Page 1:Mini-ITX Gaming: Small, Fast, And Inexpensive
Page 2:Good Looks: A Case And PSU
Page 3:A Reasonable Price: CPU And Motherboard
Page 4:Cooling: Third-Party Or Intel's Bundled Heat Sink?
Page 5:Finger Exercises: The Hard Drive And SSD
Page 6:Flat Like A Pancake: The Slim Optical Drive
Page 7:Tight Spaces: The Motherboard Installation
Page 8:Pushing Pixels: Sapphire's Radeon HD 7750
Page 9:Power Consumption
Page 10:Small Package, Reasonable Price, And Good Performance
Good Looks: A Case And PSU
The Deal/Steal: Chieftec FI-01W
This case looks great, whether it's lying flat in a desktop orientation or standing up as a tower, especially given its low price tag.
When this story went live in Europe, our enclosure of choice was called the FI-01W. But Chieftec doesn't sell it here. In the U.S., the same case shows up as Winsis' WI-10. It's really hard to track down, though. So, although all of our pictures are of the Chieftec chassis, we're using Winsis' WI-02 instead. Internally, the WI-02 is identical. It even includes a 200 W power supply. For as little as $45 online, we're happy to recommend the WI-02 as an alternative.
Like other Chieftec enclosures, the FI-01W (and, by extension, Winsis' WI-02) is built like a tank, albeit a tiny one. This can be a blessing as well as a curse. Be ready for a twisted neck and scraped fingers during the build process because this chassis has absolutely no give and promises only cramped working conditions.
Let’s first take a look at how the Chieftec FI-01W stacks up on paper.
|Form Factor||Mini-ITX; Desktop form factor (Lying down) or tower form factor (Standing upright)|
|Dimensions||10.43" x 3.54" x 10.63" (Depth x Width x Height); 6.45 L (Volume)|
|Weight||7.72 lbs (with PSU)|
|External Drive Bays||1 x 5.25" Slimline with tool-less installation|
|Internal Drive Bays||1 x 3.5" With tool-less installation + 1 x 2.5" (Installation with screws)|
|Power Supply Unit|
|200 W TFX PSU (Chieftec DSI-200P)|
|Front Connectors||2 x USB 2.0, Microphone input, Audio output (AC'97/HD Audio)|
|In The Box||Screw set, Accessory set, Motherboard spacer, Thumb screws, Four feet|
|Materials||0.6 mm Steel, White Finish (Winsis' WI-02 is available either in a black or silver finish)|
|Manufacturer's Website||Chieftec Product Page, Winsis Product Page|
This is where we would have nitpicked the the Chieftec FI-01W’s smaller problems, except that we didn’t find any.
The only thing that we didn’t love about the FI-01W was its lack of a door for the optical drive. While the case comes with a removable cover, a simple door mechanism would have made the case perfect (though we recognize that a quality mechanism would have also made it more expensive). At the equivalent of $60 in Europe, or as low as $45 here in the U.S., we're fine with the chassis as-is.
We'll dive into power supply performance once we finish the build.
- Mini-ITX Gaming: Small, Fast, And Inexpensive
- Good Looks: A Case And PSU
- A Reasonable Price: CPU And Motherboard
- Cooling: Third-Party Or Intel's Bundled Heat Sink?
- Finger Exercises: The Hard Drive And SSD
- Flat Like A Pancake: The Slim Optical Drive
- Tight Spaces: The Motherboard Installation
- Pushing Pixels: Sapphire's Radeon HD 7750
- Power Consumption
- Small Package, Reasonable Price, And Good Performance