX Case for Endless Upgrade Options
M8 is not your typical gaming rig - it has everything packed within a standard mini-ITX sized case with advanced flexibility for future upgrades. Gamers may customize their own gaming machine, including the PCIe x16 graphics card, mini-ITX motherboard, CPU, memory, one set of 3.5" hard drives or four sets of 2.5" solid state drives and even other components.

  • A: Power Supply Unit (450W)
  • B: Standard Mini-ITX Motherboard (Z87-M8)
  • C: Standard PCIe x16 VGA card Holder
  • D: Hard Disk Drive Tray
  • E: ODD + 2.5" SSD/HDD Tray
HDD tray

 

Streamline Build with Aluminum Alloy

Streamline Build with Aluminum Alloy
Robustly built with 2.5mm of aluminum alloy, the chassis exudes the elegance of simplicity, meanwhile the red and black color scheme screams out hardcore gaming.

Magnetic Case Design

Magnetic Case Design
Employing grade N48 magnets to hold the case together, this innovative design makes it easier for users to quickly disassemble or assemble the chassis.

This system also comes equipped with a uniquely designed set of keys to ensure all of the components are sitting safely inside the chassis.

Handles for Portability

Handles for Portability
Sturdy aluminum handles on both sides of the case for advanced portability.

Creative Front Panel Design

Creative Front Panel Design
A cunningly designed hidden front panel which includes a 4-in-1 card reader (SD3.0 / MMC / MS / MS PRO) plus microphone and headphone jacks.

Intensive Heat Dissipation Mechanisms

Intensive Heat Dissipation Mechanisms
For the system to remain cool while gaming, there's a total of four quiet, built-in chassis fans that suck in cold air and pump out the heat simultaneously.

M8 on the front panel

A-Command G-sensor Integrated
A multipurpose controller with an OLED display panel and integrated G-Sensor adds more convenience for users to tune or check the system's status.

Main

Main
After the logo appears for ten seconds, the screen shows the date and time. The display will go off if you leave it idle for five minutes.

Volume

Volume
Increase / decrease the volume level by turning the knob right or left.

Mode

Mode
Toggle among three power management modes: Eco, Standard or Speed.

Info

Info
Toggle among various types of critical information to check the system's status. The OLED screen shows the CPU frequency, CPU usage, LAN usage, or APM data.

Light

Light
Turn the light on or off in the case, or enable Good Night LED.

Time

Time
Turn the time on/off. If this option is set to on, the M8 Logo / Date and Time screens are available. If this option is set to off, the M8 Logo / Date and Time screens are hidden.

Home Cloud
Imagine yourself as a desperado riding into the sunset, an outcast of the society exiled from your country, or simply at the groceries two blocks away from home. You miss your personal computer so much and you'll need Home Cloud for the following real world scenarios:

Home Cloud
documents.jpg

Documents
Access or send files from anywhere.

mail

Mail
Keep your stored mail nearby whenever you need it.

monitor

Monitor
Keep an eye on your pets or children when you are away from home.

multimedia

Multimedia
Stream your secret stash of vids, music and pics.

TV

TV
Watch your favorite local TV programs by connecting to your PC.

2T2R 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.0

2T2R 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.0
The exclusive 802.11ac Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi) module supports up to 867Mbps connections and Bluetooth v4.0.

Creative Sound Core3D

Creative Sound Core3D
The onboard Creative SoundCore 3D quad-core sound and voice processor supports various technologies such as SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, EAX 1.0 to 5.0. It also comes with ASRock Premium Headset Amplifier (PHA) for up to 600-Ohm high-end headsets, bringing truly immersive audio experiences to your ears.

Quad Core Audio Processor (DSP) - Improves System Performance


  • Independent audio processing capability and zero-waste of CPU utilization
  • Capable of both time and frequency domain audio processing
  • Advanced modes optimized for hardware acceleration

 

Scout Mode™ - Hear the Enemy Before They Hear You
Scout Mode™ technology is a proprietary technology that allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat.

Premium Headset Amplifier (PHA)
For serious gamers and enthusiasts who cannot tolerate mediocre audio, PHA (Premium Headset Amplifier) provides wider bandwidth, higher slew rate with lower noise and distortion. It also supports up to 250 Ohm high-end headsets, which delivers crisper audio into the users ears.

Note: PHA is only supported with front audio.

XSplit

XSplit
XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting, live-streaming and recording a lot easier and more fun. We are offering the 3-month premium license for free! A US$24.95 value!

Key Master

Key Master
Key MasterKey Master consists of two major features, Sniper Key and Macro Key. It enhances your mouse and keyboard with customizable macros, sniper modes, key repeat rates and repeat delay.

Sniper Key
Use Sniper Key to shift the mouse speed when you're in sniper mode, it will greatly sharpen your accuracy.

Macro Key
Tired of those repetitive keystrokes? Create your own set of keyboard hotkeys and macros with Macro Key to save the trouble.

Premium Gold Caps

Premium Gold Caps
Premium Gold Caps are 100% made in Japan; these solid capacitors are sleek, high gloss caps with a premium gold coating representing long life Premium Gold and stable performance.

A-Tuning

A-Tuning
A-Tuning is ASRock's multi purpose software suite with a new interface, more new features and improved utilities, including XFast RAM, OC Tweaker and a whole lot more.

HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
This product supports HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) which is an interface standard for transferring uncompressed video data and delivering multi-channel audio through a single cable. Both video and audio data signals transferred through the HDMI™ interface are digital without being converted into analog, therefore it delivers the richest pictures and the most realistic sounds.

The specification is subject to change without notice in advance. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than original product specification is not guaranteed.

 


Learn more about the ASRock M8

General

Brand
ASRock
Model
M8
Color
Storm Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon/Pentium/Celeron
CPU Socket
Intel Socket LGA1150

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel Z87

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Max Memory Supported
16GB

Expansion Slots

PCI Express
1 x PCI Express x16

Audio

Onboard Audio
Creative Sound Core3D
Channel
7.1-CH

Communications

First LAN
Intel Gigabit LAN
Wireless LAN
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth
BT v4.0
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
4 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
4 in 1

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x HDMI
Rear USB
4 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
Rear e-SATA Ports
1 x eSATA2
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
Yes
Rear Audio Ports
5 jacks
Other Rear Ports
1 x DP

Power Supply

Power Supply
SFX PSU 450W

Physical SPEC

Dimensions
15.75"(L) x 14.65"(W) x 4.84"(H)

Features

Features
M8 is sold as a barebone system, which only includes a chassis, power supply, mini-ITX motherboard, fans and optical disk drive.

Standard Mini-ITX Chassis

Flexible to Adopt Standard PCIe x16 Graphics Card

A-Command with G-sensor integrated

Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1 CH HD Audio

2T2R WiFi 802.11ac + BT v4.0 support

XSplit 3 Months Premium License

Supports ASRock Key Master

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the ASRock M8

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  • THOMAS F.
  • 7/25/2014 6:18:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsNice design but EXPENSIVE

Pros: The design is sleek and unique.

Cons: But for $450 you get a case, power supply and motherboard and still have to buy the CPU and video card!! That's expensive. They should have offered them with the CPU's and just left the video card to add. Dealbreaker to me.

Other Thoughts: Nice design but not worth the money. If it was $200.00 maybe.

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  • Denis N.
  • 5/8/2014 11:53:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood with some changes.

Pros: You can pack a powerful system into a very small case.
Great for people who don't have room for a case the size of a small child. People who live in small dorm rooms, apartments, etc.

Cons: This case can be a challenge to build in, if you don't have experience with similar cases you will need the instructions to plan your build out.

Other Thoughts: The ASRock M8 is a good barebones PC/Case for someone in need of a small form factor case. It's good for people who live in a small space such as a dorm room, or very small apartment.

You will also likely want to change the fan configuration
In the GPU area one fan pulls and the other blows out.

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  • Ershaid A.
  • 3/18/2014 10:36:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointed

Pros: I like the design BUT I wish i didn't order this case is so small be aware who want to buy it the motherboard is bad because it does require a SODIMM RAM which is BAD also very loud fans!! not recommended this case at all! I returned yesterday and got Corsair 250D very happy with it and cheaper too, in Corsair 250D bigger and best mini case I had also there are 2 120mm on sides and in front can fit 120,140, and 200mm! not just that also the design in 250D cool there was plenty space for wires and can handle any graphics cards evan titan! It cast me 297$ the case and motherboard and power supply very happy with it and cheaper than M8 asrock. I really don't recommend this case.

Cons: I like the design BUT I wish i didn't order this case is so small be aware who want to buy it the motherboard is bad because it does require a SODIMM RAM which is BAD also very loud fans!! not recommended this case at all! I returned yesterday and got Corsair 250D very happy with it and cheaper too, in Corsair 250D bigger and best mini case I had also there are 2 120mm on sides and in front can fit 120,140, and 200mm! not just that also the design in 250D cool there was plenty space for wires and can handle any graphics cards evan titan! It cast me 297$ the case and motherboard and power supply very happy with it and cheaper than M8 asrock. I really don't recommend this case.

Other Thoughts: I am not going to buy produces like this I think build your own PC the best solution for everybody and every body will satisfied.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear PSXQ8,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
The unit's detail specification has been provided both vendor and manufacturer website, so it can be checked before purchase.
For more Specification, please visit the link " http://www.asrock.com/nettop/Intel/M8%20Series/ ".
As always, we appreciate your purchase and constructive reviews are welcome.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Darko V.
  • 3/13/2014 6:01:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASRock M8

Pros: Very stable rig, awesome design, easy to customize, and a overall powerhouse barebone system!!!

Cons: None

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  • Paden G.
  • 3/5/2014 2:10:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Case

Pros: Beautiful case, strong included components. The sound quality really is awesome. BIOS is very useful and configurable. Side panels are easily removed and replaced.

Cons: Heat is overbearing. The GPU side of things is acceptable but the CPU side of the case gets hot QUICK. The bottom fans have so little clearance that they might as well not even be there. I'm currently attempting to switch the fans so they're both intake and I've resorted to tipping the case on it's corner so that both sets of fans can get their fair share of air.

Why they didn't put either exhaust holes or a fan in the side windows I have no idea. I'm highly considering drilling some holes in the window so it can breath.

For as expensive as this case was, it should either not require so much modification, or it should be easily documented how to take the case apart.

Other Thoughts: If someone has already modded the fans please post on here so I can recreate your success. I'm pretty sure I'm going to love this case if I can ever get the heat situation properly resolved.

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  • O K.
  • 2/26/2014 1:58:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the price

Pros: Got this thing for a HTPC/Steambox build; was not dissapointed.

What is there not to like? Sexy design, specifically designed for gaming builds; and a small, energy-efficient package.

Once i got everything together I fired it up, updated the BIOS, and went on my merry way.

Supports FIVE 2.5" drives. Great feature for a case of this size.

Everything is standardized. If you feel like upgrading the PSU, motherboard, or optical drive at a later date, you can do it.

Quiet! This thing barely makes any noise at all. It's got five fans (including the CPU fan) and it's at least half as noisy at the machine it replaced, and that one only had the CPU fan.

Cons: I can't really think of anything at the moment. It would be nice if it was tool-less, but once you get it all together you shouldn't have much reason to take it apart again for some time.

Other Thoughts: Build specs:
-ASRock M8 Barebones PC
-Intel Core i5-4570S
-Intel 335 Series 180GB SSD
-G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB SO-DIMM (F3-1600C9D-16GRSL)
-HIS ice-Q X HD6870 (recycled from older system)


With this build, I was able to install Windows 8.1 from a USB stick in about 5-7 minutes. I knew it was going to be fast, but I didn't think it would be THAT fast. It runs like a dream and should be the center of the living room for some time to come.

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  • Zach m.
  • 2/15/2014 4:09:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsBad Motherboard DOA

Pros: Nice Designed case.

Cons: Doa when received the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Terrible product, wish I went with other barebones.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard to check if its resolved.
Clear the CMOS.
Check the mainboard’s CPU socket contact pins are normal (should be pointing same way and pattern).
Reseat the CPU with heatsink fan as well if socket pins are normal.
Reseat single memory module firmly.
Plug monitor to onboard VGA.
Turn the power on to check if its post.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Patrick R.
  • 2/14/2014 4:32:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice case, shame the MB quality control is not better..

Pros: Nice appearance, sturdy design, very nice internal layout.

Cons: Expensive, Poor Quality Control, Difficult to Assemble/Disassemble due to cramped nature of case.

(But is more to due with space efficiency than poor design)

Other Thoughts: Put a 660Ti, 8GB 1600Mhz SODIMM, and 256GB SSD in it and can use it as primary gaming box without issue.

Nice case, shame the MB quality control is not better.. My M8 came nicely packaged, but one of the SODIMM slots consitantly causes freezes and memory errors. (Tested with multiple SODIMM's and the problem follows the slot not the memory) verified with hardware memory tester. Too much trouble to repack it for an RMA, I am simply living with half my memory. Which is quite a bummer.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the memory slot issue, please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Set the UEFI BIOS default.
Reseat the CPU and cooler.
Reseat the memory firmly.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Scott M.
  • 2/12/2014 7:42:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsASRock and BMW - great design

Pros: Fantastic looks and design, great build quality, full feature MB and I like all the little extras from ASRock. Easy to work on once you figure out the ‘rubiks cube’ design. So far I’m very impressed with the system performance – will post some numbers later. Great price and New Egg delivery (I purchase most of my PC parts from New Egg, A m a z o n and mod parts from f r o z e n cpu. I’m even thinking of buying a 2nd M8 to have as a spare or future game machine I like the size and design so much – no more full or mid-towers for me!! Great barebones system – I’ve been looking to build a small form factor / consol size PC for some time. I’ve been building, hacking and modding my own PC’s for years and have been really waiting for the right ‘console size’ case. When I read the review on this ASRock M-8 system at Maximum PC and other review sites I knew I had found my system!

Since the case design was done in collaboration with BMW Design this was additional ‘icing on the cake’ for me as I’m also a BMW owner / driver /racer and the BMW M8 from the mid 90’s is one of my favorite cars.

My first time using ASRock (they’re a spinoff of ASUS) and very pleased with their MB quality and the rest of the system build quality.

My build specs so far in addition to the M8 system specs on the ASRock site –

CPU - Intel i5 4670K Haswell
CPU cooler - Thermalright AXP-100
RAM – 16 GB (8x2) Corsair Vengeance (CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10)
SSD – Samsung 840 Pro - MZ-7PD256BW
HDD – Seagate Barracuda 2 GB - ST2000DM001
Video – EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB - 04G-P4-2768-KR

I’m doing my setup and test on my bench with an ASUS 24” HDMI monitor (VS247) monitor but will be moving it out to the game room and connect via HDMI to my 60” Hitachi big screen TV – why I chose the 4 GB EVGA video.

Cons: Heat and cooling system plus I have concerns on the 450 W power supply for long term reliability. I did my initial setup will all stock parts and settings – as ALL of the review sites have noted, the fans / cooling system is weak in removing heat and LOUD at high speed – ASRock engineers started out fine but must have run out of money or time to get it right.

This is a barebones system and the target market is enthusiasts – you know we’re going to run high end hardware that makes a lot of heat! I will run stock settings for now but plan to OC the CPU and video later. My first step was to tear down the case – here are my details. - For the side blowhole below - I ordered a number of items from f r o z e n cpu to test fit and decided to keep it simple and stay in line with the design lines of the case. I used just the FILTER from the ModRight FilterRight Square Design 120mm Red Aluminum Fan Filter - Part #: ffi-73 - I added a Thermalright AXP-100 CPU cooler – I run this at full speed in the BIOS – keeps the CPU cooler than the stock Intel cooler and quieter as well. So far with the above mods I’ve been able to lower temps roughly 20 deg C with the same low noise level as the stock setup and maintain the stock look.

Other Thoughts: All four stock fans are 70 x 10 mm - the fact that ASRock has them side by side to push / pull the air is just wrong do a smoke test to see the weak airflow! They also have too much restriction in fan grill / guards that really choke off the air flow and add to the noise factor. Great for the fancy key lock on top but not moving hot air out of the case!

Bottom fan mods - I kept the stock fans but flipped the one to push or blow air out - so now both bottom fans are blowing the hot air OUT of the case. I also removed the fine inside mesh fan screen attached to the bottom of the case that was really restricting air flow – just be careful when reassembling the system cables at the bottom to keep them away from the fan intakes as the fan blades are wide open – use ty-raps to dress cables out of the way. I did not modify the outer fan grill in the plastic bottom panel yet. I will keep that option open once I start to OC – I may also add thicker / taller rubber feet to allow more air to move out of the bottom of the case. Since my case will have both sides on when in use there should not be any issue with anything getting into the bottom fan blades. I run these fans at the performance mode setting in the BIOS.

Top fan mods - I upgraded to a pair of 70 x 25’s - EVERCOOL EC7025SH12BP fans. I chose these as they are 4 wire and can be connected just like the stock ones so you can control the speed from the BIOS or software. I just piggy backed the 2 fan connectors with 3 stiff wire leads in the two fan connectors and hot glued them together - then plugged the one into the stock fan connector. Look at the original fans for knowing what wire colors to use so you get the same electrical connection to the MB. These new fans are thicker – move more air at lower / quieter speeds. Again I have both blowing OUT of the case. The fans mount in the stock location but I did not reuse the sliding metal grill / latch assembly that just chokes off air flow and adds to the noise factor- It does not fit the thicker fans - I did not plan to use the lock anyway as the magnets are very strong to hold the sides on and I don’t plan to carry the system to LAN parties. I did not modify the outer fan grill in the plastic top panel yet. I will keep that option open once I start to OC. I run these fans in the ‘standard mode’ in the BIOS moves a lot of air quietly!

Since I am blowing more air out I also need to have additional air coming in. the only place in the stock configuration for air to enter is the back panel – this needs to be supplemented with an air intake at the front or one of the sides. There is a hot spot inside the case right above the power supply where the hot PS air exits and meets up with the inner hot exhaust of the video board up top. In stock form the heat really builds up fast and stays hot in this area. I chose to put a blow hole in the CPU side window so cool air was coming into the CPU and PS –

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  • Diane H.
  • 2/8/2014 6:18:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Very solid case, with a few annoyances

Pros: This case is rock solid, sort of feel like I could throw it a little bit and it would hold together (Not that I would *shiver*).
Is a very small form factor so it takes very little space.
Everything seems like it was made with good materials and such.

Cons: As always its always the cons that hit me since I think I have hit a few snags while building this computer.
This thing is small, while good for saving on size, putting this thing together is a serious PAIN in the you know what. to access some of the slots, you have to literally take this thing apart, for example to add an ssd when you have already filled the 3.5" drive slot, you have to take out the video card bay and the power supply. Now if you have previous experience with regular sized cases, even Micro-ATX cases, you may think, oh, no big deal. Now go look at the picture again and know that your fist is about as big as that power supply.
The BIOS/Motherboard has honestly not impressed me much, I have been a Hard core MSI/ASUS fan for years, but ASRock was the first to build a TRUE gaming mini ITX case. The BIOS is not very intelligent as compared to some, not sure if thats just because the mini-ITX board is so freaking tiny, or that is a slight against ASRock considering this is the first of their boards that I have worked with.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to use this case, make sure to get ALL your parts together before you put it together. You don't want to dive in a second time.
The power supply is just powerful enough to run a decent video card, but make sure it fits in the bay (size) and it doesn't have too high of a wattage requirement (170W is about as high as you want to go)
I unforunately was in a rush to get this together and had to take it apart to put the SSD in later, which sucked.
While its obvious that you really couldn't get much better, the 80mm fans are a bit smaller than I'm really confortable with on a case, but they do push the hot air out, and this case isn't for my personal use.

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