Production CCD MI-6 Microtower Case: Performance in less than 7L

Discussion in 'Custom Cases & Projects' started by firewolfy, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. firewolfy

    firewolfy Airflow Optimizer
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    #1 firewolfy, Oct 26, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2019
    MI-6 Second Edition

    Jan 29 2019 -- MI-6 SE Production Batch Completed and Shipped.

    Case-by-Case Design Co. website HERE


    SHIPPING: Est $26 or less for continental US (UPS or USPS ground).
    Some shipping rates I have checked
    The MI-6 will ship in a 13"L x 9"W x 11"H box and weighs right at 4 lbs.

    MI-6 Build in Custom Red
    MI-6 Case shown with full tower case

    Optional Front Power Button and I/O (no rear power button):

    • Solid, clean styling. No plastic or flimsy sheet metal, just beautiful black powder coated 2mm interior and black anodized 1.5mm cover. Available with or without front power and I/O.
    • Dimensions 135 x 203 x 246mm (5.3" x 8.0" x 9.7"). Small footprint keeps desk uncluttered. Volume 6.7 L.
    • COMPARISON TOOL: Rohan Pinto has a great google sheet comparing features and dimensions of 90 SFF cases including the MI-6 here.
    • Corrosion resistant, lightweight construction. Aluminum alloy chassis and cover. Stainless steel fasteners. Weight 3.0 lbs.
    • Open physical architecture simplifies working in the case. No PSU covering the MB. Only 4 screws attach the main cover.
    • Built for mini-ITX form factor motherboards. Cutout behind MB for access to backplane. Access M.2 connector and CPU cooler bracket without removing MB.
    • Built for mini-ITX GPUs. Accepts full-height, 2-slot GPUs with max length 190mm and width 40mm (43mm with backplate). Clearance for PEG connectors on top.
    • Rear mounted power switch. Minimizes clutter and accidental resets.
    • Optional front panel-mounted white power button (blue LED) and I/O.
    • INCLUDES PCI-E 16x Gen 3 Li-Heat shielded narrow-format riser cable.
    • Fresh air intakes for the CPU, GPU and PSU. Room for 92mm bottom case fan to increase component cooling. Cover vent sized to match all current MB CPU cooler locations and sizes up to 120x120mm. Cover vent pattern sized to match up to all current gpu fan locations.
    • Fits CPU coolers up to 65mm tall (Top view shown below).
    • Fits any SFX, SFX-L or SFX-L+ PSU.
    • SSD/HDD: 2 locations for 2.5" drives. Also available: a tool-less quick-disconnect stainless steel 2.5” SSD/HDD mount and 4 additional drive locations.
    • Mix and Match Mounting of Components:
    Up to 4 SSD/HDDs (or 3 at 15 mm) with additional HDD mounts
    92mm case fan -- FAN SELECTION/COMPARISON TOOL HERE (thx to Matt Reissmann)
    SFX-L PSU (note using SFX-L prevents mounting a fan or drive in the bottom of the case)
    Front I/O port.​
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    • Higher-end GPUs that will fit:
      • New! Gigabyte GTX 1080 ITX
      • GTX 1070: Gigabyte GTX 1070 mini, Palit Galax/KFA2 GTX 1070 Mini ITX
      • GTX 1060: Gigabyte GTX 1060 mini, EVGA GTX 1060 ITX, ZotacGTX 1060 ITX
      • All R9 Nanos
      • GTX 970's: Asus GTX970-DCMOC-4GD5, Gigabyte GV-N970IXOC-4GD
      • GTX 960's: Asus GTX960-MOC-2GD5, EVGA 02G-P4-2962-KR, EVGA 04G-P4-1962-KR, EVGA 04G-P4-3962-KR, Gigabyte GV-N960IXOC-2GD, Gigabyte GV-N960IXOC-4GD, Gigabyte GV-N960OC-2GD (rev. 1.0), Gigabyte GV-N960OC-4GD
  2. NRG

    NRG Cable-Tie Ninja

  3. K888D

    K888D SFF Guru
    Bronze Supporter Lazer3D

    Great to see this case finally make its way to this forum! Can't wait to see your progress.
  4. FCase

    FCase SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Awesome case. Beautiful overall concept.


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  5. Dedaciai

    Dedaciai Trash Compacter

    This is my next SFF case! It's exactly the layout I have been looking for!
  6. ignsvn

    ignsvn Master of Cramming

    Congratulation! Been watching it's development in the other forum, and like what others said, it's great to see this case in this forum as well.

    Unfortunately the power switch is at the back of the case :'(
  7. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator SFF Purist Gold Supporter

    I'd like to see it, but the images don't seem to work, the links time-out.
  8. Michael

    Michael Average Stuffer

    Yeah I would recommend against hosting via dropbox as most employers block that website. I feel like more people would be able to see it if it was posted on imgur or some other image hosting service.
  9. firewolfy

    firewolfy Airflow Optimizer
    Thread Starter

    Well, that stinks with Dropbox access problems.

    Here is a test post using photobucket:

    Let me know you have any problems with that service.

  10. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator SFF Purist Gold Supporter

    Photobucket works for me, though my experience with them is that they delete files after a while, IMGUR is for me personally the prefered image storage.
  11. CC Ricers

    CC Ricers SFF Guru
    Silver Supporter

    I've been quietly following your progress at [H], congrats on getting to the pre-order stage and start the production!

    Also, I second IMGUR. I've seen many old threads with Photobucket hosted build pictures that get removed. Photobucket is not good for archiving progress for future visitors :p
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  12. confusis

    confusis John Morrison. Writer, Editor, Awesome Person.
    Site Staff SFF Workshop

    Welcome aboard :)
  13. firewolfy

    firewolfy Airflow Optimizer
    Thread Starter

    Thanks all for the welcome and kind words. I'll been around but mostly lurking.
  14. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator SFF Purist Gold Supporter

    The case is looking awesome, keep us updated with your progress !
  15. firewolfy

    firewolfy Airflow Optimizer
    Thread Starter

    I will be adding more information to this thread over the next few days, but I do have a "Interest/Preorder" list I am compiling to gauge interest in a first run of 30 cases. I know this isn't a sales forum, so I'll leave it right there. PM me if you'd like more information.

  16. TheHig

    TheHig King of Cable Management
    Bronze Supporter

    Looks terrific! I very much like the fact that you have kept the case true to the sff spirit with sfx psu, short gpu etc. Best of luck going forward. I am definitely a customer.
  17. iFreilicht

    iFreilicht FlexATX Authority

    Short question: What diameter is the hole for the vandal switch? It seems like every case ever is using 16mm right now.
  18. firewolfy

    firewolfy Airflow Optimizer
    Thread Starter

    Yes, I'm using 16mm switch. The hole is sized for standard clearance for the 16mm thread on the switch.
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  19. iFreilicht

    iFreilicht FlexATX Authority

  20. Josh | NFC

    Josh | NFC Not From Concentrate
    NFC Systems Silver Supporter

    Great to have you join this forum (FINALLY).

    I love your work and your enthusiasm. :D
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