Lots of people like their PCs on their desks for various reasons. Not all desks are small and true SFF cases don't generally take up a lot of space. It'd be kind of goofy to put a Shuttle, SG08 or little Lian Li ITX case on the floor. And with the I/O and buttons on the side, desktop was clearly their intent with this case design. Otherwise it'd be on the top or front like most mATX and ATX towers.Why on earth would you want a PC case on your desk? Desks are too small to waste space; stick cases underneath where they belong.
Oh yes. Dust galore and fur and all sorts of things. No but I have to strongly disagree. They belong ON a desk.
The ports being where they are happen to be perfect for my setup.
The only thing I find unfortunate is the perforated side panel for additional intake. I know the "early look" prototype Tom checked out didn't have this but he mentioned it may become a reality and it has. It's going to be a dust magnet without any included filter. I think it's begging to be cut up for a bit of plexiglass
I'm also a bit curious in the difference in thermals between the white and black versions, seeing as the front on the white does not have a mesh like the black...
Can the top HDD rack stay in while a long GPU is connected?
Yes it can.
I'm also disappointed with the switch on the side panel, but if you intake front and up top, you'd create positive pressure, thus keeping the dust out. Either way, I hope they have optional sides for purchase or perhaps I'll be able to find someone to do a plexiglass mod for myself
I wish they could have done the white with the same mesh like front
No, you cannot fit larger GPUs with the top HDD cage in. Check out the video I linked on the previous page.
Positive pressure is definitely an option for most people, though for my particular uses if I buy this case it's with watercooling in mind so I'd rather have the fans on the rad I'd be placing up top exhausting air.
I believe the reason they didn't go with white mesh was for aesthetic reasons, I do think the clean look is a bit nicer but I'm unsure how those small vents on the top and bottom compare to an actual full mesh front.
Can a 670 with waterblock fit in this case with the top HD cage in?
ITX board is 6.7"x6.7". PCB for 670 is ~6.9". If it fits it probably will be really tight.
If it turns out to be true.....
Can a mini-itx case get anymore perfect for an extreme build? Server, gaming rig, etc.....the possibilities are endless.
There are no itx boards that support 5-6 HDD/SSD's.