I took it via TPU, does that mean I can take it twice :O
But for real, I would REALLY like to see a true Switch 810 successor; I feel like Phanteks has "out-Switched" the Switch as their Enthoo Primo is pretty much EXACTLY how I would have designed a "Switch 830" or whatever you'd call it.
I know that there is a focus lately on smaller form factors, but some of us still love our towering monoliths
If I may make a few suggestions as to what I think would really improve on the Switch 810's design, making it not only more functional but perhaps even bringing it a bit further upmarket?
Well, okay, I'll just say them anyway
- Use thicker gauge aluminum for the chassis, and just as importantly, do away with all the plastic snap-on pieces and make a classy brushed-aluminum front plate and top
- Increase the case width to about 265-275mm, make it about 20-35mm taller, and about 35-50mm deeper
- Increase the amount of cable management space behind the motherboard tray to at least 35mm
- Give a total of ~120mm of space above the motherboard not including the external "shrouded" area, which should accommodate thicker fans (38mm thick), to allow for some awesome thick-rad with thick-fans in P-P setups
- The extra height would allow for a better implementation of modular HDD cages; specifically, retain the "3 and 1/2" 5.25 bays (allowing the top to be blocked by a rad/fan combo, while leaving enough room for a fan controller like in the 810), but instead of just a pair of triple drive cages, go with something like 2x 2-drive cages, 1x 3-drive cage, and 2x 1-drive cages
- Allow the HDD cages to be mounted either right against the front intake fans (leaving a good 150mm between the front of the swivel fans and the edge of the MB), but also have a mount that is further into the case to allow up to a 45mm thick rad to fit between the drive cages and the front fans
- Add 2-4x SSD caddies to the rear of the motherboard tray
- Definitely retain the "push pull" fan setup with the hard drive cages, as best as possible
- Native 3x 120 or 140mm fans for front intake, 3-4x 140mm fans up top, 2x 140mm fans in bottom, 1x 140 or 180mm rear fan, 2x 140mm inner drive cage "swivel fans", and definitely a single 120/140mm fan mount BEHIND the CPU mount (behind the MB tray)
- Consequently, it should support UP TO a 420 rad in front, a 420/560 rad up top, a 280 rad in bottom, a 280 rad on the swivel mounts, a 140 or 180 rad in back; obviously not all together....
- Let's say, practically: a 60-65mm-thick 420/560 rad in push-pull up top + EITHER a 30-45mm thick 420 up front in push-only (push-pull with no drive cages) OR an 86mm-thick 280 in push-pull in the bottom while retaining at least 5 3.5" bays + a single 45mm-thick 140 or 180 rad in the back with push-pull fans
- Include some strong, real-deal case fans; essentially I'd like to see PWM versions of the RF-FX140LB but further improved to increase airflow and especially static pressure (100-110cfm and 3.2-3.5mmH2O max)
- Use your "GRID" PWM controller to control the case fans, which should be available separate from the case immediately for ~$14-16/ea
- Include 3x front intake, 1x internal HDD swivel fan, 1x rear fan, and 1x top fan
- Introduce a 180mm fan to compete with the frankly butt-kicking Silverstone AP182 for use on radiators or just as a case fan; I'm thinking 180x180x38-42mm, PWM, classic NZXT black and white, speed range from 800rpm up to 2200rpm with up to 175cfm+ and 4mmH2O+, and to get the fan popular, include it as the rear fan for the case
- Instead of including a hotswap bay thing (I don't know anyone who uses it) and the cool yet hard to utilize stealth ODD cover, I think you should include an adapter to mount slim optical drives in a regular 5.25 bay with the option of mounting either 2x 3.5" drives or 4x 2.5" drives below it; increase numbers for your "this is how many drives we support" stats, while allowing those of us who still want to have an internal ODD to easily fit one
- Better airflow for the front fans
- Instead of the "closed" or "half-open" slats on top, just have a big 560 rad's worth of hexx-mesh (aftermarket quality stuff), and use a split door that opens and retracts down into either side of the top of the case; this would greatly decrease the airflow restriction and eliminate a significant point of failure in the original design
- Have pre-drilled reservoir mounting holes, properly drilled for ~80mL, 150mL, 200-250mL, and 400mL tube reservoirs
I have a TON more ideas, but that's it for now...