Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2012 - 07:41 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Raspberry Pi, case, 3d printing
The Raspberry Pi Foundation recently released their ARM powered Linux computer; however, the accompanying case will not be available until later this year. As a result, many enthusiasts are stepping up to the plate to design and fabricate cases of their own for the Raspberry Pi board. Previously, Marco Alici designed a white case with Raspberry Pi logo that could be produced using injection molding techniques (or 3D printers). Now, a new site called Mod My Pi has emerged to offer modders some alternative cases along with start up kits full of all the accessories people need to get their Raspberry Pi board up and running.
Based in the UK, the Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are employing 3D printing technology to produce customizable cases based on ABS Plastic. Further, they are offering up a variety of color choices including blue, red, green, black, and white. Customers can choose two colors to mix an match, one for the top of the case and another for the bottom. The cases are form fitting and are designed to be dust and water resistant. They come as two parts that snap together to nestle the Raspberry Pi board safely. The bottom and side opposite the Ethernet jack provide plenty of vent holes to keep the board from overheating.
If you have a design idea including a specific color or specific logo that you would like to incorporate into your Raspberry Pi case, Mod My Pi has stated that it is willing to work with customers to allow customization of cases to make them even more personalized.
The cases are currently up for pre-order, but are set to begin shipping via First Class Royal Mail for UK orders or through Royal Mail Airmail Small Packets for International orders. Shipping prices will be £1.99 for both UK and International orders, though International orders will naturally take a bit longer to arrive.
In addition to cases, Mod My Pi has put together a start up kit for those in the UK to complement the Raspberry Pi that includes everything a user will need to get the ARM computer up and running, except a display of course. The kit features a Raspberry Pi case, an 8 GB SD card with Debian Linux distribution, small wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, powered 7 port USB 2.0 hub, USB Wi-Fi dongle, USB card reader, 5 V 1000mA UK AC power adapter, micro USB to USB cable, RCA video and audio cables, HDMI cable, and Ethernet cable.
The setup kit is priced at £64.99 including VAT taxes and has a UK only shipping price of £4.99.
Even better, Mod My Pi is donating 5% of all sales of cases, and all profits from Mod My Pi stickers to the official Raspberry Pi Foundation (the charity behind the Raspberry Pi computer). Have you received your Raspberry Pi pre-orders yet? What will you be using for a case, will you be DIYing your own, or will you going with someone else's design? On an unrelated note, there is so much Raspberry Pi in this news post, that I'm getting pretty hungry!
More Raspberry Pi reading:
- Raspberry Pi boards sees manufacturing delay
- Fedora Remix on the Raspberry Pi
- Raspberry Pi has fast GPU, can decode H.264 HD video like a champ
- Raspberry Pi Operating Systems (Official Downloads)
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2012 - 01:33 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thin itx, mini ITX, Lian Li PC-Q05, Lian Li, case, aluminum
Lian Li, a case maker specializing in sleek brushed aluminum computer cases showed off (video link) several cases at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few months ago. One of the cases they touted was an extremely thin aluminum case that conforms to Intel's Thin Mini-ITX form factor. The super small case employs indirect cooling much like that found in laptops and utilizes Mini-ITX motherboards that use laptop style ram. As far as physical dimensions, the chassis measures 284 mm (W) x 47 mm (H) x 307 mm (D) according to the product page.
The silver version PC-Q05 Chassis
The new product page further details that the aluminum case has a gross weight of only 1.5 KG (about 3.3 lbs) and, in addition to housing the Mini-ITX motherboard, will hold up to two 2.5" hard drives (or SSDs). The skinny case will further be available in either silver or black colors. The front of the case is a curved piece of brushed aluminum interrupted by two status LEDs on the right of the panel (but no drive bays or buttons to speak of). The right side of the case houses the power button, and the sides and bottom of the case contain plenty of ventilation holes.
A top down view of the internals
I have to say that this PC-Q05 case would make for a sexy home theater PC (especially the black brushed aluminum case), though the case is certainly going to limit the amount of hardware you can have at your fingertips. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or availability.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2012 - 01:34 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nzxt, full tower, computer, chassis, case, atx
NZXT, a computer case manufacturer that has been around since 2004, is today launching a new full tower computer case with the Switch 810 chassis. The new full tower case includes several features aimed at enthusiasts along with a 2 year warranty and choice of two colors (white or black). NZXT founder Johnny Hou seems confident in the case by stating that the new chassis "offers enthusiasts an array of advanced features intuitively implemented into one of the most unique designs we've ever created."
The full tower case supports EATX motherboards with up to nine expansion slots and 375 millimeters of space for large, modern graphics cards when the front fan is removed. The motherboard tray further supports plenty of cable routing holes and a CPU back plate cut out. Further, the interior of the can can hold four 5.25" drives, six 3.5" drives, and up to 10 120mm or 140mm fans. The front, bottom, and drive bay area of the case houses two fans each. Meanwhile, the top of the case houses three cases and the rear holds one fan. Constructed of steel and plastic, the case weighs in at 9.1 Kg or about 20 lbs.
As you can see from the outside of the case, the Switch 810 chassis supports four 5.25" drives, audio and microphone connectors, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, and a card reader. Also, a filter for the bottom intake can be removed from the front of the case. Some of the touted features of the new case include the ability to easily install water cooling and the new "hybrid fins" that allow users to close the fins to reduce dust and quiet the computer or open the fins along the top to maximize airflow. Tool-less drive bays, an acrylic side window, and a white LED that can be switched on or off are also features of the Switch 810 case.
The NZXT switch is available now for $169.99 USD. More information and photos of the case can be found here. What do you think of the new case, are you impressed with the "hybrid design?"
The proposed airflow diagram for the new NZXT case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2011 - 08:08 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, gaming, case
Case and processor heatsink manufacturer, Thermaltake, recently announced a new gaming centric computer case under their e-Sports lineup. The new Overseer RX-1 case is a full tower design with lots of external ports and airflow options. Set to debut in September, the company claims that the steel (SECC) chassis is made specifically for e-Sports fanatics, and lives up to the full tower name with dimensions of 21.1 x 8.7 x 22.8 inches.
The exterior of the case is dark black with blue LED accents. The top of the case features ridges and two 20mm fan mounts. The top of the case also features a top loading hard drive hot swap bay, two internal USB 3.0 connections, two USB 2.0 connections, and one eSATA port. The front of the case includes a “breath” logo and 20mm fan both back-lit by blue LEDs, as well as four externally accessible 5.25” bays. The fan cover is a black mesh grill with the Thermaltake logo in the center. In total, the case supports six fan mounts. In addition to the previously mentioned fans, there are two optional mounts on the bottom and side panel, and one rear 120mm fan.
The internals are gamer friendly, and support graphics cards up to 12.5” in length. Painted the same dark black as the outside of the case, the interior of the case features a bottom mounted power supply (PSU), six 3.5” drive bays (one externally accessible), three 5.25” bays, a multitude of expansion card slots, two access holes for external water cooling radiators, and tool-free installation for the 5.25” bays. Other notable features include cable management holes, 3.5” bay carriages that are also compatible with 2.5” SSDs, a PSU dust filter, and a front fan dust filter (both removable).
The full tower gaming case is slated to debut worldwide in September, and while its looks are certainly subjective, it does have a lot going for it if you’re into the stylized aesthetics. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on MSRP. More photos of the case can be found on its product page.
Introduction and Features
Courtesy of NZXT
NZXT added two mid-tower case offerings to its Tempest series today that feature custom solutions for dual-radiator watercooling systems and dual "touch-powered" 120mm front fans with removable filters. The Tempest 410 and Tempest 410 Elite are available for $79.99 and $89.99. Today, we are kicking the tires on the Tempest 410 Elite to ensure enthusiasts and overclockers get the most bang for their buck for their next mid-tower case upgrade.
Courtesy of NZXT
Both Tempest 410 and Tempest 410 Elite cases incorporate a honeycomb mesh design to the front, top, and back panels and advanced cable management systems for concealing loose wires and power cords. The Tempest 410 Elite ups the ante with an acrylic side panel to see all the hardware inside the chassis.
One challenge when building an HTPC is finding an enclosure that won't end up being half of the cost of building the machine. You could use a cheap SFF case but it will look a little gauche when sitting beside your other home theatre equipment. Habey now offers a choice with a $70 case and 120W PSU combo that would blend seamlessly into a living room with the new EMC-600B. There were compromises made in the design to keep the costs low, the most important of which is the lack of anywhere to put an optical drive which is exacerbated by the lack of any extra USB ports on the case. If that doesn't completely deter you then check out Missing Remote's full review.
"The Wesena ITX7, HDPlex H10.ODD and Vidabox vCase3 are all great cases with a direct focus on HTPC aesthetics and each has their pros and cons. The one con almost always present when discussing HTPC chassis is PRICE--SFF chassis with home theater A/V focused designs are frequently over the $100 price range, not including the power supply. What Habey is offering in their EMC-600B enclosure is a stylish aluminum SFF chassis for mini-ITX only that occupies a tiny footprint with a nice appearance to fit just as appropriately in your A/V stack as in your bedroom--and it includes a power supply, all for under $70."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media Player @ Tweaktown
- AC Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media Player Review @ XtremeComputing
- Toshiba BDX5200 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Patriot Box Office Core Open Source Media Player Review @ Tweaknews
- Pico Power Supply Backplate Review @MissingRemote
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2011 - 10:57 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: thermaltake, mid tower, case
Thermaltake has a successful line of tower cases for DIY enthusiasts dubbed the Armor Plus series. Recently, they have decided to expand the Armor+ lineup by adding a new mid-tower sized case, the Armor+MX.
First showcased at CES 2008 in Las Vegas, the high performance mid tower case is now available for worldwide distribution. With an MSRP of $139 USD the case is packed with features, including:
- Convertible top for refilling coolant of a water cooling loop
- Tool-less hard drive, optical drive, and PCI bracket installation.
- 4x removeable 3.5" hard drive trays
- 5x 5.25" optical drive bays
- 7x PCI Expansion slots
- 1x 230mm case fan in side window
- 1x 120mm intake case fan (blue LED)
- 1x 120mm rear exhaust fan
Thermaltake further claims that the case's design allows for superior cable management allowing consumers to maximize airflow and reduce cable clutter around important components. David Hwang, the President of Thermaltake states that the Armor+ MX chasis embodies the high performance characteristics previously only found in full tower cases. "With the introduction of Armor+ MX, the versatility and performance characteristics can now be found in a much smaller and manageable package."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2011 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: zalman, z-machine, shiny, case, boogie bug, aluminium
The Boogie Bug Dub Style M will take some careful handling if you wish to keep the mirror-like finish of the aluminium exterior spotless. Doing so will give you a very different looking case from the mainstream as there are not too many choices out there that are this reflective. The exterior styling was obviously the focus for this case, internally it requires a bit more work to install and tidy than some other cases on the market, but eTechnix was up to the challenge. Check out this memorable case.
"It's such a tough market at the moment with the big boy market leaders producing very similar products. Most cases of today are aimed at the gamer in mind whereas some are aimed at the consumer with a bit too much money. There are the occasional products that we see that have the unique wow factor and Boogie Bug think they have it bang on the money with their latest offering.
The Boogie Bug M is said to give function with style by letting the Boogie Bug Dub Style team give the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 a slight makeover by customizing it's looks and features in a hope to appeal to the mass market."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- SilverStone Fortress FT03 @ techPowerUp
- Thermaltake Level 10 GT @ TechwareLabs
- NZXT H2 Silent Classic @ XSReviews
- Silverstone Raven RV03 Enthusiast Tower @ Pro-Clockers
- InWin BUC ATX Computer Gaming Case @ Modders-Inc
- Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- SilverStone FT03: Nothing Else Like It @ AnandTech
- Antec Lanboy Air Case @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake Level 10 Full-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Enermax SpineRex Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- CoolerMaster Centurion 5 II PC Chassis Japanese Red Edition Review @ OverclockersHQ
- Nexus ViR-2300 Aluminium Edition Real Silent CPU Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Antec ISK-100 @ techPowerUp
- Xigmatek Loki SD963 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
- Thermal Compound Roundup - May 2011 @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair H60 Water Cooling Kit Review @ OCC
- Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
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