Gauging interest for motherboard trays for benchers

Spotswood

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The design of ATX-size tech tray has been updated and now has an optional lower tier (for SSDs/HDs, radiators, etc.):










Updated EATX-size tray:

 

Axdrenalin

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Still loving my Spotswood tray under my 4P. Your designs are excellent and quality is top notch!
 

Spotswood

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The height of the tech station lower tier has been raised to accommodate a CaseLabs S5 and S8 pedestal 120.3 radiator side mount.



A video review of the ATX tech station was done by LinusTechTips.

The two issues, mentioned in the review, of inadequate support for the PSU and radiator have already been addressed (via the addition of a couple of pieces of extrusion):

 

texinga

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Always enjoy seeing what's new with your "stations" Rich and seeing it on video view was a plus. I mean, what's not to like about extruded aluminum...just makes you [H]ard to look at it! :D

Yeah, the small nits that the reviewer mentioned are sooooo easy to solve with your system and I knew that you would quickly address that stuff. I had to grin at some of the things the reviewer was so worried about happening :p. As a person who has used this same kind of extruded aluminum in projects, the one thing that is certain is that is damn near indestructible (to brushing next to it or out-right trying to bend it). :cool:
 

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Here's another station, but for 10x drives and 2x PSUs. The client intends to attach acrylic sheeting to the extrusions:
 

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Have you tried with different size ITX motherboards? Like 2 ITX on 1 tray?
 

texinga

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Just wanted to say that these extruded aluminum based cases are the strongest and most eternally configurable cases that you can get. Having owned one for several years (that also has slide-in clear Plexiglas panels), it is the best case that I own and the best looking too. There are also plenty of good reasons for just leaving these Spotswood Cases open-air and configurable on-the-fly as your needs dictate.

I consider Spotswood the "guru" of extruded aluminum cases and would highly recommend buying one of his solutions. The ability to reconfigure the extruded aluminum components of the case leaves as many possibilities as you can create. I can't think of any traditional cases that allow you to make as many customizations as one made from extruded aluminum. :cool:
 

Spotswood

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New compact test bench (bottom mounted PSU):





Possible radiator mounting locations:
 
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New universal pump/reservoir mounting platform!



The spacing of all of the anodized aluminum flat bars can be adjusted to accommodate the mounting holes of practically all watercooling pumps and reservoirs.



And the platform itself can be mounted almost anywhere on the station.



 

Spotswood

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Tech stations will now include a few motherboard mounting “posts”, for easy/quick motherboard mounting.

 

Spotswood

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Drive cage can now be re-assembled to hold 4x 3.5-inch drives:



And new switch plate accessory:

 

Spotswood

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Small station with a microATX-size motherboard.



And with new optional black acrylic bottom/floor:

 

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How high do you figure these things can be stacked when fully loaded with CPU only setup, say 2p Xeon or Opteron setup (I'm thinking about Rosetta@Home [CPU based boinc project] crunching cluster)? Any idea how stable these things would be if they were stacked say 6 to 8 units high?
 

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How high do you figure these things can be stacked when fully loaded with CPU only setup, say 2p Xeon or Opteron setup (I'm thinking about Rosetta@Home [CPU based boinc project] crunching cluster)? Any idea how stable these things would be if they were stacked say 6 to 8 units high?

Stack which product?

There's no issue wrt strength, only the area of the base to height. But then again, the bottom-most could be made a little wider.

EDIT: Hmmmm..please describe your "cluster."
 

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80/20 can be extremely strong when built right. We use it for just about everything at work. Carts, workstations, mounting equipment, etc. It really is the industrial erector set

http://www.8020.net/
 

Spotswood

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A custom three-tier tech station / hashing machine. All 3 tiers:



Top and middle tiers:



Just the bottom tier:



All 3 tiers are held together via some pins and bolts:




Thanks for looking! :D
 

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Hello i have a similar open case frame to yours and i need some extra corners that hold the metal bars together and some moutherboard mount pieces where the screws for the motherboard go.
Do you sell those seperately or can you tell me where i can buy some please?

I like also the gpu mounting bar you have, would love to replace the one i have with yours as mine is made for mining and cant add cards side by side.
Let me know if you can sell me one too thanks.
 

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Hello i have a similar open case frame to yours and i need some extra corners that hold the metal bars together and some moutherboard mount pieces where the screws for the motherboard go.
Do you sell those seperately or can you tell me where i can buy some please?

I like also the gpu mounting bar you have, would love to replace the one i have with yours as mine is made for mining and cant add cards side by side.
Let me know if you can sell me one too thanks.

I have to say it, congratulation, your first post and it's a 4 years old necro thread lol, it even made the front page :eek:
Seriously I hope someone can answer you :) Welcome !
 

MMitch

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I still build and sell these. :(

Oh great Bump then :) and I still warmly welcome him !
I didn't read the whole thread because I was looking for 2019 posts.

Can you sum it up in the next reply ? You have visibility on the front page right now ;)
Do you have a website ? (Probably obvious in the thread but hey, worth posting again) !!

EDIT: Actually I like the last pictures with the SDD/HDD trays (if that's that), can we provide custom sizes and can you add plexis and such for protection ? Do you ship to Canada ? I really hate my Cooler Master cube like case because of the HDD location...
 

Spotswood

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Hello i have a similar open case frame to yours and i need some extra corners that hold the metal bars together and some moutherboard mount pieces where the screws for the motherboard go.
Do you sell those seperately or can you tell me where i can buy some please?

I like also the gpu mounting bar you have, would love to replace the one i have with yours as mine is made for mining and cant add cards side by side.
Let me know if you can sell me one too thanks.

Yeah, I can probably supply you with everything you need. What size extrusion is your frame made out of? I don't understand what you mean by "moutherboard mount pieces".

Please send me a private message with more details, along with some pics would be great!
 

gavros777

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Sorry for the typo, those pieces/nuts where we screw the motherboard onto the frame, dont know how they are called.
I have this open case.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074R9S2WN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
dont know what size the extrusion is.
I would like to move the motherboard into a different place as the frame blocks some usb ports and yours looks adjustable.
Can you customize a metal bar for me that will hold the brackets of the pcie cards so i can mount cards on the motherboard directly?

I tried to message you but cant find the option, is it cause i'm new here?
 

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I believe the forum does restrict PM's based on posting. He may have to reply to you here until you have a higher recent thread count. Glad to see interest in these again.
 

Spotswood

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Sorry for the typo, those pieces/nuts where we screw the motherboard onto the frame, dont know how they are called.
I have this open case.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074R9S2WN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
dont know what size the extrusion is.
I would like to move the motherboard into a different place as the frame blocks some usb ports and yours looks adjustable.
Can you customize a metal bar for me that will hold the brackets of the pcie cards so i can mount cards on the motherboard directly?

I tried to message you but cant find the option, is it cause i'm new here?

Do you want to try to fix your tray or just buy one of mine?
 

gavros777

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I decided to send it back and ordered some 2020 t slot extrusions to build one my way, can you sell me some motherboard mounts for 2020 t slot, will need some hard drive, psu and fan mounts too and the one i need the most the bar in the back that holds the brackets of the pcie card. Would like two of those at 26 inch length.
 

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Woah. Had no clue you were on the forums here Spotswood !

I bought a few of your GPU 4U brackets for the Rosewill cases.

What would be very useful: an onda form factor case like one of these except that:

1) 8 cards
2) 2 slot spacing between slots
3) ability to use a regular ATX mobo (like an H110 Pro BTC+) OR even a server spec board
4) slightly taller, eg 5u to accommodate the board / risers
5) mounts for up to 2 420mm radiators
6) a better cutout/vent for the PSU

Edit: Do you have a Patreon or similar?
 
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Spotswood

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Woah. Had no clue you were on the forums here Spotswood !

I bought a few of your GPU 4U brackets for the Rosewill cases.

What would be very useful: an onda form factor case like one of these except that:

1) 8 cards
2) 2 slot spacing between slots
3) ability to use a regular ATX mobo (like an H110 Pro BTC+) OR even a server spec board
4) slightly taller, eg 5u to accommodate the board / risers
5) mounts for up to 2 420mm radiators
6) a better cutout/vent for the PSU

Edit: Do you have a Patreon or similar?

I currently make an open air frame for the Octominer:

Octominer%20w%20rig.png


I think investing any $ into designing and building cases for mining rigs is long gone. :(

I do not have a Patreon account. Why would I? :confused:
 
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