Do you want something new? You want to build HTPC or a gaming PC in a small case? I created a list of the best mini ITX cases and I will help you to choose the right one for you.
But sometimes, even for me, it is hard to choose a right case. But I know a lot about mini ITX cases, so I am sure that if you read this whole text, you will know what case is right for you!
Table of Contents
- 0.1 Quick Summary
- 0.2 Fractal Design Node 202
- 0.3 Silverstone Raven RVZ01
- 0.4 Fractal Design Nano S
- 0.5 NZXT Manta
- 0.6 Corsair Obsidian 250D
- 0.7 Cooler Master Elite 110
- 0.8 Bitfenix Prodigy
- 0.9 Thermaltake Core V1
- 0.10 Why Should You Buy Mini ITX Case?
- 1 What Are The Best Mini ITX Cases?
Fractal Design Node 202
Something About The Case
Well, this is what you want to buy if you like mini ITX builds. And they are pretty popular right now. I wasn’t the biggest fan of these cases, but now I am. Just imagine putting full-size components in this small case. Of course, you will need a smaller motherboard, but that is normal. The case is looking really good, and it can stay in two positions. You can lay it down, and call it console killer, or you can mount it on the stand that comes with the case. It is made from hard plastic with rubber feet and I really like it. The Node 202 comes in matt black, and with an elegant design like this, you can fit in any space or room. There is one more thing, if you don’t want to spend time finding a right power supply for mini ITX case, you can order Node 202 with included power supply – Integra SFX 450W. Don’t worry, it will be enough for modern components. If we open case, we can see that it is separated into three pieces. One is for the motherboard, one for power supply, and last one for the graphics card. Check ‘Specs’ part to find out what components will fit in.
Node 202 is a really nice case from Fractal Design with the option to put it in 2 positions. It also supports full-size components. However, I would love to see 3.5-inch mount for the HDD.
I am a sort of a minimalist and this is something that I really love. It is all black with little details, but I think Fractal's logo looks a little bit weird when the case is turned vertical.
Price of the Node 202 is pretty good and fair. Everything is made of high-quality materials and there is no doubt about that, especially if you decide to go with the model with included PSU.
As you see in the pictures this case is pretty small, and it has a shape like Xbox One. When a case is horizontal, measures are (W x H x D): 377 x 82 x 330 mm. When laying vertical they are 125 x 385 x 332 mm. Case weights 3.5 kg so even with fully loaded setup, it isn’t hard to take it from home to LAN party for example. It comes with 3 dust filters, one for the CPU, one for the GPU, and of course one for PSU. If you want to cool your processor, you will need to be careful, because the maximum height of the cooler is 56 mm. You can fit pretty much every GPU in Node 202, and the maximum length is 310 mm. If you choose to go with your own PSU, make sure that up to 130 mm long. Longer PSU’s will not fit. You can mount two 2.5 drives. So say bye-bye, to your old 3.5 hard drive. For more air flow, you can put two 120 mm fans in the graphics card chamber. And of course, you need to buy a mini ITX motherboard, because you this is the really small case, but there are plenty of them on the market. And final, cable management. Well, don’t expect to have perfectly clean setup, because there isn’t enough space. But you can make some decent cable management, so don’t worry. Also, there isn’t window so when you close the panel, no one can see what’s inside.
Fractal Design really made something special, and this is definitely one of the best mini ITX cases. If you want to build HTPC or console killer, this can be a good option. It is light and design is beautiful. Matt black is a way to go with cases like this. One more thing that I love, is that Node 202 supports full-size GPU, so you don’t need to lose time finding short GPU similar power as normal ones. We did a great review on the best GPUs under $100, so you can read it here.
- Really small case with nice look
- Perfect for LAN gamers
- Supports full-size GPU
- Cables of included PSU are ugly
- No 3.5-inch mount for the HDD
Silverstone Raven RVZ01
Something About The Case
This is another case for HTPC builds or even small gaming PC. Also, you can use cases like this and Node 202 for portable editing machines. So, as you can see the pictures, you can see that it is similar to previous one. But they aren’t completely the same. This case is another one in the Raven collection, and it is so cool. It has unique ventilation holes on top and bottom, which is amazing. Also, on both sides, there are fan grills in raven theme. It can stand in two positions, as Node 202, and that is something that we want to see from cases like this. But there is one thing. The logo of Silverstone is detachable so you can change the position of it. That isn’t the case with the previous case. It isn’t big deal, but you need to admit that logo of Node 202 is looking a little weird when the case is laying down. The case is made of steel body and plastic. It comes in two different styles for rubber feet. I also need to add, that Silverstone’s advice is that it is better to put the case in a vertical position for better airflow. Now let’s see some specs!
The case is a little bigger than Fractal one, but that’s not a big deal. Measures for RZ01 are (W x H x D): 382 x 105 x 350 mm. It is also slightly heavier, weighing about 3.7 kg. The case comes with two fans: one on the top and one on the bottom, and both are 120 mm. You have space to mount one more 120 mm fan on the bottom as well. It comes with three magnetic dust filters, two for GPU and one for the motherboard. The downside is that, sadly, there isn’t any for power supply. You shouldn’t be worried about the length of your components because it supports GPUs up to 330 mm long. Maximum height for CPU coolers is 83 mm, and you can easily find something like that. You will need SFX or SFX-L power supply to power this little monster. If you want to know about storage, there is space for one 3.5 inches hard drive and for three 2.5 inch drives. That is amazing! Cable management is not the best, but it isn’t bad. Same problem as before, colorful cables. Am I the only one that has a problem with that? Let me know in the comments, please
Raven RVZ01 is another case that you can put in two positions with a great amount of space inside of it. It also supports really long GPU. But this time, the logo is rotatable and that is what I really love.
I love the design because it looks so much like a normal console. It is all matte black with a nice amount of little details. Only thing I don't like are ventilation holes on the top, but it is very useful.
Price is really good for the number of features you are getting with this case. It has a lot of nice things and you shouldn't be worried about the price because it is definitely worth it.
This is a great case for HTPC build or even for a small gaming machine. It is another light and gorgeous design for mini ITX machine. Silverstone really knows their business, and their Raven theme for cases are cool and beautiful at the same time. I am not sure about which one is the best mini ITX case for you, this or Node 202, but I am sure that you won’t make mistake if you buy either one. The decision is up to you!
- Real deal for HTPC builds
- Supports full-size components
- Very good airflow
- No dust filters for PSU
Fractal Design Nano S
Something about the case
Now, one the ITX cases that I love the most! This list wouldn’t be complete without Nano S. This is the younger brother of Define S, and it is beautiful. The whole design of the case, it is simple and amazing. I love cases with a window on the side, because you can see what you built. What is the point of making good cable management and putting nice components if you can’t see them after all? It isn’t full size, but you will be able to see CPU, motherboard, and GPU. Which is enough. This case is also a little bit bigger than previous ones. That is because the target audience is people that want to put a water cooling system and that want pleasure while building something like this. The design is pretty much the same as Define S, plastic brush front panel. There is an option to buy this case without a window if you don’t like it for some reason. One more feature that I love is sound dampening material on both front and side panel. It makes PC very silent. Maybe some of you will say that the sound isn’t something important, but I know there are people like me that absolutely hate stock CPU cooler. Now, let me introduce you to some specifications of this cool case.
As I said before, this one is a little bigger than previous cases. Let’s talk some numbers, and dimensions are (W x H x D): 203 x 330 x 400 mm. The weight of this beauty is around 4.6 kg, so it isn’t that portable when fully loaded. When you buy the case, it comes to you with two fans: one 140 mm on the front, and one 120 mm on the back. But, if you want to load this to its maximum, you can put up to six fans. Of course, if you want something like this, you will need dust filters, which Fractal Design includes. It comes with one on the front and a very big one on the bottom. If you want something different, like the water cooling system, you can mount 280 mm radiator in the front. If you don’t like that position, you can put it on the top, but the maximum is 240 mm. Also, you can mount 120 mm custom water pump on the bottom of the case. As I said, I hate stock coolers for the CPU, but I love that this case supports air coolers up to 160 mm in height. You can fit ATX power supplies up to 160 mm deep, but Fractal’s advice is that shorter is better because of cable management. Graphics card shouldn’t be a problem because the maximum length of it is 315 mm. If you are worried about cable management, don’t be. You can make beautiful setup in this case, and hide all cables at the back. Last but not least, storage space. You can mount two 3.5 inch hard drives and two 2.5 inch drives. Of course, if you are hardcore, you can put four SSDs and push it to the limit.
Nano S is one of the best mini ITX cases on this list without a doubt. I can't describe to you how much I love it and I can't find anything that I would change. There is a ton of space for components and cable management.
Who doesn't like the design of Nano S? It is all black with amazing brushed aluminum front panel. And just take a look of the big window on the side. You can make a sick looking gaming system in it really easy.
Price is more than good for something this good. I can't find anything to change about this case and for this price tag, you will be more than happy with the results. It is worth every penny of the price, trust me!
Nano S is the really beautiful case, and I absolutely love it. A lot of space for cable management is always good, especially because the case has a window on the side. You can also make amazing water cooling system, or even put some custom pumps in it. In my opinion, this is case is 5/5 starts!
- Really nice and simple look
- Big window on the side is sick
- Supports water-cooling
- More than enough space for everything
- I can't find anything that I would change
Something about the case
I never saw something like this before. This is maybe the coolest case ever. With that curve and with such a unique design, you can’t say that it is ugly. With a little bit higher price than usual, it is targeted for enthusiasts. It is made of metal plated panels. I said before that I love the windows on the cases, and this case has the biggest window in ITX market. Wow. But, it isn’t that small also, it is a little bit smaller than normal ATX cases. You can find it in a couple of colors, like white and black. One of the things that I love in this case is ventilation holes on the top panel. They are a little bit hidden, but they are very useful. Also, I love the futuristic look of the illuminated power strip. There are a lot of cool features that this case brings. If Nano S is the smaller brother of Define S, we can easily say that this is the smaller brother of NZXT S304. One more thing that I love is fully closed PSU part of the case. It has NZXT logo on it that glows in white and it is so beautiful. Enough to cool things, let’s talk numbers!
You see that it is big for ITX, but how big? In millimeters (W x H x D): 245 x 426 x 450 mm. It isn’t light also, 7.2 kg. Not so portable. But it has a fantastic air flow, and you get three fans included. Two of them are in front, 120 mm. Last one is mounted on the rear, also 120 mm. But you can mount a lot more of them, because you have a fan hub behind the case (up to 8 fans) and they did it really good. A lot of motherboards have support only two of them. You will also get some really nice and quality dust filters. But please, if you get this case, go with water cooling because it is so much prettier than air-cooled CPU system. You can mount 280 mm radiator in the front or top, or 120 mm radiator to the rear. Now, support for components? You can mount CPU cooler up to 160 mm. Graphic cards can be up to 363 mm long, and thick up to 44 mm. Also, it supports ATX size PSU, up to 363 mm, and I think that is really good for ITX case. You can mount up to 5 drives, or two 3.5 inch drives and three 2.5 inch drives. Now, let’s talk about cable management. Because, when you have the biggest window in ITX market, you want your setup to be nice and clean. And it will be, because cable management in this case is easy as 1, 2 and 3. Even if you don’t know what you are doing, you can hide those cables pretty easy.
NZXT Manta is full of great and useful features. It is really big for a mini ITX case so it is a pleasure to build a PC in it. Cable management is also very good and you can easily hide everything. On top of all that, it supports full-size power supplies.
This is probably the coolest design on this list. I really love all the curves and every little detail, especially if you get the case in white color option. I need to mention that this is the biggest side window on the mini ITX market.
Price of NZXT Manta isn't the best and I don't recommend buying it if you have a tight budget. But if you have money and you want something unique and great, this is a real deal. Everything is on the best level and it is worth the price.
NZXT really knows what are they doing. Manta is one of the coolest cases that I saw. Yes, the price is high for someone, but you need to know that it is worth. This isn’t just like any other boring case, these curves are so unique. Maybe it isn't the best mini ITX case for you, but it is definitely in the top 5! So, if you want something special, go with this bad boy. Also, working in Manta is really a pleasure, and cable management is brutal!
- Unique design
- Biggest window on ITX market
- Easy to do cable management
- Support for ATX power supplies
- Maybe too big for someone
Corsair Obsidian 250D
Something about the case
Okay, now we have something from Corsair. I will tell you now, I love this case. And I am sure that you will also. It is the very tiny case, with very simple but amazing design. The front panel is really cool and it opens with a simple push on both top edges. It is made of plastic with the nice aluminum look. There are ventilation holes on both side panels, and there is a window on the top one. It isn’t the biggest one, but it is nice. Also, there is an optical drive cage, if anyone is still using one. But it is nice to have it there. I will tell you in Specs part why you should remove it, but if you really need it, keep it there. I love this type of ITX cases because you can put them on the table right next to monitor, and it will look amazing. It is a case for someone that wants really clean and minimalistic look. I think that real ITX cases are in a cube shape, and this is it. I will show you cheaper cube case in the next place, so don’t worry. There isn’t to say much, so let’s see some boring, but really important specs.
As you see in the pictures, this case is really small (W x H x D): 351 x 277 x 290 mm. The weight isn’t the best – 4.42 kg, but you will still be able to bring this PC to LAN party or to some other place. As other cases on this list, it supports Mini – ITX motherboard. When you buy Obsidian 250D you will get two fans included: one 140 mm on the front and one 120 mm on the side. But, you can mount up to 5 fans in this tiny case, so airflow shouldn’t be a problem. You can put water cooling in this case, too. You can mount 120 or 140 mm radiator on the front or 240 mm on the side. If you choose to go with air cooling instead, you can mount CPU cooler up to 95 mm in height. The maximum length for the GPU is 290 mm, so that isn’t problem as well. PSU isn’t a problem too, because anything up to 180 mm will fit just fine. As I said before, you can put optical drive, but maybe that isn’t a good idea because you will not be able to mount every single GPU because of their height. So be careful with choosing GPU, or simply remove the optical drive. You can mount up to four drives, two 2.5 inches and two 3.5 inch drives. Cable management isn’t fantastic, but you will be able to hide them.
Corsair is a well-known brand in this world and their products are always on the highest quality level. That is the case with 250D. You are getting all the good and funny stuff and there is a ton of options to do with this case. You can make a pretty cool system.
It is quite a small cube, but with enough space inside. I love it, but I would go for something more unique. However, if you are a LAN gamer or you just love the simple look like this one, 250D is a really nice option for you. One of my favorite things is brushed aluminum panel.
I think the price is more than good for something like this. It looks great and build quality is at the highest level. Corsair is a popular brand and they don't do bad stuff. It is definitely worth every dollar, so if you have enough money for a nice case like this one, go for it without much thinking.
This is nice, minimalistic case for everyone that like simple but elegant look. There isn’t a lot of space inside, but that’s the point of ITX cases, to have just enough. I saw some guys in person that made some really sick gaming PCs inside of this case. Also, I love the idea of portable gaming PC, I know some of you will now say, just buy a gaming laptop, but it isn’t the same experience. I love gaming laptops, but it is a totally different gaming experience.
- Really compact and minimalistic
- Compatibility with full-size hardware
- Full dust proof
- Too small for someone
Cooler Master Elite 110
Something about the case
This can’t be the of mini ITX cases without Elite 110. I think that it is one of the most classic ITX cases on the market. It doesn’t matter if it is old because it is pure gold. I need to add that this case is really on the budget side, so if you don’t want to spend too much, consider buying something like this. There are ventilation holes and grills on every single panel of this case. The front is one big mash, with just one thing, logo. It is also the power button, with LED inside. This is air flow plan for this case. Cold air from outside comes in the front and then goes inside and leaves at the back. The case body is made of steel alloy and it is available in one color: black. This is the very tiny case and that’s why I think it for everyone. But there are some guys, like me, that love the concept of something like this, having space just for components and nothing else. Now let’s read some specs:
As I said, it is really tiny (W x H x D): 260 x 208 x 280 mm. Also, it is light, 2.65 kg. So if you want something portable, you can’t find anything more portable than this. It is designed for mini ITX motherboards. It comes with one fan in the front, 120 mm. But, there are mounts for two more on the back, a little bit smaller – 80 mm. You can also put water cooling in this tiny monster. You can mount 120 mm radiator in front. If you choose to cool your CPU by air, be careful because the maximum height of cooler is 76 mm. You can mount up to four 2.5 inch drives, or up to two 3.5 inch hard drives. If you turn PC around, you can see the there isn’t much space for PSU. The shorter is better, but the maximum is 180 mm. If you want a little bit better cable management, don’t go over 140 mm. You can put GPUs with length up to 210 mm, and that is a downside if you ask me.
Elite 110 is pure gold and pretty old school case. It is on the market for a lot of years but it is still great. It is small ventilation box made for LAN players and other small case fanatics. It doesn't have the most space inside, but it is full of great and useful features.
Everybody knows how Elite 110 looks like and it is something that every tech guy knows about. I personally like this design and I think it is very clean and simple. The build quality is also great and you won't have any problems while building inside of this.
This is an option for everyone that has a tight budget and wants something cheap but good. It isn't always the case to find quality stuff for small price points, but Elite 110 proves differently. It is worth every penny and you should go for it if you have a small budget.
I love this classic. It is just special. Everybody knows about it, and it is so specific. If you want something old school, but still very quality, go with this. Also, it’s very small, as you saw above. This can be a unique experience while building on this. I think you can put really
- Small, tiny, simple
- Price is really low
- Nice airflow
- Don't support full-size components
Something about the case
Another classic in this category. I really love this one, and it comes in a couple of colors. It is perfect for LAN gamers, or for someone who really wants to experience building PCs with mini ITX cases. I can imagine some perfect setups with green or orange Prodigy case. They made the really clean front look, made of steel and plastic. I actually played a couple of times with this case, and it is amazing. I really love handles on both top and bottom, because they help with transferring with this little boy. But, don’t get me wrong. I saw some really powerful setups, in this case, pulling all modern games on high. And I just love the idea of the big monitor and small case right next to it. The colorful option is really nice, but I don’t know why Bitfenix made front case mash in only black color. But this isn’t a big problem and I would still choose orange or green. The point of this case is to have fun. The only thing that I don’t love about this case is that there isn’t a lot of space for full-size components. If you want to know about support for components, in this case, read Specs part.
This case seems small, but dimensions aren’t telling the same (W x H x D) 250 x 310 x 340 mm. The front panel is clear, with only logo and cage for the optical drive. But because of that, power button, USB ports, and jacks need to be on the side panel. That limits your position options. It comes with two included fans, 120 mm one in the front, and 120 mm in the rear. In the case, we see two cages for five drives. You will need to remove top one if you have GPU that is normal length. Also if you remove bottom one, don’t worry, because you will have three more places for drives. If you want to water cool this little monster, you can fit 240 mm radiator on both top or front, which is great if you ask me. Air cooling for CPU is okay because you can fit coolers up to 175 mm in length. Power supplies cage can make a couple of problems because if you have anything longer than 160 mm, it will not fit. But there is dust filter for PSU, so that is a big plus for me. And as I said, if you remove one drive cage, you will be able to fit GPUs up to 300 mm.
Bitfenix Prodigy is another classic on this list and I love it. I love how simple it is. It is just perfect for all players that love to travel with their PCs instead of laptops. It is small and compact, but it has just enough space for building something completely new and different.
I don't know why I love the design of this case so much. I just think it looks perfect and I don't know what would I add. It is so simple and easy to use and transport. I can imagine how sick PC gaming system would look inside of this bad boy, especially if you get it in some unique color.
It doesn't cost much but it isn't the cheapest option on the market. I love it and I would go for it, but I think there are a little better options for this price tag. However, if you love it and you are LAN player that travels a lot, maybe you should consider buying Bitfenix Prodigy.
Really good case if you ask me. One of the better mini ITX cases on the market. Don’t worry if it is old because it is better than a lot of new cases. I love handles on top and bottom because they make transferring the case easy as 1, 2, 3. Also as I said above, I love the concept of making powerful rig inside of something like this. Mini ITX cases are cool!
- Very nice and elegant look
- Support for long GPUs and water cooling
- Great storage capacity
- Really bad front intake
- Front panel connection placement
- Limited PSU length (160 mm)
Thermaltake Core V1
Something about the case
And the last one comes from Thermaltake. As you can see, ventilation holes are everywhere. But there is a window panel. But, the most interesting thing about this case is that panels are changeable, so if you want something sick, you can order window panels for every single side. Imagine how cool would that be. Also, this case is made for someone that wants to put high-end components and made really powerful gaming setup. It is also small, and because of all these holes, air flow isn’t problem. But there is one another thing. Because of all these holes, silent will not be the best. But you can fix that with one simple thing, headphones. It is also on a budget side of ITX cases, so if you want something small, for the low price point, maybe this is it. Don’t make impulsive buy, wait to see some specs!
This is a really tiny case capable of putting some full-size components (W x H x D): 276 x 260 x 316 mm. I was talking about airflow, and one fan comes included. Core V1 will come with 200 mm fan in the front, but you can mount a couple more 80 mm on the back of the case. Every GPU will fit in, so don’t worry about that. PSU space isn't the problem because the maximum length is 200 mm. Also, you can water cool this system. Water cooling in ITX build is so cool. You can put 120 or 140 mm radiator on the front of the case. You can mount up to four drives, two 2.5 and two 3.5 inch drives.
Thermaltake is another great brand in this world and I love their stuff. They managed to make the case in this size that supports water cooling and normal size components. That is fascinating to me and I really love them for that. Ventilation holes are literally everywhere which is another plus.
I think that Thermaltake could make something better and cleaner. I don't know why, but I just don't like it. It isn't ugly or anything like that, but there are a ton of the things that I would do differently. However, that is just my personal opinion and if you love the design, go for this case because it is great.
Core V1 is another budget option for everyone that is in the low budget and can't spend much on the case. But don't let this fools you because it is a great case with a lot of great features. You can build good high-end gaming system inside of this case, so don't worry about that.
I think this case is cool for gamers that love ITX build. Also the option to put water cooled system in this small case, it is just amazing to me. Also I love support for full size components. And the fact that it is on budget side, it’s also cool. I think that Elite 110 from Cooler Master is prettier, but that is just my thing.
- Airflow is very good
- Support for normal components
- Support for water cooling
- Low price point
- A lot of dust will come in
- It could look better
Why Should You Buy Mini ITX Case?
- Because they are really portable and low-weight. Also with mini ITX case, you will have something new. I think setups with cases like this on the table next to a big monitor with 24 or even 27 inches are absolutely sick.
- New experience. Did you ever build any PC with something that is small like this? Where you have space only for components and nothing else? Well, I have experience with that, and I can say that it is one of the best case building experiences ever. I don’t say that building in full ATX case is boring (I have a full ATX case), but this is something very different.
- You love LAN parties. This is a big one. I know a lot of people that are going from one LAN party to another, and they need something portable. They don’t want laptops, they want small gaming PCs. So most of them choose to buy Bitfenix Prodigy, and that case is sick!
- You want HPTC. You love to watch movies and watch TV shows? Why would you build something big in the full-size case when you can buy something small like Cooler Master Elite 110. HTPCs are cool, I had one a couple of years ago.
What Are The Best Mini ITX Cases?
I showed a lot of cases in this big text. Some of them were similar, but some were very different. You can’t compare NZXT Manta with Thermaltake Core V1. You can’t just say what is the best mini ITX case, but I need to say that my personal favorite is Corsair Obsidian 250D. It is perfect for me, and I think that if you want to build something epic, you can in this case. Also, it is small, but it isn’t too tiny like something else.
If you want something futuristic, go with NZXT Manta. It is the best-looking case in this list, and it is also very well built. You can make some sick built in that case. So if you want something different, be sure that you will be unique with this.
If you don’t want to break your budget, but you want something good and quality, go with Cooler Master Elite 110. It is amazing and it is a true gam in the ITX market. It is classic, and I think that people will build gaming PCs and HTPCs in this case with much pleasure.
And last but not least, console killer. If you want some case that you can put in different positions and want to build something small, but powerful, go with Fractal Design Node 202. It is an amazing case, small but beautiful with tons of options!
Just to say once again, my personal favorite is Obsidian 250D. It was a hard choice, but for me, that is the best mini ITX case on the market for now.
If I missed any case, or you want to add something, make sure to let me know in the comment section. See you guys I hope that I helped you with your choice!
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