Microcool Banchetto 101
Italian brand Microcool makes a feast for the eyes in its Banchetto 101, using chrome accents to reflect various colors throughout the chassis’ 8mm (5/16”) PMMA panels. Shown below in as-delivered form, the Banchetto 101 easily separates into upper and lower halves by lifting the motherboard tray straight up.
Four chrome pins engage holes in the motherboard tray’s rubber feet to prevent sliding. The grip of the rubber feet against these pins makes the tray feel stable, requiring slight effort to separate the upper and lower portions.
Note that the photo above also shows the hard drive and CD-ROM cages removed. A brace between these separates the two acrylic sheets of the base.
Hardware includes seven screw-in stands to support full-height expansion cards and two large packs of thumb screws, in fine-thread and coarse-thread. A neoprene washer beneath the head of each screw prevents scratches.
The 3-bay optical drive cage his held between the two case braces using a single screw.
The four-bay hard drive cage is secured by two screws on its left side.
The back of the power supply faces the front of the case, with two screws keeping its tray in place.
The Banchetto 101’s rear-panel holds a three-fan radiator and pump, and is held in place by four more screws. We added a fan to visually clarify its design.