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post #1 of 25
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Hi Guys!

It's almost been a year since we've released out Alchemy cables, and boy has it been an interesting year. The tightest weave was one thing, but no heat shrink was another.

We know they're not perfect, so we're looking for feedback from you, the community. What do YOU want from our cables?
I've snooped a couple of forums, and things I've come up with is:
-longer sata cables
-pci 6+2 pins instead of 8 pin.
-right angle connectors?

Of course, this list could go on and on and on, but enough about what I've come up with. Lets hear it from you. What do you want to see from us? What's missing from our line up?

Another question I would like to ask, is "If you were to buy a set of cables, what are the most necessary set for you?" Another way of wording it would be "What would your perfect bundle of Alchemy cables look like?"

I'd also like to mention that any feedback on our existing cables are more than welcomed.

P.S Don't think that we won't implement some of these changes. I wouldn't be asking if we won't be improving biggrin.gif
Edited by xbournex - 3/8/12 at 11:27pm
post #2 of 25
Right-angle connectors, definitely, especially the 24-pin. eVGA is the only company doing on-mobo connectors, and those don't exactly work out if you have a sunken mobo tray, which doesn't amount to a lot of cases, though it can still be an issue. But yes, definitely right-angle connectors in general, at least until mobo manuf.s start putting right-angle connectors for the essentials on the boards (I know full well Foxconn makes parts for most of those things, but nobody's using them) with some sort of solution for the sunken trays for those that have them. thumb.gif
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ohai wave2.gif

A suggestion for you guys, there are many of us with fully modular PSU's(I have an 850w SS strider myself) that have incredibly ugly PSU cables compared to sleeved cables. What I'd absolutely love if you'd release kits to replace all of the cables that came with the PSU, it'd take the pain out of sleeving(I tried it around a year ago, I screwed it up badly) and honestly I think anybody who cares about the look of their system would try to buy a set. It'd be even better if you could somehow set up bundles with new PSU's as well, they'd sell like hotcakes then thumb.gif
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ohai wave2.gif
A suggestion for you guys, there are many of us with fully modular PSU's(I have an 850w SS strider myself) that have incredibly ugly PSU cables compared to sleeved cables. What I'd absolutely love if you'd release kits to replace all of the cables that came with the PSU, it'd take the pain out of sleeving(I tried it around a year ago, I screwed it up badly) and honestly I think anybody who cares about the look of their system would try to buy a set. It'd be even better if you could somehow set up bundles with new PSU's as well, they'd sell like hotcakes then thumb.gif

Tom from OC3D sent us a Corsair set. We're doing a pilot project with him right now. When the cables arrive back at his house, do make sure to support his thumb.gif
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How many brands could you support if you did that? I know there are some Seasonic owners that would LOVE a replacement set, and the NZXT sets for Corsair aren't exactly ideal for the job. If you got retailers to bundle Alchemy cable sets with the Seasonic X-series units, they'd go quicker than anything else in the category (hell, if I did another new build, I'd buy an X-1000 Platinum+Alchemy bundle in a snap). biggrin.gif
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How about something like this except for SATA power cables? Basically a SATA power splitter; it would make cable management much easier.
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My perfect bundle would be 2 PCI-E 8 Pin (6+2) connectors, an IO panel extension for Power LED, reset, etc (NZXT has an awesome bundle version for the price), a 24-pin 6" extension (I'd prefer this not to be ultra long since I just want to show the sleeving and the longer it is, the harder it is to keep the back of the case clutter free) and an 8-pin 6" CPU extension.

I'd also like to see Bitfenix work on some adapters. I'd love to see a power-sata to floppy adapter for PCI-E sound cards or somewhat less preferably a molex to floppy adapter. I'd also like to see a 3-pin fan splitter that leads to at least 6 other headers.

I think Bitfenix should consider multi-color sleeving options too for the more popular combination of colors. Blue + Black, White + Black, Red + Black would go well with pretty much any rig. It'd go well with the Alchemy line too since when I think of the word alchemy, I generally think of a mixture of things instead of just one single thing.
Edited by jivenjune - 3/9/12 at 12:30am
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post #8 of 25
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How many brands could you support if you did that? I know there are some Seasonic owners that would LOVE a replacement set, and the NZXT sets for Corsair aren't exactly ideal for the job. If you got retailers to bundle Alchemy cable sets with the Seasonic X-series units, they'd go quicker than anything else in the category (hell, if I did another new build, I'd buy an X-1000 Platinum+Alchemy bundle in a snap). biggrin.gif
As of now, no numbers. We want to know your feedback when Tom gets those cables back. Afterwards, if all is lovey dubby, we'll figure out how many different types of connectors there really is out there, and probably cherry pick a few as we obviously just can not do all of them. - But as of now, nothing is certain except for hoping the fate of Tom's cables arrives in one piece.
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Originally Posted by Raul-7 View Post

How about something like this except for SATA power cables? Basically a SATA power splitter; it would make cable management much easier.
Something like that is actually very bulky (size of connectors), and in doing so, you'll actually use more cables.

Instead, a design such as "Cap it or Extend it" is more... convenient. We all know hard drives are grouped together (unlike fans). Instead of having them pre-daisy chained, why not have it like molex connections where daisy chaining is an option. Of course, I don't know how this will work, and it may be costly, but it's also my opinion i'm throwing out there for our drawing board.
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My perfect bundle would be 2 PCI-E 8 Pin (6+2) connectors, an IO panel extension for Power LED, reset, etc (NZXT has an awesome bundle version for the price), a 24-pin 6" extension (I'd prefer this not to be ultra long since I just want to show the sleeving and the longer it is, the harder it is to keep the back of the case clutter free) and an 8-pin 6" CPU extension.
I'd also like to see Bitfenix work on some adapters. I'd love to see a power-sata to floppy adapter for PCI-E sound cards or somewhat less preferably a molex to floppy adapter. I'd also like to see a 3-pin fan splitter that leads to at least 6 other headers.
I think Bitfenix should consider multi-color sleeving options too for the more popular combination of colors. Blue + Black, White + Black, Red + Black would go well with pretty much any rig. It'd go well with the Alchemy line too since when I think of the word alchemy, I generally think of a mixture of things instead of just one single thing.
Thanks for the feedback! People still use floppy connectors? I don't use sound cards, but if the new ones use floppy power, something is definitely wrong...
3 pin fan splitters - the more fan headers you have attached, the more niche product it is. The one we currently have, 3, is what an average user would use.
You sure you don't want a 4+4 CPU extension for the flexibility of those still using 4 pins?
Edited by xbournex - 3/9/12 at 1:22am
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Originally Posted by xbournex View Post

As of now, no numbers. We want to know your feedback when Tom gets those cables back. Afterwards, if all is lovey dubby, we'll figure out how many different types of connectors there really is out there, and probably cherry pick a few as we obviously just can not do all of them. - But as of now, nothing is certain except for hoping the fate of Tom's cables arrives in one piece.
Awesome, I'll have to watch out for these smile.gif
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Originally Posted by xbournex View Post

Thanks for the feedback! People still use floppy connectors? I don't use sound cards, but if the new ones use floppy power, something is definitely wrong...

As far as I know most of the PCIe x1 sound cards use them, I mean I have an Asus Xonar DX and I have to have one. I have no idea why they decided to use one in this day and age but it's there and I need one for it to work.
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Originally Posted by Raul-7 View Post

How about something like this except for SATA power cables? Basically a SATA power splitter; it would make cable management much easier.

I would love to see something similar to this but for PWM fans, with it including the cable from mobo to splitter.
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