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I think this one should be called the stingray. Mainly because I'm excited about that new 'vette. Not that I'll be buying one, but I can dream lol.

While I agree with thomas that people will still spend money on mITX builds they may not be willing to spend 350 on a mITX case simply because they expect it to be less. They also may still spend less in total than mATX because you just can't spend as much. Many (but not all) CL builds are pretty much all out in terms of parts and cooling. A mATX could still get quad sli/cfx when using dual gpu cards while an mITX couldn't. Without as many radiators, pumps and fans your total cost is also much lower.

My gut feel for max cost really has to be ~300 for Aluminum and ~150-180 for Steel.
     
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First of all I´ve to admit , I love what you do on case design, it´s simple outside, freakin modular inside, but the downside it, they are damn to huge.
Too clumsy. Maybe it´s an European thing, or I don´t know but in my thoughts a smart compact case is more appealing than a server rack.

Personally I would´n got for a itx, as I want a compact/ small footrpint WC gaming / Lan box.
I´d want a Case that takes a mAtx mainboard as there are more options on choosing the Mainboards, access to all sockets (no itx love for x79/x58 Sockets except Shuttle...)
With a matx board you could even do a propper sli/cf system AND have a Soundcard or Raidcontroller (if the GPU´s loose that damn silly double DVI stack-o-plugs) and watercool the gpus

Layoutwhise my Ideas of "the perfect case" are quite simple.
Topmounted Radiator :
a tripple 140mm (420) radiator or 3x120, 45mm Radiator + 25mm Fans, NO PushPull as it should be a silent case and I´m thinking at max 700 rpm
Front Standing 240/280 radiator, sice same as above, 45mm radiator max + 25mm Fan
Front radiator position with an offset to the mainboard side.
Mainboard orientation prefered inverted mAtx, or mAtx no need for a tray that can be pulled out.
Offset of the radiator because of a vertical mounted slim dvd drive, but you can ditch that one
Single PSU mouinted "normal" posiiton flat on the floor in the back.
at least 20mm space behind the mainboard Tray, to do propper cable routing, and fitting 2.5" hdd/ssd´s
Make it 30 mm and I´d do some watercooling hose routing on the backside of the mainboard.
NO predrilled Watercooling IO´s on the back, these will never be in the place where "we" want em, so we still need to drill them and that leaves us with pre-drilled-but-not-useable holes.
As there are still people using 3.5" drives, ehter make enought space at the back of the case (it´s getthing too thick again) or you could do a 3 drive cross orientated, floor mounted hdd rack behind the front radiator.

Well Basicaly a taller LianLi A05 with the PSU mounted in the "normal" Position with a bit more space behind the Mainboard, gutted front internals to make room for a radiator and a Top Rad.

Keeping on the ITX formfactor I´d would bild it in the same way.
inverted itx (shows off beauty of a gpu wateblock)
Enought space for internal Tripple slot GPU´s (likes of asus DC2´s) and Internal fans in the Top Panel + the lenght of a gtx690
As I think of huge GPU´s there should be no problem in fitting a 360 radiator in the top or without the optional cover place 3 120mm fans or 2 140 (3x140 might be tooooo big)
PSu fitting behind the mainboard Tray in 90° position (like the parvum systems)

Not so shure on what I want of an ITX system as I tought on mAtx for about 4+ Years so there are to many Ideas running around to write down a propper building plan.
As Option I´d go for a 50mm high Top cover to hide away a 45mm Radiator, or whatever this will be it.
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I think this one should be called the stingray. Mainly because I'm excited about that new 'vette. Not that I'll be buying one, but I can dream lol.

While I agree with thomas that people will still spend money on mITX builds they may not be willing to spend 350 on a mITX case simply because they expect it to be less. They also may still spend less in total than mATX because you just can't spend as much. Many (but not all) CL builds are pretty much all out in terms of parts and cooling. A mATX could still get quad sli/cfx when using dual gpu cards while an mITX couldn't. Without as many radiators, pumps and fans your total cost is also much lower.

My gut feel for max cost really has to be ~300 for Aluminum and ~150-180 for Steel.

Agreed. I'm not much of a businessy kind of person, but it's reasonable that a mITX case from the Labs would be targeting a relatively tiny group of people (Computer enthusiasts that would even know such a case exists --> those willing to spend a fair amount on a case --> those want to use mITX form factor) and so it would have to be sort of expensive i guess to offset the cost of R&D, and tooling, let alone the materials themselves. And by making it more expensive your demographic shrinks even more.

Maybe I absorbed some information while I was sleeping through high school economics after all tongue.gif.
 
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First of all I´ve to admit , I love what you do on case design, it´s simple outside, freakin modular inside, but the downside it, they are damn to huge.
Too clumsy. Maybe it´s an European thing, or I don´t know but in my thoughts a smart compact case is more appealing than a server rack.
-snip-

If the case was going to satisfy some of the more over-the-top water cooling setups, it would have to be pretty big. Plus in order to have good modularity, it becomes pretty difficult to maintain a "sleekness" in order to accommodate all those modular bits.
Look at the Prodigy, that thing's as big as a lot of mATX cases, but I still had a heck of a time packing one 240mm and one 200mm radiator inside, even normal width and push-only. Maybe it was due to a poor internal layout (although it seemed pretty reasonable to me) but water cooling takes up poop-loads of space. I guess in the end it would have to come down to finding a good balance between size and interior space.
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I think this one should be called the stingray. Mainly because I'm excited about that new 'vette. Not that I'll be buying one, but I can dream lol.

While I agree with thomas that people will still spend money on mITX builds they may not be willing to spend 350 on a mITX case simply because they expect it to be less. They also may still spend less in total than mATX because you just can't spend as much. Many (but not all) CL builds are pretty much all out in terms of parts and cooling. A mATX could still get quad sli/cfx when using dual gpu cards while an mITX couldn't. Without as many radiators, pumps and fans your total cost is also much lower.

My gut feel for max cost really has to be ~300 for Aluminum and ~150-180 for Steel.

A Merlin S2/3 would probably come in right around $300. If we were to do a steel ITX case, it would be completely different and would probably be in the $150-170 range. It would be more capable than the Prodigy and have a smaller footprint. I'm not ruling out doing both wink.gif
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I think you're on the right track focusing on a larger ITX case, simply because it fits your brand. It's about performance and customization, so naturally those should be priority number 1. Also remember that you're CaseLabs Aluminum Computer Cases... might want to reconsider using steel, or change the byline on your home page tongue.gif .

BTW, I'm pretty honored to get a mention in a Case Labs design thread. I'm naturally partial to how Compact Splash is configured, but Shadow_Foxx and others have some great points that are particularly relevant to CL. My design wasn't intended for production - though I will be doing a small run so those that want to go as small as possible can - and I made some decisions that were good for me but not for most people.

One thing I did do right was allow for enough cooling for a high-end build. Absolutely make sure there's room for full-size air coolers as well as 3x 120/140 rads. That alone would be a huge differentiator, as most other ITX cases are built to be small, not powerful.

Another smart idea that was already brought up is customizable space. Think of every which way the case can be used and make sure there's accommodations for the likely uses - gamer, HTPC, server, workstation, etc.

Good luck! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. thumb.gif

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Thanks for the input everyone! Really helpful - keep it up! thumb.gif

While my personal preference is certainly for aluminum, especially in the larger cases, I wouldn't say it's our defining feature. Modularity and customization options, and accessories are the features that differentiate us from other manufacturers. You can't do that through conventional retail channels (Even Amazon won't stock 12 versions of the same case). We will never leave the high-end aluminum market, but I could see us eventually venturing into the sub $300 market. That would mean hybrid or steel construction - you get forced into making too many bad compromises to stay in aluminum. The advantage of of it (for everyone) is that by doing so we could better contain the costs (maybe reduce?) on the high-end aluminum ones as well. Simply put, it would give us higher production rates which lowers unit cost (though process efficiency and greater purchasing power) and lowers shipping costs (bigger volume discounts and local service centers). It's not evil tongue.gif but yeah, I'll take my Gemini in aluminum please biggrin.gif
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I would like to see an accessory mount for an itx motherboard plate for the PSU side of some of the large cases. Currently a motherboard base plate that could attach to two device mounts (MAC212) that were on the inside of the case (above and below the middle fan on a M/TH10), but only on the inner sides.

Agreed, this would be VERY nice.....
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Hope u plan to include 2 x 140 x 38mm case fans for the front, and top and one 140 x 38mm exhaust side.make sure it need some space which is 38mm cos I got new silvertsone case fan (140 x 38mm with alot of air and quiet)
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Personally I think I would like to see two options:
Something for gaming, similar to Compact Splash, but a little roomier (for those who want ATX PSU's and slim opticals)
And something for NAS, something like the case I've been waiting on for almost a year to be manufactured:

It's basically perfect on the NAS front, maybe expand for two 1u psus redundant, or an SFX/ATX psu, and possibly a 2 fan radiator. 8-12 disk hotswap capacity is a must for the NAS side of SFF.
    
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