I began the build process as I always do, with the motherboard installation.
This installs easily, and after adding the main system components I moved directly to the cooling stage.
The concept of the Manta is a small case with big cooling support, and that's what we'll explore here. We'll begin up top, where we need to pop off the upper case panel first to access the fan mounts.
Here I installed the thick Corsair H105 liquid cooler, and the radiator still easily fit under the upper panel.
The fans need to be mounted below with this cooler, as there wasn't room for this particular radiator otherwise, but radiators with less thickness can technically be mounted below the fans if you prefer.
Moving up front, after popping off the front panel (both this and the top panel are easy to remove without tools) we see a mesh filter for the fans, and this is actually a framed design which allows a radiator or fans to fit behind it.
There are two easily removed 2.5-inch SSD mounts inside the component side of the Manta, which slide into place and are secured with a single thumbscrew apeice.
The Manta offers a couple of mounting options for 3.5-inch hard drives, including the back side of the motherboard bracket behind the SSD trays:
The other hard drive mount is on the case floor, and this option, though a little harder to mount as it requires screwing the drive into place from the underside of the case, does have the advantage of rubber washers to reduce vibration.
Finally, PSU installation is straightforward, and there's a ton of room for cables (for a mini-ITX enclosure) under the shroud.
A nice touch as always is the addition of pads to keep your PSU mount vibration-free.
Next we'll review the enclosure test setup, or you can simply skip to the completed build and performance numbers.