Raijintek Metis Review

Up Close: Interior

Raijintek Metis Review

Up Close:  Interior

There's not actually a lot inside the Metis to talk about, which is fair enough when you consider the size.  Aside from a smallish CPU cut out there are no other cable management holes, however the Motherboard panel doesn't quite go all the way up to the roof line so should you need it, and we think you will, there is at least a bit of extra space to be had up there.  There's also a bracket for a 3.5" drive up here, and although access might seem a bit limited, the bracket is removable.  For that matter, the removal of a few screws actually enables you to take the whole roof off the case. 

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A single 120mm fan provides the only active cooling in the Metis, so it'd be a good idea not to obstruct it when you organise your cables.  We can also see that if left in place the upper 3.5" bracket does somewhat reduce the room available for thicker GPUs.  Down on the floor there's additional storage room.  This time for either a pair of 2.5" SSDs or a single 3.5" drive.  Strange that, as the Technical Specification from Raijintek only mentions room for one 3.5" device.

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The rear of the motherboard has a small cut out and a longitudinal aperture along the roof line.  There's no real cable management space back here though apart from maybe stashing additional lengths of front I/0 cables.

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Most Recent Comments

05-01-2015, 04:10:17

Thelosouvlakia
This looks like one of the perfect cases for budget APU builds...
Raijintek should have gone with SFX PSU....Quote

05-01-2015, 09:21:12

Feronix
This is actually a VERY interesting case. I could see myself using this for the smaller form factor client builds. Which usually use on-board graphics.

If you want to game though, I just checked and the Asus GTX970 DCMOC is exactly 170mm long...Quote

06-01-2015, 08:49:13

Thelosouvlakia
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
If you want to game though, I just checked and the Asus GTX970 DCMOC is exactly 170mm long...
I don't think putting a high end graphics card in there would be that good. The build already struggles for air, putting a card in there would make things more crammed/hotter, wouldn't it?
Unless the 970 is that efficientQuote

06-01-2015, 08:58:53

m2geek
dear GOD that thing is UUUUUUGLY... I wouldn't even build a PC for a mother-in-law in that.Quote

08-01-2015, 16:07:45

metismate
Anyone interested in this case should note that airflow is definitely an issue. For some reason it comes with the sole case fan configured as an exhaust. Since the PSU is already an exhaust, that fan absolutely must be switched around to an intake unless you want cook eggs on it, as there are very limited places for air to be pulled in. Some people have done tests that confirm that this works much better.

Some other notes:

* it is not necessary to remove the PSU bracket to install the PSU, there are cutouts in the case to get a screwdriver in for the PSU mounting bolts. That said,the fact that you can remove it, or the entire aluminum skin, with just a few screws, does help ease build-time headaches.

* an SFX PSU with adapter plate gives you a little more room, but a modular/semi-modular ATX PSU works just fine and eases the cable management problem. Just take good note that longer PSUs and longer graphics cards will fight for space.

* the power switch is circled by a white LED that turns red for HD activity. Note that there is no reset switch!

* it might be possible to mount a 120mm radiator in the back, but you'd have to make sure it did not interfere with any drives mounted in the bottom, or the graphics card at the top.Quote
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