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Building With The Mini-Tank

DTX Lives! Four Double-Slot Cases For ITX Gaming Machines
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A dizzying array of hardware lends itself to a deceptively simple build. Four rubber dampeners are affixed to each 3.5” hard drive via shoulder screws.

Also included in the installation kit is an internal USB 2.0 adapter for ports that are designed to use external USB 3.0 jacks. We find it bothersome that this case, designed to be modern in 2011, still doesn’t support the internal USB 3.0 header introduced last year. But that’s the only thing we really disliked about the Mini-Tank’s design.

Hard drives simply slide into the bay from the left side, and can be oriented with the connectors facing either side. We had to install ours with the cables on the right, for card  clearance .

Though the installation was easy, we did have a few small complaints. First of all, having the drives slide in from the left means that the graphics card must be removed before accessing the top two drive bays.

A sliding bar that locks the drives in place is secured by three screws. Because the top screw was within 1/8” of the back of our card, we had to remove it.

The entire drive cage is secured using two larger thumb screws, but the top screw protrudes far enough to block insertion of any card longer than 9.9”. Replacing it with a standard screw allows cards up to 13.5” to be installed, including such monsters as the GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6990.

Both the front and top 140 mm fans light up with a soft red glow. That is, if such an aggressive colour can ever be considered soft.

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    Stupido , 16 March 2011 18:14
    This "Tank" case from Cubitek looks interesting. Though if I was the designer, I would have moved the top 140mm fan bit forward.
    The reason is that in such a case it would be very interesting to install self-contained water cooling unit like Corsair's H50/60/70 or Antec H20...
    so either installed to draw air in or out, the 140 mm fan would aid the expel/intake much better is it is bit further in the front than closer to the rear fan.
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    LePhuronn , 16 March 2011 23:35
    Check out MAX11L for some insane builds using the Sugo SG05 (identical to the SG06 except for the plastic face).

    With a wee bit of patience and cutting a hole in the case, the guy got a GTX 480 AND a Corsair H70 in there!

    Good to have the confirmation of the Sugo SG05/06's maximum internal size for a graphics card (without modding) as I'm speccing a Sandy Bridge gaming rig paired with a Sapphire 6950. Silverstone declined (WTF) to give me internal dimensions so I've had to do a bit of guessing!
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    doive1231 , 17 March 2011 14:40
    My builds are getting progressively smaller. I'm currently on a mATX with the smallest case that will accept a full size graphics card. Mini-ITX should be next with cases like these.
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    Griffolion , 17 March 2011 15:22
    This review forgot the SG05B-450, the even smaller brother to the SG06B, it also has an open front fan grille, not that closed fascia look which improves airflow. It also has an inbuilt 450W Silverstone PSU designed for a gamer rig.

    Otherwise, an interesting article. I think ITX gaming should be pushed more by the companies as a means for people to get into PC gaming even if their desk real estate is confined.
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    mi1ez , 17 March 2011 17:25
    The two side bits on the mini-tank look like they should be gun turrets. But I like it! Surprised to see it do so badly on the cooling front though.
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    regis_57 , 4 December 2011 19:12
    That is good to know the dimension are good for the video card, however you do not say nowhere it is running well, without power outtage of the whole system.
    Please let me know if it is fine to run with top game settings this video card (560 TI OC) using the 450w PSU provided.
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    System Analysis Program , 26 December 2013 15:56
    SG07 FTW