When it comes to the ID Cooling T60-SXF mini gaming chassis, we get the point of the design, and we do like the layout and out-of-the-box external design. We even found that with just one fan, and all of the passive slots cut into the front, sides, and bottom, the CPU remained chilly inside. Had we been able to power the card, we may have seen a slight raise in temperatures, but with very little noise heard from the chassis, color us impressed.
The real issues for us really seemed to over shadow all of that ingenuity in the design. Unfortunately, the chassis obviously took a very good hit in transit, or even at the factory prior to shipping, which is more where we feel things went wrong. The left side panel was pushed outward, yet the panel was forced onto the chassis, and with the forgiving nature of the dense foam used, it won't push back enough to bend this metal as it is. Also, we found aligning the side panels to the shape of the chassis to get them back on correctly was almost impossible.
Just like with the GPU, it was a ballet of forcing the chassis, holding the component, and finding help to get the screws in place and tightened down. What is really sad about all of this is that when we found the I/O port was bad too, we went back to see if the chassis was even square to begin with, and surprisingly, the frame of the chassis was still in line. The damage really is a mystery.
Typically, we would make contact with the company and ask for another sample to see if it was a fluke, or just give the manufacturer a chance to fix things in general. The reality is, we just saved all of the work and shipping fees, because even if everything was pristine, there is no way to justify the cost found online. Hand building a chassis with screws, and without a single rivet present takes time and money, and using thick aluminum panels and new tooling stacks the price pretty fast. At $79.99, the T60-SFX is definitely sellable.
However, the fact that the only place on this side of the pond that offers the chassis is asking $140 is really a deal breaker. As such, we just cut to the chase and brought it forth as-is, because at that price, people are just going to pass it right by. With that sort of money, you could get just about any other SFF chassis worth its salt, and not have the potential for the silliness we had to go through.
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United States: The ID Cooling T60-SFX in WHITE retails for $139.99 at Amazon, the ID Cooling T60-SFX in RED retails for $139.99 at Amazon, the ID Cooling T60-SFX in RED and BLACK retails for $139.99 at Amazon, and the ID Cooling T60-SFX in ORANGE and BLACK retails for $139.99 at Amazon.
|Quality including Design and Build||75%|
|Bundle and Packaging||70%|
|Value for Money||60%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||74%|
The Bottom Line: It looks stunning and has very good airflow, but with panels that don't line up, and packaging that allows the chassis to be damaged, there really is no justifying the $140 pricing on any level.
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