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SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Case - Inside The SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Case

An upstart manufacturer makes its debut at TweakTown with the MA-280 m-ITX chassis. Let's see what the MA-280 has to offer nettop users.

| Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 9, 2009 12:23 am
TweakTown Rating: 80%      Manufacturer: SEED

Inside The SEED MA-280 Mini-ITX Case

 

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Even the budget minded like nice looking features, and SEED takes it to the inside as well. I removed the top panel, and was pleasantly surprised to see the whole of the interior is finished in black paint as this is.

 

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Turning the attention back into the chassis things are a bit cramped on first take of what I am seeing. We need to get the drive plates out of the way so we can get a better look inside. Removing these only takes removing six Phillip's head screws of various sizes, try to keep the sorted, or it may take some trial and error trying to get them back together.

 

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Getting the plates out of the way was a breeze, and here they are. The smaller plate on the left is used to hold a 2.5" hard drive, which mounts with supplied screws to the bottom of the drive by aligning the four holes. The larger plate on the right holds another 2.5" hard drive if you'd like, as well as supporting the slim type optical drive too.

 

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As you can see the entire inside is black, and there is even a plastic liner behind the motherboard to guard against any accidental shorts to the back of the motherboard. At the top you see the included power unit, this is the 90 watt version. Just to the right of the PSU is the 40mm fan that not only cools the chassis, but pulls air directly off the power unit, hopefully prolonging its life.

 

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SEED includes plenty of length with their wiring. The front panel wiring containing the power and reset switch, and the LED activity connections can reach to any corner of the chassis. Same thing goes for the USB 2.0 and HD Audio connectors. The power unit has a 4-pin CPU power connection as well as a 20+4 pin motherboard connection. From the 24-pin stems all the other power leads. These consist of 2 SATA power connections, a micro SATA style power connection, as well as a FDD type power plug.

 

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