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Poll Results: Which features are most important to you in a Mini ITX case?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 7% of voters (92)
    Size - the smaller the better. I don't need a full GPU, I want a HTPC-style box.
  • 77% of voters (1009)
    Size - I want it to be small, but I want a full size GPU and full size PSU in there.
  • 11% of voters (154)
    Air cooling - I want lots of fan options, top, sides, back, front.
  • 31% of voters (411)
    Air cooling - I want it to perform well out of the box but we don't need to perforate every single panel.
  • 25% of voters (329)
    "Sleek, Modern" Design - The BitFenix Prodiigy, NZXT Phantom Series, Corsair 600T and other cases with unique designs are my favorite.
  • 49% of voters (646)
    "Refined, Aluminum" Design - Silverstone, Lian-Li, and Corsair Obsidian Series are more my speed.
  • 34% of voters (454)
    Quiet - I want this thing whisper quiet.
  • 45% of voters (596)
    Liquid Cooling - it'd be nice to be able to fit a 240mm radiator in this thing
  • 7% of voters (97)
    HDD Capacity - I want to make a RAID or NAS box, so I want at least four 3.5" drive bays
  • 36% of voters (477)
    HDD Capacity - I just plan on running an OS and a storage drive - two or three drive bays is fine as long as there's native SSD support.
  • 18% of voters (246)
    Portability - handles and whatnot are really important to me. So is overall weight and durability.
  • 19% of voters (255)
    Scent - I like all my computer products to be scratch and sniff. Please make this smell like Lilacs.
  • 2% of voters (32)
    Other - posted in thread.
1308 Total Votes  
post #1161 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by weredawg View Post

I'm very tempted to get this case.

The one thing I'm wondering is the kind of mini ITX motherboard layout that would work best in it. A good number of bords have the SATA ports up top right next to where the H100i is sitting. I don't want cables blocking the fans. Same with some power connectors being up top in that area too.

Suggestions?

ASUS Z87 mITX has the sata ports on the lower right part of the board. But, you have a daughter board on the north side of the board that does rise up about 1.5". So, it really doesn't matter if you have some SATA cables there in that area like on the MSI and Gigabyte ones. That's less obtrusion than the ASUS with the daughter board up on top.

As long as the air is flowing through the H100i rad then it really doesn't matter either way.
post #1162 of 1303
Read over the reviews and specs, my two cents:

I own a Bitfenix Phenom mITX which is a refaced Prodigy. For comparison, this Corsiar mITX is 2.5" wider, 2" shorter, and 1" shallower. So, the internal volume is about 10% less on the Corsair. That's a big plus in my book considering you can still fit ATX case type components such as ATX power supply, full sized GPU, two hard drives, and a 240mm radiator. The only negative I see on this case is the front fan, it should be a quality low noise model but an SP one instead of AF. Also, only real exhaust option is the two 80mm fans above the motherboard I/O plate. So, without those two 80mm fans there is no real direct airflow path, you pump in with the front fan and the two side fans on intake increasing air pressure internally and the rest just vents out on it's own. The perforated panel for the GPU side is a wise idea, the closed panels build up a lot of heat on the mITX cases. For a first mITX, this is a solid little case and I like it very much.
post #1163 of 1303
http://www.techpowerup.com/mobile/196596/corsair-announces-first-mini-itx-case-the-obsidian-series-250d.html
Well,still think it's abit too large. At least I was wrong about the front panel. smile.gif
post #1164 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allanitomwesh View Post

http://www.techpowerup.com/mobile/196596/corsair-announces-first-mini-itx-case-the-obsidian-series-250d.html
Well,still think it's abit too large. At least I was wrong about the front panel. smile.gif

m-ITX doesn't always mean SFF. The Prodigy ain't SFF. The 250D is meant as a competitor to a really good selling case in the Prodigy.

If you think it's too big, then both cases shouldn't matter to you. Buy something else.
post #1165 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by AJR1775 View Post

Read over the reviews and specs, my two cents:

I own a Bitfenix Phenom mITX which is a refaced Prodigy. For comparison, this Corsiar mITX is 2.5" wider, 2" shorter, and 1" shallower. So, the internal volume is about 10% less on the Corsair. That's a big plus in my book considering you can still fit ATX case type components such as ATX power supply, full sized GPU, two hard drives, and a 240mm radiator. The only negative I see on this case is the front fan, it should be a quality low noise model but an SP one instead of AF. Also, only real exhaust option is the two 80mm fans above the motherboard I/O plate. So, without those two 80mm fans there is no real direct airflow path, you pump in with the front fan and the two side fans on intake increasing air pressure internally and the rest just vents out on it's own. The perforated panel for the GPU side is a wise idea, the closed panels build up a lot of heat on the mITX cases. For a first mITX, this is a solid little case and I like it very much.

By the looks of the pics, isn't there a place for a 120mm next to the psu?

I might use that as exhaust.

And also, if you rock a 240mm rad, those will also be exhaust. I think it's good enough. Will definitely match my living room.
post #1166 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by UnderscoreHero View Post

By the looks of the pics, isn't there a place for a 120mm next to the psu?
No, that's where the drive cage sits, but even if you removed it I think there'd be room for a 92mm fan at most. I don't think there's any provision for fan mounting there, though (could be wrong).
post #1167 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by subtec View Post

No, that's where the drive cage sits, but even if you removed it I think there'd be room for a 92mm fan at most. I don't think there's any provision for fan mounting there, though (could be wrong).

That's what zipties are for, no need holes to mount, just mount directly to the grill lol. That's how I did my 5.25 intake fan mod.
post #1168 of 1303
Here's our first video look that I've found.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BcHwzsNJsk

It's not as bad in the video as I thought, I'm still not super excited about the size though.
post #1169 of 1303
Yeah that's pretty good looking.
 
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post #1170 of 1303
It's like a smaller version of the Cooler Master HAF XB. I was going to (re)build my Prodigy but this case will probably be a contender.
Now waiting for the reviews.
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