Of course, the Manta has its limitations, and we would like to see this chassis put on steroids, allowing for larger versions of it in the future. Of the four, we are having a hard time deciding if we like the white version seen here, or the matte black with the red trim option, as it will go along quite well with many build themes. In the end, though, it isn't so much the color option that won us over, it is the rounded appearance of the external design that gets all the praise in the Manta.
Of course, the solid build and feature set help, but we love cases that expand the boundaries, and bend the rules. While the NZXT name on the front and the icons on the front I/O are tough to make out, they are done that way on purpose, so that nothing takes away from the design, as that is its best feature.
Cooling offered from NZXT is sufficient for most users and does not need any help when it came to our testing, leaving everything inside cool and supplied with plenty of air flow. Things can get cramped if you decide to go all out water cooling inside of this chassis, but in the end, it is so worth the effort. When done correctly, the view through the window is near wireless, and with a bit of interior lighting along with that NZXT name on the PSU cover, the Manta looks great in a dark room as well.
Adding in the rear I/O lighting and the dim power LED at the front, you can have lighting where it is needed the most, and keep the room fairly dark for those that do not care for excess chassis illumination. Throughout the build process, we could find no issues to bring forward, and there was not one bit of the design that was not self-explanatory. Everything just works and works well.
While we cannot stop glowing about the Manta and what NZXT did with this design, the pricing may stop a few of you, but it is so worth the investment in our minds. Retooling a chassis is not cheap, and it is not like they skimped out on anything with this design either. We still would like to mention that you can get the matte white version the cheapest right now, but even if you opt for another color, or decide to go ahead and pay the standard $139.99, we do not feel you will be disappointed in any way. Considering this Mini-ITX chassis offers near everything a mid-tower offers in features, we feel that many will line right up with their money, excitedly asking for the NZXT Manta Mini-ITX chassis.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||90%|
The Bottom Line: It is costly, but anything worth having is! The NZXT Manta is unique, rounded, full of features, and is bound to be the next go-to case for many Mini-ITX users.
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