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That's a full 5.25 drive, not slim odd. Just uses a door like many OEM styled computers.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mini-itx-small-form-factor-pc-case,2814-3.html

Eh, never mind then. Figured there would be considerable cooler clearance with that case width and a slim drive. Thanks for the tom's article. A lot more info. Interestingly, tom's says the psu is 180 watt vs the chieftec website that says 250.
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This is the case I've been looking for! Slim odd, 3.5 drive support, small... but its ugly. I can deal. No specs on the page though. How big of a cooler can I install with the odd? 250 watt power supply could handle an overclocked i7 no problem.

Great that I'm not the only one who finds this interesting biggrin.gif. I found this by fortune, it is not in the opening post (yet).
Maybe you can also fit an Slim ODD, im not sure, but that would be pretty cool.
I mean to have read that the max. CPU cooler high with an installed (not slim) ODD is about ~45mm.
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Interestingly, tom's says the psu is 180 watt vs the chieftec website that says 250.

There are three different versions: 180W, 250W and 350W.
For my taste its a little bit to big, but as you have said, there is enough place for your hardware. Maybe i find another, smaller case with a pre-installed PSU. I do not necessarily need a ODD and a PCI-Slot (I hope so. If i need them later, i need a new case biggrin.gif). This one is on my shortlist, i think i will purchase it. Maybe i will mod it a little bit.
    
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Nice idea. It looks like the modular connectors are in the way. Would a SFX non modular be able to clear the heatsink?

Presenting: n00b cable management!



Gravity is all that's keeping the PSU->Mobo cable (which Silverstone helpfully provides sleeved :3) from touching the HSF fan rim. Even if anything does touch the fan rim tho, the fan itself isn't affected, still runs fine and isn't obstructed by wiring.

Sure that main power cable's floating in front of the fan assembly, but even if your fan faces upwards you'll likely have a similar problem of things being in the way of your HSF assembly anyway.

I don't have a non-modular SFF, but I think as long as your PSU is SFF you should have no trouble separating the excess wiring from the used ones and duck taping them to the ceiling*.

I recommend sleeved cables or tying them up as much as possible. Not because they look nice or anything, it helps to push the cables close enough together so they occupy the least area. This stuff IS floating in front of a fan mind.

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This is as far as I can slip my cellphone in. I can tell you that you have exactly the height of the Silverstone SFF series in clearance, with or without modularity. There are of course those chrome nobs on top of the heatsink assembly which means you can't use a PSU of longer length - in which case you just cannibalize the PSU extension bracket from a CM110 if someone isn't using it**.

A tower HSF arguably gives you plenty of room, considering that airflow where the wiring is then becomes utterly irrelevant***. >_>' Heck, if you closed the side door that area is blocked anyway, the air holes are near the hard disk cage. :3

*Not the other end of the case mind, part of the mobo is there.
**Nope, if my measurements are correct a fullsize PSU is not recommended even with a bracket. With a fullsize PSU the wiring will actually PRESS against the heatsink metal. Change your HSF to a shorter one and save yourself the headache of trying to hack this setup into submission.
***Don't worry, far as I can tell, that space is not a heat trap.
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As long as the fan blades aren't scraping the ram, it should be fine.

If you noticed, I chicken'd out and moved both of them one rank right <_<. I know very well I'll be filling those empties with 2133s soon enough tho...
Edited by GreatChicken - 10/29/15 at 7:52am
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I finally got the GEEEK MAX ITX case today. I will take some comparison picture next to the EVGA HADRON, Antec ISK 110, and L3 Industries when I get the chance. The quality on the plexi is pretty good. Its thick but I wouldn't go putting anything heavy on it like an xbox one. Some panels connect by using motherboard standoffs that were place inside the plexi and some panels are connected by self-tap screws. I would replace the self tapping screws with better one though. I was screwing on the front panel buttons and one of the screws just snapped so now I have a screw stuck inside my plexi where a screw is suppose to go to hold the power/reset button. I end up having to use 3m tape instead.

The case is about the exact same size as the EVGA Hadron. Just about half an inch taller and about half an inch shorter in depth.
Edited by ivoryg37 - 11/11/15 at 3:24am
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I've been using Cooler Master GeminII S524 in a number of Intel and AMD builds in cases with constrained vertical clearance (Fractal Design Core 1000, Corsair Carbide Air 240), and it works really well.



The way it's mounted is a bit awkward though. You have to hold it on one side of the motherboard, and tighten the nuts on the back side. AFAIK it has now been superseded with a newer model which I did not have a chance to try.
Edited by cmpxchg8b - 10/30/15 at 11:16pm
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It looks really nice for that price point. Only wish it was using all black headers since there's now to hide the cables in a case like this. Size is about right considering that the Hadron is using a flex PSU, so the extra room essentially makes way for SFX or standard ATX PSUs
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Thanks for the short review and size comparison @ivoryg37. That case does look a bit bigger than I thought. Looks like some areas of the case can be fragile but I kind of expected that. Do you know what kind of thread did the self-tapping screws use? I would have used a drill tap bit to tap the holes more securely.
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I have ordered the Chieftec UNI BT-02B-U3. I will add some Pictures when it arrives.
    
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Thanks for the short review and size comparison @ivoryg37. That case does look a bit bigger than I thought. Looks like some areas of the case can be fragile but I kind of expected that. Do you know what kind of thread did the self-tapping screws use? I would have used a drill tap bit to tap the holes more securely.

No clue, I would have to bring the screw to home depot and test what thread it was. I can post a picture of the screws they sent. Yeah the case isn't bad but there really isn't much structural suppose. The frame is all held by plugging into each other. Definitely bigger than I thought as well but it fits a an ATX psu so thats a plug. I do think that they could have made better use of the front panel possibly adding more air flow and movie the harddrive storage to maybe the back panel where the motherboard sits or something
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