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Summary Bought for my HTPC build. It's a little deeper than I was expecting for my purposes as I failed to consider the rear connections at the back that butt up against the back of my wall unit and force me to place the case a couple inches further forward than I had expected. No biggie - can always drill a bigger hole in the back of my cabinet to accommodate. Does feel cheap when handling, but looks good and PS works fine (using AMD Athlon 5350 Quad Core 25W CPU, so not very demanding). The PSU fan inside the case points down toward where CPU is placed on motherboard. Would have been better if there was a vent in top of unit for this. Plus maybe more vents overall. Not much clearance between PSU and CPU fan (like 1/2 inch?). If you put even a tiny, low profile usb dongle in one the front USB's, you cant close the cover....Overall though, I'm please. This review was modfied by poster s 03-10-16 09:12 PM
This review was modfied by poster @ 03-10-16 09:13 PM
Pros - great for HTPC - nice finish, well built - no sharp corners - easy to install components
Cons - no reset button - a little longer in depth than I expected
Summary I needed to upgrade to a smaller HTPC and this looked like a pretty neat case to go with. Even though I knew the measurements it's a little longer in depth than I expected but no big deal. I'm happy with how well built it is and has good ventilation. Easy to install an m-itx board after taking out the included power supply.
Pros Small form factor, looks great beside TV. Low noise PSU.
Cons A8-3870K heatsink doesn't fit.
Summary Great little case but the A8 retail heatsink is too tall. Had to temporally cut the legs off the fan and it still presses up against the power supply until I buy a lower heatsink. If your willing to work to build a great small form factor gamer with this case, it's one of the sharpest looking ITX cases.
Pros Small form factor with space for full size DVD/CD Drive!
Cons Cramped space, as per SFF
Summary This is a great little case for the price, I didnt end up using the side HDD mount instead I put it under the DVD drive. (I think, havent opened the case up in awhile, I just remember trying to slide the drive in there and cables being in the way)
P.S. Why cant I put my order number in to verify my purchase on these reviews ? (As stated purchased over 10 months ago)
Pros Makes an inexpensive SFF HTPC Build. Power supply surprising quiet and 250 watts is enough for HTPC. Decent Thermals/noise with simple 120mm fan mod.
Cons Harder to assemble due to small size. May have to choose components carefully depending on build. You are limited to a single slot graphics card.
Summary This is my fourth PC Build and 1st Itx Build. Wanted to make a SFF HTPC build that could do some minor gaming. I wanted to have an i3-2100 cpu with stock cooling paired with the fastest passively cooled gpu that would fit in this case. I was interested primarily in a quiet and low powered build. I was not interested in an internal Optical Drive (too noisy) or SDD.
Important things I found out about this build: Passively cooled gpu's tend to have large heatsinks on one or both sides of the video card. Due to the small size of the case, your choice of graphic card may not fit the case and may also interfere with the Cpu heatsink. The location of the Cpu on the motherboard is crucial especially if the passive heatsink is on the backside of the video card. Pick ram without tall heat spreaders; they can prevent you putting in a 3.5" hard drive in the 3.5" lower bay. I even found it too tight to put my WD GREEN 3.5" hard drive in the 3.5" bay because the SATA wires were too close to my cpu fan. I simply put the hard drive in the 5.25" upper bay. Your results may vary based on your motherboards layout. There is room to place a 120mm fan to blow air out keeping the temperatures and noise nice and low. Link:http://www.silentpcreview.com/apex-mi008
I wanted a passively cooled GPUs that didn't use a lot of watts, generate a lot of heat, and could get all the power from the PCI-16 slot. Eventually settled on the HIS 6570 1gb Silent Passively cooled Gpu. It has a nice low heatsink the the front side but a relatively large heatsink on the backside. Because of this 90% of motherboards out there will not likely work. I settled on a FOXCONN H61 itx motherboard which had the CPU placed further away to allow me to put the Gpu in. Overall a great little case!
Summary Bought this mini ITX case for my HTPC: Gigabyte GA-E350N Kingston SSDNow V100 Series 64GB Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB Apex MI-008 MINI-ITX Case MSI Btoes 2.1 Bluetooth Micro Dongle LG BH12LS38 12X Blu Ray Rewriter ASUS PCE-N15 300Mbps 802.11B/G/N Wireless PCI-E
Not a bad case overall, only downside is the poor airflow design. There's a lot of space under the 2.5 and 3.5 bay that could be better utilized. May need to install a 120mm on the side if you have lots of wire and cables obstructing the already poor airflow.
Summary Im in the process of building my system, so I'm not sure if this is because I don't have my processor yet, but when i plug in the system to see if im getting power, the fan on the power supply doesn't spin.
Summary Well, you get what you're paying for. It's a nice, small, low quality case, with PSU included. Screw-holes may damage if you screw and unscrew into it too often. The door of the optical drive is kind of weak and I was wondering if it won't break - it didn't. I didn't trust too much to the PSU and I took the voltmeter and checked it, all the power is good and constant within limits.
Pros Cheap price, small size, decent quiet psu included.
Cons No major cons.
Summary I purchased this on-sale for $39.99. I added in a MSI E350IA-E45 mobo, 3.5" hard drive, 5.25" optical, and a 120mm fan on the side. Everything runs cool and quiet, only trouble I had with installation was fitting all the wires in to close the case, but I got it all stuffed in there!
Some minor issues are the 2nd 3.5" drive space being on the side vent where a hard drive would block the holes. If you buy this don't plan on adding a 2nd 2.5"/3.5" drive unless you don't mind blocking these holes. A 120mm fan fits nicely there though.
Also the front usb ports are upside down. I always plug usb ports in upside down the first time, so this may be a plus if you're anything like me.
For the price I paid I am very happy with this case.
Summary I purchased this case for a small itx build, the case is very strong, easy to install all the parts, not too compact to be a pain. I would strongly suggest to anyone looking for a small easy on the eyes build.
Cons Front Panel, No reset button, Flimsy metal Poor PSU, No proper mobo standoffs
Summary I tried to like this case but it turned out to be complete garbage. The PSU rests right on top of the stock i5 760 cooler I used for this build. The nonstandard PCI slot makes it just about impossible to install your video card and even harder to remove. The case is flimsy and reeks of cheapness. Worst of all, there are no proper motherboard standoffs, so good luck with proper grounding. I returned it. The PSU runs hot. If you buy this case, make sure you get express RMA so you can ship it back right away.It looks nice but that's about it. Good Ideal, Flawed design. Oh Ya, and the motherboard lined up a couple of centimeters to far forward of the rear I/O plate.The optical drive door would not close after the first use. Gee. my review is to short still. How many bad things can I list. This review system is flawed because bad reviews are not getting listed any more after being reviewed by NCIX staff. This site has gone down hill at the same rate that NCIX grew bigger. Bigger is not better. To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...vvTo short...To short...To short...To short...vTo short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...vvTo short...To short...To short...To short...To short...To short...vTo short...To short...To short...To short...To short...vvvTo short...To short...To short...
Pros small, lightweight, 2 external drive options, could fit 2 more 3.5" drives internally with some ingenuity.
Cons case lid is hard to get in place, but once its built its a moot point
Summary used this case with a Gigabyte 1156 ITX motherboard and i3 540 cpu. The stock heatsink has about .5mm clearance from the bottom of the powersupply, any taller and there is no chance it would fit.
Stock PSU runs somewhat hot, there is no fan inside to vent exhaust heat, but doesnt seem to affect the CPU temps so far.
Great little case so far, has a very small footprint. There is room inside the case to add 120mm fans if you want to vent some case heat out of the case. You can install HD's on the side of the case as well. Cable management is actually pretty good for such a little case, although DVD/CD/Bluray drive connectors are VERY close to the PSU, almost pinching wires to get them connected. Regardless, they still connect and its better than you can expect for a case of this size.
Pros -Front bay covers -Front USB, Headphone and Microphone Ports -Small and has lots of room for modifications -PSU Included -Rolled edges inside (didn't get any cuts)
Cons -Thin material, have to be somewhat careful -Very little CPU cooler clearance -No fan mounts (without modification) -One 3.5" Bay
Summary Overall I am very pleased with this case, it fits quite a bit for the form-factor and even masks drives (who uses beige drives these days anyway though). I didn't really have any issues with the case when it comes to space, I fully expected it to be cramped and somewhat difficult.
Only a few things bother me about this case; for one, they could have fit 3 3.5" drive bays in the front and had them mounted sideways to accommodate more room by the front of the motherboards (where the RAM goes for me).
I did accidentally bent the case a bit (it bent back without issue) but for this price that shouldn't deter you.
It is also missing a Reset button (not always bad), however it comes with a mini speaker (but who cares). These trade-offs are kind of odd.
I did make some modifications. I added a 120MM (generic Coolermaster one left over from my CM690) fan where the HDD rails are, as well I added a 92MM Scythe Gentle Typhoon (2150 RPM) that moves about 30-35 CFM at roughly 25dB (barely audible up close, not audible from far away).
Other than those few issues this is a very very good case for the money (I pm'd to 43$ or so) and is highly customizable.
Pros - Small footprint (size) - Great looks - Powerful & silent included SFF power supply - Decent internal structure - Decent cooling options
Cons - Plastic faceplate smudges easily - Internal structure could have been organized better to offer more options
Summary I'm using this case for my Atom HTPC setup: Zotac Ion G-E (ITX motherboard w/ Atom CPU & nVidia GPU), 1x SSD, 1x 3.5" SATA HD. I decided for the time being to not use an optical drive, and instead, install my 3.5" HD in the optical bay using an adapter, and install the SSD in the 3.5" bay (using an adapter as well, since SSD's are smaller than 3.5"). I also installed a 120mm fan on the railing side of the case (railing system for an additional 3.5" HD) to increase airflow in the case, feed the PSU fan and the GPU fan with cool fresh air. So far, I haven't been disappointed. The case is sturdy, lightweight and looks great alongside my home theater components. The case could offer more options though, because there is some unused space under the optical & HD bays. In my next re-build of this case, I will add a bluray burner in the optical drive bay, put my 3.5" HD in the 3.5" bay, and probably do a ghetto install of some drive bay adapters to the front bottom of the case to put my SSD and expand the drive capacity. All in all, a good looking, silent HTPC case!
This review was modfied by poster i 02-01-10 09:32 AM
This review was modfied by poster @ 02-01-10 09:46 AM
Pros - Looks good in a home theatre setup. - Can accomodate a 120mm fan. - Useful front ports.
Cons - Included PSU severely restricts heatsink options.
Summary I purchased this along with a Zotac mini-ITX board and E1400 processor. Thankfully the CPU shipped with Intel's new low-profile heatsink and, I kid you not, granted me 1mm clearance between the top of the heatsink and the bottom of the PSU. However incase anyone is concerned, I did read a professional review that suggests using a PicoPSU as an alternative which seems quite viable.
Other than that this case is quite good quality, the 3-sided removable panel is 1 piece and fits on snug with no give.
One word of advice, have zipties on-hand, they'll really help keep wiring out of the way.
Pros Small, good looking, comes with very quiet power supply, cheap. Great if not planning to use all three internal drive mounts (1 x 5" and 2 x 3.5")
Cons Lacks airflow. Needs a cooling outlet on the left side as well as right. When installing 2nd HDD it blocks all airflow in the case.
Summary Great, slick little case for an excellent price, perfect for BOXD945GCLF2. Could have been better designed though. If you're planning to use all drive mounts, the second 3.5" drive will completely block the air outlet on the right side. I ended up keeping just an optical drive and one HDD instead of two HDDs as originally planned. Big bonus points for including a silent power supply. There's a great review here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/apex-mi008
Pros Cheap Looks nice Quiet power supply Enough space for 120mm on the side Full-sized expansion slot
Cons Cheap, thin construction 2nd hard drive mount blocks main vent Flimsy 5.25" button Severely limited heatsink height
Summary Overall this is an affordable case that looks pretty nice on the outside. Inside it's kinda cheap - the metal is thin and you can bend the support beams easily. Don't take it anywhere - it will get banged up.
The power supply is very quiet, but it overhangs directly over the CPU socket. That limits your heatsink options if your board doesn't have an integrated CPU (e.g. Atom) - 4cm according to SPCR. The only CPU coolers I know that are shorter than that are the ones used in servers.
On the right side there is enough room to wedge in a 120mm fan next to the side vent. If you opt to install a second hard drive it blocks the vent though. The stealthed optical drive bay eject button is flimsy - you have to push it right in the center and all the way in or it won't work. I suppose you could mod it by adding a pad on the inside to make the distance to the actual eject button shorter.
I built a system for my mother using this case and the D945GCLF2 so she could surf and look at pictures. I suppose for the price, you can't really get anything better. There aren't a whole lot of good choices for mini-ITX.
This review was modfied by poster @ 01-20-09 02:03 PM
Pros small, stylish, portable, lightweight, hides many ugly components. hides dvd drive with a black flap.
Cons not enough room, bad documentation
Summary This case is a good buy for those who are new to computers... this has all the problems a new computer builder should come in contact with.
First thing I always do when building a computer is I remove the power supply. This will help when trying to install the motherboard and components. If your motherboard has the memory installed at the front end of the board, you will have your floppy drive sitting on top of your memory... so if you have a tall heat sink doohickey on your memory its a no-go for floppy drives.
This I love because I don't have to worry if my dvd drive is white and my case is black... this case hides the drive until you push the button to eject, a flap opens and the tray goes out the flap hole, allowing you to put in a dvd or cd. The case only has three cables to go to the motherboard for front panel... power led, hdd led, and power switch. Another flap can be pushed and will pop open revealing two USB ports that are inconveniently downside up, along with two ac97' or HD audio headphone and microphone jacks.
I have added another fan to the right side to help with an output for airflow... the back of the case gets hot due to the PSU (power supply unit).
My core 2 duo processor was touching my PSU causing the motherboard to bend... I ended up putting washers with the bottom screws for less tension on the board. Since my floppy drive couldn't fit the slot due to the memory, neither could my hard drive, i had to install my hard drive on the floor of the case with a special screw to rise the hard drive, and foam to muffle the vibrations.
You will have to add and remove a few parts to get everything in the way you want it... nothing new to computer building. lol
The case's wall that can be removed for access to inside the case is easy to put on, yet can be mistakenly put on backwards if you do not the the front bezel(panel) attached.
The case only comes with some screws a zip-tie. Other than that i see junk papers that don't tell you anything about the case, I didn't know it came with hard drive brackets for installing a hard drive vertically.
Judge from this info what you will... i like it, you may think otherwise.
Pros Small enclosure accomodates micro iTX pc form factor
Cons No reset button on the case which means you have to hard power down the system if it hangs. The button for the DVD Rom / CD Rom doesn't line up closely. You have to push quite hard for the optical drive to eject media. (Design flaw)
Summary This case came as part of a bundle package purchased during an online sale at NCIX. Case is fairly easy to work in just make sure and take out the power supply before attempting to do anything. Sata cables are recommended to improve airflow in an already tightly constricted area.
Summary This is a great case for a cheap build as it comes with a power supply! The drive eject button has to be pushed in a fairways for the drive to open / close. Seems like it will stand the test of time!
Cons top of tray on optical drive sometimes rubs/gets caught on case when closing
Summary Purchased this case to go with dual core atom/mb combo in a build with optical drive, 2gb ram and hd. Case is good value for the cost. Only complaint is sometimes when closing the optical drive, the top of the drawer gets caught on the case. A little push and it closes properly. The case is smallish, but that is by design. The psu is fairly quiet and almost robust if you compare it to some of the psu's included in other itx cases. Good value.
Cons -The HDD mounting system covers the only side vent completely. -Some of the plastic/glued components are a bit flimsy. -Lack of clearance for HSF (however being MINI-ITX form factor this is to be expected).
Summary Bought this case over the Jetway for my MINI-ITX build, basically to save money.
Overall it's a fairly good case, looks nice, and was easy to setup (even though the instructions are incorrect and practically non-existent). For having almost no room it was actually easier to do the jumpers / power hookups on this than any full sized ATX case I've worked with.
There is very little space in this thing for any extra components or HS/HSF, but one full sized PCI slot (I put an Antec exhaust on the PCI port/slot). Most replacement heat sinks won't fit, so, go with the Enzotech, it fits fine and cools well passively.
The Power LED glue came off but I probably yanked the face plate off without unhooking the jumpers.
The one major flaw with this case is that right side vent (the only vent) is completely blocked by the HDD mounting system, rendering it totally useless and turning the case into an easy-bake-oven. I highly recommend mounting an ~80mm fan where the HDD should be and just velcro / jam the HDD under the 5.25" drive. If you do that you will get nice cool air blowing directly onto the CPU/NB (for the D945GCLF2 at least), and your temps will drop literally ~15C. This review was modfied by poster x 11-01-08 10:34 PM
This review was modfied by poster @ 11-01-08 10:58 PM
Summary This case is mostly designed for the Intel D945GCLF2 and D945GCLF. It fixes the problems of the MI 100 (invisible power led and HDD led), and too limited space for DVD drive. Power supply is quiet enough. Efficiency is unknown but I plan to test it soon.
Cons Flimsy optical drive ejection system Lack of cable management options Very tight space between optical drive and power supply Small working area (obvious) Poor documentation
Summary Overall this is a nice case for the money. My only gripes are the poor documentation that comes with it. You have to guess as to the best installation method (Hint: remove power supply if you want to install the motherboard). I also managed to break the flimy ejection system for the optical drive, so be careful.
Summary Just a warning to others who may be thinking about using this case (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=32938&vpn=MI%2D008&manufacture=Apex%20Computer%20Technology) with a normal CPU. My MB is a mini-itx MB (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=32760&vpn=MINIX780G%2DSP128MB&manufacture=J%26W%20Technology) that accepts regular AMD CPUs ( http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=27680&vpn=ADO5200DOBOX&manufacture=AMD )
The heat synch + fan doesn't clear the power supply.
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