Best Matx Cases for Watercooling – Many would argue that this makes mITX cases the best of both worlds.
Knowing this, we’ve set out to find the best of the best in this balanced category of cases (try saying that 5 times fast!). We rounded up our top ten picks and included a buyer’s guide below to help you find the best micro ATX case for your needs.
1.NZXT H510i – CA-H510i-W1
Pros & Cons
- NEW FEATURES: Front I/O USB Type-C Port, Vertical GPU Mount, Tempered glass side panel with single screw installation, and upgraded Smart Device V2
- SMART DEVICE V2: Includes a faster microprocessor for NZXT CAM-powered control of two HUE 2 RGB lighting channels and three fan channels that support either voltage regulated or PWM fans.
- VERTICAL GPU MOUNTING: Show off your graphic card with a built-in mounting bracket for installing your GPU vertically PCIe riser card not included
- ENHANCED CABLE MANAGEMENT: Our patented cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps makes wiring easy and intuitive
- SPECS: Max GPU Clearance: 321-381mm, Radiaor Support - Front: 280mm or Rear: 120mm
NZXT’s design is still top-notch. It’s awesome that you can get a fully decked out modern PC case for $110 without having to settle for some slapped-together piece of steel. Like its predecessor, the H510i has a sleek and considered look. The key visual feature is the shroud that hides the power supply. This puts all of the focus on the more exciting components.
But the H510i, like with other NZXT cases, features built-in cable lanes, guides, and Velcro straps. It’s so easy to keep your build looking clean and organized, that you’ll just find yourself doing it automatically.
2.Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB
Pros & Cons
- Combining stylish tempered glass, customizable RGB lighting, innovative cable management and concentrated airflow, choose the 4000X RGB for a unique high-performance PC.
- Show off your components and RGB lighting with tempered glass side and front panels, built with dedicated front ventilation channels for ample airflow.
- The CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system makes it simple and fast to build an immaculate, professional-looking system with major cables neatly routed through a single channel, with a roomy 25mm of space behind the motherboard for all of your cables.
- Includes 3 CORSAIR 120mm AirGuide RGB fans, utilizing anti-vortex vanes to concentrate airflow and enhance cooling. Each fan is equipped with eight individually addressable RGB LEDs for brilliant customizable lighting.
- Fully control and synchronize the RGB lighting for up to 6 fans with the included iCUE Lighting Node CORE and CORSAIR iCUE software.
The new Corsair Obsidian 4000 series cases look remarkably like 350D and 450D siblings from 6 to 7 years ago, and that’s a good thing. Sometimes I like taking a step into the past, and these were hugely popular cases at the time. I know lots of people that had them – for good reason. Of course, by today’s standards they’re outdated (and end of life), so it’s nice to see Corsair drop what seems to be a series of successors.
The 4000X RGB comes with three fans behind a tempered glass panel at the front of the chassis. The 4000D will come with two non-RGB fans, with the front either covered with a solid metal slab or a meshed front panel on the 4000D Airflow.
3.Phanteks Enthoo 719
Pros & Cons
- High Performance full tower capable of extreme workstation and dual system
- Spacious open interior: supports up to ssi-eeb motherboard, Dual 480 and Dual 360 radiator support simultaneously, Dual vertical GPU support, and dual system/PSU support
- Integrated Digital-RGB controller that can sync with compatible motherboards and Phanteks Digital-RGB products
- Extreme configuration for fans (up to 15x fan mounting Location), water-cooling (Dual 480 and Dual 360 radiator support simultaneously), and storage (up to 12x HDDs or 11x SSDs)
- Clean cable management with guided cable routes and cover, integrated PSU cover, and an integrated Universal Fan hub
I still look back and believe that the release of that case in 2014 was groundbreaking. Phanteks was simply doing things no one else had tried. My personal rig has been in an Evolv X for the last year, and that is easily the best made enclosure I’ve ever encountered. Early in 2019, Phanteks announced the long anticipated successor to the Enthoo Luxe by showing off prototypes of the Luxe 2.
Phanteks later announced that they were changing the name of that enclosure to the Enthoo 719. Despite the name change the case is an obvious and worthy successor to the Enthoo Luxe, though like its original namesake, it is not without a few thorns.
4.Fractal Design Meshify 2 XL
Pros & Cons
- Iconic angular mesh design provides filtered airflow
- Dual-layout interior easily fits motherboards up to E-ATX and SSI-EEB
- New case design opens up to fully expose interior on three sides
- Supports up to 18 HDDs and 5 SSD mounts in default Storage Layout
- Exceptional water cooling with radiators up to 480 mm, front or top
- 9x 140 mm or 11x 120 mm fan positions
HDD cages must be removed through the top of the PSU shroud and will not fit through the side of the case. This was true of the non-XL Meshify 2 as well, but we mention it here because the XL includes two cages rather than one, creating a traffic jam underneath the shroud–we chose to remove the cage closest to the PSU to give ourselves extra cable management room, but this requires removing the front HDD cage first to get it out of the way.
This is in addition to the fact that the cages are screwed in from the bottom of the case, requiring flipping the whole system over and taking the bottom filter off to move or remove them. Fractal has chosen this approach over the single thumbscrew method in order to allow the cages to be repositioned, so there is a valid reason, but that doesn’t make it less annoying to deal with.
5.Cougar CONQUER ATX
Pros & Cons
- Case Form Factor: Mid-Tower
- Motherboard Support: Mini ITX/MicroATX/ATX
- I/O Panel: USB3.0 x 2, Mic x 1 , Audio x 1
- Fan Pre-installed: COUGAR CFD 120mm LED fan x 3
- 3 x 3.5" Drive Bay, 4 x 2.5" Drive Bay
Cougar has come a long way in recent years, offering quite an extensive product line-up for the gamer and enthusiast out there. This includes gaming peripherals, chairs, power supplies, cooling, and cases. We had the liberty to review both their traditional enclosures, like the Panzer, and the compact QBX in the past. Today, we take a look at their most elaborately designed case to date, the Cougar Conquer.
The Conquer is a huge case. It’s easy to underestimate its size in pictures because of its unusual shape, but it’s large enough to easily fit a full ATX board at a diagonal, making it both taller and wider than standard cases. The vast majority of the chassis is constructed from 5mm thick aluminum and both sides are tempered glass, making it much heavier than the skeletal frame implies. It’s technically an open air chassis, but with a case-like frame, providing mounting points for several fans.
Best Matx Cases for Watercooling – There are a lot of PC case form factors out there. Not enough to be blown away, but just enough to make you scratch your head. Amongst the ranks of PC cases, there are small form factor cases, some being smaller than others. The micro ATX fits into this particular niche.
While mATX cases aren’t the smallest out there, they offer a balanced blend of performance and size, taking up significantly less desk space than a mid-tower, but offering much greater performance and more expansion slots than an mITX.