ID-Cooling T60-SFX Mini-ITX Gaming Chassis Review

by - 4 years ago

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Final Thoughts


Pricing

Availability of this chassis is quite poor at the moment, although we do expect that to improve in the near future. At time of writing, I couldn’t find stock at our preferred retailers, but ID-Cooling state that the RRP is $79.99, which is as near as makes no difference £50 here in the UK.

Overview

This chassis is far from perfect, that’s not the best opening line for the conclusion, but it’s the truth. It can be a little tricky to work with, especially with no dedicated routes for cables, as well as a lack of cable tie loops where you would want them to help keep things tidy. That being said, there is room around the PSU to stuff excess cables, so with a little care and a few cable ties, you can get the bulk of cables out of the way of fans and other hardware, even if it doesn’t look particularly tidy.

Some of the panels don’t seem to fit as well as I would like, I had a bit of a fuss getting the side panel screws to line up and while it’s OK, it lacked the kind of precision you would normally associate with an aluminium chassis; eg, Lian-Li.

There’s a lack of audio jacks on the chassis too, which may be a bother for some people, but at least it’s a small chassis and it’s not exactly far to reach to reach the ports on the motherboard I/O, although it will mean unplugging speakers to connect a headset and that can be a bit of a pain, especially if you like to switch between the two a lot; USB headsets would negate this issue.

Of course, there’s also the issue with that Torx screw on the expansion slot cover, I don’t know what do say other than “what the hell is that all about?!”.

OK, it sounds like I really hate this chassis and while the evidence above would suggest that, I actually really like this case. The design is pretty cool,  it has a unique shape and a certain premium and funky mystique about it that looks great when it’s sat up on your desk, or tucked down the side of your TV. It’s small enough that you can tuck it under your arm and carry it around with you, so it’s certainly going to be a popular choice for LAN gaming. The thick metal panels are also very durable, so a few knocks and bumps are unlikely to cause much concern.

There’s a good quality fan pre-installed in the back and loads of airflow throughout, just keep in mind that there are no dust filters, so you will have to give it a clean through a little more often than most chassis’.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Room for a good graphics card
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • Lots of ventilation
  • Good quality rear fan
  • Supports 3 x HDD
  • Durable construction
  • Aluminium panels
  • Competitive price

Cons

  • No dust filters
  • No audio jacks
  • Torx screw on 2nd expansion slot
  • Difficult cable management

“The ID-Cooling T60-SFX isn’t perfect, but for their first gaming chassis, it’s got a lot to offer, a cool design and its super-compact size makes it a fun choice for a LAN gaming build.”

Thank you ID-Cooling for providing us with this sample.

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