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Absolutely AMAZING case.
Solid build quality, small size, can fit a butt ton of hardware.
10/10 Highly reccomend.
No major issues, it was a little tight fitting the PSU pass through and getting the Mother board in place. Now keep this in mind, I watched a ton of video reviews of this case and they all mostly complained of lack of cable tiedowns. That was not a problem, my biggest advice is get round SATA cables much easier to manage, that's what I did anyway. The fit an finish is great and overall very happy with the end result.
Great case, possibly the best mini itx case out there
The EVGA PSU i picked for this build was a pain to install. Its a great power supply but not the right choice for this build. Find one that has a few options to mount
Something small was needed, so I went with a mini-ITX form factor. Full size ATX PSU was a requirement to cut costs. DVD drive was also needed, so the options were rather limited. I considered the Cooler Master Elite 130, but I figured it had worse cooling and the PSU would hang out from the back of the case, and to me that just looked plain silly.
I ended up with the Fractal Design Core 500, and I would choose this case again for a mini-ITX build. I haven't built a mini-ITX before, so there was a little frustration about the space limits. If you can live with a larger case, probably go with micro-ATX.
The 5.25" drive bay gets a little in the way of the GPU, but the GPU sits in the motherboard at a slight angle, so it "naturally" avoids this. GPUs without a backplate probably fit okay. The 5.25" drive bay also obstructs the GPU's air flow, and the case cover's GPU side opening doesn't start from the very back of case, so it's a little suboptimal.
Also, you absolutely cannot fit the specified maximum size GPU and PSU together, so be careful picking those if you build in this case.
Pros: Included fan is good, great layout, fits a lot of stuff, airflow is good, solid I/O panel with a reset button, good build quality, good price, magnet dust filters.
Cons: The PSU passthrough cable was a pain to install, the case cover is a little clumsy, maybe needs another fan to remove hot air from the GPU.
It was quite the challenge to install the components into this case, however the tie downs and holes that support them made the build fit very snug and safely.
It's bigger than you may expect. Minimalist design, space-efficient, magnetic air filters all over, comes with a quiet 120mm fan, and you should be able to fit most parts in here with no compromise (except for very large PSUs or GPUs). My only (minor) gripe is that putting the case back on can be annoying.
When I first saw this case on Hardware Canuck's coverage video of Computex 2015; I knew I wanted that case for my build and I was inspired to switch from atx to itx. I love this case; it's roomy and easy to work in, it has an optical drive slot (which I really needed), it's (sort of) portable, the power/reset and hd activity light is not too bright and distracting, it looks nice, it has dust filters, and I was able to fit all of my components inside of it.
The only two cons I can list are the front panel connectors are WAY too long; making cable management difficult, and the side panels are a PAIN to put on and remove, due to having to align the clips on the panels in order to close the case. I can't give it five stars due to the side panels and long connectors; but other than those two issues, this is a great itx case.
Well thought out case and very flexible. Also looks slick yet simple. I like the 3 x 3.5", 3 x 2.5", 1 x 5.25" drive options (although I would have preferred no 5.25" - or at least an adapter for further 3.5" or 2.5" drive options. The PSU position is not something I've seen before. It resides at the front of the case and relies on an extension cable running to the rear of the case. This seems to work well as most of the cable are tucked in out of sight between the PSU and drive bay above. Also it gives plenty room to have a proper CPU cooler (up to 17cm according to manual) - though if you aren't using the top radiator frame you could probably go slightly more - and a full size GPU (as long as PSU is < 16cm)
First thing I did was remove the top fan/radiator frame. This made installation a lot easier. Had no problem putting the Mini-ITX board in. Working out the cabling is challenging as always on a small case - it might also help to remove the drive bay above the PSU and add this on last as I found tucking cables between the drive bay/PSU gap is the best way to hide cables.
The case cover is a bit annoying to open/close. It takes a bit of jiggling to line up and slide in. The dust filters work well but they always seem to fall off when working with the case.
First off: this IS a small form factor case. I've never dealt with small form factor stuff before, all the stuff I've ever owned/seen inside were mid size or full size TOWERS.
I bought this for a small NAS/Server I'm building for my house. It was perfect, and I wanted smthg that was visually distinct from every other desktop. Few points of note:
- This is small case. mini-itx to be exact. The obvious part is that it's only built for one size MoBo. the NOT so obvious result of this, is that it was SURPRISINGLY cramped, especially since i'm used to micro ATX and mid sized boards in massive full sized cases.
- There's not TOO much in terms of cable mgmt. Unlike full sized towers that have a "back panel" type area. There is a bit of that in the "front" that I used and enough notches all over to zip tie cables down. There's other related issues too, you have to be REALLY careful about what you put in before what and plan out your wiring etc, especially if you want to put in a gfx card and 3 or 4 drives etc. They've packed a LOT in here, which means you don't have a lot of wiggle room.
Given the size though, some pretty amazing achievements. There's space for a good number of 2.5" drives and a decent number of 3.5" drives. But you'll have to be REALLY good with cables once you start filling it up.
I LOVE how it looks, it's PERFECT for a server, i wanted smthg that looked distinct from all the 'pc towers' i have.
The cover or panel is a ***** to put back. the top and two sides come off together, slide off. The mechanism, while pretty cool and sensible is REALLY hard to put back, especially once you start stuffing things in there. I always need ALL FOUR of my limbs and at least 5 minutes to slide the damned thing back properly. And i haven't even put in all the drives.
Dust filters EVERYWHERE, which is AWESOME! This only has one fan, which is fine since AFAIK a lot of mini-ITX's only have 1 fan header on the motherboard (1 fan and 1 CPU fan is what i've seen). However, due to the number of dust filters everywhere my guess is this case is meant to be one with negative air pressure. I.e. it sucks OUT Hot air, and any incoming air is just whatever air flow in naturally due to the pressure differential created. This sort of setup is AMAZING for cooling but very bad for dust, which is fine, cuz there's a tonne of dust filters.
My CPU and Motherboard is running at 24-28C.
The setup they have with the PSU is a bit weird and different. My one REAL gripe is that the wire going into the PSU is too long needing to be awkwardly bent around. The entire PSU is deep inside, meaning you cannot access the PSU switch from outside.
ALL in all, amazing case, they make good use of the space, but that also means It COULD get cramped, but you already knew that, this is a SMALL case. Includes one fan likely designed to be 'negative air preassure' inside the case creating extra cooling but susciptible to more dust, but the dust filters negate that last worry.
MOST importantly: A few TIPS if you're buying this:
Don't bother if you want to put a graphics card or something. they SAY it's possible, they even say you can have water cooling, but yea that's not gonna happen.
MODULAR PSU. Given the size of the case, you don't have a lot of space to waste with extra unused PSU wires hanging around.
If you're planning to have more than 2 drives plan out what goes before what. THis case is AMAZING for the number of drives you can mount, but none of those slots are "snap in" and they usually either end up blocking your way to screwing something or BEING blocked by another piece of something you'll install at some point.