Metallicgear Neo-G Mini Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 20.02.19

Less than one year ago at Computex 2018, Phanteks has announced the MetallicGear sub-brand. With MetallicGear, the company adds a new line of cases called "Neo". A couple of weeks ago we have received the Neo-G Mini and on following you can find our review.




Specifications

Model: Neo-G Mini
Case Type: Mini-tower
Dimensions: 190 mm (W) x 355 mm (H) x 375 mm (D)
Material: Aluminum, Steel, Tempered Glass
Color: Black
Drive Bay: 5.25": 0
3.5": 1
2.5": 2
Expansion slots: 3
Form factors: mini-ITX
Cooling: Front: 2x 120mm / 2x 140mm (included)
Rear: -
Top: -
Bottom: -
Side: 2x 120mm
Watercooling Front: 240mm / 280mm
Side: 240mm
Top: -


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Product overview


The Neo-G Mini from Metallicgear is made out sandblasted aluminum and steel. Furthermore there is a solid tempered glass side panel as any recent chassis. Design wise Metallicgear cases have unique looks, appearing sleek and suitable for every envirorment. Like every modern case, the Neo-G Mini comes with RGB illumination. Integrated on the left front profile, we find the I/O connectors and there are two USB 3.0 ports as well as mini-jacks for microphone and headphones. The back panel is simple and straight forward as we find the opening for the I/O shield and expansion slots.

The Neo-G Mini is compatible with mini-ITX motherboards and average size CPU coolers. The motherboard tray is made out solid steel, and it features a big cut out behind the socket, which allows the user to install aftermarket CPU coolers when the motherboard has already been installed. In total, the Metallicgear Neo-G Mini supports up to one 3.5" HDD and two 2.5" SSDs, both in dedicated places and well hidden.

For testing purposes we used an ASUS ROG Strix Z390-I Gaming motherboard and a 240mm closed-loop water cooler from Corsair and we did not run into any mounting or compatiblity issues. Due to the size of the case, we have had some little issues with the cable management. In our opinion this aspect should be improved.

Conclusion

Rating

  Cooling Features Layout Build Quality Value for Money
Pros

+ Good compatibility for watercooling
+ Dust filters

+ Tempered glass
+ RGB

 

+ Good build quality + Brushed aluminum + Solid price
Cons     - Cable management not perfect    
 


The Neo-G Mini is one of the latest cases from the American manufacturer Metallicgear/Phanteks. We really liked this case, since it is almost perfect in any aspect, no matter whether you’re looking at it from a build quality, a ventilation or a layout point of view. The only aspect that might be improved regards the cable management since the available is too small. We have spent several time on this point, trying to reach a cleaner installation. However since the space behind the motherboard tray is so little, you can't find a perfect route for the cables.

On the other hand, we really liked the materials used on this case like steel, aluminum as well as the tempered glass. The finish and the build quality are just perfect and we simply cannot find anything to criticize. The looks of a case are always matter of individual taste but when checking out the interior, we believe this layout is as close to perfection as it gets. Everything is tool-free and therefore removing the front panel is as simple as it can be. One of the key aspects of this case it's the great compatibility with high end graphics cards and 240mm AIO that can be installed on the front and on the side.

The Metallicgear Neo-G Mini is available on Geizhals at a price of 79 euro excluding shipping costs. In our opinion the price matches the quality and features. Inside the delivery you will find the PCIe cables and one 120mm LED fan. We award the Metallicgear Neo-G Mini with 4 out of 5 stars.




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