Raijintek Styx Review
Category : Cases
Published by Luca Rocchi on 13.10.15
With the Styx, Raijintek has a new mATX case in its portfolio, which is made from aluminium as well as steel. Apart from that, this case is very compact but it still offers enough space to install high-end gaming graphics cards as well as coolers whic measure up to 180 millimeter in height. In addition the chassis can be equipped with a number of HDDs and SSDs.


Rating

  Cooling Features Layout Build Quality Value for Money
Pros + Good compatibility for watercooling + Dust filters + Available in few different colors + Compatible with ATX PSU + Interior space + Good build quality  
Cons     - Cable managment not easy to do   - Despite the good amount of features we believe that price is a bit too high





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Specifications

Model: Styx
Case Type: Mini tower
Dimensions: 210 mm (W) x 335 mm (H) x 360 mm (D)
Material: Aluminum
Color: Black
Drive Bay: 5.25": 0
3.5": 3
2.5": 6
Expansion slots: 5
Form factors: mATX, mini-ITX
Cooling: Front: /
Rear: 1x 120mm (included)
Top: 2x 120mm
Bottom: 1x 120mm
Side: /
Link to the product: Raijintek Styx


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Features

ATX PSU

Despite the small dimensions of the chassis, the Styx is compatible with ATX power supplies; although there is no maximum size noticed for PSUs, we recommend to not exceed choose a unit longer than 160 mm. The reason is quite simple: if the PSU is larger it will eat up the space, which is dedicated to the graphics card.

 

Dust filters

There are washable dust filters covering all big openings of the Styx. Thanks to a quick release system they are very easy and convenient to remove.
 

Aluminum

Like the little brother Metis, the Stys is made mostly from high-end materials like the aluminum. Only the main structure of the chassis is made from steel. The build quality is good, the materials used are very well made and manufacturing tolerances are very little.


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Product overview

Overview

   
   
The Raijintek Styx is a small case designed for mATX motherboards; like the previous model Metis, which we've reviewed a few months ago, the Styx is made of aluminum. Unlike most PC cases, there are no openings on the side panels and their finish is very smooth. Only the top panel features a mesh, which helps realizing decent cooling. On this model, the I/O connectors have been located at the top and it includes two USB3.0 ports and the classic 3.5mm audio jacks. Despite the small size of the Styx, this case is offers space for an ATX power supply, measuring up to 160mm in length. Apart from that you can install graphics cards, which measure up to 280mm in length.
 
   
 



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Installation

Overview

   
 
The Styx from Raijintek is amongs the smaller mATX cases we have tested so far. Despite the its compact dimensions there is a lot of space available on the inside. The motherboard is placed vertically with the sockets facing down while the power supply is to be put in the front part of the case. As far as the storage is concerned, you can equip the Styx with up to three 3.5" HDD and up to six 2.5" devices. All HDDs are positioned on slides which can be attached at the bottom and the top of the case. Despite its very small dimensions of 210 x 335 x 360 mm, the Styx allows installing high-end graphics card and medium-sized ATX power supplies. For our test system, we used a fully modular 650W ATX PSU and there was no issue. Due to the size of the case, it is not necessary to use a low profile CPU cooler since the Styx is compatible with CPU cooler with a maximus height of 180mm. The installation is not as easy as with an ATX case but putting the components in place is still reasonably simple. One thing that really helps is that all side panels can be removed, which allows for good access to the interior.
 
   
 



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Ventilation options

Overview

   
Having a closer look at the cooling options provided with this case, we found one slot at the back of the case, which holds the pre-installed 120 millimeter fan, and two slots on the top. Regarding the CPU cooling, the Raijintek Styx is compatible with high-range CPU cooler up to 180mm tall and GPU with a maximum length of 280mm.
 
 



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Temperatures

Overview

   
   

For testing purposes we're using an ASUS P8Z77-I ITX motherboard, an Intel Core i5-2500K CPU, which receives cooling through a be quiet! Dark Rock 3 cooler as well as a Club3D R9 290X royalAce graphics card. To put the CPU under full load, we're running prime95 for 10 min and in the case of the GPU we use Furmark also for 10 minutes. After these ten minutes, we're going to write down the temperatures. The ambient temperature is close to 27°C.



All noise dampening panels installed Idle (°C) Full (°C)
Intel Core i5-2500K 37 / 39 / 38 / 39 62 / 61 / 61 / 59
Club3D R9 290X royalAce 39 80
Less is better



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Conclusion



Raijintek once again managed to create a compact case, which is compatible with high-end hardware. The Styx features basically the same design like the smaller Metis and in our opinion this is a great and stylish looking case. The Styx is made from thick, black, anodized aluminum panels and apart from that there is high quality SPCC steel being used. Due to the fact that the side panels are made from aluminum they're light. Apart from that there are no sharp edges and the build quality is generally on a very high level. Installing your hardware is basically simple, but you need to keep in mind that the there is generally not too much space. But since all side panels can be taken off all areas of the case are easily accessible. We particularly enjoyed the internal layout regarding the CPU cooler or the PSU since it is not necessary to use a low profile air cooler.

The design is clean and simple, and the lines of the Styx are timeless. Also the internal layout has been done in a well-thought way. In our opinion only the cable management is not perfect.

If you are looking for a compact, elegant and high-quality mATX PC case, then the Raijintek Styx is definitely a good choice. The Raijintek Styx allows you to build a powerful HTPC system and there is even space for a powerful dedicated graphics card. Currently, on Caseking, the price of the Raijintek Styx is at around 90 euro without shipping cost. This case is no bargain but keeping in mind that it's a premium mATX enclosure the price is on a reasonable level. The Raijintek Styx receives 4 stars out of 5.



Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Installation
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Ventilation options
Page 3 - Features Page 7 - Temperatures
Page 4 - Product overview Page 8 - Conclusion