Raijintek Metis Review

The Build

Raijintek Metis Review

The Build

There's not a lot of room to play with inside the Metis, so achieving a tidy build will take time, planning and a careful selection of components.  We've started, as the instructions suggest, by inserting the M-ITX motherboard.  The case then needs prepping to take the PSU, which involves removing two of the four feet to gain access to the screws securing the PSU retaining bracket

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The PSU retaining bracket is then removed from the case prior to having the PSU attached to it.  It is essential that the PSU be fitted onto the bracket in the correct direction, so as to have the fan facing towards the case's interior.  A PSU connection cable runs from the base of the PSU rearwards through the roof of the case to the IEC socket at the back.  We've had to use a shorter PSU than our usual as although there's still a bit of headroom anything longer than 140mm will not leave you much room to turn cables around in and even then will still impinge on the room for the GPU.

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In the end, even with the shorter PSU we still weren't able to mount our old faithful Asus EN 8800 GT card, and it's not exactly a behemoth.  We think some of the shorter lower performance GPUs should go in here though, provided of course they're under the 170mm limit outlined by Raijintek.  We were though still able to fit our Havik 120 cooler although with it in there's not a lot of room for much else.  As there's no rear of motherboard cable management space we also had to resort to tucking away unused lengths above the PSU.

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Most Recent Comments

05-01-2015, 09:10:17

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

05-01-2015, 14:21:12

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, 13:49:13

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, 13:58:53

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

08-01-2015, 21:07:45

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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