16 Best Micro ATX Cases of 2017 – REVIEWED

When trying to consider the best Micro ATX case for your specific needs it can be a daunting task when you think of all the options that are out on the market. First, you need to consider whether a micro ATX case is for you. What are your specific needs? What do you plan to put in your new system? You need to first figure out what case is right for you, do you need a full ATX case to fit all your components or do you need something a little more portable such as a Micro ATX case? We are going to cover what are the best micro ATX Cases with these 16 great cases you can’t go wrong with.


1. Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2

Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 Micro ATX Case

When it comes to gaming cases you can’t go wrong with the Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2. This case features 5 mountable fan areas with one 120mm LED fan included, front support for a 240mm radiator, USB 3.0 with easily accessible ports for fast connection to your hardware, and tool free installation drive bays that makes getting your system up and running quicker than ever before. You’ll also find that easy access to the inside of your case is provided with an easy to screw and unscrew side panel making for quick access when you need it.  Direct airflow paths are specially designed to keep your system cool and running at its peak performance. The compact high airflow design is one of the best in the industry. The Carbide SPEC-M2 is all black with a clear side window giving you the ability to show off your build. If you’re looking for a Micro ATX case made with high quality and the performance you expect, look no further than the Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 that can found for $65.00 USD online or at your local computer store.


2. Thermaltake CORE V21 Micro ATX Cube

Thermaltake CORE V21 Best Micro ATX Cube

If you’re looking for something a little more compact and easier to transport while delivering the room you need for your hardware the Thermaltake Core V21 Micro ATX Cube is the case for you. You have the versatility of using a Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboard which makes for plenty of room to upgrade in the future. On the front panel, you’ll find two USB 3.0 ports, one headphone slot, and one 200mm front fan already installed to make things a little easier to get your system up and running faster. Thermaltake offers a three-year warranty ensuring the consumers that they’re getting excellent craftsmanship backed by a company that stands behind its work. The cube design is made specifically for fitting full case hardware into an easy to carry machine. Upon opening, you’ll notice the case is full black with a clear side panel so you can show off your build and slots made specifically for better cable management. The cost is low given the amount of craftsmanship and space that has been provided by the Thermaltake CORE V21 Micro ATX Cube costing $60.00 USD. If you’re looking for a case that provides excellent portability while maintaining the room you need, the Thermaltake Core V21 Micro ATX Cube is what you’re looking for.


3. Cooler Master N200

Cooler Master N200 Top Micro ATX Case

The Cooler Master N200 is a mini tower, not a cubed design but is still small enough for easy transportability if needed. Featuring a full mesh front, support for Mini ITX or Micro ATX, room for a front 240mm radiator, and support for high-end graphics cards that are 14 inches in length. This particular case is manufactured in China but don’t let that full you into thinking it’s made with cheap material. Cooler Master has always been known for high-quality products and warranties that ensure the consumer that Cooler Master themselves has the confidence in their quality of work. There is room for three 3.5 HDD’s or two 2.5 SSD’s with high-quality ventilation through the front and side panel through a special side ventilation specifically designed for the best possible airflow. There is room for extra fans if needed that include two front 120mm fans, one rear 120mm fan, one side 120mm fan, and one top 120mm fan. The included fans upon purchase are one front and rear 120mm fan. The case is jet black with no clear side panel giving a full look if you’re not interested in seeing what’s inside. With a cost of only $50.00 USD, you get an excellent price to performance ratio along with room to give you the space you need for any build you set your mind to. The Cooler Master N200 won’t disappoint.


4. BitFenix Micro ATX

BitFenix Micro ATX PRM-300-WWWKW-RP Micro ATX Case

BitFenix is not a name commonly known by PC enthusiast but this case is a good example of why BitFenix is starting to carve its way into the computer case industry. This BitFenix Micro ATX case features five PCI slots, five 2.5 inch drive bays, four 3.5 inch drive bays, and one 5.25 inch drive bay. You’ll find USB 3.0 and HD Audio ports located on the side towards the front for easy access and the versatility of either a Mini ITX or Micro ATX motherboard of your choice. This particular case comes in several different colors that include black, orange, red, green, blue, and white making for wonderful selection of colored cases for your desired color scheme. The material the case is made out of is a steel and plastic mixture that is durable and built to last. There’s plenty of room for SLI and Crossfire support making for excellent upgrade paths you may need in the future. Paired with excellent cable management and a design that helps promote the best airflow possible you get a good mix of value for just $86.00 USD. If you’re looking for a case with a mix of the room while staying compact, the BitFenix Micro ATX is the case for you.


5. Corsair Obsidian Series 350D

Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Micro ATX PC Case

The Corsair Obsidian Series features one of the best cases ever created by Corsair. Just like previous cases mentioned prior, the Corsair Obsidian Series 350D gives the option of either a Mini ITX or Micro ATX and comes in solid black with a clear side panel to show off your build. Upon further examination, you’ll notice five expansion slots, two 2.5 inch, two 3.5 inch, and two 5.25 inch drive bays that don’t require any tools for easy installation. One thing that sets this case apart from others in the looks department is the brushed aluminum front panel making for a unique design. Corsair has designed the Obsidian 350D series to be compact without compromising airflow or room for your components needs. This case has five slots total for fans and room for two 240mm radiators for the extreme PC Enthusiast that loves to push their system to its limits. In usual Corsair fashion, this product is backed by a two-year warranty giving the peace of mind you expect from one of the best in the industry. There are two fans that are included which are one front 140mm fan and one 120mm rear fan. The max GPU length is 380mm and a maximum CPU cooler height of 160mm. Dual USB ports can be found at the front for easy access and if that wasn’t enough for you, you also get this well-rounded case for just $105.00 USD. If you’re building a new system or just looking to replace an existing case the Corsair Obsidian Series 350D should be a top pick when shopping for your next rig.


6. Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower SRM-01

Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower SRM-01 Small PC Case

If you’re looking for a plain case that’s not too fancy yet effective with lots of room and good airflow the Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower is here to answer the call. The color is a simple all black design that is easy on the eyes nothing too fancy while still remaining effective for cooling performance and room you may need. This particular case is good for Intel and AMD builds alike whichever you prefer. The case also supports 300mm in length video cards with two USB 2.0 slots, one USB 3.0 slot, an Audio Out, and MIC In ports with one 80mm rear fan already installed. There is the option for a front 140mm fan to further improve cooling performance if you desire. You’ll find that the standard ATX PS2  power supply fits nicely at the top which is unique with most of today’s modern cases having the power supply unit located at the bottom. However, this does not hinder cooling performance or the room you’ll need to fit all your hardware needs. The case can support up to a Micro ATX motherboard with sturdy construction you expect from Rosewill. With a price of only $32.00 USD, this is one case that should have a spot on your list.


7. Corsair Carbide Air 240

Corsair Carbide Air 240 Micro ATX Case

Another case from Corsair that’s worth mentioning is the Corsair Carbide Air 240. This unique cubed shape micro ATX case is fantastic for those looking for portability, flexibility, and a low price of $88. This cubed case comes in two different colors either black or white and a clear side panel to show off your build. Digging deeper you’ll find three 120mm fans come included and a cleaner design to provide the best cooling you expect from Corsair. You can easily swap drives in and out with no tools that include three 2.5 inches and 3.5-inch drive bays. You can mount two 240mm radiators within the case or one 240mm radiator if you have a dual GPU setup. In the front, you’ll find easily accessible USB 3.0 panels and the flexibility of Mini ITX or Micro ATX motherboards whichever you chose. Corsair has designed the Corsair Carbide Air 240 to be extremely cooling efficient with its direct flow airway paths giving one of the best cooling Micro ATX cases on the market today. The Air 240 also features well-placed cable ports to give maximum cable management, a nice clean look, and the cooling performance you expect from Corsair. With the price and unique features this case brings to the table, it’s worth a spot for your next system.


8. APEVIA X-QPACK3

APEVIA X-QPACK3 Micro ATX Cube PC Case

This Apevia micro-atx case brings to the table all the bells and whistles you would ever want in a Micro ATX case. To start with the APEVIA X-QPACK3 comes in several different color case options along with different color LED fans. You can get an all jet black case with no clear side window and a blue LED fan. Other options include a black case with a clear side panel and these LED fan color options white, red, blue, green and orange. The last two options are a pink case with a pink LED fan and a white case with a blue LED fan. As you can see the amount of colors and LED fan customization is one of APEVIA X-QPACK3 strong points. On the top, you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HD Audio, and mic ports. You’ll also find you won’t run out of any room for expansion with four expansion slots and five drive bays. Upon further examination, you’ll find that Micro ATX, ITX, and Mini-ITX are all supported giving you the flexibility to fit whatever motherboard you decide to chose. GPU’s that are 320mm in length and CPU coolers with a maximum height of 135mm are supported. An easy to reach dust filter is included with all cases and if all this wasn’t enough for you, it only cost $60.00 USD which is absolutely astonishing considering the amount of customization this case comes with. Given the cube shaped design, the amount of customization, and the price, this case should have a top spot on your shopping list the next time you’re in the market for a new build.


9. Rosewill Slim Micro ATX R379-M

Rosewill Slim Micro ATX R379-M Case

This slim Micro ATX case from Rosewill is small, compact, and appealing to the eye. Unlike some previous cases mentioned it is important to note that the Rosewill Slim Micro ATX case will only support Micro ATX boards. You’ll find that only one 80mm top fan is included with the case, a removable drive cage, four expansion slots, and a 300W ATX 12V power supply. The case is black with gray on the front and four legs, two on each side, to keep the case firmly planted. While there are no special cable management slots like in most modern computer cases it still is fairly easy to manage your cable clutter due to the build and size of the case. Towards the front of the case, you’ll notice there are two USB ports and all the plugs for your HD Audio needs. Unlike in most modern cases, you’ll find the power supply is mounted at the top of the case instead of the bottom which doesn’t really affect cable management or air flow. While it is nice that Rosewill decided to include a 300W power supply with the case, this power supply is unfortunately too small for most modern day PC gaming builds that usually require at least 500W and higher. At just $54.00 USD this case has everything, you need to get you set up quick and running within no time. If you’re a fan of Rosewill the Rosewill Slim Micro ATX R379-M is worth a look.


10. Zalman T1 PLUS Micro ATX

Zalman T1 PLUS Micro ATX PC Case

When it comes to a brand that has gone from barely known a few years ago to a top contender Zalman is one such brand and is near the top with the big boys. The Zalman T1 PLUS has plenty of room for fan upgrades four in total with one rear 80mm fan that comes already pre-installed and the option to add three 120mm fans to the case if needed or as you see fit. Once you look around in the case you’ll notice support for different types of motherboard platforms that include Micro ATX and Mini ATX along with the support of either an ATX or ATX 12V power supply. The max graphics card length supported by this particular Zalman case is 300mm with a 125mm max CPU heatsink height. The Zalman T1 Plus feature excellent front ventilation that helps keep your HDD cool and all other internal components working as cool as possible. There is a total of four fans that can be mounted for all your cooling needs with one rear 80mm fan already included. If you’re looking for a smaller compact tower that can handle all your needs and an extremely low price of just $30.00 USD the Zalman T1 Plus Micro ATX is the case for you.


11. Xion Performance XON-310_BK

Xion Performance XON-310_BK Small Micro ATX Case

This specific case from Xion fits only Micro ATX motherboards and power supplies with a full black design and one front blue LED fan included. Further detail on the black design of the Xion Performance XON-310_BK is the inside is a nice deep black and the black outside the case has a unique brushed finish to give it a different look than most black cases. There is room for one SSD drive to give you the best performance possible and room for a full-length graphics card 330mm in size. The case is a mid-size tower if you’re looking for a more regular type of computer case and the plus to that is it gives you the room you need to put bigger heatsinks into the case for the overclocking enthusiast. As with most modern cases, USB 3.0 is supported and you get all this at a reasonable priced $23.00 USD. If you’re looking for a case that gives you the full tower look and more room for your overclocking needs, the Xion Performance Xon-310_BK is worth a look for your build.


12. SilverStone Technology Milo Series ML03B

SilverStone Technology Milo Series ML03B HPTC Case

If you’re looking for a more slim sleek look that’s easy to transport the Silverstone Milo Series has got you covered. First, you’ll notice there is room for four case fans that are 80mm in size, drive cages that can be used for different things with its multi-purpose mounts, and the use of low profile graphics cards given its flat slim design. Basically just think of this case as a tower case flipped sideways and slimmer, that’s the unique design of the Silverstone Milo Series. Two USB 3.0 ports are included, three 3.5 inch drive bays are included or they can fit up to five 2.5 inch drives depending on your needs. This case sets itself apart from the competition by giving you the option to build a low power quiet system or a high performing HTPC with 140W CPU if you desire. The case keeps a traditional black look making it universal for any living room setting or office space. If you’re looking for something that’s small enough to blend in with your living room or you’re looking to build a high powered machine on a budget, at $72.00 USD the Silverstone Technology Milo Series ML03B may be the case for you.


13. Cooler Master HAF XB II EVO RC-902XB-KKN2

Cooler Master HAF XB II EVO RC-902XB-KKN2 Micro ATX Case

The Cooler Master HAF XB II EVO is perfect for those looking to build a system that can also transform into a test bench. You get two ultra speed USB 3.0 ports along with X-Dock slots in the front to give you fast plug n play when you need your equipment running in a hurry. There’s two carrying handles on both sides of the case that make it perfect for transportability and if you need to access your motherboard quickly there is a quick motherboard removable tray so you can change out parts quickly and easy. There’s enough room to fit CPU coolers 180mm tall and graphics cards that are 334mm in length. Two fans in the front are provided for excellent cooling and can easily be swapped out to fit a 240mm radiator if your needing that extra performance for overclocking. The color of the case is all black with a cube design to give you the room you need and the performance you want. At a price of $95.00 USD you get the best price, performance, transportability, and durability only Cooler Master can provide.


14. Cooler Master Silencio 352

Cooler Master Silencio 352 Mini ATX Case

If you’re in the market for a silent mini tower then the Cooler Master Silencio 352 may be just the thing you’re looking for. The case comes in a nice finished black, the famed Cooler Master logo on the front, and supports 240mm radiators in the front or 120mm radiators in the back. You’ll find upon further examination several filters that include top, front, and bottom, to keep the dust outside the case where it belongs. There’s plenty of room for most high-end graphics cards along with 3 HDD drives or 4 SSD drives. The side panels are dampened giving a very quiet running machine that’s one of the best in the industry. The usually USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 are supported with one Audio In and Out and an SD card reader. A front and rear fan come included both 120mm in size giving an excellent cooling performance that competition can’t beat. Both Micro ATX and Mini ATX are supported and if your interest hasn’t been peaked just yet all of these features can be had for just $56.00 USD. If you want the quietest system possible pairing this case with several Noctua case fans you’ll have the quietest system money can buy. The Cooler Master Silencio 352 earns a spot on this list of 16 cases you’ll want to buy.


15. Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX/Mini-DTX/Mini-ITX SG11B

Silverstone Tek Micro-ATX, Mini-DTX, Mini-ITX SG11B PC Case

This cube design case from Silverstone is another perfect case for those looking for transportability while still maintaining room for all your hardware needs. The Silverstone Tek SG11B supports only Micro ATX motherboards and ATX power supply units. You’re able to fit any size graphics card you desire from AMD or Nvidia along with improved side 120mm fans from 80mm to help with cooling demands that future technology may require. The color of the case is black with a light gray finish giving a clean, simple look, yet still eye catching to anyone that sets eyes on it.There is plenty of room for HDD and SSD capacity and with a price of $70.00 USD. You get a portable case that’s perfect for any gaming or workstation build of your choice. The Silverstone Tek SG11B is the case for you no matter the hardware you choose.


16. Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Micro ATX Case (Editors Choice)

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Best Micro ATX Case

Last but not least we have the all black case from Phanteks all though you can get it in a light gray or white if you prefer. The side panel has a clear window so you can show off your build and two case fans are included one 200mm front fan and one 140mm rear fan. Cable management is easily taken care of with well-placed rubber slits providing excellent room for cooling and less airway obstruction. You’ll find room on the front, top, and rear for radiators if you decide you need a water cooling solution. There’s plenty of room for graphic cards 318mm in length and CPU coolers 192 mm in height. There’s plenty of room for expansion with four expansion slots, one 5.25 inch drive bay, three 3.5 inch drive bays, and five 2.5 inch drive bays. Both Micro ATX and Mini ITX are supported and with this particular case being a mini tower you have all the room you need for best cooling and performance while maintaining a small form factor for easy transportability. Phanteks backs their case with a five-year warranty giving you peace of mind when buying and with a price of $65.00 USD you get a case that provides a good performance per dollar.


When it comes to the type of case you need it really depends on what you’re striving for, are you looking for top performance? Do you need easy transportability? Are you going to be gaming or is this build going to be used for a workstation? Regardless of your choice any of these 16 cases has something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed with any of these selections. If you found yourself asking what are the best Micro ATX cases? This list should have answered most if not all your questions and remember it’s not always the brand that matters but if the case you select can perform for your specific needs. Your case is the most important part of any build, don’t be hasty in your decision, take your time, and most importantly have fun!

 

 

James