X9 really is not an S8 clone:
-the S8 does not have 480 and 420 rad support. Iirc, its limited to a max 360 on top.
-the horizontal motherboard layout is not CL first. Mountain Mods was doing it before CL and Jim himself said MM inspired him to make a better aluminum/modular/enthusiast/water-cooling computer case. The U2UFO and the Ascension can be configured w/ "horizon" layout and both are classified as "cube" case like the S8 and X9.
-Stacking cases is not CL first as well (Iirc, MM has had this option or had pedestals too).
-Cube case was not invented by CL. Remember the Mozart?
I'm not condoning TT "direct" influence on some of their recent products. If its legal and there's a market for it, why not? Its business to them, nah? But I will stand up for the X9 as it came before TT's unveiling of their new product "designs" and it fulfilled a segment of the market that CL was not able to meet due to the higher price (and quality). The X9 is not 100% perfect, but for someone who's not going to spend $400-1000 on a case alone, its a nice option to get this design at a budget price. Only reason I sold mine was because Stren offered me his TX and i ended up splurging on this (I am sad
You can continue your TT rant/hate on their rest of their products though, so have at it Mega
Going back to installing/removing drivers. I'm exhausted....next time, I'll have it professionally painted
edit: Oh, yes on the french fries picture (without the "e") btw Edited by wermad - 2/14/16 at 9:02pm