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Apex MI-100BK mITX Case Glossy Black 1X5.25 1X3.5 1X3.5INT SFX 250W Front Audio USB

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SKU: 34657
Shipping Weight: 7.3 lbs

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Experience: 3 Days


- Good price
- Nice small size
- Decent amount of internal space
- Comes with PSU
- Doesn't look half bad
- Space is still a little tight especially if you want >1 hard drive
- No USB3.0 in the front
- PSU is pretty cheap and cables are difficult to manage
Overall, this case is perfect for the HTPC I built. I fit an SSD, Bluray drive, an mITX board and even managed to squeeze in an aftermarket heatsink (though the fan had to be placed in a pretty bad spot). Unfortunately the cables for the PSU are hard to manage, and with my current setup running Prime95, my i3 cpu quickly rises to +70C which isn't too nice to see - though not completely unexpected.
Don't expect to have much space to work with, that's really all that can be said.

Experience: 1 Months


Compact, slick simple lines.
None really - suits my needs.
Apparently this case came out a few years ago and was not getting much attention. Comparing the case I got from NCIX with previously published reviews on the internet I noticed a couple of changes which makes it even better.
The biggest, and I think the most important, difference is the addition of venting holes on the left side of the case. Before there are venting holes on the right side only, with the added venting holes on the left I was able to add two 120mm case fans to improve cooling, with left side blowing in and right side blowing out. For this small case any kind of cooling improvement is most welcomed.
The second one is the addition of a slim silver button between the front top flap and the front right panel. This is the button to activate the DVD drive tray. I do not have the old model but don't see this button in the pictures provided here, so I believe it is a nice new addition.
The third one is there are now 2 SATA power connector as compared to the original 1 SATA power connector. They have changed one molex into SATA, so there are now 2 molex connectors left.
I used Core i3 3220 with stock cooling. Its top just touched the bottom of the PSU, no more or no less. The position of the CPU/stock fan is offset from the PSU so cooling is not 100% blocked by the PSU sitting on top. Not ideal, but in these crammed mITX cases this is to be expected.
This computer is used for web browsing, emails, simple games, and streaming movies. There is no overclocking and no graphic cards added. Temperature is never a problem.
The case comes with a 250W PSU. Even if efficiency is 60% I still have 150W. I have Asus P8H77-I, i3 3220, 2x4GB DDR3 RAM, Asus DVD burner, and Curcial M4 256GB SSD in it. So I believe there is plenty of power for my use.
If you want O/C and hard gaming, you need to look elsewhere. You will have space problem (single width graphic card only), PSU problem (need to replace with another higher power/efficiency unit), and cooling problem (no room for high grade heat-sink or water cooling solutions).
But for me, it works perfectly.

Experience: 1 Weeks


- Small
- Inexpensive
- Nice design
- Quiet
- No dedicated place to mount cooling fans
- Small dimensions and location of motherboard mounting does not permit use most PCI-E x16 GPUs (not even low-profile cards... the heatsink for the ASUS 4350 sticks out of the case by about 0.75 inches)
I purchased this case to enclose a Zotac 9300G-E ITX motherboard and an Intel Core2Quad Q8300.

While mounting the motherboard and CPU were relatively easy (after removing the included power supply) trying to fit a an optical drive and card reader proved to be much more difficult, as the case was extremely cramped.

I was hoping to use a PCI-E x16 graphics card instead of the motherboard's onboard GPU, but that proved to be impossible in this case as the heatsink on most GPUS, even low profile ones, stick outside the dimensions of the case by a good 0.5 inches or more (only one that could possibly fit is the Sapphire Radeon 5570, or an older NVidia 9xxx card). But in the end, it worked out for the better as I was able to use the space normally occupied by a GPU to double-sided-tape-mount a 90mm fan to the side of the case...

Which brings me to the next point... this case lacked any room to mount fans. With the power supply installed(resting literally on top of an Intel processor's stock cooler) it sucks heat directly from the CPU and expels it out via the PSU's vents. But that leaves no room for cooling other components. If you are using a 7200rpm hard drive, this machine becomes unbearable to touch after running for an hour or so. As I wasn't "hardcore" enough to mod this case (I actually was pressed for time, having to build a small unobtrusive PC asap), I decided to add a couple fans by doing the following:
- bend/straighten the HDD rail-mount's block. This allows for the hard drive to slide further along the rail, enabling me to fit a 120mm intake fan next to the hard drive while sliding the hard drive back into its original position to secure with screws (which would have been impossible due to the SATA/power cables protruding from the HDD). Much of this fan is covered (2/3, maybe 3/4 of it), but it still allows some air to flow into the case.
- Instead of having a dedicated GPU, I occupied that space by using double-sided foam tape to tape the corners of a 90mm fan onto the cover's vents. The hot air spewing out of this was an indication of just how crucial cooling is, yet it was neglected by the manufacturer. (I believe cooling would only not be an issue with this case if using an ATOM processor.)
Word of advice: zap-strap/twisty tie/tape the excess of each cable (SATA, USB headers, etc) so that it runs straight from motherboard to device without anything dangling in between. Otherwise, there is a good chance of it grazing the CPU fan and making you hear annoying whirring sounds. If all your cables are "managed" in the way I suggest, then this case is extremely quiet.

All in all a good case, but I'm still debating whether or not I would purchase another one. It was... an unforgettable experience.

This review was modfied by poster @ 09-24-10 07:23 PM

Experience: 2 Days


small but spacious, nice clean looks, 2 3.5" bays, front USB/Audio, hidden external drives, decent price when PM'd
no front firewire, silver buttons, but pictures have black buttons, no dedicated fan mounting spot, could have additional 3.5" bay built in relatively easily, PSU fan could be quieter.
All in all, made a great HTPC case. Has a good amount of room inside to mount a couple more drives, and maybe an additional fan. PSU fan isn't silent, but i would not go so far as to call it noisy either.

Experience: 6 Months


- Stylish Looking
- Small
- Inexpensive
- Tight places everywhere
- Sharp Edges
I got this case 6 months ago, and was very pleased with it, so I decided to buy it again. In addition to the generally appealing look, this case can take pretty much everything you'll throw into a low end system: DVD, hard drive, floppy. Even comes with a 250W PSU.

Things to wathc out for is that it is REALLY tight inside. Probably should look elsewhere if you plan to put anything other than an Intel Atom board, mainly because you will not have enough room for any standard heatsink.

With that said, if you don't mind the one-time installation of your components, the end result is definitely worth it. and for just a bit over 70 after tax, you can't go wrong!

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Quick Specs:
Motherboard Supported Mini ITX
Color Black
Form Factor Tower
Height 5.1"
Width 8.7"
Depth 13.5"
Number of External 3.5" Bays 1
Number of External 5.25" Bays 1
Number of Power Supplies Installed 1
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays 1
Power Supply Wattage 250 W
Number of Total Expansion Bays 3
Number of Total Expansion Slots 1
Total Number of Audio Out Ports 1

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Number of External 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of External 5.25" Bays: 1
     Number of Internal 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 3
General Information  
     Brand Name: Apex
     Manufacturer: Apex Computer Technology, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: MI-100BK
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Model: MI-100BK
     Product Name: MI Series MI-100BK Chassis
     Product Series: MI
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 1
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
     Total Number of Audio Out Ports: 1
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Depth: 13.5" (342.9 mm)
     Form Factor: Tower
     Height: 5.1" (129.5 mm)
     Width: 8.7" (221 mm)
Power Description  
     Number of Power Supplies Installed: 1
     Power Supply Wattage: 250 W
Technical Information  
     Motherboard Supported: Mini ITX

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