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8.6 out of 10

Apex MI-008

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Overall 10
10

Pretty Good HTPC case

Anonymous, Newegg
10 February 2013
  • Pros: I am a technician of a PC company in Portland and own one MI-008 myself
  • Cons: See other thoughs below
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Overall 10
10

Rugged and Compact

Anonymous, Newegg
22 January 2013
  • Pros: I like the case and was able to use it despite the cpu cooler conflicting with the power supply. I also got the AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz cpu w/fan (top end) and the ASRock FM2A75M-ITX FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard and 8GB ram (1600).
  • Cons: I discovered quickly that the cpu(APU) cooler was too tall to fit by about a half inch as it bumped into the powersupply which sits in the rear of the case over the mother board. I was able to remove the PS cover and move its fan to make room and it all works fine BUT I recommend others get a water cooler system as there is plenty of room on the right side for the cooler and you can leave the PS intact.
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Overall 10
10

Small, Reliable

Niraj D., Newegg
12 December 2012
  • Pros: Built 2 Mini ITX systems - one with Intel G550, and another with E 350 APU. Both are running great with no problems.... Both are very quiet and hard to tell if they are on.
  • Cons: A little wiggling is needed to fit the DVD drive and HD.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Mr.SniT, super biiz
22 August 2012
  • Summary: The Good: This is what passes for an inexpensive mini-ITX case these days. Small size fits easily in a home theater rack or AV shelf.
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Overall 10
10

A lot going on for this small package

alanp, epinions.com
31 May 2011
  • Summary: For lower powered and compact builds (think HTPC) this is pretty ideal and won't break the bank
  • Pros: Compact, simple and clean looks, accomodates lots of peripherals given the size
  • Cons: A little cramped on the inside, not meant for high powered rigs
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Gary B., Newegg
12 December 2010
  • Pros: Too many reviews written by people that don't do their homework. This is a "mini-itx" case - the build is going to be cramped. Built mine with a Zotac mini-itx, dual core AMD, 4GB memory, Silverstone NT-07 (PAY ATTENTION), and Win 7 Home 64bit. Watch the reviews, install a 120mm fan where the manufacturer says the hdd should go (wedge it in the side). Used an LG Super Multi DVD-RW and a laptop HDD, All kinds of room to spare and runs very cool. Don't mark your experie...
  • Cons: Cons - the whiners that don't understand "Mini-Itx" is a whole different environment than slapping their celeron in a used e-machine case.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great case with a few quirks

Anonymous, Newegg
22 July 2010
  • Summary: The 3.5" bay is another problem. The right-angle SATA cable on hard drive there touches my CPU cooler and standard size 3cm high DIMMs. Low profile RAM would fit much better and improve airflow. Also, the hard drive pushed the CPU fan shroud into the fan, making a terrible noise. Loosening the HDD screws gave it enough slack for the noise to stop.
  • Pros: I bought this case on a shellshocker deal with a ZOTAC GF6100-E-E AM3 mobo. Some of the reviews here worried me, but I'm glad I went for it. It's a nice case. The sheet metal cover is strong and fits the chassis like a glove. It has lots of vent holes on both sides. The bezel is beautiful ... polished piano black with a green LED for power and red for hard drive. The BD/DVD cover opens automatically with the tray.
  • Cons: The power supply has 3 problems. 1) Its fan doesn't move much air. My Athlon x2 5600+ is 65C with no overclocking. If it rises after I add my video card, I may replace the PSU fan with a stronger one. 2) It is installed directly over the CPU, leaving no room for a standard size heatsink. My low-profile Silverstone NT07-AM2 is 37mm high but doesn't leave much clearance under the PSU fan intake. 3) The power cables are long for a mini-ITX case and hard to route.
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Overall 10
9.6
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
8.0
Performance 10
10
Overall quality 10
10

Great case, only 1 flaw

JohnnyC35, TigerDirect.com
14 May 2010
  • Summary: I threw a Zotac A-U board, 2G of RAM, and 3 1.5Tb drives. Would have been nice if I could nicely block up the power supply hole in the back. The Zotac A-U has a built in PSU so I didn't need the one that came with it. Currently have 2 60mm fan filters in there, tried it with 2 60mm fans but with only 2 screw holes to use the racket was horrible.
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Overall 9
9.0
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
8.0
Performance 10
10
Overall quality 8
8.0

Good case for the money

Matt, TigerDirect.com
31 March 2010
  • Summary: I fit a mini itx board, 2 3.5 HDDs and an optical drive in this puppy. You may read other reviews saying this case gets too hot and the power supply is too hot but i haven't found that to be true. There are vents on both sides and although air doesn't flow that well it still isn't that bad if you have a case fan or heatsink fan. The power supply blows hot air down over the motherboard which is probably not the best thing.
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Overall 10
9.6
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
8.0
Performance 10
10
Overall quality 10
10

Works For Me

Lynn Livingston, TigerDirect.com
17 February 2010
  • Summary: This is my first ITX sized case. I was a little worried because you read all the horror stories about these size cases not being of good quality design in general. However, in the case of the Apex MI-008 there isn't a problem. I find the case to be simple and very well designed. You can fit a lot of hardware in a small space. Yes, you do need to plan what goes where and when while building it up.
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