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NZXT Manta Mini-ITX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 1:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: NZXT

Case Build & Finished Product

 

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With no optical bays sticking out, or any mesh to allow a peek inside of the chassis, the front of the Manta is just as solid and round looking as it was when we first saw it. There is nothing bold or out of place to break up the look and design appeal of this chassis.

 

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We did fairly well with fitting in our standard testing gear. The motherboard fits well, and the SSD was easy to get into place, but we like the wiring cover that runs down the middle to clean up the look. We even fit the H80i GT in the back, but dies to the head unit; we could only install it with one fan. Even so, we still had plenty of room for the video card too.

 

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We did test fit a dust shield and had no issues with its fitment. The video card lines right up, and with a little messing around with the cover and screws, we got it into place and secure. The power supply also fits well, and the screw holes aligned as they should.

 

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It does take some time to wire if you want things done neatly, but we were given all the ties we needed to get all of the system wiring tied down. We had plenty of room to connect the modular cables at the bottom, and to be honest, we didn't have to wire things this tight, as there is a bunch of room in the panel that covers this.

 

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Neither of the side panels gave us even the slightest hint of grief, and through the large side window, we can see all of our hard work pay off in the view. Now all we need to do is power this thing up and get to testing.

 

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The system power LED is what illuminates the slit along the front of the chassis. We had to turn the lights down to see this lighting, which is good for those who don't like blindingly bright LEDs on their case.

 

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Pressing the button at the back of the chassis turns on the rear I/O lighting, but of course, the PC has to be on to do this. There is a pair of bright white LEDs here to make any connectivity simple, even if the room is completely dark.

 

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That same button also powers the NZXT logo in the PSU cover. So not only can we display the video card maker, and the AIO maker, when the room is black, you also get a bright NZXT name at the bottom to show everyone who makes this attractive chassis.

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