Best Mini Itx Cases for Airflow – Cooling is ironically one of the hottest topics in the PC enthusiast circles. While the average person will often overlook this side of PC building, a seasoned veteran or a well-informed builder knows that a cool case gives you a noticeable bump in performance and adds longevity to your components.
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1.Lian Li LAN2MRX LANCOOL II
Lian Li used to be known as that one manufacturer that only built all-aluminum cases, which felt wonderfully premium but also landed heavy on our wallets. Then, a while back, the company started using painted steel to cut costs and appeal to a mainstream audience, a philosophy from which the original Lancool II was birthed.
Now Lian Li is launching the Lancool II Mesh, of which we have the Performance variant at hand. This chassis is a new variant of the original Lancool II, which we awarded 4.5 stars but was a little lacking in the performance department. With a new mesh front, performance is a problem of the past.back to menu ↑
2.Fractal Design Meshify 2 XL
We started testing the Meshify 2 XL even before our Meshify 2 review went up, which should give some idea of how busy the last few months have been. The Meshify 2 XL is to the Define 7 XL what the Meshify 2 was to the Define 7: essentially the same case, but with redesigned outer panels. We’ve never reviewed a Fractal XL case before, though, so this model is all new to us.
We’re keeping the build section relatively brief this time to avoid repeating information from our Meshify 2 non-XL review. Check that content for basic information on elements that the two cases share, like cable management and the front panel design–this review fills in the blanks and adds additional information, so the original content is must-see for anyone considering buying one of these cases.back to menu ↑
Wanna join us as we check out and review the new Anidees AI Crystal XL AR, a full tower PC chassis with 5 mm thick tinted tempered glass front and side panels. At first glance, it feels like a bigger variant of the previously reviewed Anidees AI-Crystal Tempered Glass. This chassis is huge (620x235x595mm (LxWxH)) and made of 1 mm thick steel, bringing the total weight towards 20 kg, a remarkable impression by today’s standards. This case can house HPTX, XL-ATX, E-ATX (12″x13″) SSI-EEB, ATX, M-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards and still leaves plenty of space for other stuff.
You can mount up to fifteen 3.5” storage units in hidden cages, even seventeen 2.5” drives in drive bays and that’s, yeah, absolutely crazy. At the front, there are the usuals in terms of ports, USB 3.0 (2x), USB 2.0 (2x), 3.5 mm HD audio jacks and fan controller are there.back to menu ↑
4.Thermaltake Level 20 HT
The Thermaltake Level 20 HT measures in at 613 x 468 x 503mm. Or 24.13 x 18.43 x 19.8 inches if you so prefer. That’s pretty darn big, and the whole thing stands with the size and shape of a rack mount cabinet. It is a full tower, so as you could expect, it’ll support E-ATX motherboards with ease. GPU, CPU, PSU and other clearances just aren’t going to be an issue either.
It has 260mm clearance for the CPU cooler, and there isn’t an air cooler on the market that big. The GPU has 400mm clearance and the PSU 200mm clearance. So, a big PC case has lots of space inside, there’s a shocker!back to menu ↑
5.InWin A1 Plus Black Mini-ITX
The In Win A1 is a compact chassis that clearly speaks the design language we have come to love from the company, but aims to combine a compact size with excellent balance in compatibility. To achieve this, the unit comes with a 600 W PSU purpose-built for the chassis, which gives it an edge over other brands that may not have the ability to design their own power supplies.
While we have the classic A1 in black for review, you also have the choice of a white version. In Win even followed up with the A1 Plus, which upgrades the PSU slightly and includes two fans right out of the box.back to menu ↑
Best Mini Itx Cases for Airflow – The best airflow PC cases are products that compliment your expensive hardware by giving you the tools to unleash its maximum potential.