Intake vent dust filter keeps interior cleaner. Cooling can be made a priority, with enough room for a full-size power supply and graphics card.
Cable management is difficult, and pushing in connectors can be tough in case’s tight spaces. Drive caddies are flimsy.
Scratch-resistant, sturdy steel build. Great ventilation thanks to mesh panels. Side and top panels are easy to remove. Fits longer graphics and PSU cards, with motherboard placed high and out of the way.
Side panels may warp slightly. Thumbscrews are flimsy. Power button sits too close to the USB ports. Paint chips away easily.
Case’s dimensions and size make it very versatile for custom builds. Very well ventilated.
Can leave little breathing room after packing with components, power supply, and multiple drives. Case’s mesh creates a buzzing sound when fan is running.
Cools relatively well, with included 120 millimeter fan that runs fairly quiet. Sturdy mounting brackets.
Significant pre-planning is required to install components without much trouble. Too few drive mounts for some owners. Carrying handle is small and uncomfortable.
Good interior configuration, even if it is on the small side. Removable drive cages allow for larger components. Lightweight enough to carry with one hand, even with components installed. No vibration when fans are running.
Handgrip hoops on top of case are pretty flimsy. Overheating is an issue when larger graphics cards are installed. Poor customer support.
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Mini ITX cases are popular among DIY PC builders wanting a more compact computer design. Smaller than regular desktop cases, the mini ITX versions maximize space inside with some maintaining the ability to install large graphics cards and computer processors. These cases can be more challenging since there is less room to work with, but they generally promote better assembly practices such as strategic cable management. When shopping for one, pay attention to the motherboard compatibility since this will determine what kind of hardware you can put into it. Ventilation is also important since hardware can heat up quickly with graphic-intensive games and programs.
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