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I was looking at the Nano as well. buys you just under 1" of cable running space or ventilation behind your GPU, might buy a bit of extra space to work with GPU mounting bracket ideas as well, but I'm not sure that space would be meaningful unless you can find a specific purpose for it; as you say saving space that becomes dead space isn't fulfilling.

Another issue is the price point, a 970 runs ~375 where the Nano is rumored around ~500. I'm not sure the rest of the build would justify it to many users.

Yeah I'm not going to buy one, I've got a perfectly fine 970 sitting in my current rig, I'll be using that biggrin.gif It was just nice to see that the Nano would still fit. I don't think I could make the case any shorter, even when using it, and it would limit me in the future. I guess if I were to use it, it would be possible to mount an mSATA to SATA adapter there to get even more storage space, but that''s all I can really think of. Not really worth the effort.

Hm, 500 is a lot. At that price point, I'd want it to come close to a 980 in terms of performance, but with the Fury X slipping in slightly below the 980Ti, I don't see that happening. That would also mean that it would have to equal the R9 390X, because that seems to be equal to the 980.
There aren't any benchmarks for the Nano yet, right?
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Hm, 500 is a lot. At that price point, I'd want it to come close to a 980 in terms of performance, but with the Fury X slipping in slightly below the 980Ti, I don't see that happening. That would also mean that it would have to equal the R9 390X, because that seems to be equal to the 980.
There aren't any benchmarks for the Nano yet, right?


not that I have seen. We won't know for sure how good this card will be for SFF builds until more concrete info is released, but the cost to power to size ratio doesn't seem to be much better than the existing 970 cards.
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not that I have seen. We won't know for sure how good this card will be for SFF builds until more concrete info is released, but the cost to power to size ratio doesn't seem to be much better than the existing 970 cards.

Well at least you can save 1" of width for custom builds, so that's a plus for some people biggrin.gif Come to think of it, this card doesn't need any more space than the PCIe standard requires you to have anyway. It eliminates the problem of PEG connectors wasting space on the side, which can be very beneficial. Compared to something like the 970 DirectCU Mini, you save a bit less than 2" of width, which is pretty nice.
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Today I played around with ideas for the screws, and this is the best I could make (click for larger images):




I don't really like this, to be honest. The missing screw in the rounded corner looks kinda odd, and I'd rather go for a cleaner look with less screws anyway, maybe even none, but that doesn't seem to be possible.
There was a post on OCN recently where someone showed a ~11L case with a FlexATX PSU and sliding, screwless sidepanels that were then held in by the front panel.
I think something like this might be possible by doing this:



So there would be a slot milled along the whole front panel and the top and bottom panels would be chamfered, so you can slide the front panel on the bottom panel first, secure it with screws, then slide in the top panel from the back and secure that as well. I would probably need flanges on the top and bottom panels that allow screwing the panels in from the back like most regular PC cases do, but then most screws would be eliminated without sacrificing any stability. It may well be that the stability even gets increased by this.
On the other hand, this may require to increase the thickness of the front panel to 3 or 4mm so the indent won't be a weak spot and the exact shape of the slot would be determined by the method of manufacturing.
Also, having that chamfered edge of the panels be halfway visible around the chassis might look pretty cool.
Is that worth it, though? Or should I just go with the screws as they are right now?
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I have been considering some similar solutions for my own SFF build, and all of the sliding casing options I have encountered seem either fragile, likely to come open, weak, less stable, or in your case bulkier.

In the end I think just getting screws that match the color of your case and just blend in would be the best option (and the one I am going with for my own build). if you recolored your images with black screws i don't think you would mind the visual discontinuity as much thumb.gif
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I have been considering some similar solutions for my own SFF build, and all of the sliding casing options I have encountered seem either fragile, likely to come open, weak, less stable, or in your case bulkier.

In the end I think just getting screws that match the color of your case and just blend in would be the best option (and the one I am going with for my own build). if you recolored your images with black screws i don't think you would mind the visual discontinuity as much thumb.gif

Yeah that was the plan anyway, but I wasn't able to get Inventor Studio to render the screws in black. They are black when modelling, but on the renders they seem to have a very reflective material.
Well we have to think about aesthetics as well, don't we? smile.gif But you are right, sliding solutions are a lot more prone to errors than good old screws.
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Excuse my hasty ****ty paint drawing, I have to head out shortly, but I made this as a concept for you to work the screws in to the design of the case, by painting, etching, or some other means. Ties up your spare corner as well.

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post #48 of 86
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Thanks for the idea! It would be really nice to have my logo engraved on the side of the case, I'd love that! biggrin.gif
I'm thinking about chamfering the edges of the top and bottom panels anyway after the paintjob/anodisation, that may give the sides a very unique look. Other than that thought, I'd rather go for clean than stylised.
post #49 of 86
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So I've made a mockup for a banner. First the Freilite banner, the logo would be just the F. (Click images for full-sized version)



Personally, I somwhat dislike the first "e", it does look kinda off, but I can't really put my finger on it.
And two ideas for the Brevis S banner. The only difference is the font. Not sure which one I like better.





Whaddya say?
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I've decided to make a parts compatibility list for the case for Mainboards, GPUs and CPU coolers. I don't think it covers every last component in existence, but it's still quite extensive and I tried to give a good explanation on what sort of restrictions you're facing with different components. It's read only at the time, but your feedback would be much appreciated, especially on the Footnote explanation table. smile.gif
During the compilation of that list, I also decided to make the case 6mm wider (so we're at 420mm now) in order to make sure that every mainboard and every GPU can fit 2 HDDs when angled SATA connectors are used. That was possible before, but only with very specific connectors and close to no clearance whatsoever.
Edited by iFreilicht - 7/7/15 at 3:19pm
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