Enthusiast Mini-ITX Case "NCASE M1" Blows Past Funding Goal, Limited Pre-Orders Available

Paul Lilly

Little case is in high demand

A couple of enthusiasts from [H]ardOCP's forum came up with the idea of building a mini ITX case for enthusiasts, figuring that if they went through with the project, there would be enough demand to keep it afloat. They were right. The NCASE M1 , which we covered back in February of this year, has blown past its goal of generating $67,500 on Indiegogo, raising more than twice as much with still 12 days to go.

In fact, it took just 24 hours for the project to reach its funding goal after it went live on August 10th, Six hundred cases were then made available for purchase, and within a week, all enclosures were claimed and over $135,000 was raised.

If you've been following the project but missed out on your chance to pre-order one through Indiegogo, you can still claim a case via NCASE's website . A limited amount of additional M1 enclosures are available now, with preorders being accepted until midnight September 1, 2013, the company said. Pricing starts at $205 for cases for U.S. orders.

For those of you who are new to the M1, it's a small form factor (SFF) chassis designed by NCASE and built by Lian Li. It supports mini ITX and mini DTX motherboards, and though it's a tiny chassis, you can fit a single 120mm radiator or 240mm slim radiator in there to water cool your parts. The case supports up to three 2.5-inch mounts, up to three 3.5-inch mounts, a slim slot-load optical drive, CPU coolers up to 5.1 inches (130mm), and graphics cards up to 12.5 inches (317.5mm) in length. It also has two USB 3.0 ports along with mic and audio jacks on the front I/O panel.

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