CEMO M1 Aluminum Alloy mITX Case
There are ample spaces to route the cables for a clean look. I did not do a neat job at all but in my defense I’m pressed for time.
For DIY‘ers, there is some room but not a lot to work with to mount your custom linear power supply. Again not a problem for mel as I’m powering this with a Uptone JS-2.
Good to see there is enough case height clearance for you to use a slightly bigger CPU heat sink in this case. But this is still a small case so your heat sink choices are still limited to low profile coolers.
The only major problem I have with the case are the expansion ports. There is no easy way to secure the second and 3rd expansion cards as most brackets does not have the latch pictured below.
On some cases there is second piece of metal at the end of the expansion holes, allowing you to wedge and secure the expansion card in place. That anchor is missing on this case and the bracket latch is the only way to securely hold the expansion card firmly in the slot. Unfortunately I cannot easily bend the existing USB bracket to fit.
Currently the only item that secures the expansion card is the screw. This is not going to work well long term.
There are two ways I can fix this:
- Secure the PCI-e expander onto the motherboard, thereby providing a proper anchor for the expansion slot
- Add a second piece of metal allowing the expansion card to wedge between. Basically create an anchor point, anything will do, even cable ties!
Right now I’m taking the third option: don’t fix it now if it ain’t broken yet,