Thermaltake intros SD101 Mini-ITX HTPC chassis

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Thermaltake has unveiled a new compact enclosure with features specifically geared toward HTPC-like applications. The SD101 may not be able to handle the same breadth of enthusiast hardware as cases like Cooler Master's recently released HAF XB, but at only 10.4 x 4.7 x 10.3 inches and 6.2 pounds, Thermaltake's offering is just the right size to accommodate a powerful living room machine without unnecessary bulk.

The chassis supports Mini-ITX motherboards, up to one 5.25-inch device, one 2.5 and 3.5-inch drive, processor coolers measuring up to 1.77 inches (45mm) tall as well as two expansion cards, though you won't find room for high-end graphics. At best, the SD101 can house low profile cards measuring up to 6.8 inches long, and that seems fine considering the fact that it only ships with a 180W 80 Plus Bronze certified power supply.

Front panel connectivity is limited to a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks, while stock cooling consists of a single 80mm 2100RPM exhaust fan, though several sides are well ventilated, including the panels nearest the power supply and processor. We haven't found any information on availability or pricing, but the design seems similar to the In Win BM643, which seems to be discontinued but is still selling for $75 or so.

As noted above, if you're looking for something a little more spacious, the HAF XB is priced at around $100 and is better suited toward a LAN gaming rig with support for full size ATX motherboards, up to three GPUs measuring 13.1 inches (334mm) long, CPU coolers standing up to 7.1 inches (180mm), PSUs stretching up to 7.08 inches (180mm) and as many as six 2.5-inch drives when including the hot-swappable X-Dock bays.

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