- Plastic bezel with mesh, steel case body MicroATX, Mini -ITX
- USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2, Audio in and out Front Ports
- ATX PS2 (Max. length: 180mm / 7.1 inch) Power Supply
- 1 External 5.25" Drive Bay
- $49.99 –
- $29.99 after $20.00 rebate card
- Free Shipping (restrictions apply)
Small on the outside, big on the inside 09/04/2013
*Compact external dimensions
*Built-in dust filter on front panel easy to vaccuum
*25mm fans fit between front panel and chassis
*Movable and removable bottom 3.5" hard disk cage and removable 3.5" cage for thick and slim 240mm radiator support in front
*Built in SSD mounts with cable cutouts
*Space for up to 5x120mm fans, or 4x120mm and 1x140mm in the top
*Light and rigid
*Top fan can't be used with a 120mm radiator, only 120/140mm fan
*No 8-pin EPS cable cutout so you have to run cable between mobo and tray
*Limited space behind mobo tray for cables
*Limited clearance between top panel and motherboard
*Hole at bottom of front panel can allow unfiltered air through intake
*No window'd edition available in North America
*Top fan filter useless and cheap
For those who are looking at using an all-in-one liquid cooler of 240mm in the front, this is the Micro-ATX case for you. It's compatible with Cooler Master Seidon 240m, Corsair H100, and Swiftech H220 with the top 3.5" cage removed, you still get 3.5" drive bays at the bottom, plus two SSD mounts in the front of the motherboard tray. Because the bottom drive cage can be unscrewed and moved 1" back from its original location, even 55mm radiators can fit if you put the fans on the other side of the chassis between the metal and the front panel. I even put a 60mm thick 240mm radiator there, which was a bit snug, but fit, and had some clearance to keep from constricting air through the radiator. Ingenious.You also get this, plus support for long graphics cards like the AMD 7990. At only 14.9" high it's a medium to small Micro-ATX case and can be a bit of a challenge to work in due to limited dimensions, but removal of the drive cages and fans helps the build process.
My only big qualm with this case is the lack of a cut out above the mobo for the 8-pin EPS cable, and limited space behind the mobo tray for cables. I can address the latter using clips and cable management ties, but the former is difficult if you have a thick EPS cable. The top fan is fine as an exhaust but can't house a radiator even a 120mm moved furthest away from the mobo.
The case is light and rigid. I've drilled out the rivets with a 1/8 drill bit, and ripped the whole thing into pieces and put it back together with new rivets due to some of my mods, and it looks as good as new. The paint is also a nice medium gloss, better than competitors like the Corsair 350D (IMHO) or even another favorite, the Arc Mini. The front panel is ok in my mind, but I'm not putting an optical drive in here due to my radiator choices.
Right now I'm modifying this case to address my personal goals and the case's shortcomings. I've cut out the top fan grill and created a centered opening of 260mm in length to support a slim 240mm radiator, off-set and further above the motherboard, and drilled out the rivets holding the 5.25" bay to accommodate the radiator's length. I've covered this opening with nice honeycomb aluminum mesh which I secured using the case's frame. I may also drill out a cut out for the 8-pin EPS cable above the mobo, and I will definitely create a side panel window. I wish CM would sell the window'd version in North America. No one carries the window version but their global web site lists it as a product. C'mon CM, charge $10.00-$15.00 more and sell us North Americans a window version!
I7 3770K at 4.7ghz
Gigabyte Sniper M3
4x4GB White Corsair Low Profile Vengeance
2xEVGA GTX Titans
One OCZ Octane 512GB SSD
One WD 1TB Black Edition
1 XSPC RX240 radiator (front)
1 XSPC EX240 radiator (top)
Various Enermax and Corsair fans
Once finished I'll upload a picture.
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