The next case from MSI company, which became the subject of this review, is called MSI MPG Quietude 100S. As the name of the chassis suggests, it is designed for silence. You can achieve this in different ways, and to find out which of them the creators of this product took, we will study it in detail and test it in a thermal test.
|Model||MSI MPG Quietude 100S|
|Product page||MPG Quietude 100S|
|Dimensions, mm||490 (H) x 231 (W) x 475 (D)|
|Material||Steel, aluminum, ABS plastic, tempered glass (3 mm)|
|Form factor||E-ATX, ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|3.5″ external devices||–|
|Devices 3.5″ / 2.5″ internal||2 / 4 (two 2.5″ drives can be installed instead of 3.5″ drives)|
|Number of expansion slots||7|
|Fans||front — 3 x 120 mm / 3 x 140 mm
upper ones — 3 x 120 mm / 2 x 140 mm
rear — 1 x 120 mm (installed)
inner lower ones — 3 x 120 mm
|Interface connectors||1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2х2 Type C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 x 3.5 mm audio jacks for headphones and a microphone
|Other||Hinged left panel made of 3 mm tempered glass. LED strip on the PSU casing and the lower part of the front panel with ARGB lighting, built-in ARGB lighting controller for 4 devices and 6 PWM fans. Easily removable dust filters on the front and bottom panels, magnetic filter on the top panel, magnetic overlay panels on the front and top with noise isolation. Noise isolation of the right panel. Hinge for supporting video cards|
Packaging and delivery kit
The case is sold in a simple cardboard box, where there is an outline image of the product, as well as information about its characteristics. There are handles for carrying. To protect against damage, soft foam dampers, a plastic bag and adhesive film on the glass on both sides are provided inside.
The delivery set includes the following details:
- magnetic dust filter of the upper panel;
- instructions for the case and a concise guide for assembling the system;
- two bright leaflets with calls for reviews of MSI products;
- two screws with a plastic knurled head for fixing the hard disk carriage;
- one rack for the motherboard;
- four long screws for fans;
- 21 screws for the motherboard and 2.5″ drives;
- six body screws;
- 12 screws for fixing the SVO radiator;
- 8 screws for a 3.5″ hard drive;
- five plastic disposable ties.
Each time, MSI designers remain true to themselves, adhering to the «strict black parallelepiped» style. In my opinion, this is good and practical, although some people may find such a visual design frankly boring. The flat front visually consists of three parts. On the left is a removable steel panel with the brand’s inconspicuous dragon logo on top. Further, closer to the right side, there is a narrow vertical recess with a metal mesh inside. And near the right edge, a strip of polished aluminum is built in purely for beauty.
The removable part of the front panel is held by magnets on top and on the sides and a pair of hooks on the bottom. On the back, it is glued with a layer of noise-insulating material.
Behind it hides a plastic ventilation grill with transverse inclined planes.
The plastic grid is easily removed by pulling the tab on top. On the reverse side, it is pasted over with a fine mesh dust filter.
After disassembly, the user gets full access to the inside of the chassis, and can change or install fans or radiators of the SVO without removing the entire front panel.
External ports and controls are integrated along the right edge of the top panel. In order, there is a square power button, a smaller fan control key, two side-by-side battery activity and power indicators, two 3.5 mm jacks for headphones and a microphone, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type port C and the backlight controller toggle button.
The left side panel is made entirely of tempered glass, which is suspended by two hinges at the back and held in place by magnets at the front. In the center near the front face there is a plastic handle for opening the panel. The side of the front panel on this side is made of metal mesh and is breathable. Which suggests the impracticality of the front dust filter. After all, it is located further from this mesh and does not filter the air passing through it.
The panel opens to the side, providing instant access to the case. When an angle of 90 degrees is reached, it can be removed from the hinges in the upward direction.
The tempered glass is 3 mm thick and very lightly tinted. A metal strip is glued to its back. A black edging is applied around the perimeter.
The right side panel is metal and smooth. The rearward-sliding door is held in place by two knurled metal screws secured in their mounting holes. There is a stamped handle on the back for easy disassembly.
The stiffeners in this panel are weak for its overall size, and it tends to buckle under its own weight. A layer of noise insulation is glued on the opposite side.
The upper panel of the case has two layout options. By default, it is airtight and closed with a metal magnetic cover. But it can be replaced with a magnetic dust filter made of metal mesh.
The back cover is pasted with noise insulation. The magnetic strips of the filter are glued around the perimeter.
This is what the chassis looks like in versions with a filter and with a solid top cover:
There are several rows of oblong holes on the ventilation grill of the top panel. Three 120-mm or two 140-mm fans can be attached to them from the inside. This makes sense if a magnetic filter is installed on top rather than a solid cover. By the way, ventilation holes are also built into the upper face of the front panel.
Everything looks familiar on the back panel of the case. A 120 mm fan can be installed on the ventilation grill and its height can be adjusted within 15 mm. There are seven openings for PCI slots below, covered by reusable vented plugs. Opposite them is another honeycomb grid with medium-sized holes.
The landing place of the power supply unit is located below and allows you to install the BJ with a fan both in the upward and downward directions. Beneath it is a retractable dust filter made of fine mesh glued to a plastic frame.
The legs of the case are made of metal in the form of two bent plates at the front and back. They are held on screws and are removable. From below, you can access the two screws that hold the drive cage. And in the lower part of the front panel there is a notch that facilitates disassembly.
The height of the legs is 20 mm. They have rubber stickers on the bottom.
Let’s look at the inside of the chassis.