For HTPCs and people who simply want their systems smallYet another small form factor enclosure has made its appearance, one that still manages to include some design elements not normally part of such things. The name is SD101.
By now, some people know that a system needn't be a gaming system in order to be able to play game. Which is to say, it doesn't take a colorful and intricate case, or water cooling, or oversized hardware to make a strong PC.
It is perfectly possible to cram gaming-grade components inside small computer enclosures, albeit not all that aesthetically rewarding.
Then again, people who go for mini-ITX or cases usually value compactness over looks anyway, which makes the SD101 from Thermaltake all the more noteworthy because it does, in fact, have some aesthetic perks, or at least one: the mesh side panel, which is part of the embedded ventilation system.
"We are proud to eventually have a case to match enthusiast's desire, particularly with limited space. Mini-ITX Chassis is the perfect one for users considering between compact size and excellent performance, now we have it all in one." says Thermaltake Product Manager Michael Lin. "It is truly a mini essence contains maximizing powerful ideas."
Thermaltake's mini-ITX chassis SD101 measures 264 x 119 x 261 mm, which means 10.4 x 4.7 x 10.3 inches (H x W x D).
Inside that space lie one 5.25-inch bay, one 3.5-inch bay (which doubles as a 2.5-inch bay), two expansion slots and room for a mini-ITX motherboard.
The maximum CPU cooler height is of 45 mm (1.77 inches), while the maximum graphics card length is 172 mm (6.77 inches).
Finally, a built-in 180W PSU with active PFC is part of the standard feature set, as is the front panel with two USB 3.0 ports and audio in/out. It isn't clear if the PSU can be swapped. Hopefully it can.
No word on the price of the SD101 case was included in Thermaltake's press release.