Just bought the new ITX case from Raijintek. A lot of people like to use AIO or custom watercoolers/loops now but I'm oldschool and prefer aircoolers.
Well without further ado, here's some info about the case:
Name: Raijintek Metis
Form Factor: ITX
PSU Support: ATX
CPU Height Clearance: 160 mm
Official GPU Length Support: 170 mm
Unofficial GPU Length Support with SFX + ATX Bracket: ~250 mm
Fan Support: 1x 120mm Rear
HDD Support: 1x 3.5" HDD, 2x 2.5" HDD
ODD Support: None
Material: Aluminum 1.5mm (Surface); SPCC 0.5mm (Interior)
Dimensions: 190x277x254 mm (~13.4L Volume)
I mainly decided to buy and build this for my gf who is a casual gamer but she doesn't need to run things at 120fps on 16x AA and maxed out settings so I tried to build a bit more of a budget box for her. You can see from the specs below that it's not amazingly powerful, but it's a well rounded machine.
Hardware list and costs:
CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition
Cooler: Phanteks 120mm Red
RAM: 2x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws
Motherboard: MSI B85I Gaming
HDD: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Plus SSD
GPU: MSI GTX 750 Ti Gaming
PSU: Silverstone ST30F 300W SFX
Case: Raijintek Metis
Complimentary component box shots:
The majority of components were second hand so you can see some components are not in the photo.
Let's get the case unwrapped!
Looks very nice out of the box. The anodized aluminium is pretty decent considering the budget price of the case.
Sorry I'm young and I love windowed cases. Notice the inverted motherboard?
Let's get the side panel off.
Just a bag of screws and a couple of cable ties in the accessories bag along with a Raijintek 3 pin 120mm fan.
Popped the PSU in using the provided SFX plate. The plain grey is too oldschool for me though, might have to spray paint the plate one day.
Let's pop some panels off.
The lovely thing about the case is that almost everything is screwed in so you can easily take the panels off. Off goes the top and the other side panel. Time to start working on cable management. I removed the top HDD bar as I won't be installing a 3.5" HDD and it'll just block much needed airflow.
Let's bring in the components now:
Wow, Intel brought back overclocking. Why did they even take it away? Damn them!
I regret picking this board but it looked too nice to pass on. I'll mention why I regret picking this board later.
I can never get tired of black and red colour schemes. Ideally I would have preferred the low profile Samsung Greens that I use in my own build but they're a pain to find and damn expensive in the UK now whenever they do pop up on second hand sites.
A bit worried about the cooler clearance...
But test fit shows that everything fits fine.
Or does it? I mentioned earlier I regret choosing this motherboard and that's mainly due to the CPU socket. Most of the newer ITX boards from Gigabyte, AsRock, ASUS etc have the CPU socket further away from the PCI-E slot. MSI definitely need to follow suit. It's a shame as I love the matte black look of their boards the most as it gives off the cleanest look to me.
You can see the GPU can just about fit in the slot but it's bent at an angle by the CPU cooler. The CPU cooler suits the case too much for me to change it. If anything I would change the motherboard. The AsRock B85M-ITX is probably what I would go for.
Well time to get it into the case.
Took the CPU cooler and GPU off again. Plugged in all the power cables, data cables, case cables etc. Removed the exhaust fan as I don't think it'll be needed.
Fit the cooler back on. This was a nightmare as I wanted a clean look and didn't want the two long fan cables going everywhere. The easiest way I found to do this was to wrap the fan cables around the cooler itself then lower the cooler onto the CPU and making sure to plug in the fan header (the fan header is under the CPU... MSI really need to work on their board layout) and then unclipping the fans but leaving them hanging so that I had just enough space to screw in the cooler.
Now for the GPU.. Will it fit? The MSI GTX750 Ti has an overkill 250 mm long cooler, but it's needed here as the case hardly has any intakes/exhausts.
It just about fits. I stuck electrical tape on the top side of the cooler to ensure that the GPU doesn't touch the cooler directly. Not after a fireworks display!
A tight fit as you can see, I totally forgot about the the USB headers and power button connector board - very fortunate that the MSI GTX 750 Ti fit.
Put a ruler there for an unscientific measurement of maximum GPU length support.
Top and opposite side panel back on. Looking neat.
The shades of red look quite different here but it's not that bad in real life thankfully.
Now the moment of truth - will I be presented with a lifeless black screen? A fireworks display? Or a budget ITX gaming machine?
It booted up fine! Immediately proceeded to overclock the GPU and just tinkered with the multiplier settings to get the CPU to 4.0 Ghz without touching voltage. 25% easy overclock right there.
Decided to run some benchmarks to test out temps. Very disappointing.
CPU Load: 80 C
GPU Load: 80 C
It wasn't as if the fan profiles were on silent either - I could easily hear the fans even though there were only 3 fans and I could see that the PSU fan was off as it wasn't drawing that much power (around 130W measured at the wall).
My i5-4570 with the same cooler on stock ran at 50-60 C load whilst the GPU ran at 55 C load in an ATX case with only an intake and exhaust (NZXT S340) without the fans spinning up at all.
I might try adding the fan back into the case as an exhaust but I can't imagine it helping much. What this case needs are more intake holes - there are simply not enough of them and so the case can't get any fresh air. I think if there were some holes in front of the windowed panel and on the top, the components would be able to breathe and the load temps would probably be below 60 C without the fans spinning up. Right now, if I forced the fans to stay at their silent profile, I can imagine the machine would be throttling or restarting.
It's a shame as the case is nice, the form factor is nice, and the build quality is nice. But I guess it was form over function here and due to that, I can't recommend this case as it has trouble keeping low powered components cool.
There are two options here; first option is to mod it and drill in holes myself but I have no experience. Second option is that hopefully Raijintek will release an updated version and I guess I'll just go buy that. Too much hassle to return the case so I'll just keep it.
It's so unfortunate as my gf saw the case and she loved it and even said it was cute compared to my ATX box. Not sure if Raijintek will do anything about the case though. I might shoot them an email and show them this thread and see what they say.
Anyone have any thoughts on what to do with the case for more airflow?
To view the full size images: please click here (imgur album).
Thanks for reading!