DAN C4-SFX

BeerNsoup

Cable-Tie Ninja
Mar 12, 2017
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Same, I just want to be able to see the parts I paid 1000s for without also cooking them, or under-voting etc. Just want a clean TG SFF system, with regular boost clocks (Don't need an OC) , nothing fills that market gap atm, except maybe the ghost, but I hate the top hats.

Like a lot of people in this thread I've been looking for this and weighing the sidearm as a potential option was well. I think however, the og sff case, the m1 is getting overlooked. It can provide what you are looking for with some interesting pros/cons vs the sidearm and c4.

It was floated in the m1 v6 revision thread it may come with a full tempered glass panel option (rather than a window within a frame) as well as a grey colour (anodized) which is popular these days. Given where the case market is today and that @Necere and @Wahaha360 seem pretty in tune with it, the the full tg panel seems highly likely.

An m1 with a tg panel an a d9l, u9s, atlas or probably several other coolers is not just capable of hitting the boost clocks but even some decent (but not extreme) overclocks. The m1 also carries the advantage of those two fans right below the GPU. While the peak performance from comes from swapping an accelero for your gpu's heatsink (and voiding warranty) one can just remove the shroud and fans from their GPU and get a pretty significant increase in cooling from the fan upgrade (and thus hit those boost clocks on their GPU more often). If you need warranty support just screw the fans/shroud back on. If going this route it is important to either have the fans right against the heatsink or to make a shroud to funnel all the fan's airflow through the heatsink. Some really great results have actually come from running these bottom fans as exhaust and gets excellent airflow going through the case.

While I could be wrong, I imagine the majority of buyers would get much more benefit out the m1's decent cpu cooling and superior GPU cooling than a c4/sidearm with decent GPU cooling and superior cpu cooling.

I'm still somewhat on the fence and awaiting some thermal tests for the sidearm, but at this point I'm leaning toward the m1. I've seen a few threads either discounting the m1's cooling potential or not even considering it, but I think a lot of that comes from a lack of awareness of the different ways in which the m1's airflow can be configured. There's a lot of other pros/cons I've weighed but at this point my post is is pretty long winded, so I'll leave it at this for now and await the @optimumtech video testing the sidearm.
 

Shinken1

Caliper Novice
Feb 3, 2019
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Like a lot of people in this thread I've been looking for this and weighing the sidearm as a potential option was well. I think however, the og sff case, the m1 is getting overlooked. It can provide what you are looking for with some interesting pros/cons vs the sidearm and c4.
Ncase is a proven case and good to see it's getting improvements, I just do not think it looks very pretty - maybe its the angled front panel & the front / IO.
For me I want a small & good looking case, Sidearm, C4 & Mjolnir seem to fit the bill but do not actually exist yet
 

BeerNsoup

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Mar 12, 2017
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Ncase is a proven case and good to see it's getting improvements, I just do not think it looks very pretty - maybe its the angled front panel & the front / IO.
For me I want a small & good looking case, Sidearm, C4 & Mjolnir seem to fit the bill but do not actually exist yet
Fair enough, if you're spending the money for these small production run cases you've got to be okay with the looks. It'd be nice to have an update on the c4 but I'm sure Dan has his hands full these days (saw a comment he had a kid recently) so it's understandable. The sidearm and Thor seem well on track though. The chimera looks interesting too. Wahaha seems to be pretty busy haha.
 

Bonusround

Average Stuffer
Jun 26, 2018
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I see your point, but I'd get Dan's C4 on page 94 or page 1 just because it looks better. I don't care a little increase in size, I just really really like how the C4 looks. I'm sure I am not the only one.
I agree that the C4 designs were very beautiful. I was personally fond of the original gap which offset the front panel before that got voted off the island. But what really made this design gorgeous was the seamless, single-piece wraparound top+side panel – though I don't recall what led to its demise.
 
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dondan

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Here is a tiny update to break the silence from my side. I am still working on the case. I am nearly done with the CAD work and after this i will show what i have. It will be possible to add some tiny wishes or make some tiny changes based on user feedback. Then i will order the prototype.

I learned from the last month that i can't pleased everyone and that it is important that i make a product that i am happy with. I will not rush therefor i will not offer a release date or make promises that i can't keep. So if you need a case now don't wait for this project.

Thank you for your support
Daniel
 

Tazpr

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PC case Design is one of those things where there is always going to be people using it for different things - some people want a clean case with maximum cooling for a gaming PC without any IO clutter and some people want heaps of connectivity and something without any flashiness for a productivity PC.

I think whatever design you settle on will have the people who wish it was different, but in the long run if you stick to the core principle of this case it will be very popular and well received.

Looking forward to see the near-final CAD designs!
 

lowkey

Efficiency Noob
Jul 15, 2019
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Well, i am looking at a lot of ITX DanA4 clones. Most of them are just a little bit different.

What i am looking for? My current project is a 8700k + 2070 watercooled in itx size. There is no real cooling problem for one of them. But both parts go for 300w and then you need more than 240mm radiators. I went for the XSPC TX240. Is only 20,2mm in height. So you can add some ID-Cooling Slim Fans with 15mm height and you get a silent cooling system.
Adding two of them in a DANA4 clone, one under the top and one on the bottom, might be working very well and not silent, but close to silent. Maybee there will be some space behind the graphicscard for another 120mm radiator or pump.
 

DrAwesome95

Caliper Novice
Jun 25, 2018
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Here is a tiny update to break the silence from my side. I am still working on the case. I am nearly done with the CAD work and after this i will show what i have. It will be possible to add some tiny wishes or make some tiny changes based on user feedback. Then i will order the prototype.
Awesome to hear, by far the sleekest solution to a 240mm radiator SFF case.

Sadly industry seems to be leaving SFF behind, again - please can you look at a 2.2 slot clearance for GPUs (like in the Ncase rev 6).

Also, you probably will go through SFF Lab again, would be awesome if you broke up the components (Chassis, Riser, panels, etc) so that there is an element of customisation, and to save on shipping etc.

Additionally, if you can notch the top of the MB tray to allow for a slim exhaust, just to establish the airflow across the MB VRMs that would be amazing :)

My wallet is ready.
 

Kuzan

Chassis Packer
Oct 15, 2018
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Well, a month ago he was "nearly done with the CAD". So I guess there should be an update anytime soon.
 

Bonusround

Average Stuffer
Jun 26, 2018
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what makes you believe that? Given the lack of updates, I am not counting on its release.

Here is a tiny update to break the silence from my side. I am still working on the case. I am nearly done with the CAD work and after this i will show what i have. It will be possible to add some tiny wishes or make some tiny changes based on user feedback. Then i will order the prototype.

I learned from the last month that i can't pleased everyone and that it is important that i make a product that i am happy with. I will not rush therefor i will not offer a release date or make promises that i can't keep. So if you need a case now don't wait for this project.

Thank you for your support
Daniel