- SECC ATX Mini Tower
- 1 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB 2.0; Audio In/Out (support AC97/HD) Front Ports
- 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
The case I didn't know I wanted 03/21/2013
This review is from: DIYPC MiniQ7-B USB 3.0 w/Dual Red Fans Black SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Very compact and light, novel power supply mounting system, good looks good overall.
Lightness comes with a price in metal quality, needs a little extra work for proper air flow, no way to remove the external drive flap, fit and finish not rock solid.
Somehow the size of PC tower cases have been creeping wider and wider over the past 15 years and I didn't realize how much so until I got my hands on this case. I needed something to fit in a tight space and support a full-size ATX with full-height cards and this did the trick.
The narrowness comes at a price, it's a little tricky getting cards properly secured because you have to use the right screws due to the flap that covers it, and it sticks out from the back slightly, like they forgot it needed a rail for that. It's also more difficult to route cables around and maintain a no-fly zone around components. The insides of the side panel aren't so much painted as they are plastic coated and it seems to prevent tape from being used to hold wires in place, and the short risers limit routing wires under the motherboard. The opposite side panel has a bit of room but not too many access holes to the opposite side since it's intended for the power cord. So far, having AC lines running along the underside hasn't encouraged any stability issues so I'm quite happy about that.
The metal all over is wafer thin, and is bent quite easily, which is why the thing only weighs 4 kg. Getting a drive into the top bay pretty much requires the top fan to be temporarily removed or the front panel to be detached, which is a pain if you do it a lot. It doesn't look large enough to support a hot-swap bay if you were planning on that.
Make sure you check your power supply and get the fans to agree on which sides are intake and which sides are exhaust. By default, the top and back are exhaust and I don't see too many power supplies not set to exhaust as well. If you put some fans on the side as intake it should work fine without flipping anything around. To be honest, I would have rather had just the upper fan and one side fan for this purpose than the 80mm on the back.
All in all I really liked the case but would happily pay a little more to get the same size except made out of sturdier stuff.
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