Best Micro ATX (MATX) Cases Of 2020: 5 Budget & Top Picks

Best Micro ATX Case

With the tech industry currently booming, it's no surprise to see today's market playing host to a sea of high-performance PC cases that come to shelves offering a variety of different shapes, sizes, and price points.  That makes choosing the right one for your specific needs a time-consuming and strenuous task - even more so if you plan on building it around the M-ATX form factor. Luckily, there is still a pretty large demand for Micro-ATX cases and we see new arrivals hitting shelves on an almost monthly basis.

Micro-ATX builds are pretty popular in the gaming community due to their cool aesthetics and affordable price points. These days, a lot of people are leaning towards Micro-ATX cases as they offer a much smaller footprint over mid-tower/full-tower cases, while still offering enough room to house large GPUs and elaborate cooling setups too. They really are the best of both worlds when it comes to gaming setups.

In today's article, we'll be going through some of the best micro-ATX cases the market has to offer. We'll be putting them through their paces to see how they stack up in build quality, aesthetics, thermals, noise levels, and overall build assembly.

After careful consideration - and sifting through a ton of different options from numerous manufacturers - we came to the conclusion that the Phanteks Evolv is the best micro-ATX case overall. But we'll talk more about that shortly. 

The following recommendations are of solid construction, have spacious interiors, and promote excellent airflow. If you’re interested in seeing what sets them apart from other cases, then read on.

Let's get into it.

Best Micro ATX Case: First Look

Top Pick
Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

Best Micro-ATX Case

Not only does the Phankeks EVOLV mATX case look superb, but it also offers quality airflow and decent build assembly as well. It displays that recognizable Phanteks design, sporting a tempered glass window and an interesting I/O panel that is sure to turn heads.

This sleek case from Phanteks makes light work of making a micro-ATX case look, and feel, high-end. This case boasts multiple component mounts and plenty of features to boot.

This case also supports radiators up to 360mm for gamers who want to squeeze maximum performance from their computer. This tempered glass case may be small but it packs a big punch and would look fantastic on your desktop.

Cube Pick
Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Best Cube Micro-ATX Case

The Corsair Crystal 280x is a fairly big micro-ATX case and comes with RGB fans as standard. With excellent airflow, this case is a perfect fit for anyone looking to build a high-end system into a small space.

The Corsair Crystal 280X's design is in the form of a cube so it is naturally a bit of a chunky case, but that shouldn't put you off. The case is a great space saver thanks to its dual compartments - featuring clever SSD mounts, and three tempered glass panels. 

You can set up a custom loop or an air cooling configuration quite easily, whichever you prefer. It has room to accommodate up to 2 x 120mm fans in the front, top, and bottom.

This case has fantastic cable management solutions and will make building a clean PC pretty easy to accomplish. It has all of the features you’d want in a case compacted into a micro-ATX design.

Value Pick
Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

Best Value Micro-ATX Case

This mini version of the Fractal Meshify C is a fantastic little case that features all the positives of its bigger brother but compacted into this glorious micro-ATX case. You benefit from Fractal Design's airflow and superb cable management options.

Sometimes when people see the word 'value', they immediately start to think compromises have been made in build quality and features to allow for that price tag. Luckily, that is not the case with the Meshify C mATX from Fractal Design.

The Fractal Meshify C 'mini' is the smaller brother to the mid-tower version and its an unbelievable case for the price. You aren't paying for any fancy bells and whistles with Fractal, but what you do get is a premium quality build, great airflow, and easy to manage cables.

This case is priced competitively and features an aesthetically pleasing tinted tempered glass window to view inside.

Mini Pick
NZXT H210 – Mini-ITX

NZXT H210 – Mini-ITX

Smaller Form Factor

The NZXT H210 is considered a premium case thanks to the price tag it comes equipped with. Having said that, it certainly lives up to the price with excellent features and good internal functionality. The design is brilliant, with a tempered glass panel and great cable management options!

The NZXT 210 displays a fantastic design constructed of an all-steel chassis finished with a red and black color theme that looks superb.

This all-steel constructed case is a brilliant blend of black and red and really looks the part. As you would expect from our top mini-ITX pick, you get a tempered glass side panel, a PSU shroud, brilliant airflow, and high build quality.

Cable management is really easy in this case and as its part of the 'i' series, it comes with a fan controller too. The performance of this case will not let you down and is highly recommended!

See the full review of NZXT H210 here

Budget Pick
Thermaltake Versa H17

Thermaltake Versa H17

Best Micro-ATX Case On A Budget

This case might be the cheapest in this guide, but don't let that fool you, it comes with a bunch of features and benefits that far outweigh its price tag. Having said that, it doesn't come equipped with the best airflow available - but that's to be expected at this price point.

The Thermaltake Versa H17 is the ultimate budget case that will satisfy a lot of different gamers' needs. This versatile case supports an AIO cooler of up to 280mm in the front, along with some other cool internal design features as well.

It doesn’t have any flashy features or bright blinking lights, but that doesn’t mean the case isn’t visually pleasing. This case offers the budget builder something pretty stylish and functional for a very low price.

How We Choose

Whether we're reviewing new monitors or the best GPU on the market, choosing the right hardware can always be a tricky task.

It requires hours of product research, performance benchmarking, and reviewing user feedback to get anywhere close to a definitive conclusion on what to recommend.

If you aren't tech-savvy and struggle to put the time aside to go through the above requirements, you may end up purchasing a micro-ATX PC case that simply isn't right for you.

Fear not though, friends! Here at WePC, we like to take the stress of research away, and transform the whole process into an easy-to-follow, complete buyers guide. That's right, our team of PC enthusiasts has done all the hard work for you!

How We Test

Testing the products we recommend is a huge part of the overall selection process in our best of guides. It's a way to make sure what we recommend is, without a doubt, the best option in its specific category.

To be sure a product is "the best" it must show excellent performance in our tests, and display better qualities and features than the competition it faces.

Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from the price and performance, to build quality, efficiency, and aesthetics. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants our coveted top spot.

Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it's worth your consideration.

Things To Know About Micro ATX Cases

The following factors are important and should be taken into consideration before buying your next micro ATX case. That’s why we’ll go over these things in some more detail.

There are a few things to consider before just clicking "buy" on a case you love. Firstly, be aware of the size of your components (form factor). Motherboards, GPUs, and PSUs form factor can vary in size, so it's important to check the case can support your parts. Also, before jumping into a case purchase, it's always worth considering what fan configuration you're going to use and how many hard drives you plan on installing.

Motherboard Form Factor

You are going to need to know your motherboard’s form factor before you begin. The most common motherboard sizes are ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX, with ATX being the bigger of the three - and Mini-ATX being the smallest.

Smaller boards will have less room for your components and will generally have fewer features too. This isn’t bad if you don’t need a lot of space. However, if you’re making a high-end gaming build (or upgrading a mid-range build), then you might want to stick with the classic ATX board and therefore visit some different case options.

Case Form Factors

You will normally find the motherboard compatibility labeled in the name of the case or very easily in the specs. This outlines the maximum sized motherboard you can fit into the case.

There are three prominent types of computer cases (although there are more) and each is compatible with different types of motherboards:

  • Full-tower cases are the largest cases and can work with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX. Their large size is designed for extra components rather than exceptionally larger motherboards.
  • Mid-tower cases are the most popular and can also work with motherboards that are as large as ATX.
  • Mini-tower cases sacrifice the larger ATX boards, but can still use Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX boards.

It is worth noting that your micro-ATX build will look great in any sized case from the smaller 'node' style boxes to a mid-tower case. Most of the time, cases will cater for motherboards with smaller sizes, having said that, some cases don't take that into consideration - leading to issues with routing I/O connectors from the front panel.

Things To Consider

When purchasing a case with a smaller form factor, there are certain things you will need to consider before choosing the components you decide to fill it with

Below are some of the most important considerations when it comes to a micro-ATX case

Component Compatibility

One of the first things you must consider before purchasing a small PC case is your components. The chances are, if you are looking for the best micro-ATX case then you are set on building a smaller sized PC. Great! However, if you're thinking of downsizing your ATX build (by switching motherboards) you might be at risk of component incompatibility.

Many small form factor cases don't have the capacity to house a large GPU. Although, some will. The same can be said for the PSU, CPU Cooler, and AIO Cooler. You must ensure that the case you're looking at can support the hardware you plan on installing in it. Otherwise, you'll be left with a somewhat expensive paperweight.

Cable Management

Whether you're looking at a full tower PC case or an mATX case, cable management is highly important when it comes to build assembly and aesthetics. Unfortunately, though, it often gets forgotten about when you get into building a micro-ATX system.

This neglect comes from smaller systems tending to be of lower quality, offering fewer options when it comes to this department- but that isn't always the case. Cable management in micro-ATX cases is more important than ever due to the decreased airflow they provide. More often than not, they offer less fan mounting solutions to properly cool the inside over ATX cases. So keep those cables routed properly around the system to maximize cooling performance.

Top 5 Best Micro-ATX Cases 2020

Product Details
Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

  • type: Micro tower
  • motherboard support: Micro-ATX, Mini-ATX
  • dimensions hxwxd: 453 x 230 x 400mm
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Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

  • type: MicroATX
  • motherboard support: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • dimensions hxwxd: 398 x 276 x 351mm
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Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

  • type: Micro tower
  • motherboard support: Micro-ATX, Mini-ATX
  • dimensions hxwxd: 412 x 217 x 409 mm
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Thermaltake Versa H17

Thermaltake Versa H17

  • type: Micro Tower
  • motherboard support: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • dimensions hxwxd: 440 x 206 x 396 mm
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NZXT H210 – Mini-ITX

NZXT H210 – Mini-ITX

  • type: Mini Tower
  • motherboard support: Mini- ITX
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#1

Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

This tempered glass case from Phanteks is visually near perfect. The Enthoo Evolv mATX gives gamers a compact case that doesn't compromise on style whatsoever.

This case gets our number one spot thanks to an abundance of features and benefits that simply aren't found on other cases in this list. Having said that, it does have a price tag to match. Like the Mid-tower version of this case, Phanteks have kept most of the best features from that case whilst removing the 5.25" drive tray which can provide extra room for a water cooling setup.

The case actually comes with a pump mounting bracket in the box, which suggests that Phanteks are almost tailoring this case to water-cooling setups. It doesn't stop there either; the Evolv also offers great RGB compatibility, a sleek tempered glass panel, dust filters, a unique looking front panel, and 2 x 140mm fans pre-installed.

The case is incredibly roomy inside and it makes building relatively simple for a case this size. It's fairly chunky and does have some weight to it but that just adds to the feeling of the overall high quality.

This sexy case will elevate the performance and look of any build, a solid choice!

#2

Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

The Corsair Crystal 280X offers a unique cube-like option that doesn't compromise on looks or performance.

This case isn't too different from the Corsair Air 240. You can clearly see they share a similar layout underneath the shell, but that is where the similarities end, thankfully. This RGB version has three glass panels for you to enjoy, a lighting controller, and two RGB fans chucked in for some colorful airflow. While you will be paying more for the RGB version, you do get the expensive Corsair fans with it which makes it the sensible choice from the available options. The case also supports full ATX power supplies and you can also mount an additional 120mm fan on the back side panel, creating additional airflow if required.

The thing that sets this case apart from the rest on this list is the fact that it has a dual-chamber. The dual-chamber works wonders for internal temperatures as your components aren't all together in one chamber and there are fewer cables sitting in the bottom. This case could be better suited for the builders wanting to squeeze the most out of a micro-ATX system as adequate cooling can be mounted to this case.

#3

Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

Fractal cases feature in a few of our build recommendations here at WePC thanks to the quality and value they bring to the table.

The "Mini" is a smaller case in the Fractal Meshify series which has been designed for high airflow, great ventilation, and to be builder-friendly with brilliant cable management options. Storage is savvy in a case as small as this and it owes it to Fractal's great design. The spacious interior only enhances the airflow of the system as it remains relatively unobstructed meaning it can penetrate the components easier and keep your temps down.

The ability to mount 3 x 2.5″ SSD and 2 x 3.5″ hard drives is nifty from a case of this size. The included fans work flawlessly and you generally won't have to replace them unless you want extra silence from the build (not that they are loud).

This simple looking case is overflowing with quality and for such a low price it can't be ignored.

#4

Thermaltake Versa H17

We've recently had the pleasure of reviewing a couple of Thermaltake's case offerings (Thermaltake Core V1 and Thermaltake View 71) with some impressive results. So, when choosing our budget pick for the m-ATX category, the Thermaltake Versa H17 was an instant contender. This case keeps the Versa styling (boxy) that we've seen on other Versa models before, however, it does offer a sleek, brushed aluminum style front panel that is aesthetically pleasing. That being said, there are an additional two versions of the H17 that offer a tempered glass side panel and an acrylic side panel.

As far as features are concerned, the H17 comes with one pre-installed exhaust fan (120mm) which makes use of a 3-pin cable over a Molex. Users then have the option to install additional fans in the front and roof if they need additional airflow. It even supports a 280mm radiator on the front.

From a build point of view, the assembly process using this case was extremely easy. The cable cut-outs were well-positioned (although not grommeted) and the PSU shroud helped aid in cable management as well. The rear of the case is another side of solid metal, so cable management at the back won't be an issue.

The H17 has support for 2 x 2.5" drives alongside 2 x 3.5 drives which can be mounted to the motherboard tray. The clearance inside supports a PSU of up to 220mm, a GPU of 350mm, and a CPU cooler of 155mm in height. So all-in-all, a decent amount of room.

And while the airflow isn't the greatest I've ever seen, it's still efficient enough at keeping your components cool. Overall, another excellent case from Thermaltake that offers great value for money.

 

#5

NZXT H210 – Mini-ITX

The H210i from NZXT features the same tempered glass and steel design of their larger versions of this case (H510) and is available in the same variety of colors - black and white, black and blue, and also the one we feature here, red and black. The H210 is a mini-tower(small) and only supports boards that are mini-ITX. Despite the H210’s hefty price tag, there aren't many downsides to this case as it is one of the best performing Mini-ITX cases we have had the privilege of using.

Usually, cases of this size don't really offer much in terms of specs and benefits - other than they're size. However, the H210 offers up some interesting features that might surprise you. For example, this case is fully equipped to support water-cooling configurations.

Having said that, if water-cooling isn't your thing, don't worry, this case comes with a bunch of airflow options that will allow you to keep internal temps nice and low. You have the option to fit an additional 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm fans in the front, and 1 x 120mm in the roof - this case comes with a pre-installed rear fan. Furthermore, you can equip a radiator to the front and rear if you want to bolster cooling.

Overall, the H210’s strong performance and value are good enough reasons to purchase this alone. That being said, you also get stunning aesthetics, excellent cable management, and easy build assembly thrown in as well. A fantastic little ITX case.

See full NZXT H210 review here

Conclusion

So, there you have it, our comprehensive breakdown of the best micro-ATX cases currently available this 2020.

The importance of a PC case cannot be overstated. Your case protects the rest of your components and provides them with airflow to ensure they’re running at a stable temperature. The additional bonuses that come with a micro-ATX case however, mean you can add convenience and some real space-saving solutions into the mix as well!

Below are the final contenders in short.

Our top pick for best micro-ATX cases is the Phanteks Enthoo Evolve mATX as it offers fantastic airflow, superb built quality, and a stunning aesthetic as well.

The Corsair Crystal 280X offers an easy and unique build experience in today's market. Thanks to the spacious interior and radiator support it offers, you'll have enough room to build a powerful gaming PC in this case, whilst having the cooling support to keep it running efficiently. 

The Fractal Meshify C Mini is unrivaled in terms of value! This beast offers all the benefits you'd expect from a top-end Fractal case - build quality, aesthetics, cooling, and a bang-for-your-buck price tag.

If you're on a budget but still want a fabulous micro-ATX case to show off your new compact build then the Thermaltake Versa H17 is one of the best budget cases available.

And finally, if you're looking for something a little smaller than micro-ATX, but still want all the features and benefits of a larger case, we higher recommend the NZXT H210.

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