A Detailed Look – At the Inside
All top, left, and right panels are all connect and slide off easily after removing four screws from the back panel of the SG05. This practice is pretty standard for most mini ITX cases that are constructed in this fashion.
Here the case chassis will the front 120mm fan and 300W power supply already installed. When I first saw this case without its shell, I became a bit concerned about the amount of wires coming off the PSU. Mini ITX cases in general make cable management very challenging, and I’m sure this case will be no exception. A few positive items to note is the available space for a full graphics card, full-size hard drive or SSD, and enough room for a low-profile, third party heatsink.
The hard drive cage is removage and can hold one 3.5″ hard drive and one 2.5″ hard drive.
The optical bay has its own removable section on the top of the SG05. The slim optical drive connects to the chassis using four very small screws. There’s also room to thread short SATA cables through the left side of the top optical bay cage.
The included 300W power supply was created by FSP Grouphas two 12 volt rails that can handle 22A combined. This is more than enough for basic Mini ITX systems.
The front panel comes off to reveal a large filter over the 120mm fan. There’s not much else going on behind the front panel other than the wires coming from the power button, reset button, hard drive activity LED, audio jacks, and USB ports.
One hidden feature that took me by surprise was the open space at the bottom of the front panel on the SG05. This space can be used for a variety of upgrades, including an LED display for monitor system temps or even as another place to add more USB and Firewire ports. This is a nice edition, and will probably give enthusiasts another reason to buy this case so they can take it home and make it their own.
After removing the PSU and hard drive cage, you can now see the motherboard tray and included fan in all their glory.
Here’s a close-up shot of the removable hard drive cage that highlights the available space for a 2.5″ hard drive.
The included power supply supports a wide range of components including PCI-E, SATA, Floppy, and Molex.
Here’s a quick shot of the power supply spread out outside of the case itself. The cables seem a bit long, but during installation it actually seemed to make the build go alot smoother. More to come on that in the installation section.
Here’s the entire case stripped down to the bare essentials. There’s really not much to this case other than the six pieces you see in the photo above. One item to note is that the edges on some of the removable components were a little sharp, so be careful installing components in this case. I cut myself a few times not realizing that the edges were as sharp as they were.