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NZXT Manta Mini-ITX Enclosure Review: Maxi-Mini

Manufacturer: NZXT

Introduction and First Impressions

The NZXT Manta is a mini-ITX enclosure that boasts better than average room for components and cooling, and is packaged in a rather unusual, rounded design.

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There is a reason for the Manta's somewhat bulbous appearance, and it's part of a recent trend in mini-ITX enclosure design; bigger is better. While you might think that mITX is all about fitting components into the smallest enclosure possible, there have been some recent examples of cases which expand the chassis to micro-ATX sizes (or above).

The Manta from NZXT is actually large enough to be a micro-ATX case, and its total volume exceeds their S340 enclosure; a full ATX design (!). So why on earth would you want a mini-ITX enclosure with that much volume? Three words: cooling, cooling, and cooling.

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As you can see from NZXT's graphic above, the Manta's protruding top and front panels provide a the additional space needed to allow for thicker cooling setups.

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Before we dive in for a closer look at the new Manta enclosure, let's take a look at the full specs from NZXT:


Specifications:

  • Motherboard Support: mini-ITX
  • Expansion Slots: 2
  • Drive Bays
    • Internal 3.5”: 2 
    • Internal 2.5”: 3
  • Cooling System
    • Front: 2 x 140/120mm (2 x 120mm included) 
    • Top: 2 x 140/120mm 
    • Rear: 1 x 120mm (Included)
  • Radiator Support
    • Front: Up to 280mm 
    • Top: Up to 280mm 
    • Rear: 120mm
  • Clearance
    • CPU Clearance: 160mm
    • GPU Clearance: 363mm 
    • PSU Length: 363mm
  • Power Supply Support: ATX
  • External Electronics:
    • I/O Panel LED On/Off
    • 1x Audio/Mic
    • USB 3.0
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 245 x 426 x 450mm (9.65 x 16.77 x 17.72 inches)
  • Weight: 7.2 kg (15.87 lbs)

Our thanks to NZXT for providing the Manta enclosure for our review.

First Impressions

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At first glance the Manta is a departure from the typical enclosure design. The rounded panels are built around a standard rectangular frame, so it's really quite conventional underneath.

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The look from the front of the enclosure really shows off the rounded sides, and this will certainly not be everyone's favorite look - but anything beyond the norm tends be divisive in this market.

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The rear of the enclosure shows standard lower PSU mount, a pair of espansion bays (this is mini-ITX, after all), and a 120 mm fan mount (with pre-installed exhaust fan).

Moving to the sides of the Manta, which features a large window to show off the build, with the opposite side a solid panel.

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The top of the enclosure looks (to me at least) like the hood of a car, and enclosure I/O is located along one edge.

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Certainly this rounded design won't appeal to everyone, but I rather liked it.

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Next we have a look at the bottom of the Manta, which sits on some substantial feet. There are rubber pads to provide a vibration-free foundation, and we also see one of the two removable screen filters down here (for the PSU intake).

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The filter for the PSU conveniently slides out toward the rear of the case for easy cleaning.

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And here's a quick look at the included accessory pack, which nicely separates the various screws into different, labeled bags:

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Next we'll look at the interior of the NZXT Manta.

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April 26, 2016 | 01:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I can't imagine there'd be too many people who'd want a mini ITX case the size of a micro ATX case.

April 26, 2016 | 01:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I know I don't.

This probably has it's niche though, there must be people out there who want to "get the most" out of their ITX board.

April 26, 2016 | 02:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Didn't the Bit Phoenix sell like hot cakes?

April 26, 2016 | 02:52 PM - Posted by boopoop (not verified)

Baby got back!

And front. And sides. Baby's got a bit too much, really

April 26, 2016 | 04:20 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

Not really liking the look of this box.

April 26, 2016 | 05:40 PM - Posted by lostintransition (not verified)

I like it, though the all-black version (on the NZXT website) looks better to me than this red/black. I like the smooth, graceful lines. In a world of harsh boxes, it's more like a comfy pillow. Engineers struggle these days to find a well-functioning design that hasn't been done before (except Thermaltake...). I applaud NZXT for coming up with a unique variation; far better than that Corsair Spec-Alpha fugliness.

April 26, 2016 | 06:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

HOLY SHIT THAT CHEAP CHINESE SHIT IS SO CHINESE AKA CHEAP AND UGLY AF. Corsair or GTFO. NZXT sucks donkey dicks.

April 27, 2016 | 10:29 AM - Posted by John90 (not verified)

not ATX = meh...

April 27, 2016 | 09:29 PM - Posted by johnc (not verified)

It'd be nice if mini-ITX cases would actually go smaller rather than the other way around.

April 27, 2016 | 11:38 PM - Posted by crimsonP (not verified)

Totally pointless case, 2-3inches away from a mATX/ATX case, something the size of the NCASE is what's need in the ITX space.

April 29, 2016 | 03:50 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

Please review the Antec isk600m

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