Ok, I've got some case porn for you - outer render only, work in progress, just back, front not yet designed:
This perforation is only temporary - I need to check out norms and production stuff on how to do this optimally.[/QUOTE]
If that case supported MATX cases, I'd be thrilled. Because the video card is horizontal adding length anyway, I don't see why a MATX case couldn't work.
I'm assuming the internal layout is very similar to the Valve design, shouldn't the top venting extend to the front of the case for the PSU intake?
Yeah, there's a lot of stuff like this to be taken in consideration before finishing the design.Another suggestion would be to make the tab that the video card screws to a little wider on the top and bottom so the corners can be rounded off, one less thing to potentially slice your hand if you drop the case.
It's 65.5mm which is SFX height + 2x1mm sheets. SFX and SFX-L PSU's. Before launching it I'll make sure SFX-L will have enough space for the cables too. Please read the posts above before asking againLooking at the size of the motherboard IO opening in that render, the case appears about 55mm thick, so I take it you'll be using a DC/DC power board?
I went back to standard pci-e orientation because of the length of most generic 19cm flexible riser. If the standard was lets say 24cm i would go with making everything facing up. 19cm makes it hard to lay the card low because the connector to the motherboard is still below the card after folding so the card has to be above the motherboard a bit and everything gets thicker.Good to see you've gone back to the "standard" PCIe card orientation; I know when I was building in this form factor I found the flexible risers to be a complete pain in the ass (and an extra cost if you're looking to economize).
I don't get it - why would you want to cover it up? Are you thinking about no VGA configurations? Anyway the answer is no - I won't do this because of the sheet stiffness and the method of card installation to fit 295mm card.Just a thought about the GPU slots for the I/O: does it really need to have the bar between the two slots ? I can hardly think anyone would use a single-slot GPU these days when about 99% is dual-slot. Then you could use a single rectangular (solid) plate to cover it up. One might think about a sound-card as a second use for the PCIe-slot though.
I've been looking into form factor documentation and I can't find reliable specs for the motherboard mounting clearance and standoff - There's some that say the clearance has to be 7.62mm while most of my cases have 6mm standoffs.
But, it does have a few things going for it, like semi-fanless operation. That said, I'm going to take away a full point for the full modularity not being as functional as real full modularity, where you can unplug the cables you don't need. Half a point comes off for the whiney clattery fan... I'm going easy on that aspect because it's a server unit not meant to be quiet, but seriously... it sounds like a Dremel tool.