NCASE M1: Crowdfunded Enthusiast Mini-ITX Case

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According to our measurements, the NCASE M1 has dimensions of 25.1 x 33.3 x 16.0 cm or 9.9 x 13.1 x 6.3 inches (H x D x W), with a total volume of 12.6 Liters. It's the smallest mini-ITX case we've tested that can accept a full-length graphics card. If you placed the M1 on its side, its layout is similar to that of the Node 304 with the power supply at the front of the case and drive placements hanging over it, though the airflow dynamic is completely different.

Despite having three expansion slots, the enclosure is quite short (25.1 cm including the case feet) due to the placement of the power supply at the front of the case. The AC plug at the back is connected to the PSU using an internal extension cable. The other notable feature at the rear is a 92 mm fan placement with a slot rather than a traditional honeycomb style vent.

An additional pair of 120 mm fan positions reside at the bottom. A 2.5/3.5 inch drive can be mounted in the placement closer to the rear.

The panels are secured without any screws, equipped instead with standoffs that are gripped by slots located around the frame of the chassis. This is a nice change from previous SFF Lian Li enclosures which used tiny but conspicuous screws running along the rim of the side panels.

In addition to the side panels, the top and front of case come off as well, though strangely the top cover requries the removal of a single screw. Behind the front bezel is a vertical slim 5.25 inch bay for a slot-loading optical drive or alternatively a 2.5 inch SSD or hard drive. The space underneath is left open to accommodate a long graphics card.

On the left side of the case is a thin, dual fan/radiator frame secured on each side by two screws. A removable dual 3.5 inch drive bracket occupies the fan position toward the front.

On the opposite side, the motherboard tray, with a comically large cutout at the back, is located at the rear with a sizable empty space at the front.

The view from the top. Out of the box, the drive bracket is positioned horizontally but it can rotated if the drive or cabling gets in the way of the CPU cooler. An SFX power supply frame is also installed by default but an ATX bracket is supplied as well, though it only supports ATX units 140 mm or shorter.

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