The original crowdfunded computer enclosure, the M1 couples a clean all-aluminum construction with clever, flexible layout options, providing full-tower class desktop performance within a 12.6L frame.
In the box: M1 enclosure, internal power extention cable, accessory kit
M1: The original crowdsourced computer enclosure.
The M1 started with a simple idea: motivated by the shortcomings of the enclosures that had come before, it set forth to be better in form and function. From the overall aesthetic design, down to the smallest detail, every facet was subject to the scrutiny and feedback of hobbyists, DIY'ers, and average users alike. The outcome of that effort? A 12.6L enclosure that sets itself apart with a unique combination of capability and flexibility, in a deceptively small and appealingly understated package.
A handsome desktop you can actually put on your desk.
With its sleek, subtly-faceted brushed aluminum front panel, the M1 presents a refined, minimalist face to the world. An angular, arched cutout exposes the front USB 3.0 and HD audio ports, flanking the central power button, whose two-color LED glows crisply – but not overly bright – when powered. Side and top panels are perforated with symmetrical ventilation areas, ensuring both visual harmony and proper system airflow. And fully toolless exterior panels allow easy access to the interior, while keeping the clean, smooth surfaces free of the visual clutter of screws or fasteners.
The biggest limitation is your imagination.
Designed for mini-ITX motherboards, the M1 nevertheless sports features shared by much larger enclosures. Full-length dual and triple-slot video cards can be installed with ease via large openings in the chassis. Top-down CPU coolers with 120mm or 140mm fans can be used in the M1, up to 130mm in height. All-in-one coolers with 120mm or even 240mm radiators can also be mounted internally. And – for the truly hardcore – the M1 allows for custom water cooling loops using a slim 240mm radiator, providing greatly reduced noise or additional overclocking headroom. Never before has this level of capability been possible in a enclosure of this size. High performance, low noise, and small size is no longer a "choose two" proposition.
Idealistic design. Everyday practicality.
Coming in at a svelte 12.6 liters in volume, the all-aluminum chassis has the proportions and features of much larger enclosures. Appearing as a conventional tower enclosure on a much reduced scale, the M1 enjoys a footprint that's substantially smaller than many cube-style small form factor enclosures. And, through its use of 1.5mm high-grade aluminum, its compactness and weightlessness don't come at the expense of rigidity, making the M1 easy to travel with or pack into a carry-on.
What reviewers are saying about the M1
Real quotes from real enthusiasts
Linus Tech Tips
The M1 is a stunningly strong first entry from a new manufacturer, and delivers exactly what it promises with a thoughtful internal layout that wastes no space
I personally love what they've done with the size, the design, the internal flexibility at this size, and it's clear that functionality has been prioritized
The NCASE M1 is the perfect high-end small form factor chassis, and I am sure other brands will take notice
Silent PC Review
It's absolutely gorgeous and surprisingly compact considering the components it supports
The NCASE M1 is a beautifully simple enclosure that accomplishes the goal of creating a fantastic mini-ITX solution
M1V6B2: M1 Version 6, black exterior, vented aluminum panel
M1V6S2: M1 Version 6, silver exterior, vented aluminum panel
Discluding protrusions: 328mm x 160mm x 240mm
Including protrusions: 338mm x 160mm x 250mm
307mm x 157mm x 237mm
400mm x 240mm x 340mm
Exterior: 1.5mm brushed anodized aluminum
Interior frame: 1.5mm powder coated aluminum
Interior fan bracket: 1mm powder coated steel
Coolers are limited to 130mm in height with the side bracket installed, and no fan installed.
- When mounted, coolers cannot extend past the top edge of the motherboard by more than ~10mm. For many larger coolers, this limits motherboard choice to those with centrally-located sockets.
- Large coolers that extend past the front of the board preclude use of the 3.5" HDD cage.
Rear exhaust cards are recommended, especially for cards with a TDP greater than 150W.
Maximum card length:
- 317mm in slots 1 & 2
- 279mm in slot 3
Maximum card height:
- For cards up to 317mm, or for cards in the third slot: 111mm
- For cards up to 292mm in length in the first or second slot: 140mm
- For all cards: 120mm at the PCIe power connectors
Graphics cards with PCBs which extend to the full height at the corners will not fit in the M1, due to interference with the chassis. See this post for more information.
For more detailed GPU size limitations, refer to this diagram.
Optical Disc Drive Support
- Slim slot-load drives up to 12.7mm thick are supported via vertical mounting with an ODD slotted top panel.
3 x 3.5" Mounts
- 1 x 3.5" is available on the bottom of the enclosure
- 2 x 3.5" is available via the removable side 3.5" HDD bracket, but can't be used with conjunction with a dual radiator or ATX PSU
3 x 2.5" Mounts
- 1 x 2.5" is available inside the enclosure, towards the front
- 1 x 2.5" is available behind the front panel, in lieu of an optical drive
- 1 x 2.5" is available on the bottom of the enclosure, in lieu of a 3.5" drive
Sealed liquid coolers, or integrated pump/block and radiator/reservoirs, are recommended. Only single 120mm or 240mm radiators are supported. A 240mm radiator on the side bracket precludes use of ATX power supplies or the dual 3.5" HDD cage.
Recommended maximum radiator length: 290mm, or less if installing a 2.5" drive at the front of the enclosure
Recommended maximum thickness of radiator & fans: 60mm
When cases are in stock, you may order directly from this website. At times when we have no inventory available, we may instead offer pre-orders for the next production run.
Orders are usually shipped in batches weekly, with exception to holidays. Typically, order made between Monday to Saturday are shipped the following week between Wednesday to Friday.
Items are restocked after production runs. The period between production runs varies based on demand, but is typically one production run every 3 months.
The M1 comes with the following: screws for drive and fan mounting, rubber softmounts for drive mounting, 3.5" HDD cage, 2.5" stacking brackets, slim optical drive bracket, SFX PSU bracket, ATX PSU bracket, front USB/audio ports and power switch, left-angle internal AC cable, 2x 120mm fan filters, 4x 120mm metal fan grilles. No fans or paper manual are included.
Each version has a few minor revisions. You can see a list of changes here.
Yes. The only difference is the top panel, which may be easily swapped out.
Yes. All panel versions are compatible with all chassis versions.
See this image
The side, top, and front panels require no tools to remove. Using your fingertips, simply pull them away from the case by the edges.
There are two types of drive mounting:
- For the rounded keyhole mounts (2.5" mounts, one bottom 3.5" mount), attach the rubber softmounts and screws to the drive first, slide the drive into the keyholes.
- For the spade-shaped keyhole mounts (on 3.5" HDD cage and one bottom 3.5" mount), insert the rubber softmount into the keyhole first, then screw the drive
Additionally there are small brackets included which allow 2.5" drives to be installed together in a stacked fashion.
Please see the compatibility section for size restrictions and links to more information.
It most certainly can. Radiator requirements are often exaggerated, but this also has to do with expectations and what your goals are. A 240mm radiator and full water loop in the M1 can significantly lower the noise of the GPU, while keeping temperatures below stock.
Yes! Demciflex offers magnetic filters specially designed for the M1. They can be purchased directly from their site. Additionally, other members of the community have spearheaded the development of the following accessories for the M1:
- WALLYE has developed a high quality bag soft-shell carrying bag for the M1 (among other enclosures)
- FrozenQ offers a reservoir for attachment to the rear fan mount of the M1
Please note NCASE has no affiliation with any of these individuals or companies.