In another article, we covered Mini-ITX cases. While many of the sentiments still hold true for Micro-ATX cases– the form factor is often very tiny and designed to save space– Micro-ATX boards and cases can be among the smallest, slimmest and most compact available on the market. This isn’t always the case, but when it is, expect some of the most impressive engineerings on the market. Beyond that, Micro-ATX chassis often attempt to blend themselves into entertainment rooms, studios, workstation environments or more. They’re a unique type of case with a very broad range of uses. All of which revolve around saving space, blending into environments or sometimes even both.
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Best Micro-ITX Cases 2018 – Overview
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|Best Micro-ATX Cases||Latest Price at Amazon||Motherboard Support||Max GPU Length||Max CPU Cooler Height||Front I/O||Expansion Slots||3.5" Mounts||2.5" Mounts|
|Fractal Design Node 804|
|30mm||160mm||Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||5||10*||2*|
|Fractal Design Define Mini C TG|
|315mm||172mm||Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||5||2||3|
|Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX TG|
|319mm||192mm||Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out / RGB Control||4||2||2|
|In Win 301|
|330mm||158mm||Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||4||1||2|
|Thermaltake Versa H17|
|315mm||155mm||Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX||1 x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0 / Audio in/out||4||3||3|
|Not Specified||Not Specified||Micro-ATX / Mini-ITX||2 x USB 3.0 / Audio in/out||4||5||1|
|In Win 350W|
|Not Specified||Not Specified||Micro-ATX||2 x USB 3.0 / 2 x USB 2.0 Audio in/out||4 (Low-profile)||1||2|
Fractal Design Node 804
Pros: Clean, minimal design. Looks good and works well in the living room.
Cons: Thermal performance is somewhat lacking.
Have you ever wanted a case which could get lost in the sea of black boxes in your entertainment room? Then the Node 804 by Fractal Design will be your best friend. Its design is reminiscent of a surround sound receiver– or even subwoofer– and its mutes aesthetic helps it to blend in. Due to generally-weak airflow and small ventilation options, expect subpar cooling performance out of this thing. However, if you’re not slamming it with crypto mining or intense 4K gaming, it should suit you just fine. One thing to note however is that the front– or, rather I/O, is located on the side of the front panel, and not directly on the front. Keep that in mind when integrating it into your setup.
Fractal Design Define Mini C TG
Pros: Clean design, tempered glass, PSU shroud, easy to build in.
Seem familiar? Fractal Design is known for their lineup of Define cases, and the Mini C is an excellent complement to the Mini-ITX and even Micro-ATX case market. In this instance, we have the Define Mini C TG, which boasts Fractal Design’s signature Scandinavian design, tempered glass and their famous robust build quality and modular nature. What’s more, is that this case is relatively affordable, and should fit into most consumers’ budgets. We can sing to high heaven the praises of this case, and at no point will it feel overkill. This is a great case for a great company at a great price.
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv MATX TG
Pros: Clean design, easy to build in, premium build quality, tempered glass, PSU shroud.
Cons: More expensive than other cases offering the same features.
Call me biased. Call me a fanboy. I love this case and every variant of it. The Enthoo Evolv series from Phanteks is, in my opinion, their crowning achievement in case design. It makes me very happy to see them cornering every case market with this concept. The case is clean, offers a lot of premium features, it’s easy to build inside of, its build quality makes it feel very premium, and it’s just an overall great case. Its only real downside is that feature-wise, it offers everything the Define Mini C does– and not much more– and still comes in a few dollars more expensive. Try $30-40, depending on color configuration. If you love the look, however, there’s no reason not to pick it up. It’s just great.
IN WIN 301
Pros: Tempered glass, premium build quality, good water-cooling support.
Cons: Top-mounted PSU might be off-putting to some.
IN WIN’s 301 looks like a premium version of an OEM manufacturer’s case. This is compounded by the fact that the PSU mounts inside of its own chamber at the top of the case. Top-mounted PSUs, while not the end of the world, are often only seen on cheaper, lower-end cases. However, to call this case “low-end” would be an insult to everything it has to offer. With a clear tempered glass side panel, simple, minimalist internals and a mild gamer aesthetic, this case is great for gamers looking for something a little more subdued and different, without going all out on aesthetics or their budget.
Thermaltake Versa H17
Pros: Budget-friendly, simple design, and features.
Cons: Budget-friendly in every sense.
Coming in at a whopping 1/11th the cost of the previous LIAN LI case we listed, the Versa by Thermaltake is a cute case at a heartwarming price which offers everything you’ll need to house your build. However, that’s about it. With limited cable management options, limited storage options, and a snore-worthy feature set, you shouldn’t expect much. However, this can be a blessing in disguise. If you just need a box to throw your PC in which resembles the shape of a traditional case, then this might be your best friend. Not to mention, it’s quite small which is great for those looking to reduce the footprint of their PC. If you’re on a tight budget, this case is a great starting point.
SilverStone Precision Series SST-PS07W
Pros: Clean design, fully-painted interior, small.
Cons: Top-mounted PSU might turn away prospective buyers.
This is a neat case. If this case was beige, we’d be back in the late 80s and early 90s. While it might be a turn-off to younger buyers, any older folks looking into Micro-ATX cases might find themselves unnaturally drawn towards this case. With a design reminiscent of the old Compaq and Hps of a bygone era, this case is very retro in a very modern scene. The top-mounted PSU might still turn some people away, but for those looking to tie together both new and old, you can’t get much better than this case. It offers modest build quality, features, and design, but boasts nothing special. I like that, as it stands to stay true to its roots. Basic, functional and designed to get the job done.
In Win 350W
Pros: Incredibly slim, included PSU.
Cons: Poor thermals, requires semi-specific hardware, some build limitations.
Don’t let the cons scare you. What we’re diving into right now is the absolute slimmest and smallest of the small when it comes to cases. While In Win isn’t alone in this field, they have a very wide selection of slim cases, and we picked out what we believe is their best offering which balances price, features, and functionality quite nicely. What you’ll get when you buy into this type of case is a very precise building procedure– you can’t deviate much if at all from manufacturer specs– and a “one size better fit all” implementation for hardware. GPUs up to certain lengths, coolers up to specific heights and more. However, if you can manage to put a full build together, you’ll have a PC which sits about the same size as an Xbox One and potentially even smaller depending on what model you pick up. In this instance, we believe the aesthetics, internals, layout, and manufacturing of this case sets it apart from In Win’s lineup. If you’re looking for a very small, very slim case, this is a great choice. That is if you’re ready to face the hurdles ahead.
We hope you enjoyed our roundup of the best Micro-ATX cases on the market. While we may not have tackled every possible configuration that one might find Micro-ATX in, we tried our best to create a good spread. Some cases are larger and more flashy, while others are more muted and smaller. Some blend of entertainment rooms well, while others could stand as showpieces in a show. No matter what you’re after, you’re sure to be happy with your purchase based on our recommendations!
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