A Closer Look at the Raijintek Styx Case
The Raijintek Styx measures 210 × 360 × 335mm; compact by any enclosure standard. Motherboard support includes micro-ATX and mini-ITX, but the extra height is for providing 240mm radiator support at the top such as Raijintek’s own Triton AIO rather than for a power supply which is mounted on the front of the case vertically. Rather than having a thoroughly boxy shape, Raijintek has curved the corner edges of the panels, giving the design some character.
The external shell of the Styx is made of 1.5mm thick aluminum while the internal motherboard, rear and side drive panels are made of 0.5mm rolled steel painted black. The white version is painted matte white, with only the front angled trim having a hint of brushed aluminum finish like the other Styx color options.
Other than the color differences, the Raijintek Styx is also available in two version: Styx and Styx Classic. The Styx classic has a dual solid aluminum side-panel while the regular Styx has a viewing window right over the CPU socket area. The right sidepanel also has a brush-covered slot for a slim slot-loading optical drive. Both side-panels are held in place by silver screws. In fact, the entirety of the Raijintek Styx uses screws of various sizes for assembly, making it one of the most modder-friendly cases out there.
Since the optical drive option is on the right side-panel, the front side only has the power button on the top center and the Raijintek logo printed on the bottom center. The power button is aluminum and lights up as a white LED ring when the system is active.
Centered towards the front of the top panel is the front IO with a pair of audio ports for a microphone and a headphone in between a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Since there is an option to mount a 240mm radiator or a pair of 120mm fans at the top, this panel is ventilated with a removable mesh filter. This filter is removed from the inside (popping out the lock on the sides closer to the right side).
The power supply orientation has been moved towards the front of the case with the exhaust pointing downward. An extension cable is built into the Styx to facilitate this orientation.
Standard ATX form-factor power supplies are supported, although SFX support with ATX adapter would be preferable to maximize internal space. Most SFX power supplies recently actually already come with an ATX adapter so this is not a major concern that it was not bundled.
Four black rubber corner feet are screwed into the bottom which elevate the Styx 10mm off the ground, so if it is going to be placed on a carpeted surface, a hard surface interposer is recommended or users can choose to mod the feet with something that will provide higher clearance.
The rear panel shows an upside down micro-ATX layout with a 120mm fan pre-installed at the bottom and five expansion slots available. These expansion slots have reusable slot covers and there is a latching plastic cover for the screw mounts. The power supply extender cable connector is at the very top right corner beside two grometted water-cooling holes for external water-cooling support.
Inside, a panel for mounting 2.5” or 3.5” drives is screwed on near the top. This concept of a removable mounting panel has been the option of choice for many smaller form factor systems, as previously seen on the RAIDMAX Hyperion case review.
Users can install either a pair of 2.5” or a pair of 3.5” drives or even one 2.5” plus one 3.5” drive. The mounts all have rubberized dampeners so vibrations from mechanical movement is minimized (no teeth gnashing metal-to-metal contact to worry about).