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Honestly, while looking through most the build log I see quite a few people using that gap for cable and tube management - even with the other wire management holes nearby. .
I dare say that this is more to detract from the size of the gaping hole than necessity (That is however my own opinion)
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post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by SkItZo View Post
Yeah, i plan on getting a piece of plexi cut the same width and a few mils higher than the cut so i can wedge it in and the force of it trying to expand should hold it in place, not sure if it will work though, but half the fun is in trying right?
Waiting to see how you do it and the end result TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OR A VIDEO!

    
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post #23 of 42
In my build, I plan to fill that gap and a few of the other holes in the case with mesh - same pattern that's on the rest of the case already. A bit of H channel molding and viola - no more gap. I'm thinking it will turn out quite nice.
post #24 of 42
Is the gap on the M10 smaller than the M8 since the M10 can fit XL-ATX mobos, compared to ATX/EATX for the M8?
Edited by catcherintherye - 5/4/11 at 1:13pm
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Being designed for water cooling, it's good it's big, especially with the Thermalfins radiators coming. Did you see how enormous those are? They need to send some samples to Jim to make sure they fit. Those are going to look sweet in the M8/10 if they fit.
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post #26 of 42
Well...

It's funny - of all the design decisions that I made, I suspected this one might be one of the more controversial. Let me start by saying that I appreciate the comments all of you have made. That feedback helps - even if it hurts (j/k )

The purpose of the gap is for cable management. In the original design it was smaller - I was vacillating between 1/4" - 3/8". The obround (oval) holes were really intended for tubing. I hedged and widened it so it would be easier to route tubing through it as well. One of the design goals of the case was to make it as easy as possible to create a fairly sophisticated system with simple "bolt on" parts, so making the tubing runs easier was consistent with that goal.

During development I found it was easier to slide back the mobo tray a couple of inches (to get better access) by using the gap for cable management. It also looked a little cleaner too (my opinion) because the wiring was less exposed. It also provided a little insurance if the next "gotta have it" board was 11+ inches wide.

I still like the idea of cables disappearing at the edge of the tray rather than being stretched across to the larger holes as it's done in traditional cases (which would allow the gap to be much smaller), but using it for tubing is more debatable - I agree.

So... the decision certainly wasn't random, but not necessarily right either

As to case size - yes it's big. It's meant to be. There are a bazillion choices for smaller ones. Before I started this I considered buying a Mountain Mods case for a project I had, but was really unhappy with the design, so I had this crazy idea...
Edited by Jim-CL - 5/4/11 at 8:30pm
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..... Before I started this I considered buying a Mountain Mods case for a project I had, but was really unhappy with the design, so I had this crazy idea...
And lucky for us that you had that crazy idea!
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post #28 of 42
What Jim said is correct. I have TH10 with me as I can see there is a gap but I don't mind cos I knew it was meant for cable management. I might give TH10 to mu uncle for being good to me. So I want a white one.

Jim, there is one guy who is interested in inverse white TH10, he said he wanted to share with me and I agreed. I sent you an email about my request you know. I'm thinking of solid panels for PSU and front so I will be able to mod it. I'm waiting for that guy for sharing the shipping cost.

Hey SkItZo, it's not too late to share with us for shipping cost. I will ask that guy from OCAU.
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The purpose of the gap is for cable management.
I am actually surprised at this, but i can understand why and hey, I would rather add bits to the case than have to cut it up Any chance of an option to get cases without the gap by any chance or would that cause problems in production?

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And lucky for us that you had that crazy idea!
Agreed.
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That's a pretty big case for a small motherboard!! whoa
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