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The folks behind this are two enthusiasts from Hardforum who designed this enclosure due to their belief that "the potential of the Mini-ITX form factor has been stunted by the lack of high performance cases currently available for the platform. We also share a dissatisfaction towards the overuse of plastic, mediocre aesthetics, bloated case dimensions and lack of watercooling support common to many Mini-ITX cases".

The case measures in at 240 mm by 160 mm by 328 mm and obviously the weight is unknown since no prototype has been built yet. The case supports both mini-ITX and mini-DTX motherboards, along with graphics cards that eat up up to three expansion slots. Graphics cards with two-slot coolers can be up to 12.5" long, and with three slot coolers up to 11-inces long. The CPU cooler can be up to 105 mm tall and the enclosure can support both 120 mm radiators along with 240 mm radiators in multiple positions.





I hope this becomes the new standard for Mini-ITX cases as this exemplifies space efficiency for the hardware used. Now to see how much it'll cost after they decide to launch it.

EDIT: There's more info at the original source on HardForum




Edited by IvantheDugtrio - 2/19/13 at 6:51pm
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My only beef with ITX is the lack of a second PCI slot, so I can't use a sound card with them.

That is where mini-atx comes in!

EDIT: Not trying to rain on the parade, that is a BA case for sure. I love ITX, but I love my sound cards more.
Edited by PostalTwinkie - 2/19/13 at 7:07pm
    
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Very nicely organized. Nice. With how power efficient hardware is getting, we need more itx and small matx cases like this.
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This is awesome. There really does need to be more enthusiasts mATX and mITX chassis in the market. Silverstone can't do it alone. Don't get me started on Lian Li either.
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whoever can connect the CPU and rad tubing in that case ... is a god ...
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Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

My only beef with ITX is the lack of a second PCI slot, so I can't use a sound card with them.

That is where mini-atx comes in!

EDIT: Not trying to rain on the parade, that is a BA case for sure. I love ITX, but I love my sound cards more.

That's where Mini-DTX motherboards come in (if only there were more popular). Shuttle cases tend to use those boards. Those tend to offer two PCIe slots though there won't be any gap between the x16 bus and smaller bus.

So if you can watercool your GPU so that it's single slot then you'll have the room for your sound card. Otherwise you'll have to go with a USB-based external one.
Edited by IvantheDugtrio - 2/19/13 at 7:22pm
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whoever can connect the CPU and rad tubing in that case ... is a god ...

I recall seeing an interesting picture of a reservoir being directly connected to the CPU waterblock (most likely in the water cooling section of this website). The ATX system only had less than 5 feet of tubing.
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My only beef with ITX is the lack of a second PCI slot, so I can't use a sound card with them.

That is where mini-atx comes in!

EDIT: Not trying to rain on the parade, that is a BA case for sure. I love ITX, but I love my sound cards more.
Get a USB or SPDIF digital to analog converter. They can be as good as a sound card.
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Been watching this develop on [H] for a long time, its come a very long way and looks like a great piece of hardware. This is the kind of thing that can happen if the people buying it are also the ones designing and funding it so no compromises will be made.
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Looks great ... in CAD. I'd wait for the numbers and the real thing though smile.gif

Things in CAD are easy to put together. Things in real life aren't so easy... especially torx screws, nuts, and bolts in such tight spaces.
Edited by AlphaC - 2/19/13 at 7:46pm
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