Raijintek Metis Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Raijintek Metis Review

Introduction

Measuring just 190x277x254mm (WxDxH), the Metis from Raijintek is one of the smallest cases we've ever reviewed here at OC3D.  As you might imagine, you're going to be limited to using just M-ITX boards, yet through some sort of witchcraft, the sorcerers at Raijintek have still managed to create enough room inside for a full size ATX PSU, two SSDs, a single HDD, CPU coolers up to 160mm in height and GPUs up to 170mm long.  Quite how they've managed this we're not sure but manage it they have.  The Metis is also a bit of a looker, being formed from Aluminium with an internal steel frame to give rigidity and strength. It's available not just in the deep metallic red we have for review here but also an additional five metallic colours.  Having had our hands on a few Raijintek products recently we have to say the Metis does appear to be more than a cut above what we've seen so far from the company.  Best we get stuck in and see how this little beauty measures up.

Technical Specification

 Dimensions  190x277x254 (WxHxD) 
 Weight 2.8kg
 Material 1.5mm Aluminium exterior with o/5mm SPCC Interior
 Colours Red, Black, Silver, Blue, Green, Gold
 Motherboard Support M-ITX
 Storage 1x3.5", 2x2.5"
 Expansion slots 2
 Cooling 1x120mm rear included
 PSU PS/2 ATX
 Front I/O 2xUSB 3.0 HD audio
 Max CPU cooler Height 160mm
 Max GPU Length 170mm
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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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