Microcool Banchetto 101 10

Microcool Banchetto 101 Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Microcool Banchetto 101 can be purchased for 260 USD.
  • Easy to assemble
  • Completely modular
  • Flexible design to allow for reconfiguration of components
  • Durable Methacrylate and Aluminum design
  • Thumbscrew fastening system
  • Support for radiator with up to three fans
  • Built in tray for water cooling pump mounting
  • Packaging is refreshingly different with interesting and functional design choices
  • Optional fan bracket included
  • Not everyone is a fan of Acrylic
  • A bit pricey
  • Small scratches
  • Rather bulky with water cooling installed
  • Larger power supplies may not fit
  • Awkward power supply orientation
  • No mounting for 2.5 inch drives such as SSDs
  • Thumbscrews required persuasion from a screwdriver
The Banchetto is a well thought out bench station, and is very versatile thanks to its easy to use modular design and the thumbscrew fastener system, which let you quickly build your PC and swap out parts when needed. There is plenty of room to mount all the hardware you may want to use, even less common components like watercooling are supported. Microcool has chosen to use a mix of durable Methacrylite with aluminum supports that remains sturdy even after the PC is fully assembled, no matter if the Banchetto will sit on your desk, or travel with you to a LAN party or weekend benchmarking session. With the optional cross flow fan bracket and mounting for water cooling peripherals, Microcool has done their homework on what enthusiasts want to see in case-design. Even the packaging is eye catching featuring a refreshingly interesting theme.

While disassembling the Banchetto, which is required to assemble the PC, I found that some of the thumbscrews were a bit too snug for my fingers to manage. A little persuasion from a flat head screwdriver solved that small issue quickly, however, upon assembling the PC, there were a few thumbscrews that were best secured with the screwdriver again. This is most likely due to the Acrylite still being freshly tapped, after some wear-in time this issue will probably go away. I also noticed some small scratches in the Acrylite and aluminum, which appear to be either from production or rough handling during shipping. To be on the safe side, ask the postman to open the package with you to confirm there is no damage.
If you plan to completely fill up the Banchetto 101, make sure you have plenty of desk space available. With a thick water cooling radiator mounted out back the case becomes pretty bulky and its footprint grows significantly. On the other hand, large power supplies may end up being a tight fit.
Overall, Microcool has done a good job with their Banchetto design and I enjoyed spending time with the Banchetto. Just looking at the empty bench station, ideas are flying through my head for possible configurations.
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