Best Mini ITX Cases 2018 – Buyer’s Guide & Case Reviews

by | May 24, 2018

Best Mini ITX Cases 2018

We rated, reviewed, & compared the best Mini-ITX cases across various budgets. These cases are perfect for an HTPC or a compact gaming build.

Best Mini-ITX Cases

 NameColorsVGA 
mini itx gaming caseNZXT MantaBlack, White363 mm

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mini itx casesEVGA HadronBlack267mm

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Thermaltake Core V1 uitxThermaltake Core V1Black, White255mm

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Phanteks Evolv Shift mini itxPhanteks Evolv ShiftBlack, Grey350 mm

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best mini itx case with handleCorsair 380TmATX / Micro ATX290 mm

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NZXT Manta

mini itx gaming case

What We Loved

  • Curved Metal Panel
  • Space For Cable Management
  • Great GPU Clearance
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Available in Multiple Color Variations

What We Didn’t Like

  • Huge SIze
  • Only supports SSD thinner than 9mm (Incompatible with HUE+)

EVGA Hadron

mini itx cases

What We Loved

  • Compact Design
  • Modern Style
  • GPU up to 10.5″
  • 500W Gold PSU

What We Didn’t Like

  • Internal Paint Job could be better
  • Non-removable HDD cage

Thermaltake Core V1

Thermaltake Core V1 uitx

What We Loved

  • Compact Design
  • Light Weight
  • Supports 2 Radiators
  • Interchangeable Side Panels
  • Highly Space Efficient
  • Budget Friendly

What We Didn’t Like

  • No GPU Clearance

Phanteks Evolv Shift

Phanteks Evolv Shift mini itx

What We Loved

  • Slim Design
  • Light Weight
  • 2x 120mm Radiator Support
  • Windowed Side panel
  • Highly Space Efficient
  • Budget Friendly

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

Corsair 380T

best mini itx case with handle

What We Loved

  • Great Looks
  • Light Weight
  • Great GPU Clearance
  • Highly Space Efficient

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive

Want to build a compact but a powerful gaming PC or an HTPC, Our experts have lined up for you the list of best Mini-ITX Cases.

We have selected the top picks based on the following factors; Looks, Space Efficiency, Clarence and Price tag. Here is a quick summary of what we going to look at.

Following are the cases that we are going to be discussing in detail. Each of the mini-itx cases has its advantages and disadvantages, We suggest thoroughly reading about each one of them to understand which would work the best for you.

What is a Mini-ITX Case Used For?

Currently, their hardware capability is very limited and a high-end gaming computer cannot be built inside of a Mini-ITC case. These limiting factors are; need to operate under safe temperature, noise production, and hardware size. High-end Graphics Cards such as a GTX 1080 consume a lot of space and it’s not practical to install multiple of these inside a Mini-ITX case, even if someone managed it, control their performance will be disastrous.(Due to temperature control)

Mini-ITX cases surely look very attractive but aren’t yet compatible with supporting high-end gaming. They are widely used for custom console builds and HTPC.

An HTPC is a device dedicated to streaming media. They do work somewhat like a cable box but are used for streaming services such as Netflix. They might not seem like much of a use at first because most smart televisions come with WiFi support and there is no such need for a computer to stream media. That is not quite true, though those televisions are capable of streaming media when it comes to 4k resolutions, they might not give you the performance you expect. Processing 4k media is real time takes a lot of computing power and an HTPC solves this problem.

The best part is that they are not limited to only streaming media, Installing an operating system such as windows will add to its features, Giving you an option to use it like a computer whenever needed.

Why Build A Mini-ITX PC?

When it comes to Mini-ITX builds there are a lot of problems you need to overcome to make it a successful build. In ancient gaming builds you don’t need to worry a lot about cable management, temperatures, and sound it produces.

Building a Mini-ITX PC can also replace devices like CD/DVD Player, Cable Box Surround Sound Receiver and a video gaming console; this justifies the reason to build yourself a Mini-ITX PC today.

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