Microcool It Banchetto 101 Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-27-2010
Provided by: Microcool It

The Banchetto case is a two piece design, and the top motherboard plate simply lifts off of chrome posts attached to the bottom. Not only does this make installation tasks easier, but also the two halves could be set side by side rather than stacked above and below each other. The top tray easily accommodates a full size ATX board with room to spare, and the power and reset color wrapped wires can be routed underneath and up around through one of the cable openings. The thumbscrews are a bit large to use in securing the board. I was initially concerned they might come in contact with some surrounding components, however they all fit fine and each has a rubber washer adhered to the bottom as additional insurance.

Since this is an atypical case design, some power supply cables may have issues with length, particularly as in this instance the primary ATX. In order to get it to reach, I turned the power supply around so that the cable bundle exited close to the top rather than the bottom. However the power supply bracket is not designed to be universal to mounting and I had to leave out two screws to accomplish this. In retrospect I could have also rotated the top tray 180 to put the motherboard ATX connector at the rear, which would have resolved the issue as well. However this would have put the switches at the rear of the case and the motherboard I/O connectors at the front.

Although you can get the power supply in and out without actually removing the bracket from the case, the center 5" and left 3" bay brackets have to come out in order to mount drives. Unfortunately, sliding the brackets in and out between the acrylic top and bottom plates only puts more scratches in their surfaces. I can just imagine how rough this will come to look over the lifetime of using the case, particularly because this is a "benching" case and is likely to see a lot of hardware changes. At least there are plenty of thumbscrews provided to fill up every position if needed.

Cables are easily routed out of the way and at least made to look organized and presentable, even if they are still visible through the transparent acrylic. Once everything is plugged in though it likely won't be possible to remove the top shelf without disconnecting quite a few of them. This would be required if you need to access the underside of the CPU socket, to change out the backing plate for example. Let's wrap up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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