Case Build & Finished Product
The front, as expected, looked the same both pre and post-build. The same flat brushed metal panel aesthetic carries as there are no exterior changes once the system is built. The complete omission of RGB or even HDD or power LEDs this machine could make for a very stout HTPC or even small office box should you so choose. The TU150 could find its way into a home theater setup without much of a worry as it should match most entertainment appliances.
Here as you can see our test RTX 2060 from MSI fits without issue and has a bit more room should you host a much more powerful GPU. The 120mm cooler while it shrouds the I/O of our Z390 Strix ITX board, it is still open enough to attach eth pump or remove if any servicing is necessary. The cables are the thing I wanted to show you the most, as I usually would tuck these away, but with this PSU I also have a short cable kit, and I wanted to see how well the panel hid things. As you will see soon, it does very well.
Here we see the excess SATA power cable stashed in the top. Should you have much bulkier sleeved cables or not have a short cable kit as we do, you could easily snake all of the wires through the top here to hide them, and nobody would be the wiser once the panel is replaced.
The rear of the PC shows the standard ports now filled. Everything went in as expected, and there was no issue that we observed while building. As you can see the only fan we installed is the CPU cooler which we mounted as an exhaust.
Here we have what is traditionally the cable management section, and in this case, it is somewhat for us. Due to the aforementioned short cable kit, we did not need to do much in terms of cable management back here except for the own chassis cables and just tidying them up although they would have been fine just letting them float back here. But, well, let's be honest, that's not really how we do things here, so they got cinched up to ensure they stayed where we intended them to be.
The full system built and not powered on looks like a subdued box. It is not until we free everything up that we start to see what the system is packing as the RGB kicks into effect, making everything shine.
With everything spun up and looking inside, we can now see the full system powered on as I noted previously, the less than stellar cable management mostly goes unnoticed as the PSU and most all of the cabling is hidden behind the shrouded part of the glass panel. If you opted for non-RGB devices, this could be a mini stealth box.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST