Cool and Compact: The Latest Mini-ITX Cases

Anticipate Exciting New Mini-ITX Cases Arriving This Year – Here Are Some of the Most Compelling Options to Keep an Eye On

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Cooler Master Ncore 100 Max

Mini-ITX PCs have taken the tech world by storm, offering a compact and versatile solution for computer enthusiasts and casual users alike. These small form factor systems combine powerful performance with space-saving design, making them perfect for a wide range of applications, from gaming and content creation to home theater setups and office workstations.

As a dedicated mini-ITX enthusiast, I constantly keep my eye on the latest designs and innovations in the field. Today, I want to share with you some of the most intriguing small form factor cases set to launch this year. These cases have caught my attention, and I believe they will impress you too.

Cooler Master Ncore 100 Max 🌪️

Cooler Master Ncore 100 Max

First up, we have the Cooler Master Ncore 100 Max. Originally announced in 2023, this tower-style modular mini-ITX case is now finally available for purchase. It comes with a small form factor 850W power supply and a 120mm liquid cooling solution preinstalled. The Ncore 100 Max features two L-shaped panels made out of anodized aluminum with perforations and mesh filters to encourage airflow.

One of the key highlights of this case is its ability to support large 3-slot GPUs up to 336mm in length and 140mm in height. The modular nature of the case allows you to extend its width, which is necessary to accommodate these powerful graphics cards. It also comes with pre-routed power cables for ease of installation, and its industrial design adds a touch of sophistication to any desk.

While some might question the efficiency of the included 120mm liquid cooler, Cooler Master has gone for a custom radiator with a thickness of 38mm, surpassing the standard thickness of AIO radiators in the market. Considering the case comes bundled with a power supply, a CPU cooler, and a fairly simple assembly process, the Ncore 100 Max is reasonably priced at around $380.

Lian Li Dan Cases A3 🎨

Lian Li Dan Cases A3

Lian Li, in collaboration with Dan Cases, recently announced a new addition to their lineup of mini-ITX cases – the Dan Cases A3. Marketed as an m-ATX case, it is only slightly larger than the popular Cooler Master NR200. However, it offers excellent compatibility and support for both m-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards, with a CPU height clearance of 165mm.

What sets this case apart is its ability to accommodate up to 360mm AIO liquid coolers, SFX or ATX power supplies, and even GPUs with a length of up to 430mm (when using an SFX power unit). It also provides ample spots for storage and additional cooling fans. Despite its boutique design, Lian Li plans to sell the Dan Cases A3 at a competitive price of $70.

Cooler Master NR200 V2 🌬️

Cooler Master NR200 V2

The Cooler Master NR200 made waves in the mini-ITX PC industry and is still considered one of the best cases for small form factor builds. Building upon its success, Cooler Master has announced an update – the NR200 V2. The major change in this version is the prioritization of AIO liquid cooling solutions, which can now be mounted on the top of the case.

While the new design does restrict the mounting options for CPU air coolers, the case will come with a single 120mm fan pre-installed at the bottom. It is expected to launch in both black and white color options, sporting either a mesh or tempered glass side panel.

Deepcool CH160 🌊

Deepcool CH160

Deepcool caught the attention of many at CES this year with their CH160 mini-ITX case range. The lineup includes a Digital version, featuring a vertical-style design with multiple mesh panels and an LED display at the bottom for hardware monitoring. This case boasts support for up to a 360mm liquid cooler or an air cooler with a 175mm clearance, a full-size ATX power supply, and 3-slot GPUs up to 305mm in length. It is expected to hit the market soon, priced at around $90.

In addition to the Digital version, Deepcool also offers a regular CH160 case, following a layout similar to the Cooler Master NR200. This variant can accommodate both SFX or ATX power supplies and even large CPU air coolers. It too can fit 3-slot GPUs up to 305mm in length, provided a small SFX power supply unit is used. The regular CH160 includes a detachable handle on the top and comes with a price tag of $70.

Thor Zone NanoQ ⚡

Thor Zone NanoQ

Thor Zone, known for its premium mini-ITX cases, has introduced the Nano series as a treat for boutique case enthusiasts. Available in two sizes – NanoQ S and NanoQ R – these elegant cases feature a premium anodized aluminum finish with a stainless steel frame. The outer shell’s cheese grater style grills give them a look that even Apple would approve of.

The NanoQ S offers a capacity of 11 liters, while the NanoQ R is slightly bigger, coming in at 16 liters. Both cases can accommodate air coolers, liquid coolers, and up to a 4-slot GPU on the NanoQ R and a 3-slot GPU on the NanoQ S. Thor Zone has listed all the supported parts on its website to ensure customers can build their PCs without any restrictions.

Given their premium materials and design, the NanoQ S starts at around $345, while the larger NanoQ R will have a price tag of approximately $384.

Conclusion and Future Developments 🚀

These upcoming mini-ITX cases offer a glimpse into the exciting future of compact PC design. As technology continues to advance, we can expect even more innovative solutions and designs to hit the market. The possibilities for mini-ITX systems seem endless, with manufacturers consistently pushing the boundaries and enthusiasts eagerly embracing the power of small.

In the coming years, I anticipate further improvements in cooling solutions, allowing for even more efficient and powerful performance in mini-ITX builds. Additionally, with the rising popularity of eSports and streaming, we may see cases specifically tailored for these applications, incorporating features like improved sound insulation and cable management.

Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting world of mini-ITX cases!

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