An idea sprung to mind. You guys remember the Sharp X68000? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Well, I've made a little brother for the Brevis S:
Inside that 24mm thin box, a slim slot-in ODD and four 2.5" HDDs of a maximum height of 15mm can be crammed, the latter of which are mounted on the same HDD mounting bracket the case itself utilises. Each of those brackets is mounted to the back panel with a PCI expansion bracket and they can be replaced to allow the use of various PCI expansion bracket extensions, mainly for extended I/O capabilities. In theory, you could run a PCIe x4 riser from your M.2 M-Key slot down there to install real PCIe add-ons.
Alternatively, you could ditch the ODD and go for a total of six HDDs or twelve 7mm SSDs if you were to use stacking brackets, not counting the two drives in the main case.
As a PCie bracket itself is already close to 22mm wide, this is how they are currently mounted to the case:
I think that this is worth it for shaving off 4mm of thickness to get the extension as slim as possible. As it is right now, normal full-height cards would not fit this enclosure, though this is a rather quick draft (only took me 5 hours or so) of what I would imagine this extension to be and it should be fixable rather easily by using a thick spacer between the panel and the bracket there.
In the current state, the extension blocks the rear screw holes of the main case, so in order to get to the components in there, you'd have to open the extensions, remove the ODD, unscrew the extension from the spacer and then remove the top panel. Hardly user friendly.
Personally, I really, really like this new idea. It makes the case something absolutely unique and allows me to play with lighting effects through the acrylic spacer and different ideas for front I/O. It also lets loads of ideas for potential builds and mods pop up, the extension could house a single-slot R9 Nano that is watercooled by a radiator in the regular GPU compartment, stuff like that.
It literally gives room for loads of ideas where previously only a few combinations of components where possible.
If this isn't the standard version of the case, at the very least it should be a prominent add-on.
Unfortunately, though, this comes at a hefty price of an additional 3.64L of envelope volume (2.97L if you count the spacer and extension as separate boxes), so it absolutely has to be optional. It might be possible to tone that down, depending on the actual width the spacer needs, but it still pushes the case from the smallest case for ITX GPUs and internal PSUs close to a 9L beast that is larger than the Osmi.
Now is to be decided how to make this as smooth as possible.
- Should cables from the main case to the extensions be routed out the back or through the acrylic spacer?
- Should the extension be made a bit deeper and taller to fit the footprint of the main case?
- How can I make the extension detachable in an easier way?
- Should the extension be made a bit thicker to avoid the small cuts in the sidepanels and/or center the ODD slot?
- Is there a better way of attaching the brackets to the case?
- How can I ensure reasonable thermal performance for U.2 SSDs inside the extension?
I'll work on getting a partial prototype made after exams are over, don't want to indulge into anything time-critical right now, but I've found four manufacturers already that all have the exact capabilities I'm looking for, all of them close enough for me to drive there.