M3A2 - 9.2 liter mITX case, 12.25" GPU support

Chime

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Greetings everyone! I wanted to pass along info on a new mITX case that's in the design phase over on [H]ard|Forum. I'm not the designer, though I have thrown down cash on his Indiegogo campaign. I thought some of you would be interested in seeing what it has to offer.

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M3A2 Technical Specifications: (pulled from Indiegogo page)


  • 320mm x 320mm x 90mm, 9.2 Liters
  • Motherboard: Mini ITX
  • CPU Cooler: 68mm max. height
  • Graphics: 12.25" graphics cards
  • Power Supply: SFX
  • Storage: 4 x 2.5" mounts or 2 x 2.5" mounts + 1 x 3.5" mounts (depending on your configuration)
  • Optical: 1 x slim optical mount. You may specify: none, slot-load or tray-load
  • Front I/O: You may specify: None, USB3.0 or USB3.0/HD Audio
*These are preliminary specifications that are subject to change.

More info can be found on this thread on [H]ard|Forum.

M3Cases.com

Indiegogo page
 
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firewolfsm

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Is this the smallest case that supports a full length graphics card? It's quite nice, I hope the final price is below $200.
 

Chime

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Is this the smallest case that supports a full length graphics card? It's quite nice, I hope the final price is below $200.

I can't say definitively that it's the smallest case supporting full GPUs, but it's the smallest that I've seen. Also, one of the few that supports a full GPU parallel to the motherboard, which really helps in getting it into a good HTPC form factor. I've been wanting something that replicates the Xbox/PS3 form factor for a while now, and this case pretty much nails it for me. Cmadki4, the guy developing this, has also been more than willing to take others input on what features/design choices should go into the final design. I'll be sure to post build pictures and benchmarking results when my prototype arrives this spring.
 

I4AT

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I'd be interested in a minimally larger design that accommodated MATX instead of MITX. MITX is a pain in the ass to deal with due to the tiny selection of parts available, and they're generally marked up way more than they should be since it's a niche market.

When you think about it a similar MATX case would only be a few inches larger on either side, but you get a much wider range of hardware options. He could probably work up a design that can accept either 4 half-height expansion cards, or 1 full-size GPU mounted with a riser.
 

firewolfsm

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He now has 3 case designs he can produce. I think the mini or even the ultra-mini could produce machines as capable as any reasonable budget anyways. Great designs, the mini is about as flexible as the 11 liter SG-05.

Ultra-mini: 208mm x 208mm x 90mm; 3.9 liters -> 3.6

picoPSU, 2 x 2.5" SSDs, low-profile GPU

Mini: 325mm x 238mm x 90mm; 6.96 liters

1U or TFX PSU (under review), full-sized GPU (9" max length)

Standard: 325mm x 320mm x 90mm; 9.36 liters

SFX PSU, full-length GPU, ODD