Gauging interest for motherboard trays for benchers

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  1. Spotswood

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    I have this idea for building a batch of simple motherboard trays for benchers from T-slot extrusion.


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    I don't know guys, would anyone be interested in such a thing?

    Maybe widen the tray to make room for a PSU?

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  2. DSee

    DSee 2[H]4U

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    I approve this message.. would it fit a 4p motherboard?
    I can give you dimensions if needed... thx
     
  3. Spotswood

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    Thanks.

    I could see building these in a few different sizes. The model I posted was for an SR-2.

    Post or PM me the dimensions.
     
  4. W.Feather

    W.Feather Hard DC'er for Aug 2012/ Feb 2019

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    if you extend it a bit, and put a spot for a simple HDD/SSD, and PSU, you will probably get alot of interest from the naked SR-2 folders, hell all the naked folders here
     
  5. silicide

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    or those interested in becoming naked folders. Depending on cost, I'd certainly be interested for my next build... or several
     
  6. FLECOM

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    put rack ears on it :)
     
  7. Spotswood

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    I would stand the psu on end, and place a hdd place in the space in the corner
     
  9. Spotswood

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  10. W.Feather

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    looks much better

    if there is a way for you to make it rack mountable, you will have the more interest....i know a few SR-2 guys just use plywood atm :D
     
  11. pjkenned

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    So the 4P SWATX and SSI MEB boards extent well past the rear I/O panel and into where that PSU is.

    I do like the idea though... a lot, especially if we can stack these suckers.
     
  12. Spotswood

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    There's 17-inches between those posts. :D
     
  13. gwarren007

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    Nice ;)
     
  14. pjkenned

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    OK should fit with <1" to spare then.
     
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  16. Spotswood

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    4U unit. Not sure where the PSU and HD should go, in the front or back?

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  17. pjkenned

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    If those were inexpensive enough, you could just use one as a PSU / HD shelf for two systems... but then it is inefficient for single systems.
     
  18. Spotswood

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    Customer can decide where to place the PSU and HDs by choosing how to assemble it. :D

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    I still don't know what you guys would want on the front of it?
     
  19. cbarbour71

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    Not sure what others would want, but I would think a way to mount fans to blow across the motherboard from front to back would be handy.
     
  20. AbsintheGuy

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    Bitcoin rig builders might be all over this if the price was right.
     
  21. Kendrak

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    I'm confused.... why?

    Bitcoin is all about ATI GPUs, not 2P and 4P setups with HPTX, MEB, and EATX sizes to deal with.

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  22. LightningCrash

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    Who says they can't be used for multi-gpu setups?
     
  23. Kendrak

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    They can, but a simple off the self ATX mobo tray would work just fine. Then drop a ATX mobo on it that will let you run 4x double width cards (like this one). You pick up nothing from running a huge mobo with 2 or 4 procs that you wont even use.
     
  24. LightningCrash

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    Nobody said they would run huge mobos, and that's not rackmount.

    If the bench tray was made a bit taller or you tied two together they could run the x1 ribbon cables and run as many cards as they have slots....or more.
     
  25. Spotswood

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    Don't get hung up on the size guys. I'd expect standard size ATX MB "trays" to be the norm:

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    After just a few key design modifications the above case/tray can now be stacked and easily transformed into a bitcoin server via a few more bits of metal.

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  27. Patriot

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    Honestly.... there are plenty of easy ways to do that for standard ATX...

    so basically you have bitcoin ppl who want ATX and folders who want 4p board size...
     
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    Yes, two size variations of the same design: 14-inches vs 17-inches between the two posts that hold up the expansion card support beam. :D
     
  29. 4DoorGTZ

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    If this could be done for less then the overpriced Tech benches I'd be insterested.
     
  30. KMac

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    ^ +1
    More likely, but depending on price, +4-5 if they stack at the 17" size for future compatibility/expansion. :)
     
  31. TheGeekFreek

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    Ive already ordered a bunch of 1x-16x adapter/extensions and 16x-16x extensions.. If this is wide enough for 5x 6950's spaced about 3/4" apart, pm me a price for 2 when you figure it up. A mounting system for rear 120-140mm fans to blow cards would also be nice.
     
  32. jebo_4jc

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    Yeah the bitcoin guys want the ability to hang the GPUs in the air using PCIe ribbon riser cables.

    I agree though, that the ability to stick a bank of a few 120mm or 140mm fans along one side would be ideal.

    I however would be interested in one of these for a 4p server if the price is right. For me personally, it would have to be as close to $100 as possible.
     
  33. Spotswood

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    A tray for 5 GPUs would require the large-size tray.

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    Of course all of the trays will be stackable and come with a few bits of aluminum to attach fans. :D

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    EDIT: ATX tray would be $105 and a server-size tray $120.
     
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  34. pjkenned

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    +1

    ETA?
     
  36. jebo_4jc

    jebo_4jc [H]ard|DCer of the Month - April 2011

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    At $85 I'm in for one.

    Here's what the bitcoin kids are doing. You might get some interest there if you could work up an option for something like this:

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  37. Doozer

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    $85 sounds good to me too
     
  38. Spotswood

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    Yep, been there done that, here.


    I'd like to build a batch of these in a week or so. Please send me a PM if your interested. :D
     
  39. burningrave101

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    Yeah I'd say you'll draw a lot more interest if you build mobo trays that have braces above the board to mount 4-6+ video cards using PCIe extender cables like shown in the photo above. There is a market demand for that at the moment and outside of the Bitcoin forums I'm sure you'd find several [H]ard users interested in them as well if you could build and sell them at a competitive price.

    You can see others are trying to do the same with these but their prices are pretty high:

    https://cablesaurus.com/index.php?m..._id=14&zenid=5ac48906b5a79a3f5f3cee14f2bcac6d