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Apex MI-008 Case: Mini ITX on the Cheap
Jan. 17, 2008 by Lawrence Lee
The mini-ITX platform was traditionally embraced by a small niche following
who weren't afraid to dig deep into their pockets to indulge in their love of
petite, efficient systems. Interest in the platform is now exploding, thanks
in most part to Intel. By releasing the D201GLY/2,
Intel gave consumers a better performing, cheaper alternative to VIA's Epia
line of integrated mini-ITX motherboards breaking VIA's virtual monopoly
at the time. Not to rest on their laurels, Intel followed up with the D945GCLF,
which showed off the efficiency of their Atom processor. For those hoping for
a little extra oomph, the D945GCLF2 debuted shortly after featuring a dual core
Atom chip. Today you can also buy motherboards based on the latest desktop chipsets
with excellent onboard graphics and support for the same powerful CPUs you find
in traditional towers.
While it is quite simple to build such a PC, finding a good enclosure for it
and keeping it quiet is a far more difficult task given the form factor and
its traditional obscurity. There are some options today we'll be looking
at one of the few widely available mini-ITX cases, the Apex MI-008. Apex also
makes the MI-100
which has a slightly different front bezel design (the interior is identical)
and comes in two versions silver and black. Though the MI-008 is a low-end
case, it may be good enough to house and cool quietly a simple mini-ITX machine.
The prospect of an affordable, yet quiet SFF PC has wide appeal.
The Intel D945GCLF2 and Apex MI-008 a good match?
The MI-008 is a simple, Shuttle-like case, but shorter, a bit wider,
Accessories: drive sleds, case feet, PC speaker, screws and power cord.
Apex MI-008 Specifications
|| 8.7"x 5.1"x 11.8"
220mm x 129mm x 300mm
(W) x (H) x (D)
*Measurement of depth is without front bezel.
||1 - 5.25" Exposed
1 - 3.5" Exposed
1 - 3.5" Hidden
|| Small form factor
|| 1 full size expansion
||ATX12V SFX 250W with 20+4 pin MB connector
|Front Access Port
||USB2.0 Port x 2
Audio Port x 2
(AC97 & HD Plug)
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