Concept A Sub-10lt Full AIO Cooling Case Idea

theGryphon

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Jun 15, 2015
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Hey fellas,
I've been thinking about this case idea and I just found the time to put together a Sketchup mock-up.
I haven't seen anything like it and it seems perfectly feasible to me but I wanted to share it here to see what you think of it.
In fact with some desirable properties like small footprint and easy-access-to-internals, it might be a winner.

I'll try to insert the 3D model below, let's see if it displays fine:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/mo...563043fed5d5/Sub-10lt-Full-AIO-Cooling-MockUp

A little more description:

Both motherboard and GPU sides open out with a door on the bottom hinge, providing easy access to internals
Sides, bottom and back is solid, front and top are perforated
Supports GPUs of 2.5 slot width and 300mm length

Recommended cooling config:
  • Two 120mm AIO liquid coolers for CPU and GPU
  • Negative pressure cooling with two 92x25mm fans and the PSU fan

Alternative cooling config:
  • A single 240mm radiator for CPU and GPU in a custom or AIO liquid cooling
  • Pump+res to be installed on the back
  • Negative pressure cooling with two 92x25mm fans and the PSU fan

Other alternative cooling configs:
  • At most one of the CPU and GPU is liquid cooled (custom or AIO)
  • 2 x 120mm fans, or 120mm rad + 120mm fan, or 240mm rad
  • Can be converted into positive pressure cooling
  • A 3.5" inch drive can be installed instead of 92mm fans on top
  • Supports CPU coolers of 65mm height (with 2-slot graphics cards)

Power switch on the back; HDMI, USB3 1xType-A and 2xType-C on the front
Steel structure and aluminum cover
Approximate dimensions: 125(W) x 210 (D) x 360 (H)

So, what do you make of this?

To be clear, I don't plan to pursue this case idea in the near future, but I'd love to see it materialize somehow. I would especially love it if Aiboh picks it up under the Kimera umbrella (btw, howdy my friend ;))
 
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Aibohphobia

aka James
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(btw, howdy my friend ;))

No kidding. Long time, no see!

The Corsair One and Project Skuld are similar in that they have the motherboard's IO to the back as normal but the GPU rotated 90 degrees so its IO is facing up.

Skuld is meant for air cooling and while the One fits dual 240mm rads it is a pain to work in from all reports and is only available as a system anyway. So I think this is a good compromise between the two extremes for this type of layout.

I would especially love it if Aiboh picks it up under the Kimera umbrella

That won't happen, but it's because while I appreciate all the cool designs they've made possible, I just personally dislike relying on PCIe extenders for my own cases. And boy do these layouts rely on a good and flexible extender due to the multiple tight bends needed.