Originally Posted by WiSK
It's a great looking case, but at 39 litres, it's almost as big as my son's mid tower case. If you're going that big then why limit yourself to 1 PCIe slot? Prodigy is 26 litres with the handles off.
I think what the OP was trying to get at, and what CM rep echoed, was that many recent mini ITX cases are just smaller versions of ATX cases. Case fabricators don't dare to alienate any part of their market, so they make oversized mini-ITX cases which include drive bays and large PSU support and place for tower air coolers. The S3 is clearly aimed at water cooling enthusiast as it has place for 240 and 280 radiators but for example at almost a third of the size
, Compact Splash has place for 3x120 rads and happily limits itself to SFX PSU, no drives and only waterblock on the CPU. So it stays SFF while offering comparable cooling potential. The latter is the kind of case many of us in the SFF subforum are looking for.
Chassis are always personal, and in DIY setting many people have a financial or emotional attachment to the hardware they already have from previous upgrade cycles. It makes it difficult for those people to understand MITX. Case in point the HAF Xb. When I defined the spec, I defined it as a test bench, or LANbox. For this user I specified the chassis must support at least 4 x 2.5 SSD's with a fixed cage. I think Corsair also came to the conclusion on the Air 540.
After launch we had many complaints about why we designed this chassis with only 2 x 3.5" HDD support. Of course there were thermal and functionality reasons, but we heard our customers who said they wanted to have a chassis that's small, but could hold all their 3.5" drives as well. MITX chassis will always have built in limitations, that is why its a totally different market than full towers.
My crystal ball says that we will continue to have many small companies making MITX chassis because they are niche. Because these small companies don't have the same scale as Cooler Master, it is also the reason why there will continue to be $150-$400 MITX chassis. I did decide to bring the Elite 120 and 130 into the USA, and for $50 they are unbeatable, feature for feature, spec for spec compared to anything in their price range. Cooler Master is more likely to launch MITX chassis in the affordable segment rather than the niche.