Enermax Steelwing Mini-Tower Case Review

Benchmarks & Conclusion

After letting the Steelwing bake for several hours, we came back to find that it was unable to keep two of the CPU cores from throttling. The lower-than-expected temperature of the graphics card reflects the disproportionate airflow received from the low mounting position of the case’s front intake fan.

The large opening at the front of the case seems to offset any noise-reducing benefit gained by the Steelwing’s stiff aluminum and tempered glass construction.

Thanks to the poor results from its thermal and noise benchmarks, the Steelwing finds itself in last place in our temperature-to-noise comparison.

Fractal Design’s Define Nano S remains the case to beat, with the Steelwing’s $150 price tag barely pulling it ahead of the more efficient, but significantly more expensive, Antec Cube.

The Enermax Steelwing is a good-looking case with a price tag that isn’t all that high once you consider the quality of the materials and craftsmanship involved. However, it seems Enermax somehow lost its way in its endeavor to make the Steelwing as compact as possible. Ultimately, it seems said endeavor got out of hand and turned what could have been one of the better compact cases we’ve tested into a loud, hot mess that teases you with the potential power of the Micro-ATX platform but never actually lets you use it.

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  • EquineHero
    That looks hideous. Screw high airflow, I want something that doesn't look like Megatron and Bublebee's backyard abortion.
  • g-unit1111
    Got to give them props for trying something new in case design, but really, that green panel kind of cheapens the whole look of it.
  • takeshi7
    This case looks like an ugly and worse version of the In Win H-frame Mini. I wish that case came back.
  • g-unit1111
    1481619 said:
    This case looks like an ugly and worse version of the In Win H-frame Mini. I wish that case came back.


    Yeah that was an awesome cases. In Win knows how to do it right.
  • DerekA_C
    Besides that I just replaced a m-atx board they have up to 5 expansion slots I see 3 here so wtf is that about even if there were the typical 4 say 2 16x slots for sli or xfire/mgpu this case would never work.

    THIS SITE IS GETTING GARBAGE EVERY FF-ing time I have to log into this site it wont post my post I have to repost and the ADS and the videos I am just about done with this site going to replace it with something else will be searching today.

    Another Interesting fact this site will not let me use it if I am using Firefox quantum which is AWESOME BTW but instead Edge browser works perfect thank god for not being able to get rid of edge lol HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • Crashman
    2428111 said:
    Besides that I just replaced a m-atx board they have up to 5 expansion slots I see 3 here so wtf is that about even if there were the typical 4 say 2 16x slots for sli or xfire/mgpu this case would never work. THIS SITE IS GETTING GARBAGE EVERY FF-ing time I have to log into this site it wont post my post I have to repost and the ADS and the videos I am just about done with this site going to replace it with something else will be searching today. Another Interesting fact this site will not let me use it if I am using Firefox quantum which is AWESOME BTW but instead Edge browser works perfect thank god for not being able to get rid of edge lol HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Four. Micro ATX only ever had four slots max. Micro ATX is a form factor, which means it has a fixed set of maximum dimensions.

    It's because the word "form factor" has a specific meaning that I'm going through certain articles and killing the term "small form factor". If "small" was a form factor you'd be able to give me dimensions. Mini ITX is a form factor that's small, but the form factor name is Mini ITX.

    And thanks for bringing up the constant sign-out problem. It's been less pervasive for the past few days, but it is a nuisance. Along with constantly being pestered to sign up for the newsletter I'm already signed up for.