Thursday, February 20th 2020

DeepCool Rolls Out MATREXX 30 SI, Minimalist M-ATX Case

DeepCool today rolled out the MATREXX 30 SI, a sober-looking minimalist Micro-ATX case for those who don't like to stare at the innards of a computer. Its design is characterized with opaque black steel side panels, an all-black interior, and a ridged front design that has slits between the ridges that serve as the front intake. The front-panel I/O is located at the top of this panel.

Inside, you get room for a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboard, a conventional ATX power supply, and plenty of storage options - two 5.25-inch bays, from which one is external; three 3.5-inch bays, and two additional 2.5-inch mounts. Behind the motherboard tray is 1.5 cm of crawlspace to route cables through. The main chamber offers clearance for graphics cards up to 25 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 15.1 cm in height. Cooling options include one 120 mm front intake, and a 120 mm rear exhaust, from which the exhaust fan comes pre-installed. Front-panel connectivity includes a pair of USB ports and HDA jacks. We expect this case to be priced around $30.
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9 Comments on DeepCool Rolls Out MATREXX 30 SI, Minimalist M-ATX Case

#1
notb
This is not minimalist.
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#2
BSim500
And yet another dumb as bricks case with the fake market segmentation of "1x USB 3.1 + 1x USB 2.0 port". Meanwhile, I'm still rocking my 8 year old $39 Sharkoon MA-M1000 that managed to fit 2x USB 3.0 AND 2x USB 2.0 ports on the front AND a 140mm side air intake that knocked 8c off the CPU temperature of budget top-down coolers, wondering where the hell budget "minimalist" case design went wrong...
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#3
lZKoce
It's a normal budget case, nothing out of the ordinary, but I feel like the lack of side ventilation will make this case only viable for simple desktop machines. Any more power and it's just gonna get hot box in there.
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#4
bonehead123
Biggest y/A/w/N fest so far this year.....

Plus no C, no buy :mad:
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
bonehead123
Biggest y/A/w/N fest so far this year.....

Plus no C, no buy :mad:
and 2 drive bays in a mini case?
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#6
Dammeron
DeathtoGnomes
and 2 drive bays in a mini case?
Check the old Corsair 350d - had external 5,25" drive bays and it was one of the best cases ever made. :)
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#7
TheDeeGee
Glad to see they're still making cases without a window these days.
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#8
natr0n
The 55 drive cage holds 2 drives and this holds 3. I am appalled.
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#9
Chrispy_
lZKoce
It's a normal budget case, nothing out of the ordinary, but I feel like the lack of side ventilation will make this case only viable for simple desktop machines. Any more power and it's just gonna get hot box in there.
Agreed. This is going to max out at a 120W GPU unless you opt for a blower cooler. A single, restrictive 120mm exhaust is wholly inadequate these days and even if you use an obnoxiously loud 2000rpm fan, it's still going to limit the total system power consumption at around 200W because there's no other way the heat can get out.

I have to look after a lot of machines in old Coolermaster Silencio 550 cases. A 95W CPU and 120W GPU turn it into a hotbox quite effectively, even with all fans at full RPM.

The horrible D-shaped bulges in the side panels of these ultra cheap cases is generally a sign that the case should be avoided at all costs. It's an easy-to-spot indicator that the case has insufficient clearance behind the motherboard, and that the steel is too thin and flimsy to use in a flat sheet.

Just buy something less horrible for a few bucks extra. The market is absolutely flooded with decent options so there's no reason to accept this trash. I know that's harsh criticism but these things were already unsuitable for most builds ten years ago. In 2020 they're just an embarrassment to the company putting their name on the front.
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