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Jim...if you are still working on the HDD area, I would consider taking the solid piece and making it more of a bar. This way HDD mounts could be accessorized (you could do a dual 3.5, single 3.5, etc...) The HDD mounting brackets could then just screw into the top of the "bar" area and possible underneath the case.

not sure I'm explaining it very well, but I hope you get the idea.

I think I do... I'll look into it wink.gif Thanks! smile.gif
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And I can still get a fan in there to cool those? Where's the 9th mount at? Got a price estimate yet?

The HDD cages are designed for 120mm fans the other drive mounts will be under the MB (on the other side of the PSU). They will most likely use mounts similar to what we use on the Merlin cases. Pricing will start at $199.95.
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Better pricing than I was expecting! biggrin.gif Looking forward to getting my hands on one of these! thumb.gif
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We try not to disappoint - lol! biggrin.gif

4 drives per cage so... 9 HDD's and 2 SSD's at the moment wink.gif

This is OCN, remember. How about 20 SSDs?

Seriously, not sure how useful this will prove to be, unless someone is building a server without PCI graphics. Otherwise, you won't have enough drive controllers.
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The ASRock FM2A85X-ITX has 7 SATA ports...
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This is OCN, remember. How about 20 SSDs?

Seriously, not sure how useful this will prove to be, unless someone is building a server without PCI graphics. Otherwise, you won't have enough drive controllers.

You're right - to use 10+ drives you'd have to give up the PCI slot to a controller and use integrated graphics (which is what you'd normally do on a server). If it were me building a server out of this, I'd probably go 4 x SSD (using onboard RAID) for the O/S+applications and 8 X HDD with a PCI based RAID controller for data which would be a pretty compact, but beastly server We try to plan our cases for long life cycles and a variety of build needs over time. You don't really give up anything to have the capability, since the Flex-Bays can be used for a wide variety of things.
Edited by Jim-CL - 2/17/13 at 4:37pm
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The HDD cages are designed for 120mm fans the other drive mounts will be under the MB (on the other side of the PSU). They will most likely use mounts similar to what we use on the Merlin cases. Pricing will start at $199.95.

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This is OCN, remember. How about 20 SSDs?

Seriously, not sure how useful this will prove to be, unless someone is building a server without PCI graphics. Otherwise, you won't have enough drive controllers.

Pricing seems steep, then again I'm already spending over a grand on drives. Also NO one builds a NAS with a high end GPU, that does not happen.

(also you're doing something wrong if you gaming rig needs 9 3.5" bays. IMO)
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Pricing seems steep, then again I'm already spending over a grand on drives. Also NO one builds a NAS with a high end GPU, that does not happen.

(also you're doing something wrong if you gaming rig needs 9 3.5" bays. IMO)

Price seems fine to me.

You need to pay to play for this level of an enthusiast type case regardless of form factor.

If i was in to mini builds i would gladly pay this kind of price.
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The pricing is on the high end, but I really believe you get what you pay for with out cases. Most ITX case are built on the cheap with .8 - 1mm thick material. Ours is 2.3mm and built to last through numerous tear downs. We get that reaction a lot until someone actually see our cases firsthand. The response is almost always "Ok, now I get it" smile.gif
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Pricing seems steep

Compared to?

With the amount of options you get from Case Labs no other ordinary manufacturer can compete ( without severe modding ). Silverstone makes a lot of nice mITX cases, but most are rather small, don't allow many drives, can barely fit a disc drive, barely fit a full length gpu, good luck with water cooling in most if you have fingers bigger than toothpicks.

The prodigy was a bit better in terms of space, but you still don't get the options that Case Labs has.
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