Luxa2 LM100 Mini: "Exquisite & Desirable" m-ITX HTPC Case

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SYSTEM ASSEMBLY

It was logical and natural to use the system also used in the Antec ISK300-65 and Silverstone SG05/06 cases. The procedure was not difficult, but as with all small cases, some care was needed to ensure good cable management. As with most mini-ITX cases, it is best to install the CPU heatsink before the motherboard is screwed into the case.


The case's single hard drive placement is a side-mount, with two barbs at the bottom to steady one side, while a metal plate, also equipped with barbs, goes over the top, securing it to the side of the case with screws. We used a OCZ solid-state drive — secured with a single plastic-tie.


We installed a Zotac GF9300 board with an Core 2 Duo E7200 processor with an Arctic Alpine 7 Pro cooler. By our measurements, the case allows for a maximum CPU heatsink height of 10.1 cm.

Cable management is a bit of an issue due to the location of the power supply. Routing cables above it interferes with the optical drive tray, and running them around it blocks some of its vents.



While the case is tall enough to accommodate moderately sized heatsinks, the Alpine 7 didn't quite clear the power cable for the slim optical drive. The connector exerted enough pressure on the fan's support ring prevent it from spinning. This will likely be a problem with other heatsinks as well.

Assembled with the power on. The front display is underwhelming. It only displays varying shades of white, blue and purple and the viewing angles are terrible — the image starts to fade at 30 degrees or so.


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