Even if you have the best graphics card, the most high end of sound cards, and the best Micro ATX motherboard money can buy, all these things are useless without a place to store them. If you want all these components to function, and without a huge mess, you need to buy a case.
These cases, or towers, are what houses every piece of hardware for your computer and also provides a means to power your unit.These cases can also provide additional services for your computer, such as cooling, and are essential to own if you want to use your custom computer.
If you are running your computer using a micro ATX motherboard, then the best case you can get is a Micro ATX case. These cases are specially designed to house MATX motherboards and related components thanks to the cases size and features.
If you happen to be looking for one of these MATX cases, then this list is for you, as today we will be looking at the ten best Micro ATX cases. These cases come in a variety of prices and features, and this list will sort out the best of the best to help you to buy the best MATX Case for your needs.
At this point, must seem like I’m rambling, so without further ado, let us begin our list.
10. Apevia X-QTIS Micro ATX Case
If you’re looking for something cheap that has a clean design and don’t mind the messy cable management, then the APEVIA X-QTIS micro ATX case is something to consider.
Our first Micro ATX case for today comes courtesy of the folks at Apevia with the X-QTIS. Specifically designed with custom gaming builds in mind, the X-QTIS is a case that is sure to please.
The X-QTIS is designed with a sleek black outer shell and blue LED fan, which gives this case a very sleek and futuristic style. While certainly stylish enough to make you the envy of your friends, this case can also hold many different kinds of motherboards. Even if you choose to use an ITX or Mini-ITX motherboard as opposed to the Micro ATX, this case will be sure to accommodate your board of choice.
This case is more than able to support your other components as well. With the case able to fit graphics cards up to 340mm in length as well as 135mm fan and many other components, such as USB ports and mic ports, this case is almost a one stop shop for all your computing needs.
The power button on the case has caused issues for some users, as it has a tendency to come unattached. And if you are looking to use multiple CD/DVD drives, you will need to look elsewhere, as the X-QTIS only has a port for one external CD/DVD drive.
Overall, however, the X-QTIS is a great place to start for our MATX case list, as it provides many features gamers love. Spacious, stylish, and affordable, the X-QTIS will be a purchase you aren’t soon to regret.
9. Rosewill Micro ATX LINE-M Case
A great alternative to the case above, that provides much of what the other case has in an even more refined package! If you need something that is very portable with man USB ports and 5 expansion for space, then I’d recommend giving this case a better look.
If you are like me, you may sometimes find the need to travel often due to work or other reasons. It is for this reason that I suggest our second case today, the Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower.
I make this recommendation due to the Rosewill’s super sturdy tower construction, which is done to provide protection for all your computer components, even under pressure. If you find the need to move across the country, you can be sure that the Rosewill will protect your computer for the entirety of the trek.
As for which components this case will support, no matter what you choose to put in the case, from 300mm graphics cards to your Micro ATX motherboard, the Rosewill can house and support it. In addition to this, the Rosewill also comes with a pre-installed 80mm fan in the rear and supports an ATX PS2 power supply.
On the lower end of the spectrum, the Rosewill’s PCI slots are a bit on the sharp side, and can’t be replaced. This can be a dangerous issue for those who are not careful. The case can also sometimes be a snug fit for slightly larger components, so it’s advised to pass on this one depending on the size of your MATX motherboard.
While those negative aspects do exist, the majority of hardware you may buy for your custom rig will be supported. And if you are looking for a nice, sturdy case that can hold up to an ever-changing lifestyle, then the Rosewill is for you.
8. Thermaltake CORE V21 Micro ATX Cube
First off, I just want to say that the Thermaltake Core V21 has one of the coolest designs on this list. If you’re looking for a case that’s an attention grabber than this is going to be hard to beat. That coupled with the fact that it has great airflow and it’s very durable. It also has 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case.
- Supports M-ATX and Mini ITX Form Factor Motherboards
- Designed for use in either a vertical or horizontal orientation on the motherboard
Of all the MATX cases we will be talking about today, the Thermaltake Micro ATX Cube certainly has the most… unique design. Despite looking more like a mini refrigerator than a computer tower, the Cube may be one of the best Micro ATX cases around.
The cube shaped design of the Thermaltake is actually a very good design choice, as this design gives you more space to work with when building a computer. This chamber-like concept provides more room for your computers parts, and helps to promote easier cooling thanks to the spacing of parts within the case.
To help even more with cooling, this case comes equipped with a pre-installed, 200mm front fan, with more cooling options available. And if you happen to want to change around the panel on the Thermaltake Cube, all the panels on the unit are interchangeable, allowing the user to customize their tower as they wish.
While there is more spacing throughout the Cube for your various computer components, there isn’t much headroom for longer parts. This means, much like our previous case, the Rosewill, if you happen to have a larger motherboard or other part, you may need to look elsewhere.
Unique in design and a great choice for cooling, the Thermaltake is a case that is great for computer gamers and media lovers alike. Just make sure you don’t accidentally try to store drinks in it… it may end up bad.
7. BitFenix Micro ATX, Mini-ITX Case
Another case with a cool albeit slightly flashy design. The BitFenix Micro ATX case is a case that people will compliment you on and then go on to ask you where you got it. Not only is it a good looking case, but it’s also very durable. It also comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports. However this case also has some faults, the USB and audio ports are on the side of the case instead of the front making it a hassle to plug things into the case.
- Steel, Plastic
- Motherboard Sizes: Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
Another case with a unique design, the BitFenix case has a similar look to the Thermaltake with its glass paneling but also has a more traditional, tower-esque design. But what this case can do is more than just “traditional.”
First off, the sheer amount of components that can be packed into the BitFenix is just staggering. With support for ten drive bays (5 x 2.5, 4 x 3.5, and 1 x 5.25), five PCI slots, multiple USB slots, and support for both MATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, you can pack this case with whatever components you want.
Even if you do pack this thing to the brim, the BitFenix’s design is made to promote space, so none of your computer parts will seem cluttered or too close together. To add to the case’s appeal is the multiple color choices, with a broad range of options to give the user a case that most matches their style.
The major drawback of this case, however, is the price point. With the BitFenix running up to around $85 new at this time, this case is one of the most pricey options available today. And even with all the options, this case can provide, those on a budget may not find this to be the best choice.
If you can pay the price of admission, though, you will be treated to one great MATX case. The options that this case gives you for both design and computer parts makes the BitFenix a computer case well worth the price.
6. Xion Performance MATX Tower Case
While this is one the lower side on this list in terms of quality, it is also the best case in terms of price. For those of who need something that is dirt cheap, then this is your case! Considering that it costs about 1/3rd of a triple A title, I’d have to say that it’s a good buy. The Xion Performance is also really portable for those who’d rather having something that won’t take up a lot of space. Not all is good with this case though, it’s missing an optical drive and the quality is slightly lower than other cases on this list.
As is the case when I make these, whenever I put a more expensive option on the list, I like to provide readers with a much cheaper option to contrast with it. This is the case with our next pick today, the Xion Performance MATX Case. And, as is also the case when I make these picks, this case will provide users with more than their money’s worth of features.
To start is the towers support for motherboards, which can fit various sizes of MATX motherboards, as well as their power supplies. It does this while also supporting some larger graphics cards, with support for cards up to 330mm in size, making this an excellent choice for those that want more space for their computer.
The Xion supports all these components inside its case without sacrificing cooling as well. The hybrid mesh design, as well as support for larger heat sinks, makes this computer case ideal for gamers who may heat up their computers otherwise through longer gaming sessions. And you get all this while staying around a modest, $23 price point (prices do change).
On the downside of things, there are some things missing that you would get with other, likely more expensive, MATX towers. This includes things such as some additional ports and support for CDs/DVDs. The metal is also not quite as durable as some other options, so you may want to be careful not to accidentally hit the case too much.
While these negatives may be bad to some, if you are short on cash, then you really can not go wrong with the Xion. If you need a cheap case that can support your gaming habits, then the Xion is the way to go.
5. VIVO Micro ATX Mini Tower
While this case is definitely on the bigger side for a Micro ATX case, I’d still recommend this for someone looking for something that’s just a little bit smaller than a mid tower case. The airflow of this case is great and it also has enough features to really make it worth its price. The build quality of the Vivo (Case-V06) leaves much to be desired, but for those on a budget definitely check this case out.
Not satisfied with the Xion? Are you looking for a different option for an MATX tower that still won’t break the bank? Then we’ve got you covered with our next entry, the VIVO MATX Mini Tower, which also comes with a pretty low price point. And unlike the Xion, the cheap price does not mean cheap features.
The VIVO is a case designed for long nights of gaming with it’s many cooling options. The VIVO not only comes pre-installed with a rear, 80mm fan, but the case also has fan mounts for a 120mm fan in the front and on the sides, allowing for 360 degree cooling of your unit. This is great for those that may have computer parts that tend to get warm while running.
The VIVO has support for three USB ports (one 3.0 port and two 2.0 ports), as four expansion slots. If you ever find the need to switch out parts, the VIVO has made that easy for the user as well, with easy access, thumb screw panels, making maintenance a synch.
Much like the previous Xion, the VIVO does have a few construction issues with the case. Some users have had issues with the build of the case, stating that it is flimsy, while others have claimed sharp edges on the case, both issues being ones that mar an otherwise perfect MATX case.
Some design choices aside, the VIVO does give people making their custom computer everything they may want, and then some. And at an affordable price point, the VIVO is one of the best cases available for the money.
4. Rosewill Slim Micro ATX Case
If you’re not going to be doing any intense gaming and are looking for something that is going to be geared toward an HTPC, then this is a great case that is very sleek and stylish. It also comes with an optical drive which is pretty nice as well. My only main issue with this case is the fact that it only comes with one internal drive bay. If you’re looking for a video card to go with this build check out my post on the best low profile video cards.
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With our next entry on our list, we come back to Rosewill with the Slim Micro ATX case. This enough to fit into the tightest of spaces, the Slim lives up to its name, and then some.
As stated, the Slim model of Rosewill case was designed to be… well, slim. The tall and narrow design of this case makes it able to squeeze into spaces that some of the bulkier cases may not be able to fit in, making this an excellent choice for those that don’t have the room in their office to fit one of the bigger cases.
Don’t let the thin design fool you, though, as this case is large in features. With compatibility for Micro ATX boards and various sizes of Graphic cards, as well as four expansion slots, two USB, and many other ports, you can add and attach whatever you may like to this case. And to help keep all these parts from overheating, the case comes with an 80mm top fan.
With the slim size does come sacrifices for space. Components of your computer can be a little cramped due to the smaller size. And while the 80mm fan does a decent job of keeping the case cool, you may want to invest in additional fans due to the unit running warmer due to close components.
Chances are if you want a small size case, you are already planning on how to get the most out of the space provided by it. In that case, the Rosewill Slim is a great case that can hold all your computer parts and fit wherever you may wish to put it, making it a great choice for space-savers.
3. Corsair Obsidian Series 350D
If you’re just looking for a very high-quality micro ATX case that isn’t flashy then the Corsair obsidian 350D is something you should check out. If I was in the market for a case and had a bigger budget this would easily be one of my top picks. Not only does this case have great airflow, but it also has five expansion slots and 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front for convenience. While this case isn’t as portable as some of the other options on this list, it is probably one the best-built case on this list and is still pretty light compared to mid and full tower cases.
Our next case, from the fine folks at Corsair, is a case that is more on the expensive side at nearly $100 dollars. But with Obsidian Series 350D, the price you will pay is more than worth it.
To begin with, you can pack this computer case to the brim with all the greatest technology if you were to so choose. Not only does this case support nearly everything a lot of the previous cases supported, such as both Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards and multiple tool slots and expansion ports, but the Obsidian is also SLI/ CrossFire ready. This makes the case a great choice for gamers who want many graphics options.
If style is something that is important to you, then you should also be happy with the Obsidian. With a sleek, black look made of brushed aluminum front panel, the Obsidian is a case that not only gives you what you want, but looks good while doing it.
A rather odd issue that the Obsidian can come across is that the HDD bays can seem loose. Due to the fact that these HDD bays are “Tooless”, even when properly secured, the bays can make an annoying vibration noise, which may be bad to some people.
The Corsair Obsidian, while pricey, is worth every penny you spend. For gamers that want everything and more from an MATX case, $100 dollars may seem like a small price to pay for near perfection.
2. APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN MATX Case
If you’re looking for case that has a good amount of room, but still has that compound form factor than the APEVIA X-QPACK3-GN is hard to beat. The case has two USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 on the top, and an optical drive. You also get 5 drive bays which is amazing for those who need a lot of memory. This isn’t even mentioning the fact that the case just looks really cool. It is a little bigger than most micro-ATX cases, but that means that you can fit most full-size cards in this case as well.
- Apevia X-QPACK3-GN micro ATX cube gaming/HTPC case with 2 x green tinted side windows
- Top 2 x USB2.0 / 1 x USB3.0 / HD audio and mic ports, 4 x expansion slots and 5 x drive bays
Our second to last Micro ATX case for today is another one with the “Cube” design, this time from the APEVIA brand. While similar in design to the other cubes, the X-QPACK3 still does enough to set it apart from the competition.
To begin with, the APEVIA cube may be one of the coolest looking cases around. With tinted windows and designs that come in various colors, the APEVIA looks like something out of a sci-fi film with it cool, glowing colors. No matter what your personal preference may be, there is a design of APEVIA that will be right up your alley.
Not only does this case look great, but it also provides many awesome options for people building a custom computer. The APEVIA supports Micro ATX, ITX, Mini ITX, and has multiple bays and ports available for USB, HD audio and mic, and your HDD drives. And instalation of these parts are made easy with the APEVIA’s flip open design, which allows for easy access and maintenance of your computer.
The internal size of the APEVIA is huge as well, meaning that all the parts of your computer won’t become cluttered. While this extra space is great, some may feel that the APEVIA is a bit on the large side for Micro ATX motherboards. Despite this, all components are still able to fit securely inside the case, making this a mute point.
While it may lack some fancier features of cases like the Nanoxia case, what the APEVIA does provide it does so in spades. And with a decent, $60 dollar price point, this cube may be the most well rounded case available.
1. Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 Micro Case
While this case doesn’t look as stylish as some of the other cases, for those of you who just want something that just has anything and everything you could ever want out of a micro ATX case, this is easily my top pick. Need space? Well the Nanoxia micro ATX case has so many bays that you won’t ever have to worry about running out of places to store more data. The case also has great airflow as you can install up to 6 fans and is very and I mean very solid. My only grudge is that this case is easily one of the heaviest cases on this list.
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With our final case, we have something that can literally do it all. No matter what you are looking for in an MATX case, the Nonoxia Deep Silence will satisfy your needs.
This Nanoxia case is not called the “Deep Silence” for nothing, as the ultra-thick chassis of the Nanoxia helps to keep your computer running silently. This thick case doesn’t only provide noise reduction either, as the thickness of the case also makes it one of the most durable cases around, making sure all your computer components are protected. And to add to that protection, the Nanoxia comes with several, pre-installed fans to not only keep your computer running silently but coolly as well.
Adding to this case’s value is the fact that the Nanoxia literally has enough room to make any computer you so choose. With support for multiple graphics cards, many ports, an insane amount of slots for HDD, and much more, if you can imagine your dream computer, you will be able to build it.
This case is a little on the pricier side, but if you take the plunge, then I promise you won’t be disappointed. The most versatile of MATX cases, this case, is the stuff of legend.
That wraps up our list for today of the best available Micro ATX cases. We have provided aspiring computer builders with enough options in this list to help purchase a great MATX case, so now the power is in your hands. With these options, and many more, available, what are you waiting for? Get out there and buy your perfect case!
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