Spire's Tricer 1408 is a cheap-and-cheerful microATX case

— 9:34 AM on January 21, 2016

Case manufacturer Spire has anounced the Tricer 1408, its latest microATX chassis. It's a budget case that aims to provide sturdiness and ease of assembly to those building microATX or Mini-ITX systems.

The exterior is simple and understated. The front face houses the power buttons, two USB 2.0/3.0 ports, and audio jacks. The finish is a glossy black all around, save for a brushed steel panel on the front. The chassis is constructed from 0.45mm SPCC steel, measures 15x7x16", and weighs in at 8.4 pounds.

Inside, Spire provided drive cages that can accomodate up to three 3.5" drives at the top of the case. Underneath, builders can install up two 120mm fans. In something of a throwback move, the power supply mount is at the top of the case. Spire includes space behind the motherboard tray for cable management, and appropriate cutouts for routing cables. While the case doesn't come with any fans, there's room for one 120mm fan in the rear of the case, and another 120mm fan can be mounted to the left panel's side vent.

The omission of fans from this case is highly unusual, but Spire does include a 420W power supply. Availability is currently limited, but Spire has set the MSRP at $64.95.

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