Before I give you the list of cases I’ve found, I’ll first explain a little about the thin Mini-ITX form factor.
Thin Mini-ITX form factor
In a nutshell, thin Mini-ITX is a form factor that is almost the same as the normal mini-ITX form factor. The difference, as the name suggests, is in the height. Thin Mini-ITX motherboards are limited to a maximum height of 20mm, compared to 57mm for normal Mini-ITX boards. This makes them very suitable for All-In-One(AIO) desktop systems.
If you want more than a nutshell, here is a link to the document with all the specifications for Mini-ITX and thin Mini-ITX.
So, here’s a little list of the thin Mini-ITX form factor All-In-One cases I’ve found so far.
There’s the CTL’s All-In-One 650T Barebone chassis with touchscreen @ ctlcorp.com. It’s a little hard to find information about it, so ïll just be linking to the original website. Here’s the non-barebone version @ ctl.net. One youtube I found this video where a guy from CTL opens the thing up and shows you around a bit.
- Touch screen.
- It’s hard to name more advantages, because there’s so little information around. I can’t even tell you if it’s Full-HD or not(although I expect it to be).
- No information on their website, which makes me wonder if this is the case I’d need.
- Only 65 TDP CPU’s
- Integrated graphics only
The Loop LP-2150 seems to be a very popular thin Mini-ITX case, and almost the only All-In-One desktop solution(except the above CTL 650T). Tom’s Hardware made their own AIO PC using the Loop LP-2150 chassis: http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/604-do-it-yourself-all-in-one-thin-mini-itx.html
Also, Maingear uses this case in their Solo 21 design. http://www.maingear.com/custom/desktops/solo/index.php
- A lot more information around on the interblag.
- Very elegant design.
- Full-HD display
- No touch.
- Only 65 TDP CPU’s.
- Integrated graphics only.
This one is a bit of a power house. It complies with the Thin Mini-ITX standard, just like the above two, but this case featuers space and a PCI-E riser card to use a full-size double slot GPU.
That’s the unique selling point of this case. And personally I think it really needs this point, because it is quite chubby. Another smart thing the guys at Gigabyte did, is make it possible to use the GB-AEGT as an external display, via the D-Sub port on the back. So this is NOT an output, but an input.
Here’s a vid where they disassemble the tihing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP9S4XQZlEI
- Full-HD display.
- Supports full-size double slot graphics card.
- Can be used as an external display.
- Lots of room for drives.
- Supports CPU’s with a TDP of 95w max.
- Not very elegant design, althoug that’s primarily the back.
- Not clear how they supply the GPU of it’s power. I guess it won’t be through the 130w powerbrick…
And last but not least:
These are absolutely phenomenal thin Mini-ITX cases. And I think that one of these would be the one I’d buy, despite that fact that they don’t seem to be available anywhere. The most touchable thing I found, was a post from some guys who pictured and described the device at Computex 2012. Only I haven’t found a shop that sells them yet. Guess I’ll have to wait.
- Optional Touch screen. I wouldn’t consider not taking that option.
- Of course, Full-HD display.
- Looks awesome.
- No pictures of it’s insides.
- Doesn’t seem to be available anywhere.
- Integrated graphics only.
- Not clear wether it’s a full system, barebone, or both available.
- Probably also 65w TDP CPU max, but also not clear.
This is a kind of similar case to the above mentioned Loop LP-2150. Slightly bigger screen, but also full-HD, standard Intel laptop-style cooling, no touch capability, optical drive on the side, some front(side) I/O like USB and audio plugs, but nothing special. It is supposed to be a little easier to (dis)assemble than the Loop chassis, but I haven’t tried it out. The guys at Tom’s hardware did.
Here’s a video from Intel where they show you how to assemble the LG 22AM33NB.
- Nice design if you look from the front, which you will do most of the time.
- Webcam, SDHC card reader and front USB built in.
- Not to much information around
- Really not much.
That’s my list so far. If you’ve found another All-In-One thin Mini-ITX chassis, barebone, whatsoever, please leave a comment, and I’ll include it in this post.
Hope you enjoyed!