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Best Micro-ATX Cases for 2023

We rated, reviewed, & compared 11 of the best micro-ATX cases across various budgets. We rated each mATX case listed here based on price, build-quality, and feature set.

If you want to build a small form-factor gaming computer, you have a couple of options for the size of motherboard and case you can you. One of the more budget-friendly form-factors is micro-ATX. Micro-ATX cases are a little smaller than the traditional standard ATX mid tower cases and are a little bit larger than the popular mini-ITX cases.

Also Read: Micro-ATX vs Mini-ITX vs ATX: What’s the Difference?

The nice thing about mATX cases and motherboards is that they typically cost quite a bit less than mini-ITX motherboards and cases. In a lot of instances, gamers working with a tight budget can’t afford a mini-ITX case and motherboard because of their higher price. However, there are plenty of micro-ATX cases and motherboards out there that come in at a fraction of the price.

So, in an effort to help you find the best micro-ATX case for your budget and needs, I’ve put together this buyer’s guide. In this guide, you’ll find 11 of the top mATX PC cases that you can use to building a new high-end gaming PC or a budget-friendly system with.

Table of Contents

– Our Picks for the Best mATX Cases

1. Top Pick: NZXT h500i

2. Runner-Up: Phanteks EVOLV mATX

3. Cube-Style: Thermaltake Level 20 VT

4. Value: Antec P6

5. Budget: Thermaltake Versa h25

6. Honorable Mentions

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Our Top Picks for the Best Micro-ATX Cases

The table below represents our top selections for the best micro-ATX cases across a range of categories. We’ve chosen what we feel is the best mATX case overall, our runner-up pick, the best cube-style micro-ATX case, the best value pick, and the best budget-friendly option.



Lian Li 205M

  • 14.8″ GPU
  • 6.2″ Cooler
  • 5 Fans Max
  • Black/White

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Phanteks EVOLV mATX

  • 12.5″ GPU
  • 7.6″ Cooler
  • 6 Fans Max
  • 3 Styles

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Thermaltake Level 20 VT

  • 13.8″ GPU
  • 7.3″ Cooler
  • 9 Fans Max
  • Black Only
8. 9/10

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Thermaltake S100

  • 12.9″ GPU
  • 6.4″ Cooler
  • 5 Fans Max
  • Black/White

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Montech Flyer

  • 12.9″ GPU
  • 6.2″ Cooler
  • 5 Fans Max
  • Black/White

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*To read more about each of these mATX cases, click on the “Read Review »” link to skip to our write-up on that case. You can also keep scrolling down to find more micro-ATX cases based on your budget.

1. Lian Li 205M

The best micro-ATX case overall

Our Rating: 9.1/10

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Lian Li’s 205M micro-ATX case is the perfect option for anyone looking for a nice-looking premium chassis that won’t break the bank. The 250M is also one of the roomier mATX cases on this list with the ability to hold video cards that are up to 14.8″ in length and up to 6.2″ in height.

The case can also hold up to five different fans and can hold up to a 240mm AIO cooler on the top or front of the case. And, the 250M comes with two 120mm fans preinstalled.

While the 250M and Phanteks EVOLV mATX (listed below) are pretty close in terms of overall quality, the 250M has a little bit more room inside of it and it comes in at ~$40-$50 cheaper.

Overall, the 250M is one of the best smaller form-factor cases on the market overall, let alone one of the best micro-ATX cases. So, if you’re looking for a solid mATX case and you have a budget that can accommodate the 250M, it would at least be worth considering.

2. Phanteks EVOLV mATX

The next best mATX case

Our Rating: 9.1/10

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Another equally as impressive option as Lian Li’s 250M is the Phanteks EVOLV mATX. The EVOLV mATX also comes with a tempered glass side panel and a PSU shroud. However, it doesn’t have quite as much clearance for video cards as the h500i does as it can only accommodate cards that are up to 12.5″ long.

The good news, though, is that 12.5″ of clearance for graphics cards is more than enough to house even the higher-end GPUs out there. In fact, you’ll find that there are some RTX 3090s and RTX 3080s out there come in at under 12.5″ long. So, really, you aren’t limited in terms of what you can do inside of the EVOLV mATX.

One upside to the EVOLV mATX, though, (at least, in comparison to the 250M), is the fact that it can hold a larger 360mm AIO cooler or radiator. So, if you’re on the fence between the two and you’re looking to fit as big of a cooler in the system as possible, the EVOLV mATX will allow you to go with the bigger radiator.

However, if you prefer the style of the 250M over the EVOLV, then I’d say that you should go with the 250M, as the differences between the cases (feature-wise) probably aren’t so significant to where you’d be mad if you chose one over the other.

3. Thermaltake Level 20 VT

A high-end cube-style mATX case

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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We chose the Thermaltake Level 20 VT as our top choice for cube-style micro-ATX cases. The Level 20 VT has received mostly positive reviews. It comes with four tempered glass panels, three of which are removable, on its front, sides, and top.

The case has a ton of room inside of it with support for graphics cards that are up to 13.8″ long and CPU coolers that are up to 7.3″ tall. Both of those represent enough clearance to allow for pretty much any graphics card or air CPU cooler currently on the market. The case also has a ton of support for liquid cooling as well with room for up to 280mm AIO coolers. You can even fit dual 240mm radiators on the top panel of the case, too.

The one downside of the Level 20 VT, though, is that it costs more than all of the other cube-style cases on this list and it doesn’t offer as much airflow as some of the other options on this list. However, with the ability to house up to a maximum of nine fans, and its extensive support for liquid cooling, you can potentially make up for its slightly lower levels of airflow by adding additional hardware to it.

But, if you want something that will provide better cooling out-of-the-box, you might want to check out the Corsair Crystal 280X, the Thermaltake Core X2, or the Thermaltake Core V21 below.

4. Thermaltake S100

The best mATX case for the money?

Our Rating: 8.6/10

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For our pick for the micro-ATX case that offers the best value for its price, we chose the Thermaltake S100. Why? Well, the S100 has a lot of the features that are popular among system builders right now (mainly, a tempered glass side panel and a PSU shroud) and it has an all-black sleek-looking design that is neither too plain to scare away users looking for a sexier option and too over-the-top to scare away users that are looking for a simpler design.

And, it has enough room on the inside of to meet most buidlers demands. It with the ability to house graphics cards up to 12.9″ long (which is enough clearance to accommodate most graphics cards out there) and CPU coolers up to 6.4″ tall. It can also hold radiators up to 280mm long as long as the radiator and fans on it are no thicker than 55mm. So, liquid cooling is also a possibility in this case as well.

You get all of these features for just a little under $70. So, the bottom line is that if you are looking for a nice-looking micro-ATX case that has plenty of room to house a high-end build, the S100 is worth considering.

5. Montech Flyer

The best budget micro-ATX case

Our Rating: 8.4/10

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The Montech Flyer is the cheapest option on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad option. It does only come with two fans preinstalled, but it gives you the option to add up to three more later down the road (for a total of five fans).

The design is pretty straightforward, but it does offer a little bit more than other sub-$50 cases. It has a see-through acryllic side panel, a full length PSU shroud, and an RGB strip offset to one side.

With the Flyer, you can fit graphics cards as long as 12.9″ and CPU coolers as tall as 6.2″ inside of this case. Both of those figures are enough to accommodate high-end video cards and CPU coolers.

Ultimately, for just under $50, the Montech Flyer is the perfect option for budget-oriented system builders who need an affordable case that won’t significantly limit their component options.

6. Fractal Design Node 804

Another cube-style micro-ATX case

Our Rating: 8.8/10

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If you’re looking for a cube-style case, one option you have is the Fractal Design Node 804. The Node 804 has an all-black minimalistic design making it a good option for gamers or professionals who don’t want the over-the-top look that some cases come with.

The Node 804 also provides enough room and clearance for users to be able to build a high-end system inside of as well. It comes with support for up to 12.6″ long graphics cards and up to 6.3″ tall CPU coolers. You can also fit liquid cooling radiators that are up to 280mm long in this case, too, so if you want to put a high-end AIO cooler in it, or put custom liquid cooling inside of it, you should be able to do so.

For us, the main downfall of the Node 804, though, is its price. Compared to other cube-style cases on this list (like the Thermaltake Level 20 VT, the Corsair Carbide Air 240, and the Thermaltake Core X2 and Core V1), the Node 804 comes in at anywhere from ~$35-$65 more expensive. For some users (especially those who like the simpler design of the Node 804) that price difference will be worth it. However, if you’re a bit more budget conscious, you might want to check out the other cube-style micro-ATX cases listed above or below.

7. BitFenix Prodigy M

Nice-looking mATX case with handles

Our Rating: 8. 6/10

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The BitFenix Prodigy M offers the signature Bitfenix Prodigy design—just in a slightly bigger format than its smaller mini-ITX brother. The case is available in a variety of colors, like orange, green, or plain white and it comes with handles on the front and back to make it easier to move around.

For clearance, the Prodigy M can hold graphics cards up to 12.6-inches long and CPU coolers up to 6.3-inches tall. It can also hold up to five fans (comes with two preinstalled on the bottom of the case and the back of the case) and it has room to hold a 120mm or 140mm radiator.

The Prodigy M is also one of the more compact micro-ATX cases on this list, so if you want to build a mini gaming PC, this isn’t a bad case do it in.

Ultimately, if you like the Bitfenix Prodigy design, the Prodigy M comes in at a fairly decent price (considering the competition), is one of the more compact mATX options available, and it has multiple color schemes to help you find the right match for your tastes.

8. Corsair Crystal 280X

Another worthy cube micro-ATX case

Our Rating: 8.8/10

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Corsair’s Crystal 280X is another solid cube-style micro-ATX case. The 280X has an attractive design thanks in part to its three tempered glass panels (one on the top, one on the front, and one on the side) and all black color scheme.

It also has a decent amount of interior space as well, thanks to its dual chamber design. The case can hold graphics cards as long as 11.8-inches and CPU coolers as tall as 5.9-inches. It also has space for liquid cooling radiators up to 240mm on either the top, front, or bottom of the case.

The 280X is available in white or black and you can opt for the standard tempered glass edition, or the RGB edition (which also has tempered glass.) If you want to save a little bit of money, the Corsair Carbide Air 240 is essentially the same case, it just doesn’t have tempered glass panels.

Overall, if you like cube-style cases, the Crystal 280X probably has one of the better designs out of all of the box-style cases. The RGB version of the case is fairly expensive, but the non-RGB version comes in at a somewhat decent price.

9. Thermaltake Core X2

A very roomy micro-ATX case

Our Rating: 8.9/10

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If you’re deadset on a cube-style micro-ATX case and you’ve decided to pass on the Node 804, the Level VT, and the Air 240, you might end up with an even better option in the Thermaltake Core X2. While the other options listed above might feature nicer-looking designs, the Core X2 offers more room on its interior and support for more fans (and larger radiators) than any of the other cube-style cases on this list.

In fact, the Core X2 can accommodate more fans and radiators, and larger graphics cards and CPU coolers than any of the cases on this list. It can hold up a whopping 15 different case fans, as well radiators up to 360mm long. You can also technically run up to six different radiators simultaneously in this case as well.

For clearances, the Core X2 can house graphics cards up to 18.9″ long and CPU coolers up to 9.0″ tall. Both of those figures are well over the actual length and height of any existing graphics cards and CPU coolers. So, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a video card or cooler that will fit inside of this case.

Overall, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly cube case that has an insane amount of room and fan/radiator support inside of it, the Core X2 might be the best option for you.

10. Thermaltake Core V21

A cheaper cube-style mATX case

Our Rating: 8.6/10

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Another cube-style micro-ATX case that is worth mentioning is the Thermaltake Core V21 (seriously, how does Thermaltake manage so many different lines of cases?!) It’s not quite as roomy and it can’t support as many fans (or radiators) as the Core X2, but it does come in at about ~$100 cheaper and it is no slouch in graphics card/CPU cooler clearance and the maximum number of fans supported.

The Thermaltake Core V21 can house video cards up to 13.8″ long and CPU coolers up to 7.3″ tall. It can also hold up to 11 difference case fans as well as hold radiators up to 280mm long. So, needless to say, there really isn’t a limit on the kind of system you can put inside of this case.

It probably isn’t suited for a quad-GPU system with an extreme custom liquid cooling setup, but for a high-end single GPU setup with a large AIO cooler, this case will work just fine.

11. MasterBox Lite 3.1

A decent budget-friendly micro-ATX case

Our Rating: 8.4/10

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The MasterBox Lite 3.1 gives a whole new meaning to space management. It utilizes modular elements in the design to give you more room to incorporate larger components. At 456mm x 208mm x 381mm and a little under nine pounds, it’s one of the more compact and lightweight designs available.

The Lite 3.1 can house graphics cards as large as 14. 9 inches and CPU coolers as tall as 6.2 inches. Essentially, that means you can build as high-end of a single-GPU system as possible inside this budget-friendly case, as it will fit even the biggest and best GPUs and coolers on the market inside of it.

It also comes with a completely transparent side panel so that you can show off your build.

Ultimately, at this price, the value is insane considering the space you get. If you’re looking for a small form-factor case that will allow you to build a high-end system inside of, or even if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option you can grow into as you upgrade your system, this case fits the bill. You can read more about this case in our review on it, which can be found here.

Which Micro-ATX Case is Right for You?

Whether you’re looking for a stylish micro-ATX case that will make a statement, or a mATX case that can accommodate a high-end gaming PC inside of it, one of the options listed above should do the trick for you. There are micro-ATX cases above that come with RGB lights, clearance for even the longest graphics cards, and the ability to house robust liquid cooling systems. And, there are also plenty of budget-friendly options you can use to put together a solid entry-level gaming PC.

So, if you’re in the market for a new case, the 11 options above represent what we feel are the best micro-ATX cases currently available.

Best Micro ATX (MATX) Cases in 2023

Five cases that show size, as well as style, is important

Updated: Mar 7, 2023 2:06 pm

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Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

How we choose

How we test

Things to know about micro ATX cases

Motherboard Form Factor

Case form factors

Things to consider

Component compatibility

Cable management

Some advantages to the Micro ATX form factor

Best micro ATX cases

Phanteks EVOLV mATX Case

Best cube micro ATX case

Corsair Crystal 280X RGB Micro-ATX Case

Best micro ATX case for airflow

Fractal Meshify C Micro ATX/Mini ITX Case

Best looking micro ATX case

NZXT h310 – Mini-ITX

Best silent micro ATX case

Thermaltake Versa h27

Final word


Do ATX Cases Support Micro ATX?

What Is the Smallest Micro ATX Case?

Are All Micro ATX Motherboards the Same Size?

Can ITX Fit in ATX Case?

Can ATX PSU Fit in MATX Case?

What Is ITX vs ATX?

How Do I Know if My Case Is ATX or Micro ATX?

Today we’re going to be looking at the best Micro ATX (MATX) Cases available right now. If you’re looking to build a new gaming PC, workstation, or otherwise, take a look at these Micro ATX cases to fit all your components in nicely.

With the tech and gaming industry currently booming, it’s no surprise to see today’s market playing host to a sea of high-performance PC cases that come to shelves offering a variety of different shapes, sizes, and price points.  That makes choosing the right one for your specific needs a time-consuming and strenuous task – even more so if you plan on building it around the M-ATX form factor. Luckily, there is still a pretty large demand for Micro-ATX cases and we see new arrivals hitting shelves on an almost monthly basis.

Micro-ATX builds are pretty popular in the gaming community due to their cool aesthetics and affordable price points. These days, a lot of people are leaning towards Micro-ATX cases as they offer a much smaller footprint over mid-tower/full-tower cases, while still offering enough room to house large GPUs and elaborate cooling setups too. They really are the best of both worlds when it comes to gaming setups.

In today’s article, we’ll be going through some of the best micro-ATX cases the market has to offer. We’ll be putting them through their paces to see how they stack up in build quality, aesthetics, thermals, noise levels, and overall build assembly.

After careful consideration – and sifting through a ton of different options from numerous manufacturers – we came to the conclusion that the Phanteks Evolv is the best micro-ATX case overall. But we’ll talk more about that shortly.

The following recommendations are of solid construction, have spacious interiors, and promote excellent airflow. If you’re interested in seeing what sets them apart from other cases, then read on.

How we choose

Whether we’re reviewing new monitors or the best GPU on the market, choosing the right hardware can always be a tricky task.

It requires hours of product research, performance benchmarking, and reviewing user feedback to get anywhere close to a definitive conclusion on what to recommend.

If you aren’t tech-savvy and struggle to put the time aside to go through the above requirements, you may end up purchasing a micro-ATX PC case that simply isn’t right for you.

Fear not though, friends! Here at WePC, we like to take the stress of research away, and transform the whole process into an easy-to-follow, complete buyers guide. That’s right, our team of PC enthusiasts has done all the hard work for you!

How we test

Testing the products we recommend is a huge part of the overall selection process in our best of guides. It’s a way to make sure what we recommend is, without a doubt, the best option in its specific category.

To be sure a product is “the best” it must show excellent performance in our tests, and display better qualities and features than the competition it faces.

Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from the price and performance, to build quality, efficiency, and aesthetics. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants our coveted top spot.

Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it’s worth your consideration.

Things to know about micro ATX cases

The following factors are important and should be taken into consideration before buying your next micro ATX case. That’s why we’ll go over these things in some more detail.

There are a few things to consider before just clicking “buy” on a case you love. Firstly, be aware of the size of your components (form factor). Motherboards, GPUs, and PSUs form factor can vary in size, so it’s important to check the case can support your parts. Also, before jumping into a case purchase, it’s always worth considering what fan configuration you’re going to use and how many hard drives you plan on installing.

Motherboard Form Factor

You are going to need to know your motherboard’s form factor before you begin. The most common motherboard sizes are ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX, with ATX being the bigger of the three – and Mini-ATX being the smallest.

Smaller boards will have less room for your components and will generally have fewer features too. This isn’t bad if you don’t need a lot of space. However, if you’re making a high-end gaming build (or upgrading a mid-range build), then you might want to stick with the classic ATX board and therefore visit some different case options.

Case form factors

You will normally find the motherboard compatibility labeled in the name of the case or very easily in the specs. This outlines the maximum sized motherboard you can fit into the case.

There are three prominent types of computer cases (although there are more) and each is compatible with different types of motherboards:

  • Full-tower cases are the largest cases and can work with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX. Their large size is designed for extra components rather than exceptionally larger motherboards.
  • Mid-tower cases are the most popular and can also work with motherboards that are as large as ATX.
  • Mini-tower cases sacrifice the larger ATX boards, but can still use Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX boards.

It is worth noting that your micro-ATX build will look great in any sized case from the smaller ‘node’ style boxes to a mid-tower case. Most of the time, cases will cater for motherboards with smaller sizes, having said that, some cases don’t take that into consideration – leading to issues with routing I/O connectors from the front panel.

Things to consider

When purchasing a case with a smaller form factor, there are certain things you will need to consider before choosing the components you decide to fill it with.

Below are some of the most important considerations when it comes to a micro-ATX case

Component compatibility

One of the first things you must consider before purchasing a small PC case is your components. The chances are, if you are looking for the best micro-ATX case then you are set on building a smaller-sized PC. Great! However, if you’re thinking of downsizing your ATX build (by switching motherboards) you might be at risk of component incompatibility.

Many small form factor cases don’t have the capacity to house a large GPU. Although, some will. The same can be said for the PSU, CPU Cooler, and AIO Cooler. You must ensure that the case you’re looking at can support the hardware you plan on installing in it. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a somewhat expensive paperweight.

Cable management

Whether you’re looking at a full tower PC case or an mATX case, cable management is highly important when it comes to build assembly and aesthetics. Unfortunately, though, it often gets forgotten about when you get into building a micro-ATX system.

This neglect comes from smaller systems tending to be of lower quality, offering fewer options when it comes to this department- but that isn’t always the case. Cable management in micro-ATX cases is more important than ever due to the decreased airflow they provide. More often than not, they offer less fan mounting solutions to properly cool the inside over ATX cases. So keep those cables routed properly around the system to maximize cooling performance.

Some advantages to the Micro ATX form factor

There are several advantages to using a micro ATX case form factor. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Cost: Micro ATX cases tend to be less expensive than full ATX cases, making them a more budget-friendly option for budget-conscious consumers.
  • Size: Micro ATX cases are smaller than full ATX cases, making them a more compact option for users who want to save space or who don’t need a large case for their system.
  • Compatibility: Micro ATX motherboards are compatible with most components and peripherals, including graphics cards, hard drives, and memory.
  • Upgradeability: Micro ATX cases often have fewer expansion slots than full ATX cases, but they still provide enough slots to upgrade the system over time.
  • Ease of Assembly: Micro ATX cases are easier to build in than full ATX cases because they are smaller and have fewer components, which can make the assembly process quicker and less complex.
  • Improved cooling: Due to their compact size, micro ATX cases can often offer improved cooling over larger cases as there is less space for hot air to circulate.

Best micro ATX cases


Micro tower

Motherboard Support

Micro-ATX, Mini-ATX

Dimensions (HxWxD)

453 x 230 x 400mm

Included fans

1 x 140mm fan

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