Summary: There is a rubber slot to run the cables for the optical drive through the black piece that fits over the CPU fan. There are two power connectors for drives. One is designed for the optical drive and the other for the HDD. Unfortunately, both cables have one SATA and one molex power attachment. If you want to run 2 HDDs like I did, you'll need a molex to SATA adapter. Repeat, IF YOU WANT TO USE 2 HDDS, YOU'LL NEED A MOLEX TO SATA ADAPTER.
Pros: MicroATX case for my HTPC that fits in my media center Has space for 2 HDDs and a full-size optical drive Near silent with stock Intel cooler Comes with a power supply
Cons: Wiring is very tight. The power cable for the CPU is simply too short for my GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD3 motherboard and goes across the expansion card slots. Thankfully, I'm not using them. The power LED is way too bright. I had to put a piece of electrical tape over the LED it was so bad. Getting the case opened and closed could be easier. It was especially difficult to close it properly after getting everything installed.
Summary: I have two of these, one housing an atom-based system, and another with an amd A10. For the atom, it works great, you can't even tell the computer is on. For the A10, I probably should have opted for a bigger case for the sake of airflow, but everything did fit.
Pros: This seems like a pretty well designed case. It's fairly inexpensive, it isn't ugly, and it has a good-enough-for-most-purposes power supply with a very quiet fan. I don't have any complains about build quality.
Cons: The optical drive bay is placed such that, depending on motherboard and CPU, it may partially block the CPU fan. The power supply does not have the 8-pin atx 12v power connector needed by some newer motherboards. (I've been using a molex-to-8-pin adapter and haven't had any trouble.) The cover can be tricky to get on.
Summary: Core i3-2105 (with HD3000 graphics) with stock cooler ASRock H77 Pro4 M Motherboard 8 GB Crucial DDR3-1333 RAM 500 GB WD Caviar Blue Hard Drive Asus DVD Burner Evercool SB-F1 PCI Slot Case Cooler Apevia FC-01 Multi-Fan Speed Controller Windows 7 Home Premium The result is a responsive little computer. Not much space left inside the case after connecting all the cables, but the thermal performance seems satisfactory and the system is quiet.
Pros: This is my second one; both used for non-gaming home computers. Sits under my computer table on 11-inch wooden stool - very quiet and easy to reach. Well-built and relatively easy to work with, but don't try to stuff too much inside. I really like the small size, solid feel, and quiet operation. Got a new 23.6-inch back-lit Asus LCD display for a very nice home computer system.
Cons: Thermal partition plate does not quite fit over ASRock H77-Pro4M motherboard, core i3-2105 CPU and stock cooler. I tried reversing the moveable part, but still about a quarter inch too tight. Reassembled without the thermal partition plate, but added a slot fan and fan speed control in back for air flow. CPU temperatures usually in low 30's in normal usage, getting closer to 50 with significant video processing. This arrangement does exhaust perceptible amount of air ...
Pros: Case is compact and looks nice. Power supply works well so far and is quiet. All components inside the computer are running cool. The case looks nice too!
Cons: Does not come with a decent manual. I had to spend a bit of time sorting out what each piece did. The back of the case was slightly warped too, but not enough that it affected installation significantly (I had to slightly modify the plate where the ports fit through).
Summary: Installed a Biostar micro-MB with AMD Sempron. Contrary to experience of others, there was not interference between CPU/fan and, e.g., HD or optical drive. This worked better for my application than the bigger, 350W model. Temps seem OK so far on HD and CPU.
Pros: Good looking and compact. Layout is nice inside given the size. Shroud approach to making sure CPU stays cool. HD mount is right inside front air intake for improved cooling.
Cons: NO MANUAL and this box is a Chinese puzzle to assemble because of its unique configuration and small size. I found a manual at In-Win's web site, "BK623DM.pdf. It, too, is hard to follow: two models described but ya gotta figure that out for yourself; hard to read when printed due to small size of print and poor "resolution;" Chinglish: terms made it hard to follow (wrong names for HD, floppy, etc.) Using an IDE drive and/or floppy would have crowded the case with cab...
Summary: This is the smallest mATX box. Space inside the box is tight. Make sure you allcoate some extra time when working on this box.
Pros: It's small (espcially depth). good size for a HTPC.
Cons: 1) Poor instruction. 2) PSU is load and hot for a HTPC (OK for a desktop) 3) If your memory has tall Heatsink (like CORSAIR Vengeance), Partition Plate is not able to be closed. 4) Front I/O panel is weak. USB, audio ports are so tight. Everytime, I push/pull USB or audio connector, I am afraid the extra force will break the panel.
Summary: Spacious it's not. But if what you want fits in it, this is about as small a uATX case as you'll find. I wanted a HTPC with more power than the dual-core Atom mini-ITX systems I'd been putting together. (The Atoms are getting hard pressed to keep up with 1080p or even 720p video with overlayed subtitles or menus plus all the junk Windows 7 runs in the background.) My MSI Z68MA-ED55 fit in this box quite nicely, even with the right-angle SATA connectors.
Pros: Small dimensions. Reasonable cooling design within its power limitations. Generally good cable management. Quiet power supply with good capabilities for HTPC.
Cons: Limited expansion space for drives or larger PCi cards - choose carefully. Front-panel cables get a bit crowded near hard drive and power supply. P4 cable length required it to cross middle of board, may interfere with PCi cards. Had to remove heat spreaders on memory to fit limited height. CPU cooler vibration conducts through case.
Summary: As many others have commented most AMD CPU motherboards don't line up to the provided baffle but I simply removed it and let the stock cooler blow the air up and out. The grating is large enough to allow the heat to rise out effectively when laid horizontally. Fits nicely in IKEA's Expedit and Markur bookshelf / storage unit cubes.
Pros: Fits full height cards. Reasonable working and breathing room in the case. The power supply has not given me any problems and is quiet enough for my use.
Cons: Was afraid to break the retaining tabs on the front faceplate when removing it, but it survived.
Summary: The heat-funneling design works specifically with intel chips, and the stock heatsink and fan that come with them, but you can remove the funnel if you need to. If you are looking to build a high performance machine, this might get too hot, but for standard hardware and use this case should work fine. The fact that the included power supply is 300W should serve as an indication to not get to crazy.
Pros: This is a good case. With the exception of the bezel, it's made of metal which assists in heat dispersion. This is a must for a case this small. It is the smallest case I have seen that can still accommodate full-size cards without the hassle of a low profile bracket.
Cons: Despite the design and material of the case, it still gets very hot. I have lost two power supplies to what I believe was overheating. Since then, I removed my MoBo's i/o plate for more ventilation and it has been okay, but it still gets hot enough to make me wonder when/if a part will suffer again.