Best Micro ATX Cases 2018 – Buyer’s Guide and Case Reviews

by | May 24, 2018

Best Micro ATX Cases 2018

We rated, reviewed, & compared 9 of the smallest ATX cases across various budgets. These cases are perfect for an HTPC or a compact gaming build.

Best Small, Compact & Slim ATX Cases

 NameColorsVGA 
best micro atx caseCorsair Obsidian 350DBlack380 mm

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best matx case 2018Phanteks EVOLVBlack, Grey, Silver420mm

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best matx casesInWin 301Black, White330mm

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micro atx caseCooler Master MasterBox Lite 5Black, Red, White410mm

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Corsair Obsidian 350D

best micro atx case

What We Loved

  • Budget-friendly
  • Windowed side panel
  • Removable SSD cage
  • Great Watercooling
  • Dedicated space for cable management
  • 12″5′ GPU Clearance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor airflow (Lacks Ventilation Spaces)

Phanteks EVOLV

best matx case 2018

What We Loved

  • Space Efficient design
  • Stunning design
  • Great cable management options
  • Water cooling support

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive

InWin 301

best matx cases

What We Loved

  • Windowed side panel
  • Unique ventilation design
  • Very Accessible (Easy to operate)
  • Available multiple color variations
  • Budget-Friendly

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cable management

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5

micro atx case

What We Loved

  • 7 expansion slots
  • Great value for money
  • Looks attractive
  • Space-efficient design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very tiny reset button
  • Acrylic side panel

Other Types Of Cases

Micro ATX is one of the several kinds of cases that are manufactured by brands such as Corsair, Thermaltake etc. It could be that you do not have enough information about other types of cases which could suit the needs of your build better. If so, You can refer to different types and sizes of computer cases.

Factors to differentiate between different Micro ATX Cases
There are many things that all of the Micro ATX cases will have in common while some of them differ. These different factors decide if a particular case will be good for you.

In summary, These factors are; Form Factors, Space Efficiency (For CPU Cooler, Liquid Cooling Etc), Ventilation Mounts, Computer Dust Filters and Clearance for GPU. Let’s understand each of these.

Form Factors

Form Factor is one of the many technical words used to define the sizes of computer cases. We do not require to know about this in detail but if you wish, You can read more about them here. This term is used to define if a motherboard will be compatible with a certain type of case. As for Micro ATX, They support mATX Motherboards.

Space Efficiency

Space efficiency is very significant, You always want to look for cases which are designed such that they don’t waste a lot of space. These can include factors such as pre-installed power supply unite and other components, These components in the wrong place can lead to wastage of a lot of space.

Ventilation Mounts

These mounts are usually referred to as case fan mounts, Basically open areas where case fans are be installed to manipulate air pressure and maintain an airflow.

Removable Computer Dust Filters

If you have owned a computer before you must be aware of the mesh-like structures which are used to prevent dust particles from entering into the case. Though these are cheap and easy to find it’s better to look for a case which has them pre-equipped.

GPU Clearance

This is one of the factors gamers should be concerned about. This refers to the amount of space case has for the GPU. Most of the Micro ATX case support a maximum of one graphics card while few might support multiple.

Another question needs to ask yourself is, If you are going to upgrade it in the near future. If the answer to this question is yes, You might as well find a case which would allow you to do the upgrades you plan on.

These are all the factors you need to be concerned about while choosing your best Micro ATX case. Since you are now aware of what you need, Let’s jump right into our top picks.

With this, we have reached the end of this buyer’s guide. There are many more mATX cases in the market but these are the best out of all of them.