We’re big fans of Raijintek here at eTeknix, time and time again they’ve delivered stunning products at very attractive prices and that’s something I’m hoping to see yet again with their latest product, the Raijintek Styx.
The Styx features the very popular Micro-ATX form factor, meaning it’s great for a compact gaming system or workstation, as it’ll hold a high-end motherboard, water cooling, an ATX power supply and two graphics cards, giving it a lot of room for everything from a budget build, right up to a high-performance gaming monster. It also features a range of colours, as well as aluminium construction, so there’s no doubt that it’ll look great in a wide range of environments.
“STYX, RAIJINTEK’s new aluminum Micro-ATX case in 2015, has a remarkable elegant appearance design and high compatibility with your PC system. STYX is compatible with regular/ standard ATX Power supply, max. 280mm VGA card, 180mm height CPU cooler. STYX provides best cooling solution, 120mm fan pre-installed at rear, optional 2*120mm fan on top /side, optional 120mm fan at bottom and max. 240mm radiator cooling on top/side. Moreover, STYX offer a drive bay for Slim DVD on side. Entirely black coated inside, aluminum color hair-silk anodized appearance, STYX satisfies not only your request of looking for elegant taste, but simultaneously satisfies the joy of installing a performing case.” – Raijintek
All the basics are taken care of, with room for a good amount of storage drives, as well as a slim ODD, graphics cards of up to 280mm and CPU coolers of up to 180mm.
Cooling support is great, but keep in mind that a top mounted radiator could conflict with a multi-GPU configuration, so be sure to doubt check compatibility before doing so.
Check out this brief introduction from Raijintek, which shows you some of the great features you can expect to find in their new Styx chassis.
The Raijintek Styx immediately impressed, with gorgeous brushed aluminium panels on all sides, giving it a sleek and premium look. The left side panel is a blank panel, as the motherboard is mounted inverted, so this would be the “rear” panel behind the motherboard. The side panels are held in place with four small screws on the side, not the easiest to get into in a hurry, but at least you don’t have the large screws sticking out at the back.
The right side panel has a lot more going on, with a slim ODD slot on the bottom-front edge, which is discrete enough that you may not have seen it, had I not mentioned it. There’s also a nice side panel window, which is positioned so that you can see the motherboard, CPU cooler and rear fan mounting.
The front panel looks just as gorgeous as the side panels, with a nicely placed power button with LED trim at the top and a small Raijintek logo at the bottom; I must admit, this would look great sitting next to a TV unit as a HTPC.
There is all kinds of stuff going on around the back! At the top, you’ll find two routing grommets, which can be used to expand the water cooling or simply as a cable passthrough. There’s also a PSU cable pass-through here, as the PSU mounts towards the front of the chassis. Below all that, you’ll find five ventilated expansion slot covers, which come fitted with a clip-on screw guard.
The top of the Styx improves on the (fairly) similar Metis Mini-ITX chassis design, adding a large filtered air vent, perfect for water cooling, fans, or just improving the passive airflow.
On the base, even more ventilation for bottom mounted cooling, as well as the very important PSU mounting space. There are four rubber feet, which will help reduce vibration, but also provide a nice bit of ground clearance for the PSU exhaust.
With the side panel removed, you can see we’ve got a hard drive mounting bracket running right across the chassis. This means we don’t need to waste space with bulky hard drive caddies, freeing up space for other hardware.
The drive tray can be removed via four screws, allowing you to easily install your drives, then re-mount the entire bracket.
With it removed, it also becomes easier to install the rest of your hardware. The motherboard standoffs are pre-installed and there are a few well-placed cable routing cut-outs, so the installation process should be nice and easy.
In the base, you can see where the PSU mounts, as well as space for an extra fan, which I would use for an exhaust as the PSU already vents downwards. This isn’t the most efficient cooling path, but it’s a fair compromise for the sake of the small form factor of the chassis.
An extra HDD mount tucked into the base of the chassis.
The rear 120mm fan is mounted as an exhaust, but you could always swap this out for an AIO cooler for your CPU or even your GPU.
Each of the expansion slots is fitted with a reusable ventilated cover and since this is a Micr0-ATX chassis, you should be able to get two graphics cards in here.
In the front, a small bracket for the slim ODD drive, but little else.
The top panel cover clips off, allowing you access to dual 120mm fan mounts, or you could install a 120/240mm radiator here dependent on your GPU configuration.
The cover featured a mesh and a fine filter, so it should help keep the airflow to your chassis free from dust and debris.
Behind the motherboard, there’s a little bit of space for cable management, as well as a few cable tie loops to help keep everything neat and tidy.
Even better, there are two more 2.5″ drive mounts here, giving you a great range of storage options throughout the Styx.
Building a system inside the Styx was super easy, as there’s just so much room to play around with in here. I did have to switch out to our R9 285 graphics card from Sapphire, as the PSU I had available was quite large and the R9 270X we often use would conflict with the PSU. This is ok though, as it shows the possibilities and the limitations of this chassis all at the same time. If you’re going for a dual-GPU configuration with longer cards, get a shorter PSU such as true ATX ones Silverstone make, as this will free up so much more room. Of course, having a single GPU isn’t so bad, as this frees up the full space of the top fan mounts, so fitting water cooling here would now be a lot easier to achieve.
Cable management is pretty good, with lots of space to keep any excess cables out of the way of cooling fans. There’s a lot of clearance here for a decent size air cooling on the CPU, or as we said before, an AIO water cooler in the top or rear of the chassis.
Even with the use of a large PSU such as the Dark Power Pro 850W, there’s still a good amount of space above it; this can easily be used to store excess cables.
All panels back in place and the Styx certainly looks impressive. The window is a little small, but it’s just enough to show off some hardware while hiding the storage bays and power supply.
The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99 and is available in a nice range of colours, meaning you should be able to find something that suits your build and personal taste.
Raijintek has impressed us here at eTeknix many times in the past, with a great range of products that have shown great quality, style, performance and very reasonable price tags. I’m very happy to see that this trend has continued, as the Styx is one of the coolest Micro-ATX chassis in its class. With gorgeous aluminium exterior panels, it’s certainly a looker and something you’ll be proud to have out on display. The choice of colours are vibrant too, but I have a particular love for the black one we reviewed today, as it just looks so sleek and professional and would make a stylish HTPC system.
Component support is high, especially for a chassis of this size. There’s a wide range of hard drive mounting solutions and room for an ODD in the front, giving you all the support you need for lots of storage and functionality. It has water cooling support in the top and rear fan mounts, room for multiple graphics cards, can house a large PSU and more. Of course, remember to check the overall size of your hardware, as we saw today, too large a PSU can limit your GPU clearance.
There’s a lot of great applications for a chassis like this, as it would look great in the office, in your bedroom, next to your TV, or even be just the right size for taking to LAN gaming events. It has all the room you could want for a decent gaming system or a compact workstation, and it manages to do it without having a wallet-busting price tag.
- Great build quality
- Stylish brushed aluminium design
- Funky range of colours to choose from
- Good hardware compatibility
- Water cooling support
- ODD support
- Side panel window
- Plenty of hard drive mounts
- Screw on side panels can be slow to gain access to
- Water cooling support may be limited by dual GPU configurations
“The Raijintek Styx is one of the best looking and most versatile chassis in its class, with an affordable price tag that won’t hurt your wallet.”
Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this sample.