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Poll Results: Should the industry standard shift to a 90 degree motherboard mount in cases like the TJ11?

 
  • 62% (10)
    YES
  • 37% (6)
    NO
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post #1 of 15
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Real simple guys and gals. The Silverstone TJ11 mounts the motherboard 90 degrees out so the video cards are vertical instead of horizontal. To me this makes much more sense for reasons such as heat management and cable management. I honestly do not know why this hasn't become the standard.

Tell me your thoughts on the matter. Would you like to see this become the default?
post #2 of 15
Yes and No, it would be nice to see on some mainstream cases, but No because some people like to have their case under a desk, and the I/O wont be accesible
     
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post #3 of 15
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all of the cables still exit the back of the case, though. so that shouldn't be an issue at all. unless you are set on constantly detaching and attaching usb devices via the i/o panel.

another aspect of this 90 degree out design is that its less stress on the PCI slots with the newer video cards. it also eliminates the worry of sag on the video card pcb.
post #4 of 15
I absolutely would, I've never liked the standard tower layout with a big heavy videocard (especially with a waterblock) hanging like that.
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post #5 of 15
makes perfect sense for me!

The VGA cards these days blow the air out on the side of the case, and not at the end.
So if you install them horizontal or vertical it does not matter, the air gets sucked out via the side case fan.

But the cpu cooler blows upwards now instead of the rear of the case.
And hot air raises anyway...

Plus in this case the heat of the VGA cards won't get sucked in the cpu cooler!

So for me it's a thumb.gif
   
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post #6 of 15
There are several benefits to mounting the motherboard this way, and no negatives I can think of. I for one would welcome our new 90° turned overlords.



Actually did think of one negative: certain aftermarket coolers for both CPU and GPU are less effective when mounted this way, so there's that. Most work fine though.
Edited by Vonnis - 3/29/13 at 11:27am
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post #7 of 15
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Good. I'm glad I'm not the only one on this bandwagon. I just decided on the TJ11 for my next build. I chose it over the 900D and the CaseLabs SMH10. I do so only because of the motherboard mounting. I'm an engineer by trade and I like things that just make sense. Genius in simplicity. So I really would like to see a shift to this layout in the market.
post #8 of 15
For two of my applications at home, the "top mounted connectors" just wouldn't work. The cases just barely fit under my upper cabinets as is. If I had to allow for another 2-3" for cables coming from the video cards, it wouldn't fit at all. That wouldn't change even if motherboard manufacturers rotated the motherboard connections 90 degrees (for USB, network, audio, etc).

The only way I could see it possibly working (but it would be an added cost) is if the case makers included some sort of low profile, 90 degree cable that was about 24-30" long that could plug into the video card on the top (I would hope inside) of the case, then route it to the back of the case where the rest of the IO is. The only problem is, how many any what type of those cables will the case maker provide? (ie a full set of VGA/DVI/HDMI/Display Port?) And what about people like me, and many others, who have multiple cards and monitors?
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

For two of my applications at home, the "top mounted connectors" just wouldn't work. The cases just barely fit under my upper cabinets as is. If I had to allow for another 2-3" for cables coming from the video cards, it wouldn't fit at all. That wouldn't change even if motherboard manufacturers rotated the motherboard connections 90 degrees (for USB, network, audio, etc).

The only way I could see it possibly working (but it would be an added cost) is if the case makers included some sort of low profile, 90 degree cable that was about 24-30" long that could plug into the video card on the top (I would hope inside) of the case, then route it to the back of the case where the rest of the IO is. The only problem is, how many any what type of those cables will the case maker provide? (ie a full set of VGA/DVI/HDMI/Display Port?) And what about people like me, and many others, who have multiple cards and monitors?

i run several monitors and cards and i really don't understand what the issue would be. as for the the people who put their case in a cabinet... why? real enthusiasts who care about the feature in question don't stick their cases in cabinets. they show it and keep it ON a raised platform to minimize dust build up.
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i run several monitors and cards and i really don't understand what the issue would be. as for the the people who put their case in a cabinet... why? real enthusiasts who care about the feature in question don't stick their cases in cabinets. they show it and keep it ON a raised platform to minimize dust build up.

Well, to be fair, the OP is asking for this to be "The Standard", which pretty much rules out what the "real enthusiasts" want. The majority of people want their computer to work and be pretty much unobtrusive. They don't want it to be the focal point of the room. That is why most people put their machines on the side of their desk parallel to it, so they can get access to their floppy/optical drive (yeah, old school I know, but we are talking majority of users here). The notion of having a bunch of cables popping out the top of the case, looks pretty ugly to most people. Not to mention that when your computer is off (again, most people don't keep their PC's on 24/7), since dust falls downward, that means that dust will fall into the vents on the back (now top) exhaust ports of the video card.

I'm just saying why I doubt this will ever be a "standard" and why even for the enthusiast market like we have on OCN, this will become more than a rarity.

In my case (no pun intended), I proudly display it on my desk, turned sideways so you can see in the window. The problem is, because of the height of my case and cabinet, I only have 1.5" of clearance between the top of my case and the bottom part of my upper cabinets. 2 monitor cables will not fit there, especially when you consider that the the DVI connector will take up most of that and you still need room to bend the cable.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 3/29/13 at 3:01pm
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