🚀 SUB-22 ITX PC Case: The Unboxing Odyssey 🚀
- When the case arrives, slide the two side panels backwards before pulling them off to remove. Once this is complete, remove the front and top panels. When reattaching them, the side panels must be put on first, followed by the front and top panels to ensure alignment.
- The ATX, SFX PSU enclosures and the mATX support pillar (we call it the pillar of loneliness) should all be removed and laid out somewhere flat and clear. Organize or perish.
Make a choice, genius
- You should then decide whether your build is mATX or ITX. Choose wisely. But probably you already have a motherboard so the decision is going to be pretty clear cut.
- If it is ITX:
- The mATX support pillar will not be needed so keep it somewhere safe.
- The PSU enclosures can be front or side mounted, either size enclosure will work in either position.
- The motherboard tray can be slid forwards for a cable management chamber behind the motherboard tray, or slid rearwards for maximum height for air coolers. To slide the tray, the screws should be looser before being tightened when you have decided on the tray’s location. This unique and powerful feature is named the motherboard shuffle. It’s a dance too, checkout r/Cascade_Labs on Reddit and we’ll teach it to you.
- If the PSU enclosure is front mounted, certain 240mm radiators can be back-panel mounted in the style of the O11-D.
- If it is mATX:
- The support pillar will be needed. It should be screwed into its slider, loosely at first to allow for it to be adjusted to ensure all standoffs across the motherboard tray and support pillar are in the same plane, from the outside of the case.
- The motherboard tray can be slid forwards for a cable management chamber behind the motherboard tray, or slid rearwards for maximum height for air coolers. To slide the tray, the screws should be looser before being tightened when you have decided on the tray’s location.
- The PSU enclosures will need to be front mounted, so we recommend using air cooling as front mounting the enclosures will limit front and top radiator support. Despite this, back-panel fans can still be mounted if the motherboard and pillar are slid forward enough enabling even more airflow.
Stiff Cable, Flexible Solutions
- The cable joining the C14 input on the PSU and the outlet on the rear of the case is rather stiff, and a length that suits both locations of PSU mounting. Ironically, the stiffness of the cable routing here comes as a price of the flexibility of the hardware mounting. We have tested it with a range of hardware and know that with some jiggling and rearranging, the cable can be stowed no matter what incredible hardware you have crammed into the SUB-22. The C14 to outlet cable? Stiff as a board but works like a charm. It's the yoga instructor of cables – flexible in the most unexpected ways. Can't figure it out? Slide into r/Cascade_Labs for pro tips and free nachos*.
Speed Demon USB-C & Secret Switch Wires
- The USB-C port on the front of the case can transfer up to 20GBps of data and should be plugged into the Type-E port on your motherboard. The power switch has a red and black cable for the switch functionality and should be plugged into the right pinouts for your motherboard. It’s fast and expensive but you paid for it, so do with it what you want.
- Two 2.5” SSDs can be stored on the rear of the motherboard tray and should be screwed in from the motherboard side of the motherboard tray.
- Remember, the SUB-22 is your blank canvas, it’s your playground. It's more versatile than a Swiss Army knife on a camping trip. Got a crazy setup? Dive into the r/Cascade_Labs pool. We're all tech nerds here – it's cooler than it sounds.