Originally Posted by B!0HaZard
What do you mean? Are you referring to the single 3DMark run where the i7 6700 at modest speeds hit 80 degrees C with the biggest air cooler that fits? Or the fact that the Corsair H60 performed even worse? After just two minutes in 3DMark... Imagine what long gaming sessions / video encoding / stress tests would do.
And the case is significantly more expensive than the NCASE. The estimated retail price is roughly 325 USD. Even accounting for the 25% VAT, it's still 40% more expensive than an NCASE M1 unless you get the early bird discount.
Here we go.
Biggest air cooler? No, the mere L9i is not the largest air cooler to fit in the case. The max clearance for CPU Cooling is 65mm, which is more room than what's offered in the DAN A4, and opens up quite a few options for improved CPU cooling on air (if that's what you choose to do).
The first gen H60 from Corsair is hardly the peak of AIO watercooling options available on the market today. The case supports 240mm AIO solutions; how many people do you think can't deal with the performance they try to offer?
The NCase costs $210 (USD) total to ship outside the US, using the cheapest shipping method. This case costs just under $240 (USD) total to ship outside the US assuming no early bird discount. These Loque guys are a brand new start-up who left their full-time employment to try and make this happen; a difference of $30 between a well-established product and team of two (mostly one), and a product in its first batch with a larger team is not much to ask.
Of course, as you have conveniently left out, the cost of this case is cheaper than the DAN A4 was @ ~$245 USD before shipping, and yet the design includes more material and has a higher cost of production than the A4. The NFC Systems S4 Mini is even smaller than the A4, and yet costs $233.50 USD (or a couple of cups of coffee less than the S1) despite going through several revisions and requiring a generally more expensive and specific AC-DC power supply.
I don't have time today to do more number gathering to reply to people making sweeping statements, but in summary, the performance and pricing of this project is in the same ballpark as many other popular products in the SFF scene, and the performance trade-offs that you chose to make in SFF are well-catered for across the entire spectrum of projects currently available to people.
Edit: this post reads a lot more aggressively than I intended haha. Sorry about that Edited by fleetfeather - 4/20/17 at 7:34am