|Small on the outside, big on the inside!|
The small and compact cubic design of the NSK1380 allows it to fit into virtually any workspace while the inside is spacious enough for your microATX motherboard, up to 4 full height PCI expansion cards, and 4 drive bays. The NSK1380’s power supply is 80 PLUS® certified, ensuring that it consumes less electricity and saves you money on your power bill, with no reduction in quality performance! This case is so versatile that it can be used as a multimedia PC for your living room, a desktop PC for your office, or even a mobile gaming box for your next LAN party.
Crappiest microATX case EVER1/26/2009
This case looks good on the outside: it's got a 350W 80+ PSU, 12CM cooling fan, can hold 3 HDDs, and looks good from the outside. Unfortunately, that's where the good stuff ends. Once you try and work inside, you'll find it's nearly impossible. Here are some of the problems: - To get the motherboard in place you'll need to remove the PSU and supporting bracket (trying to get that bracket back in place is cumbersome, to say the least). - Once your mobo is in, you've got to reinstall the PSU and bracket. Good luck with that. Once you get it in, now you've got to try and make the cables reach your drives. The Molex and SATA cables have two connectors, but the middle ones are useless, you can't reach anything with them. And the stand-alone SATA cable is too short to go anywhere, either. - The 24-pin mobo cable is just long enough to reach the connector on the opposite side of the case, but in so doing it goes right across your northbridge, which screams for melted/shorted cables in the future. Oh, and the individual wires are just "squirrley" enough to get caught in your CPU fan and keep it from spinning. - The 350W claim is misleading: this is a MAX 110W PSU (combined +5V and +3.3V), but will do +12V combined MAX at 300W. So you are lucky enough to get everything installed and fit in place only to realize you can't power your rig. Oh, and it's a proprietary case/PSU, so you can't just go and buy a "bigger" PSU, it won't fit. - Be VERY careful with installing the "drive cage." Don't hook up any SATA data or power cables until it's in place, there's not enough clearance between the PSU and the back of the drives to pivot into place without the danger of breaking the connectors off the back of the drive. - VERY HOT! There is only one fan in this box, and the flow to it is from 3 small grills on the under- and right- and left-sides of the PSU. There is a vent in the top of the case, but it's partially blocked by the PSU and you can't mount an after-market fan to it, even if you tried. - No 3.5" external drive, hope you don't need to install a floppy, zip, IR, or multicard-reader up there, because you can't.