Originally Posted by Axios
The neutron and the obsidian case have not been released yet. We dont even have any specs yet. So making size claims at the moment is somewhat absurd. Im sure corsair can design something smaller than the prodigy.
As for it being pointless at that size. It definitely is not, to the extent of them releasing the case. There are people out there that are content with mitx boards because its all they need. Maybe they also want a custom water loop. But why not just get a regular sized tower? Maybe there is empty space inside that feels wasted/useless. So why not make the smallest case possible that comforms to those ideals?
The prodigy sold very well simply because the design is very nice, but not because its small (in fact, it isn't). there is a huge difference here. It is one thing to make a "cool" design (aka, Prodigy), which happens to be mITX, and the other thing to make a mITX design.
The neutron is actually non-innovative at all, when you study its design. Its simply a huge case that only accepts mITX hardware.
So, like I said, you have 2 options:
a) Release a very very nice design, that will sell well if its nice enough, no matter the form factor it uses. The prodigy fits in here because, like I said, the design got a lot of attention, and its not a surprise it did.
b) Release something useful for the form factor its being designed for. Which mITX is lacking in this department because most of the cases aren't efficient at all regarding size and usability. For instance, we have a lot of cases that are very space efficient in different form factors: like the TJ08-E or SG10 in mATX, or the Lian Li A05 in ATX (among many others). But, we have close to nothing regarding mITX designs: they are either too small for the size they are (meaning you have a ton of constraints when designing the parts for your build) or they are simply massive (like the Prodigy). At least the prodigy has a very nice and interesting design, mind you, which isn't the case for most other mITX cases. They are either very beautiful but useless function wise, or very functional but ugly.
Heck, many people have paid a lot of money for the NCASE M1. Why? Because its a very tiny mITX that has acceptable compromises and is nice to look at. It can't be that hard to release a good product when 2 users from a forum did it. The problem is that most company manufacturers/sellers this days don't care about how the system will be used.
PS: talking about putting a large number of radiators on a tiny case simply doesn't work, because there is no space. A small mITX might accept a 240mm radiator, but thats about it. When you plan to put like 3 x 120mm rad space (whether its 240 + 120, 3 x 120 or whatever) into such a tiny case... you can't, because you need to oversize the case. So, Its useful to simply make it mATX compatible and be done with it.
PSSS: heck, I bet the Neutron is bigger than the TJ08-E, whilst being a smaller form factor.Edited by prava - 11/10/13 at 3:59pm