Discussion The curious case of SAMA IM-01 and its many, many clones/licensees

kikimaru024

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Alright, so since I still have too much time on my hands (i.e. unemployed) I took a little time today to look at the curious case of the SAMA IM-01 and how they've licensed it out all over the world.
I don't know if it was designed in Vietnam or in China, but that doesn't really matter, does it?

What's really interesting is how many partner companies have signed on to distribute this unassuming metal box, all over the world.
So far I've found:
Only FSP, Lian Li & Sapphire even changed the front panel (FSP adding a vented front & USB-C).
And most vendors also don't even bother to put any fans into the case.

Also, a little misconception I found while browsing - the Montech Sky One Mini is NOT a SAMA clone - totally different tooling & size!
 

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Interesting - I recently bought an IM01, didn't know there were so many clones out there.

@Revenant did a small review on it a while back: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/case-overview-sama-im01.17034/

It's a pretty good case for the price, almost a budget Cerberus in many aspects including layout. I'm trying to build a watercooled AM4 M-ATX rig in it, but the fan mount locations are restricting me a fair bit as to radiator selection
 

haunting

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It can be manufactured cheaply with decent enough build quality, and the layout is tried and true without the cost and reliability issues of risers. Not surprised many vendors want a piece of this. NR200 only took off the way it did because SAMA isn't a brand as well known as CM
 

Revenant

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The case is good at $60. I wouldn't pay more for it than that.

FSP look the most interesting to my eye due to the mesh front. I can't recall off hand, but if the PSU can use the front as an intake it will help temps.
 

Mark13

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I took a look at the MicroCenter version on their website. The rear panel on their version has been updated to allow a 92mm in addition to an 80mm rear fan to be fitted. I also queried MicroCenter and they advised that the case comes with 2 side panels - one glass - one metal-ventilated. Some markets provide two metal plus the glass side panel - like the Cooler Master NR200P.
 
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Gingerbeer

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I got the SAMA IM-01 about six months ago, and I prefer it over the NR200 - it's barely any bigger and offers a lot more compatibility. The NR200 is a great case, but I think CM missed a trick.

Once I have enough spare cash for a EK-Quantum Vector FE RTX 3090 GPU block, I'll be trying out a twin 240mm radiator loop in there.
 

hrh_ginsterbusch

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I got the SAMA IM-01 about six months ago, and I prefer it over the NR200 - it's barely any bigger and offers a lot more compatibility. The NR200 is a great case, but I think CM missed a trick.

For ITX or mATX? For mATX it'd be interesting, but the builds I've seen so far did not look promising (Background: My original plan for my system was to do a mATX mod with the NR200, hence I also looked into the SAMA IM-01).

cu, w0lf.