NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case

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  1. Wreckem

    Wreckem Diamond Member

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    Before the prototype campaign they didnt have any real time frame. Now it is tentatively August. The question before was would there be enough interest to get to units. They obviously don't have to worry about getting enough units to get the cost down to under $200. They just have to hope everything goes smoothly. But yeah The only person thats going to get a case anytime soon is the person who ponied up $2000 for the prototype.

    I am okay with August/Fall. Because I am going to do a haswell build and by that time there should be some decent Z87 mitx motherboard options availible.
     
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  2. KentState

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    I agree also that seeing something within 6 months is highly unlikely. Unit the prototype is released, I don't see this as anything more than charity.
     
  3. IlllI

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    good news is they've already ordered the first prototype!

    "Hey everyone! We’re pleased to announce that we’ve ordered the first prototype from Lian Li! And thanks to the generous support from all of our backers, we’ve also gone ahead and paid for the tooling for the front I/O module, which otherwise would have to wait until production"

    you can find the comment on their indiegogo page
     
  4. IlllI

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    the prototype has arrived :)

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  5. Wreckem

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    The case could be smaller. Its trying to do too much. Get rid of the optical drive, RAD, and ATX PSU. I was very interested in this case as well, but I ended up building an FT 03 mini
     
  7. IlllI

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    well thats a curious decision. you mention that it is too big, yet the ft03 mini is 17.6L while this case is 12.6L
     
  8. Wreckem

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    The optical drive isnt taking up space. Originally it was a SSD mount. Now its slim odd or ssd.

    The case wasn't about making something as small as possible. It was about making something like the Sugo 05, but slightly bigger to allow for more customization and water cooling.

    Getting smaller than the Sugo 05 requires usage of riser cards and much more engineering to make sure everything will fit together while having adequate cooling.

    Oh I currently have a Sugo 08, which is slightly bigger than this case but doesn't have as much usable space. The Sugo 08 is relatively tiny(especially compared to those mitx towers like the ft03 mini and the gargantuan prodigy). This case is smaller than that, it could be smaller, but you wouldnt be fitting as much stuff if it were.
     
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  9. MrX8503

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    The footprint is smaller though. That and the M1 wasn't available yet.
     
  10. IlllI

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    i see. if you are still looking in the future you might consider the M3A2. the guy working on producing themmentioned he could possibly do a 'mini' version upon request. here are some mock-ups of the other two smaller variations http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1039746997&postcount=231
     
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    I am very interested in the smaller versions. Will they be quiet and cool? I am assuming the tiny one will be for an Intel NUC type of mainboard?
     
  12. SithSolo1

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    All of the models, standard through ultra-mini, are designed for the mini-ITX form factor.
    Even the smallest version is large enough to hold two entire NUCs double-stacked with ample room to spare.
     
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    Thanks. I get it now. That is good as there are some great mini-ITX boards.
     
  14. IlllI

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    They are in the process of finalizing shipping costs.

    They put up a poll to find out which countries their customers reside in (most donors didn’t provide their address and some people missed the prototype campaign).

    Please use this link: www.ncases.com/poll
     
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    Hmm, I think this case might just tempt me away from getting a pre-built X51.
     
  16. ViviTheMage

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    can't wait to snag mine :)
     
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    loving the m3a2 case
     
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    I just did a Case Labs S3, but would love to have one of these in my collection. I love the renders. It amazes me how realistic they can make stuff look.
     
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    Another giant MiniITX case... I don't understand these at all.
     
  21. Wreckem

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    Giant?

    At 12.6L of volume it is barely bigger than the Sugo05(10.8) and smaller than the Sugo 07/8(14.8) and less than half of the Prodigy(over 26(. All while being way more efficient in the use of space.

    Its anything but giant. Unless you mean the Sugo 05/06/07/08 are giant. Anything smaller than a Sugo05 can't fit a full length graphics card without riser cards/ribbons or fancy custom designs and said cases/pcs have poor thermals.
     
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  22. Throckmorton

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    I don't care about litres. I'm looking at the pictures and that's the size of an mATX case.
     
  23. Skott

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    Its not giant. And its not matx size either. Stop looking at just the picture and read the dimensions.
     
  24. Wreckem

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    Umm liters are a result of dimensions. The case is not the size of a matx case. It is in tower instead of shoebox form, meaning it is taller, but not as wide and not as deep.

    Lets compare to the Sugo08 and Sugo05.

    Sugo 08
    190mm height (7.48")
    222mm width (8.74")
    350mm length (13.78')
    14.8 liters

    Ncase M1
    250mm tall (9.84")
    160mm wide (6.3")
    328mm long (12.91")
    12.6 liters

    Sugo 05
    176mm height (6.93")
    222mm width (8.74")
    276mm length (10.87")
    10.8 liters

    For shits and giggles, the Tiki, and the X51

    Tiki(might be off, depends on what measurements these are(ie: with or without the marble slab)
    330.2mm height (13")
    101.6mm width (4")
    345.4mm length (13.6")
    11.6 liters

    X51
    342.9mm height (13.5")
    95mm width (3.74")
    318mm length (12.52")
    10.36 liters

    While I am at it, the Prodigy
    404mm height (15.9")
    250mm width (9.84")
    359mm length (14.13")
    26.35 liters(based on internal dimensions of 310mm x 250mm x 340mm)

    So as you can see, the Ncase M1 is barely bigger than the Sugo 05, Tiki, and X51. While its slightly bigger its way more versatile and requires no ribbon cables/riser cards(like the Tiki and X51) and you have way more options in terms of configurations. And with the ability to use up to 5 fanes(4 120mm and 1 95mm) it should have better thermals.
     
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  25. Throckmorton

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    It's 50% wider than a Dell 660S ITX