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Poll Results: Which features are most important to you in a Mini ITX case?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 7% of voters (92)
    Size - the smaller the better. I don't need a full GPU, I want a HTPC-style box.
  • 77% of voters (1009)
    Size - I want it to be small, but I want a full size GPU and full size PSU in there.
  • 11% of voters (154)
    Air cooling - I want lots of fan options, top, sides, back, front.
  • 31% of voters (411)
    Air cooling - I want it to perform well out of the box but we don't need to perforate every single panel.
  • 25% of voters (329)
    "Sleek, Modern" Design - The BitFenix Prodiigy, NZXT Phantom Series, Corsair 600T and other cases with unique designs are my favorite.
  • 49% of voters (646)
    "Refined, Aluminum" Design - Silverstone, Lian-Li, and Corsair Obsidian Series are more my speed.
  • 34% of voters (454)
    Quiet - I want this thing whisper quiet.
  • 45% of voters (596)
    Liquid Cooling - it'd be nice to be able to fit a 240mm radiator in this thing
  • 7% of voters (97)
    HDD Capacity - I want to make a RAID or NAS box, so I want at least four 3.5" drive bays
  • 36% of voters (477)
    HDD Capacity - I just plan on running an OS and a storage drive - two or three drive bays is fine as long as there's native SSD support.
  • 18% of voters (246)
    Portability - handles and whatnot are really important to me. So is overall weight and durability.
  • 19% of voters (255)
    Scent - I like all my computer products to be scratch and sniff. Please make this smell like Lilacs.
  • 2% of voters (32)
    Other - posted in thread.
1308 Total Votes  
post #111 of 1303
There is an interesting case coming out soon.
Probably makes sense to do something different in order to not compete (or offer these guys to mass produce their design?).

Some good ideas there nonetheless. Just shame it is not mATX.
post #112 of 1303
http://www.abee.co.jp/Product/CASE/acubic/T20R/index.html

Basically this but cheaper tongue.gif
post #113 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by reaceskoda View Post

http://www.abee.co.jp/Product/CASE/acubic/T20R/index.html

Basically this but cheaper tongue.gif
Significantly different when it comes to PSU, HDD, cooling, optical drive location...
The only similarity is the size.

Abee is boring, we don't need another simple air-cooled mITX case #235...
Edited by zalbard - 2/1/13 at 9:19pm
post #114 of 1303
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Originally Posted by zalbard View Post

Significantly different when it comes to PSU, HDD, cooling, optical drive location...
The only similarity is the size.

Pretty sure he was responding to the OP, not you tongue.gif

And that Abee case is a lot bigger than the M1: 22.8L vs. 12.6L
post #115 of 1303
I'd like something compact, not a lot of open air (to maximize fan effectiveness), 1-2 HDD bays (maybe make the optical drive convertible), ideally able to fit a 240mm rad in front (I don't like top-mounted fans), quiet, and very solid (I'll take the extra weight for that heavy "thud" sound when you slide on the side panel, important to have durability for mobile cases), and definitely the more minimalist look like the Silverstones or Corsair Obsidian series.

So I'm looking for a slightly more enthusiast (and a bit smaller) take on the Fractal Define Mini, essentially.
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post #116 of 1303
Please actually keep it small otherwise there is no point to mini itx cases.
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post #117 of 1303
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Originally Posted by zalbard View Post

There is an interesting case coming out soon.
Probably makes sense to do something different in order to not compete (or offer these guys to mass produce their design?).

Some good ideas there nonetheless. Just shame it is not mATX.

that case looks good , but practicality ... its a 5/10 ... where are the cables ? that case is gonna be a sauna for the motherboard and they are using the ADII and that top gets a little hot and the air that gets in its already warmer than ambient because its cooling the CPU and the 690gpu ... how are you gonna put those teeny tiny tubes in there lol i mean , putting the GPU first and the CPU ... i dont know , it will be a challenge for sure ...

it looks good , but i got my doubts about it
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post #118 of 1303
well to be honest, i would lvoe a ITX case from corsair if i was able to fit a normal gPU normal sized psu and still it being very compact and sleek, like a ITX version of the 900D would be awesome.
     
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post #119 of 1303
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that case looks good , but practicality ... its a 5/10 ... where are the cables ? that case is gonna be a sauna for the motherboard and they are using the ADII and that top gets a little hot and the air that gets in its already warmer than ambient because its cooling the CPU and the 690gpu ... how are you gonna put those teeny tiny tubes in there lol i mean , putting the GPU first and the CPU ... i dont know , it will be a challenge for sure ...

it looks good , but i got my doubts about it

I think maybe you're looking at it from the wrong perspective. Compare it to other cases in the same size class: the SG05 has a single 120mm fan and relies on drawing air passively throught the side vent for GPU cooling. Same with the SG07, except they moved up to a single 180mm fan. Shuttle XPCs are running socket 2011 CPUs still with only a single 92mm fan.

In comparison, the M1, which sits between the SG05 and SG07 in size, can mount up to five fans (four 120mm plus one 92mm at the rear). Most people are probably only going to use two of those fan mounts, but it still offers a lot more cooling potential than anything else that's not twice the size.

Cabling is always going to be an issue in a case that small, but there's more room in the M1 than in the SG05, for example.

The hardware shown in the images are just example setups, showing what could fit. Most people aren't going to try to get a custom water loop in, but the images show that it's possible for those inclined. You ever see someone cram a custom loop into an SG05 or a Shuttle? It shows what's possible, not what the average user is likely to attempt. Still, it should be relatively straightforward to fit an H60 or even H100 in there.

The design offers a tremendous amount of flexibility to set it up how you want - air or watercooling, drives or fans, ATX or SFX, etc.
post #120 of 1303
I am looking for a small case with a refined look, which can fit a full GPU for a watercooling setup with a 240 rad and a 120 intake rad on the front panel.

The case I envision is a refined design, think the Lian Li offerings, but with an eye for using the front space not as a HDD rack for storage, but some built in support for holding a res+ pump combo. I'm kind of seeing a prodigy with a Lian Li exterior look, and a back panel where you can mount the res when the disk / cd drive rack is out. and also a bit more room to fit a big rad in the bottom. Lets give it some room in the back for an intake fan as well to help with cooling, but don't make it too noisy. Handles are very nice for moving the box around, but make them discreet. Possibly the bottom front and the top of the back panels would be good locations. The problem with the MITX offerings so far, is they all seem to want to be tiny servers, I get having an HTPC with lots of storage for your DVR, but there is no option in these cases for using the wasted HDD space for water cooling.

I have the prodigy, and I feel its most of the way there as far as the interior goes, there is a location for a good rad, the front can be used as an intake rad, but there is no structural support for me to put in a res / pump combo.

My $.02. Hope this helps, hope maybe you can see a market for a new case out there. I would love to see some more cases with WC support in this form factor.
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